Mike Sofen | Endurance Athlete

Mike Sofen | Endurance Athlete

mike_sofen_hell_fire_fat_tireI worked with Coach Richard for the 2015 racing year, whose focus was almost entirely long distance/endurance events on mixed road, or gravel, or mountain biking.  Events like Dirty Devil (123 mi), the Belgian Waffle Ride (143 mi) and the Dirty Kanza 200 mile gravel race in Kansas.

One of my issues with prior coaching was getting into an overtrained condition very early in the season (like May) and having terrible performance from that point forward.  Knowing this, Richard made sure to keep a close eye on my TrainingPeaks Performance chart, optimizing my training calendar to ensure adequate recovery and maximizing my builds.

End result:  I had a completely successful racing year with no overtraining symptoms at all, knocking an hour off my prior year’s BWR time, and feeling much stronger on the bike than I’ve felt in a long time.  This is really good stuff.

Aside from the technical and racing aspects, Richard is the most delightful guy to work with – funny, humble, empathic and engaged with his clients.  That, plus his tremendous depth of experience as both a racer and a coach, provide a cacoon of support.  He’s out there doing it with us, he’s volunteering his time all over the place, and he really cares about doing the right thing.

That’s three thumbs up in my book! ~Mike Sofen

Ninja Mountain Bike Performance
2015-09-11T10:49:12-07:00
I worked with Coach Richard for the 2015 racing year, whose focus was almost entirely long distance/endurance events on mixed road, or gravel, or mountain biking.  Events like Dirty Devil (123 mi), the Belgian Waffle Ride (143 mi) and the Dirty Kanza 200 mile gravel race in Kansas. One of my issues with prior coaching was getting into an overtrained condition very early in the season (like May) and having terrible performance from that point forward.  Knowing this, Richard made sure to keep a close eye on my TrainingPeaks Performance chart, optimizing my training calendar to ensure adequate recovery and maximizing my builds. End result:  I had a completely successful racing year with no overtraining symptoms at all, knocking an hour off my prior year’s BWR time, and feeling much stronger on the bike than I’ve felt in a long time.  This is really good stuff. Aside from the technical and racing aspects, Richard is the most delightful guy to work with – funny, humble, empathic and engaged with his clients.  That, plus his tremendous depth of experience as both a racer and a coach, provide a cacoon of support.  He’s out there doing it with us, he’s volunteering his time all over the place, and he really cares about doing the right thing. That’s three thumbs up in my book! ~Mike Sofen
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About Richard / NINJA

Richard La China is a former professional mountain bike racer, IMBA Certified Mountain Bike Skills Instructor who coaches beginner to pro cyclist. Currently working with mountain bike XC, Endurance and Enduro racers and other competitive and non-competitive mountain bike riders seeking to become their best.

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