Off-Season Report, Part 1
We asked some of our athletes about their off season and got responses back from all over the globe. How an athlete spends their time off reflects their personality: from Lauren Hall’s road-trip with her best friend, to Lachlan Norris’s hike to the Everest Base camp, our athletes have been busy living their life over the last months.
It’s a holiday week in the U.S. and many of us are looking down the pike of large meals with friends and family, and a clear view of the impending holiday season. While we are arranging recipes, football T.V. schedules, and confirming flights for a holiday getaway most of the athletes of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team have already wrapped up their time off for the year. Training for the 2018 season is already well underway. Our athletes spend nearly the entire year training or racing, and the opportunity for some to spend a few weeks off the bike in the fall is a cherished time of year for many.
Reports from the Colorado resident show that Lauren has been enjoying her time away from the bike, enjoying holiday classics like hiking and road tripping. “I flew from my last race to Colorado and jumped in the car with one of my closest friends – Janel Holcomb – and we road tripped to Mammoth Lakes, CA, Yosemite and then on to Oregon.” While enjoying the mountain air Hall said they, “spent some time hiking and exploring before moving on to Yosemite to explore more.” Keeping her legs moving was clearly part of her time off plan. “I’ve also been hiking a bunch in the high country here in Colorado, and walking for exercise in Florida when we were on family vacation, which means we went for a walk when Hurricane Nate came through.”
When we asked about what’s important about having time off Lauren said, “I know the next season comes fast but it’s important for my mental health to let the schedule go for a bit, change my mental focus to other life endeavors and enjoy my family time as much as possible.”
Of course, Lauren is a big sports fan of all stripes and although she says she doesn’t have any off-season rituals, she does “enjoy turning on the TV to college football on Saturdays and taking our annual family trip in October. I went to Mississippi State University so I enjoy following SEC football mostly. I also like to follow the women’s soccer team to see how the gals are doing, since that was my sport in college as well.”
The 2017 season has been a busy one for Adrian; beyond the road he has been hugely successful on the track. As such, Hegyvary said, “I’m not having much off season. I took a week off after my last race in Doylestown, and since then have been training for the track World Cup season.” His pursuits on the track have occupied most of any time off from the road. He is spending 4 weeks at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs before heading into the Milton, Ontario, and Santiago, Chile world cup races. After that he will head to New Zealand to meet up with wife Rushlee Buchanan who is also doing the same world cup races, but for NZ. Oh, and in case you missed it, Adrian won the 2017 Madison National Championships earlier this fall riding with Daniel Holloway.
For our athletes in the southern hemisphere October – January means national championships time. For Rushlee Buchanan, that means a lot of medal defending. As the reigning New Zealand road national champion, and former criterium national champion Buchanan is always a favorite in the winter races. This year is no different; Buchanan netted a fourth criterium national championship win on the 12th of November in Auckland. Keep an eye out for more racing in New Zealand on January 5th and 6th for the Time Trial and Road Race championships.
When it comes to enjoying the life you have, Daniel Eaton is a perfect example. We asked him if he feels like he really gets an off-season and he said, “I feel like my whole life is an off-season. I enjoy my life year around so this time of the year is just less training, but I don’t really change a whole lot otherwise.” So, how does someone who loves their life spend their non-training time off the bike? They spend it hiking and climbing to heights you can’t get to on a bike of course.
“This year I took a 4 day camping trip and hiked 6 of the 14,000ft peaks around Colorado,” Eaton said. If that wasn’t enough, he also started indoor rock climbing. When the mountains call and you’re off the bike, you have to get into the clouds somehow.
When you’re the world champion on both the road and track you don’t get much time off in between. For Shawn Morelli, that is definitely true. Shawn says she only gets about two weeks off in the transition between disciplines, and that might not seem like much but she makes the most of every second. After attending the UCI Gala event in China in October, Morelli was able to get even more international travel in. “This year I spent my two weeks off in South Africa, on safari with friends. It was fun!” We asked Shawn if there were any particular rituals that she likes to enjoy when she has time off, her number one item: sleep!
These are just a few of the reports we’ve gotten back from our athletes around the globe. Stay tuned later this week, we will send out the second half of our off-season reports with stories from as far away as Nepal and Australia, or as close to home as a road trip through the East Coast. Thanks for joining us in this fall, we hope that you’re staying warm and keeping those pedals moving.