What does it take to be a World Champion?
In episode 2 of Rising, follow Kate Courtney behind the race tape to learn what it takes to be the fastest mountain bike racer in the world.
Competition at the top of elite mountain biking takes more than long days on the bike. It's about training that makes you ready to endure and perform under any circumstance come race day. This means designing a program that is dynamic putting you in a new situation that challenges your mind and your body.
"I work with a strength coach and we work together to design a program that really specific and really about getting me into many different situations, so I have better situational awareness, coordination, strength and can perform under any circumstances."- Kate Courtney
Mental strength, while perhaps the most important tool of all, it is undoubtedly also the most challenging to master. Yoga and meditation are an important piece of the training puzzle that allows Kate to keep her mind clear and focused come race day.
"At the very top of the sport, physically, people are separated by small percentages. Being able to have your head on straight on race day and have a really clear plan and make good decisions can make a big difference."- Kate Courtney
Road and trail riding
Riding on the road with her Contessa Spark RC 900 or SCOTT Addict allows Kate to train consistently using intervals to maximize output and efficiency. This gives her the power she needs to put down the pedals on a technical root section or sprint to the finish line for the win.
Race day ready
Race day. This is what it all comes down to. Part of the battle is putting in the work, the second part is trusting that what you've done is enough, that you're ready. While Kate's hard work, dedication, and determination is no question, it isn't until race day that the true test is taken. Winning the first two World Cups of 2019 proved that Kate is a force to reckoned with.
"I think that real confidence comes from experience and all of those experiences go into my little confidence bank when I line up. No matter what, I can achieve something great today whether that's finishing after a bad mechanical or making up places in a race where I didn't thank I'd finish well. I think those types of moments are always personal wins because they reflect the hard work and that's the goal on race day."- Kate Courtney
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