Boulder’s Premier Cycling Coach: A Day in the Life of Neal Henderson

nealCoach Henderson Diary: A day in the life, a week in the life
Here are a few excerpts from Coach Henderson’s log. Read the entire article, with hour-by-hour detail and graphics, at CyclingTips
By Neal Henderson

USA Cycling track camp in Los Angeles one day, Hour Record preparation in Colorado Springs the next. Then onto London for the world track championships.

What day is it? Where am I? Ah, it doesn’t matter. Just keep pushing forward. That’s what I keep telling myself.

Here’s a sneak peek at a day in the life, and beyond, during what’s been a very busy February.

Monday February 15, 2016

4:40am The alarm goes off. Time to get going. This day begins with a quick change of clothes, but without any coffee; the espresso machine at home makes too much noise, and I need to let my family sleep a bit longer. I grab my carry-on roller suitcase and backpack, head to the garage to grab Evelyn Stevens’ UCI Hour Record bike, and then to my car…

8:30am Arrive at LAX and take a cab to the velodrome, located in Carson. The USA Team will arrive an hour later to start their first track training session since the Hong Kong World Cup in mid-January, where the women’s pursuit team earned the bronze medal. For the past 10 days, the ladies have been training on the road at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, just south of San Diego, a few hours from Los Angeles…

velodrome_011:30am IBM Team pursuit training session starts. My duties include making sure all SRMs are paired and zero’d, and that the speed sensors are picking up the data for each rider; taking and calling splits; recording the split data; setting up and starting on-board cameras for point of view data capture; and assisting the athletes and head coach Andy Sparks as needed…

3:00pm Afternoon training session begins. Similar duties to morning workout. The IBM team is collecting data during this session to compare to my analysis. Their method using enhanced technology take less than a second to analyze after the end of an effort. I’ll be analyzing for about four hours after the session ends tonight. I like what the smart people at IBM are doing as part of the USA Cycling relationship!…

7-11pm Download all five riders’ SRMs, update firmware on head units, erase old data, and then do a detailed analysis of every effort of each rider. We record every 0.5 seconds on the track. After analysis in TrainingPeaks software, I then transfer values to a spreadsheet to compare with previous camps and competitions.

11pm-12:30am Check email (reply to critical ones), review training from my other athletes that they’ve uploaded throughout the day, and plan out training for the upcoming week …

These are just a few choice entries – be sure to read the full article at CyclingTips

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