Tri State Cycling camp is back for 5th year! (NC-GA-TN)

The 2022 Tri State Climbing Camp (NC-TN-GA) is coming up August 24-29 this year. Last year was the best year of this camp and coming back for the 5th year we are looking to make it even bigger and better! View more details here below for this 6 day, 5-night epic climbing camp with waterfalls, beautiful mountain valleys and great company 🍻

2022 Tri State Climbing Camp (NC-TN-GA)

This video is our North Georgia 6-Gap Preparation ride, 9,000+ feet of climbing with the hardest climb in the southeast (Brasstown Bald) and a waterfall stop to conclude the day.

Tri State Camp Day 3 Six Gap Prep

Clermont Hills Camp 4/16-4/17

Don’t miss out on this two day action packed camp designed to make you the best possible cycling with all-around ability and enhanced handling skills! 

 I run this camp each year as an opportunity for riders to get together to challenge themselves to improve their bike handling, hill climbing abilities, racing skills, time trial prowess in the hills, enhanced reaction, short term power, and all around cycling fundamentals. Our goal is to make you a more efficient rider in a hills both solo doing a time trial and riding in a group. We all push each other on to improve and push harder to break new barriers🏆 This camp is great not only for out of town riders looking to get in an excellent two days of training and improving but also locals looking to explore new areas and hone in on skills that are often brushed aside on a normals day ride. It is important to sit down and dedicate time to focus on skills and really hone in on weak areas, repeating until perfected. Each year, I will scope out a new skill session area for riders to practice at and repeat a prior test to seek improvement 🏆 This camp includes professional SAG support from @beardedbikedoc including fresh espresso, homemade lunches, and @hammernutrition. There are lodging and camp only options available as well. At Perezluha Coaching Cycling Camps, it is never just an every day ordinary ride 😉😎Check out the website and registration information below:

A Mindset Check- A little motivation from this past weekend 3/14/22

A Mindset Check….

A little motivation from this past weekend🌎

I’m sure we’ve all heard “we all have to face the same conditions today” countless times when you show up to a race. It is only when we stop for a moment to dive deeper into the mindset aspect of this to see ones true human potential. Those that handle the most adverse conditions the best, have the best mindset. 

If we could have a perfect weather day handed to us on race day every time on silver platter, more and more would show up and one’s true potential will never really be seen. Mother Nature must always be respected, then fought back to the best of one’s ability. The glory of bike racing, triathlon, running, and most solo sports, is that the athlete’s will all face the same conditions in the moment. Knowing the weather ahead of time and facing it is a mindset game. If you go in with a good attitude and have positive self talk, you can tell yourself you are tougher than others and that only your best effort today matters. No one else matters. No one else’s negative talk on the weather matters. You facing the conditions knowing you are going to out-suffer, out-wit, and out-last your competition is what matters the most. This does not mean to be stupid stubborn… Being underdressed in colder temperatures is not what I mean. Rising up and fighting Mother Nature back by being prepared with clothing and strategically dressing/undressing is an art, to be perfected. If you are not good at this, facing the cold weather and dressing appropriately is the next practice step for you. If you are able to face these conditions and conquer them, then you will have that experience forever that makes you stronger. 

Whenever I need a mindset check to appreciate the moment, I look back to some of the worst days of the ride from Florida to Alaska and back. Riding in 33 degree rain going 10mph into a headwind in the Bush-Forest of Manitoba for 4-hours on highway 10 heading towards the town of The Pas was not an experience that made me weaker. I’ll never forget as the freezing rain flooded our tent in the rock-bed overnight and after wolfing down cold oatmeal, we had to frantically pack up to get going on the road. As much plastic bags we put all over ourselves to stay dry, the freezing water slowly trickled down to completely soak our feet and froze our feet. With a car passing on average every 30-45’ on the barren highway, my mindset was that at least I’m not climbing Mount Everest and end up freezing to death with no one to help…  I had read about these experiences from Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air from my high school senior research project. At absolute worse case, we could put ourselves in the middle of the road and hope a stranger will slow down (and with the blinding rain, hopefully see us to slow down for help). It was bad and we were suffering more than ever. Our mindset became, while it could be better, it could still also be much, much worse! I told myself, one day I would look back on this with great appreciation and respect for mother nature. I knew there was no getting out of this present moment. Quitting was NOT an option. The Florida to Alaska and back journey would not end here. Better days will come. Looking back, a real mindset check now is that I am thankful to be able to pedal my bike, as that is a memory my Uncle and I could not repeat right now. I can walk, and can wake up and I do not have to do what I do, I am ABLE to do it. One day, the memories and stories can be passed down to inspire someone to never give up and never put their dreams on hold. Moreover, one day, you may not have the opportunity that you have RIGHT NOW! 

After you know what you’re up against weather wise, fight back, and rise to the occasion. At yesterday’s time trial, times were slower across the board by 45-75” for most riders. It can be discouraging knowing your fastest time and effort compared to what you are doing when the wind and weather is least favorable. If your mindset is in the right place, you race your guts out, remain nonchalant, then you ultimately have nothing to lose for that day. Aerodynamics, dressing properly, and knowing that the one that can tackle the conditions the best is what brings out the best performances of the day. Those that endure and are there in the present moment and get the job done, will then find a greater appreciation going forward from the experience. Consequently, you may one day be blessed with Mother Nature being in your favor, which is where the real epiphanies arise. 

The day that comes once in a decade where the wind blows in your favor, pushing you to a record you never though was possible. For me, this came on 6/9/2015 at the Orlando Airport Time Trial. It was my 24th birthday and a storm came that was intimidating on radar and hit in the middle of the race. 

I did not back down and the thunder and light show in the sky amplified my drive to go for the personal record. The storms exhilarated me and I was embracing the present moment, as I have no clue when this might happen again. The storm front shifted the winds part way through the time trail and boom, after a 33.0mph outbound leg, I was coming back at 32.2mph for a 32.6mph. Everything aligned right that night in which I will never forget, and it has not ever hit since. Those that rose to the occasion therein where then able to FIND THE CHAMPION WITHIN!

2/13/22 is the First Florida Polytechnic Time Trial! Register here:

We are two weeks to go until the first Florida Polytechnic Time Trial on 2/13/22 Sunday morning🌞 This years series will have 10 time trials February through November, all on Sunday mornings starting 8:00am. Each event includes a coach led warm up session of the course with helpful time trial tips and U-turn skills. Riders then have the ability to race in an 8-mile or 15 kilometer time trial in two possible categories (road or aero bike, team time trial). We then have results, podiums, and awards, followed by a 40 mile group ride including an espresso stop☕️🌞 All bicycles are welcomed at this @usacycling official race series and riders are categories by their bicycle and age or race category. Mark your calendars for these dates below:
2/13
3/13
4/10
5/15
6/12
7/10 (Special Edition)
8/14
9/18
10/16
11/13 (Special Edition)
The February and March races are perfect preparation for the @billbonebikelaw Florida State Time Trial Championships coming up April 3rd. Also, @perezluhacoaching is offering 6-10 week state time trial specific training plans to help you best prepare for this event.
Register here below for the first time trial of the season:
 
State Time Trial Training Plan: