Strength Training Coach
In the mid-1970s, after a lengthy competitive weightlifting career, I figured it was time to make a switch. The first attempt was running. But, even at my new “reasonable” bodyweight of 185 pounds, I quickly determined I would not often break the finish line tape. With the first gas crisis hitting about the same time, commuting on a bike seemed a reasonable alternative.
But I soon found myself headed toward the nearby Central Florida race scene, where I slowly (no pun intended) began the transition to endurance athlete. However, my move to Colorado Springs to serve as USA’s first national weightlifting coach in 1981 created a whole new cycling challenge. Suddenly hills and thin air, not heat and humidity, became the obstacles to overcome.
Continuing to race and train while working more than 40 hours a week was tricky, but I stayed active in the racing scene, especially at the track, through my return to Florida in late 1999. Early on I had befriended “Eddy B.” and the national cycling coaching staff, which led to lots of direct strength training opportunities with our national teams, especially the medal-winning Class of 1984. I served as a strength training consultant throughout the ’80s and ’90s to U.S. national cycling teams.
I’ve been involved with RoadBikeRider.com since its beginning in 2001. It’s been great to see the evolution of this great resource over the years, and I’m particularly pleased to have interacted with so many RBR readers as they explore the finer points of strength and conditioning training for improved cycling — most of those through my Strength Training for Cyclists DVD-based program.
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