Training for Masters World Track Cycling Championships – Los Angeles 2017

Robert Hess (me) in the infield of the Velosports Center at StubHub Center in Carson, California after his track cycling training session.

Robert Hess (me) in the infield of the Velosports Center at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Every year the world’s best track cyclists over the age of 35 gather and compete in the world track cycling championships. For the past five years they were held at the velodrome in Manchester, England. In 2017 and 2018, the host velodrome is the Velosports Center at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, just south of Los Angeles – and just 10 miles from where I live.

Like many of you, I am a cancer survivor. I’m now going into the 15th year of my cancer journey and cycling has been a key element in my personal cancer battle plan. This type of intense exercise provides important support for me in a number of ways: 1) I learned last week at the American Institute for Cancer Research annual conference that exercise helps prevent cancer and cancer recurrence, which is great; 2) it’s great for my mental outlook – it gets those endomorphins cascading around; and 3) it helps keep my weight in check. Each of these factors is important in preventing my cancer’s return.

 

Group Support for Cancer Survival and Prevention

Most of us know what we need to do when it comes to eating better and exercising, it’s just a challenge to work the time into our busy schedules and to force ourselves to move when we just don’t feel like it. For me, that’s where cycling comes in.

I have a regular group that I ride with on the weekend on the road, and I have training partners at the velodrome. One of my events next October is the olympic team sprint – 3 riders covering 750 meters, which means lots of team training. My accountability to my teammates gets me up at 5 am so I can meet them at the track at 6 am and train.

The coming World Masters Cycling Championships is a fantastic goal and motivator but most people can’t get to Los Angeles or England. But, every state has annual state championships in all of the bicycycling disciplines: track, road, mountain bike, cyclocross, and time trial.

If you are looking for a way to get more exercise, you might consider bicycling. Every town has at least one bicycle shop. Every one of those shops has a bicycle club attached to it and they would be delighted to help you get into the sport. Oh, and it’s not all about racing. Most clubs are just friendly group rides.

 

My (Robert Hess) Velodrome Training Session – 11/23/2016

Just for fun, I’m posting a link to my training session from this morning. If you use Strava.com, I would love to follow you. Please connect with me – Robert Warren Hess.

As the French say, “allez-y” – “Let’s Go!”

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