Erin Abrahams is the Athlete of the Week!

Dai Endurance Athlete of the Week is .. Erin Abrahams!

Erin is a avid endurance mountain bike racer that has plans to conquer Colorado’s legendary Leadville MTB100. Erin trains remotely thru Dai out in Boston where she follows a training plan written by our expert coaches. Here is a little more on Erin…

  • What do you do in real life?
    • I’m a Veterinarian
  • What are your weaknesses?
    • Core strength and trunk/hip stability because I’ve never dedicated any time to training these areas – I’ve always just ridden my bike! It’s been eye-opening to work on strength and form in the gym and realize just how much I have to capitalize on in these areas.
  • Why are you training?
    • My main goal this year is the Leadville Trail 100 MTB race, which was the impetus for seeking one-on-one coaching. However, since beginning the training process I realize my motivation is more than just about one race – it’s about becoming the best athlete I can be – which I see as a very long term evolution that I hope will carry me to some amazing places throughout my athletic career.

  • Do you partake in any Dai Endurance Classes/Training/Fitting?
    • I train with Julie remotely in Boston. I would definitely take classes if I were local and I plan to visit for a week-long intensive “training camp” with Julie for a fitting, riding, and testing at the endurance lab.
  • What’s your ideal sporting event to attend or compete?
    • Either a fun and fast technical XC MTB race or a long, grueling, all day event like a 12 hour solo or the upcoming LT100 MTB race.
  • Do you have a pre-ride/run food you like to have?
    • My current go-to is Bob’s Red Mill protein pancakes topped with almond butter and honey before long rides.
  • What is your favorite food to eat post training?
    • A cup of chocolate milk as soon as I get off the bike followed by rice and a protein source like eggs or chicken sausage sautéed with onions and tomatoes.

  • How do you stop yourself from eating unhealthy foods?
    • I’ve been working with a nutritionist to focus on my macronutrient ratios for the past few months and find that focusing on my protein intake has really helped keep me satiated and reduce unhealthy cravings. Similar to working with Julie, having nutritional guidance and support makes it easy to stay on track and eat appropriately to fuel my training and recovery.
  • What’s the strangest or most embarrassing crash you’ve ever had?
    • There are so many to choose from! Probably the most embarrassing was at a stop light in downtown Boston at in intersection that lined up right over some train tracks. I was sitting next to a car and as the light changed and I went to pedal forward, my wheel got caught in the tracks and I toppled over into the car next to me. Fortunately it was a low speed incident and nobody was hurt – I didn’t dent the car and I was able to laugh my way back up onto the bike like nothing happened.
  •  What do you think about during long training rides/runs/workouts to stave off the boredom?
    • I can’t say I’m ever bored on the bike! I think of all manner of things depending on the ride – during a structured workout I enjoy focusing on form and technique during alternating intervals, especially on an outdoor ride. Other times I zone out into a meditative state or let my mind wander to have some of my most creative and productive thoughts that help shape my life in one way or another.
  • Why do you train with Dai Endurance?
    • Specifically, Julie Young! I appreciate and respect that she races alongside her clients which means she understands what it takes to train for and execute on race day, specifically for the LT100 MTB – plus, it’s fun! More generally, I came to Dai looking for a comprehensive program to address both on and off the bike strength and fitness and help me understand the why and how behind what I’m doing. I couldn’t be happier with the level of guidance and feedback I receive on a weekly basis and I’m really excited to be racing with Julie at the Austin Rattler next month!