Author Archives: Al

Recovery From Extraordinary Effort

Two highly successful and motivated athletes joined me last week in the cold and snow for a “volume pop” here in Aspen. One of them asked on the EN forum about recovery from such efforts. Here’s my response: Dave Tallo … Continue reading

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Spring Training, Update #1

Returning back to this thread while in a “lull” between volume pops. My spring schedule has been: Mini OS mid Feb-Mid Mar 12 days x 100 km/day in Cuba end of March 3 Weeks of HIM flavored prep work aimed … Continue reading

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Al T ‘Tude Bad Ass Camp Athlete’s Guide

June 2-12, I’m hosting a dozen athletes at my home in Snowmass for a week long frenzy of biking and running. Springtime in the Rockies. Here is the preview I gave to them: Base Camp: My family’s home in Snowmass … Continue reading

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Spring Training

In response to our Coach writing about “Mid-Season Volume Pops”, I penned the following: Last week, as I was getting crushed in a week long volume camp with Tim Cronk and Dave Tallo. As two of EN’s most successful athletes, … Continue reading

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Granma

“Look! It’s Granma!” I pointed at the cartoonish billboard with the word splashed in red across a white stone base, a small wooden boat rising from frothy waters in the lower left corner. “We need to stop – up there … Continue reading

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Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba is the country’s second city. Founded five hundred years ago at the upper reaches of the Bahia (Bay) de Santiago de Cuba, it has long been a linch pin to control of the island nation. Plundered repeatedly … Continue reading

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Guantanamo

Cheryl and I left the seaside lunch stop together. On the first day of biking, I figured 56 kilometers of fast riding was enough, and spending the next 40 riding with Cheryl into the town of Guantanamo would be more … Continue reading

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On The Road Again

The load out seemed so familiar. A baker’s dozen bike riders, clacking along the asphalt, surrounded by the “snap/hiss” of pump heads being released from tire valves, anxious and eager. Leaderless, we each rolled out when everything seemed ready. Our … Continue reading

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Cuba: The Environment

Cuba is a Caribbean island, sure, but on a much grander scale than, say Puerto Rico or Jamaica. It is, indeed, the greatest of the Antilles. To gain an idea of its breadth, were Cuba rotated clockwise a bit and … Continue reading

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It’s All About The Cars

“Look! The new ’59’s!” September, 1958, 5th grade at Pleasant Ridge elementary school. I was seated at the far right of the classroom, right behind Kathy MacNeil and her long black wavy hair. The left side looked out over our asphalt … Continue reading

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