Athlete's Corner: Training Tips with Chloe Dygert-Owen
At 21 years old, Chloe Dygert-Owen is already one of the most prolific cyclists of her time on both the road and the track. Though she is only in her fourth season, she already holds a total of five World Championship titles (two on the road, three on the track), as well as an Olympic Silver Medal for the team pursuit at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Next weekend, she will head to Apeldoorn, Netherlands to defend her World Championship titles in the Individual and Team Pursuit.
We had the opportunity to talk training with Chloe this week while she was in Spain with the rest of Team USA’s World Championship Team preparing to defend her world titles in Apeldoorn next weekend.
USA CYCLING (USAC): How do you and your coach set goals and incorporate them as part of your training program?
Chloe Dygert-Owen (CD): My coach and I work together to develop a plan which includes both my short and long-term goals in the sport. We work backwards and map out a detailed plan around the “how” and develop process goals that help me stay focused as well as accountable along the way. This has been a critical component to my success.
USAC: Tell us about your training schedule and how it varies from week to week?
CD: My training schedule varies from week to week but mostly it varies from month to month depending on where I’m at in the season. My hours on the bike can range anywhere from 12-20+ hours per week depending on whether or not I have a rest week or am building miles for the track or road season. During the season my training becomes much more specific and focused on the energy system necessary for the particular goal that I am focused on - ie. during the track season I will attend track camps and do specific training to ensure I am prepared for the higher intensity that is required for the Individual Pursuit and or Team Pursuit. During the road season, with the help of my coach, I will lay out a specific course that I am focused on and train on the same terrain to simulate an upcoming time-trial that I hope to win. These are just a few examples of how I bring in the discipline specificity required to be my best.
USAC: What metrics do you use to ensure that you are on track to hit your goals?
CD: There are a number of metrics my coach looks at to ensure that I am physiologically on track. Training Peaks has been an amazing support platform for us to communicate along the way. It would be difficult to keep track of all of the metrics available to us without this software. But simply put… if my coach says I’m good - then I am good!
USAC: How do you adjust your training knowing that you have a big race coming up?
CD: This of course goes back to my coach and support team that I have surrounding me. I have 100% trust in my coach and what she has me do to prepare. All I have to worry about is making sure I give 120% every time I get on my bike.
USAC: What advice would you give to someone who is looking to set up a training plan for the first time this season?
CD: Get an amazing coach so you don’t have to worry about anything but riding your bike!
A native of Indiana, Chloe currently resides in Washington State with her husband, fellow professional cyclist, Logan Owen. To cheer her and the rest of Team USA on, follow her on Instagram and Twitter, and don’t forget to follow #apeldoorn2018 on social media February 28th-March 4th to get the latest updates on the UCI Track World Championships.
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