Dai Endurance Athlete of the Week is…Mike Upchurch!

Q:    What do you do in real life?

A:    I’m a Captain for Hornblower Cruises and Events and I manage the Old Sacramento Hornblower location.

Q:    What are your weaknesses?

A:   My weakness on the bike is being able to sustain long hard grinds in headwinds/grass/mud etc.  I’m hoping to overcome this in my training and be able to stay up near threshold for a much longer period of time.

Q:    Why are you training?

A:   I love bike racing, cyclocross especially, and I want to have good solid races with a smile on my face this season.  My goal this year is be in good, solid race shape so that I can enjoy the races and spend less time in the hurt locker.

Q:    Do you partake in any Dai Endurance Classes/Training/Fitting?

A:   I recently started a training program with coach Julie that will continue into the CX season and I will be taking advantage of some of the other offerings as well.

Q:    What’s your ideal sporting event to attend or compete?

A:   Cyclocross! It’s fun, technical, painful, exciting, fun and fast all in one.  I’ve been mountain bike racing since 1997, and CX since about 2004, but CX opened my eyes to a level racing that I didn’t know existed.  The diversity of skills and training needed combined with varying courses and obstacles keep the mind engaged and constantly challenged.

Q:     What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen on a bike ride?

A:      30 naked cyclocross racers!   It was the Laguna Del Sol CX                    race Circa 2011?and the one-lap naked race in January.  I participated and managed a 2nd place finish (mostly because I didn’t want to stare at so many naked butts.  🙂  The                     cesspool of filth at Single Speed Cyclocross World                                  Championships in San Francisco was also pretty strange.

Q:    What is your favorite food to eat post training?

A:   A protein smoothie or a ranchero chicken burrito from Dos Coyotes hands down (followed by strong cup of coffee).

Q:    How do you stop yourself from eating unhealthy foods?

A:   I don’t like how I feel after eating bad stuff, so I just remind myself of that and try to make smart choices.  I also tend to treat everything that goes in my body as fuel and only fuel.

Q:    What’s the strangest or most embarrassing crash you’ve ever


A:   oh.. probably when I tried to grab a dollar bill that was sitting on the ground in a beer bottle at a race and my foot came out of the pedal. I ended up wadded up in front of about 50 people on the sidelines.  It was fun and embarrassing all at once.

Q:    What do you think about during long training rides/runs/workouts to stave off the boredom?

A:   Once I’ve committed or registered for an event, I tend to stay focused on the goal of doing well at that event.  My rides and trainings leading up to that event are what occupies my mind and keeps me motivated to keep going and keep pushing.

Q:    Why do you train with Dai Endurance?

A:    I have a quite a few friends who have had amazing transformations while working with Dai, and I too want to do well on the bike this year.  Coach Julie impressed me in the local single speed MTB races and I wanted to tap into some of her knowledge about training and preparedness.