Member Monday: Mike Watercott
WHY DO YOU RACE? WHAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR ENDURANCE SPORTS?
Simply put, I race because it’s fun and I love bikes. Racing serves as something to challenge myself with, and offers great benchmarking by being able to compare race times year over year, or see if I can finally beat the guy that always finishes just ahead of me. Also, when I think about my closest friends, I’ve met many of them through racing. It started when I bought a mountain bike 5 or so years ago, which ended up being my gateway into a sport I had no idea even existed after trying out a local race. After playing soccer and other team sports my entire life, I stumbled upon mountain bike racing at a time when I was outgrowing the team sports thing and it stuck. Racing singlespeed mountain bikes is by far my favorite, although I’m going to try some equipment setups in 2017 that are “less stupid”.
WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO TRAIN AT KINGFIELD ENDURANCE?
My wife and I had our second kid in 2016, so last year I took my racing pretty casually and only raced/trained when time allowed. Now that I’ve grown a bit more accustomed to my “new normal” with 2 little ones, I was looking for a training routine off the bike to take me into the 2017 racing season strong.
WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO KINGFIELD ENDURANCE?
The coaches and other members are awesome, and it’s never about who can throw the most weight around. It’s nice to see familiar faces each time I go to class, all with a common goal of getting stronger for our respective sport(s).
Further, I’ve never been a gym rat, but I do like to work out. If I had a gym membership and just showed up I wouldn’t even know what to do. I love to be coached, so to me the best part of Kingfield Endurance is that I simply need to show up, and the coaches take it from there. And most importantly, we’re always doing different workouts/movements in each class, many of them completely new to me, so it never gets boring.
HOW HAS THE CROSSFIT TRAINING IMPACTED YOUR ENDURANCE SPORT PERFORMANCE? The full body strength building aspect makes me a better rider in many ways: fighting up punchy climbs, maintaining good posture, tossing weight around through technical sections, and even protecting myself if I should happen to crash.
It also helps mentally, and serves as a confidence builder in my own body’s abilities. For example, if I’m hurting in a race or tough ride it gives me something to compare the pain to…like “this isn’t as bad as doing 60 wall balls”. It's also worth noting that for me, doing training off the bike helps ensure riding a bike stays fun. I still put in some dreaded time on the trainer in the winter, but the CrossFit training has been a nice compliment that keeps me from getting burnt out.
DO YOU HAVE A MOTTO? “Yes you can”. If things get really bad I remind myself whatever I’m doing beats being at work in an office!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT OR MOVEMENT?
Overall: AMRAP workouts
For strength (and for feeling like a tough guy): Hang Power Cleans
To get my HR racing: Rowing
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? A Baker’s Wife sprinkled cake donuts.
WHAT'S YOUR POWER SONG? Rick Ross – Hustlin’