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I have a confession to make

by Carl Brewer last modified 2010-08-15 23:26

I can't trackstand (yet!)

What sort of a track sprinter (and track sprint coach!) can't track stand?  Me!  But, we're working on it.  I'm not the only one with this big gap in my skill set.  We're practicing a lot on Sundays at our DISC sessions while the enduros do their warmdown and last night I managed to roll to a stop and hold a track stand for about 10 seconds.  Progress!  Next week we'll be going up onto the boards to do them.  Still wearing shoes rather than clipped in, but it's progress and in a few weeks the whole squad will be bunny hopping up and down the track!  Or at least some will and the rest of us will be standing still watching.

This afternoon I'm off to get my left shoulder scanned with an ultrasound, I damaged it about two months ago, rest hasn't helped, physio made it worse, so it's time to find out what's actually wrong with it.  Wish me luck!  It's at the point now where I can't rotate my shoulder back far enough to do a squat and I'm not enjoying front squats as a substitute, even if I'm reaping the novice gains from a new exercise, I know I'm bleeding raw strength by missing my core exercise in the gym.  C'est la Vie!




Posted by Dino Apolito at 2010-08-16 02:28
I think track stands are over-rated in today's environment. They are very rarely seen or needed even in the competitions where they are legal. In years gone by yes, but not now

The pendulum of sprint tactics

Posted by Carl Brewer at 2010-08-16 21:17
At the moment men's sprint is dominated by Hoy, who rides from the front but when the arms race evens out again, you'll see more of it. It's an important skill to have.


Posted by Neil Robinson at 2010-08-16 20:56
I am happy to provide track stand coaching and I think you'll find my rates are very reasonable. 1 chicken per hour.

trackstands and front squats

Posted by julian at 2010-08-18 21:21
It seems MTB'ers are ace at trackstands. It must come from hours just mucking around on grass/ dirt.

WRT front squats and bleeding strength. I wonder if fronts squats are perhaps a bit more specific to cycling, placing a greater emphasis on the quads/ anterior chain? My theory is that back squats/ dead lifts help most for standing type riding while front squat possibly helps develop strength in seated pedaling relatively more. Maybe leg press is better still in terms of load (ala Barras), but if you're not wearing green and gold then the risk to knees probably outweighs the benefits in my book, and one gets better core work from front squats anyway which can only benefit you from a total body conditioning perspective.

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