Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hincapie Spring Series Weekend #1

Lots of ups and downs for Jim Cunningham Coaching this past weekend. On the bright side, JCC athlete Steve Senn finished fourth in the Saturday, 2/21 Donaldson Center Cat. 4 race after being off the front for three laps. He was caught but still had enough to sprint for a top-five spot! JCC athlete Rick Taylor took fifth place in the same race. Good work gentlemen!

JCC athlete and Cat. 2, Andre Vandenberg was in good position for the final sprint on Saturday in the Pro-Am race but unfortunately took a tumble. He and his bike are okay.

Finally, my Team Globalbike presented by Catoma team-mate David Forkner initiated the winning break in the Sunday 2/22 race, had a few others join him and they stayed away. David took fifth in that Pro-Am race. Good work David!

Coach Jim

Sunday, February 15, 2009

First Post-crash group event. Myrtle Beach Metric Century Timed Ride

After a lousy first day back on the bike two days ago (Friday), today went much better (Sunday). Did the Myrtle Beach Metric Century (part of the Marathon weekend) with a group from Greenville. And although not a race, it is a timed ride with with a well-designed finish line and more. Plus, there were about 20 strong guys going for the fastest time.

I wanted to test my legs (and ribs and head!) and did. At just past the 42 mile point after a three-man break came back I attacked immediately and opened a nice gap that just grew and grew!

Finished about five minutes up on the group in 2:45 total for about 64 miles! Here's the power data for those interested:

Duration: 2:42:45 (2:44:54)
Work: 2410 kJ
TSS: 198.3 (intensity factor 0.855)
Norm Power: 265
Distance: 61.61 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 906 247 watts
Cadence: 29 252 97 rpm
Speed: 0 34.7 22.7 mph

Duration: 1:01:06

Work: 1034 kJ
TSS: 88.5 (intensity factor 0.932)
Norm Power: 289
Distance: 22.918 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 906 282 watts
Cadence: 29 135 98 rpm
Speed: 0 30.2 22.5 mph

Coach Jim

Thursday, February 12, 2009

One Little Victory! Cleared by the Neurologist.

It's a good day. Eager with anticipation and a little dread (what if I COULD NOT ride outside for months?!?!?!) I visited Dr. Courson Cunningham-Neurologist at Neurology Associates on Grove Rd.

He said my brain is fine and although another fall would not be a good thing, such an event wouldn't be significantly more dangerous due to the recent Grade-3 Concussion I had. Thanks Doc! Back on the bike now with renewed energy...

Coach Jim

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Jim Cunningham Coaching 'Mental Toughness & Race Prep' Seminar

See details below!


· PRESENTER- Steve Sperry
· WHERE-Carolina Triathlon, Downtown Greenville
· WHEN-Thursday, February 12, 2009, 6:30 p.m.
· WHAT-Classroom style with Q & A

o Race Preparation
o Race/ride strategy
o Mental skills

(864) 630-3081


Had an MRI on Monday night. Will have it 'read' by my neurologist this week. Hoping to get cleared to ride by the weekend!

Coach Jim

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Crash, Bang, Boom!

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know it's been too long since my last post. I will try to do better!

Here's what's new...

Last Saturday I crashed in the Waterloo Upstate Winter Bike League ride about 20 minutes in. I didn't cause it and remember none of it. Spent a night in hospital with a grade 3 concussion... I rode today (8 days later) for the first time on trainer. Did 2 X 10 minutes at sub-threshold. Felt good; no head problems. But I became really tired shortly thereafter and remain so...

We'll see what the MRI says... Having it done tomorrow and will see a neurologist this week.

More soon! 'Til then, enjoy your training and stay positive!

Coach Jim