January 23, 2009

Webinar Coming Jan 28th

Sterling Sports Group is pleased to announce the first in a series of Training and Racing Webinars designed to facilitate your development in cycling. Matt McNamara, a USAC Level 1 Coach, will be hosting an informative and useful webinar on Developing Your Annual Training Plan on Wednesday February 28th from 4 - 5:30pm. This is much more than a simple rehash of the 3-weeks ON/1-week OFF methodology. Instead it is designed as a comprehensive look at your training and racing plans for the 2009 season. Have you set your goals? Do you know your strengths and weaknesses? What workouts work best for you? What workouts do you need the most? January is a great time to sit down and answer, or better yet refine your answer to, these questions. We'll cover some sound principals including the value of base training, creating a responsible High Intensity Training (HIT) plan, and tracking your progress throughout the year. The webinar includes several DIY-Worksheets and planning tools that we'll walk through together. The emphasis will be on power based training, but we will address heart rate and perceived exertion as valuable metrics too.

The clinic is $20 and registration is exclusively through PayPal. You can sign-up on our website - www.sterlingwins.com - or by sending your registration fee to info at sterlingwins dot com. Once registration is confirmed we will send you the webinar packet, including worksheets, sign-on information and link. Future webinars will be scheduled bi-weekly, check the website for upcoming events.

See you online!

January 15, 2009

2009 Fired Up!

Every year, for the past 20 or so, I get increasingly jazzed for the start of the cycling season. Some years it's because of my own aspirations, most years it's the return of european pro's to competition. In the 80's it was events like the Ruta del Sol and Tirreno Adriatico that kicked off the seaon for me. Of course in '88 we had to wait for Winning to come out, but the pictures of the field riding along some warm coastline always enticed. La Primavera, Paris-Nice, Vuelta Andalucia (Ruta's new name), Tirreno, these are Spring. By the late 90's the season started moving earlier with the arrival of the Tour de Langkawi and Tour Down Under. With the rise of the internet it became easy to get immediate results for a road season that now lasts the better part of 10 months. Add cyclocross or track racing and there is great racing somewhere year round. Still, the return of pro road racing is it's own special beast. New teams, new colors, the chance to see how your favorites are doing. Sweet!

So, we're quickly coming up on the start of the 09 season and the excitement is building for the Tour Down Under. Say whatever you want about Lance - he may be a jerk, an ego-maniac, a doper, but he's certainly compelling! I've never been a big 'fan', but i'll give the dude his due....Lance is a bad-ass when he wants to be. Of course there are plenty of other story lines to follow besides that, thank goodness. I'm curious about Columbia and Garmin of course, but also interested to see which new Belgian rises in April, how the 100th Giro will play out, and what team will be a revelation. BMC in europe? Katusha? Liquigas or Silence-Loto? We'll know soon.

I'm not more psyched for this year than others...just about the same I guess. But it builds slowly and next thing I know I'm sitting in front of a computer screen trying to discern the action at Tour of California via video-feed! Last year I sat and watched nearly every stage in real time (it helps to have a job where you work real early). Throw in the local racing scene...Snelling, Cherry Pie, Merced, and it tends to keep me busy.

Typically I'm 'preparing' for one of them, trying to squeeze in miles and intensity to be ready for Merco, or riding old la honda looking for better numbers before Pilarcitos. Not this year. Instead I'm trying to enjoy a slow build towards a different kind of season. Different means less worry about continually chasing race fitness or some abstract idea of what being an active racer means. Different means putting in some fun races on the track and aiming for top 20 finishes in the big crits like San Rafael, SF Twilight, Cats Hill and maybe a few others. Different means putting the time and effort into a full cyclocross season. That sounds fun to me.

January 07, 2009

2009 Clinic Schedule

We just released our 2009 Camp & Clinic schedule for Sacramento and the Bay Area. In addition to our traditional favorites like climbing and descending we've added some level 2 clinics targeted at racers and advanced riders. The schedule is complete through mid-July and we'll have the Fall schedule up by the 1st of April.

Upcoming Events:

2009 Full Events Calendar Available Here
Bike Fit Clinic January 17th 8:30a - 12:00p
Climb & Descend Level l 1 Jan 31st, May 9th Feb 7th 8:30a - 12:00p
Climb & Descend Level 2 April 4th June 7th 8:30a - 12:00p
Speed Camp Level 1 March 21st, July 18th March 22nd 8:30a - 12:00p
Speed Camp Level 2 April 18th April 11th, June 14th 8:30a - 12:00p
Time Trial Camp May 10th 8:30a - 12:00p
Mini Camp Weekend March 6 - 8th May 23 - 24th Fri - Sun