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“After working with Billy it’s clear that he has a true passion for the sport of ultra-endurance racing. Not only does he have a vested interest in his own performances but he also strives to help others through his experiences and research. Billy volunteered to be a subject for one of our case study projects during his record setting Tour Divide performance to gain a better understanding of the physiological demands of such a competition and how best to prepare oneself. Billy is determined to be an advocate for the sport and continues to inspire others.”
“Most of my friends know that I had a heck of an accident on my mountain bike a little over three years ago (profile picture tells it all). Well, I’ve been very blessed and lucky to the point that last Saturday, after a LOT of training, I road in the Cascade Gravel Grinder which was a 70+ mile mountain biking ride with > 5,500 vertical feet of climbing. It was 7 hours on a bike and it was absolutely incredible and brutal and a year ago I couldn’t have dreamed of doing this. But finally this past January, I was able to get back on a bike again without too much pain, and IT HAS BEEN A SLOW ROAD, seriously a slow road but through it I found out a lot of things, not the least of which are 1. my new personal motto… “Wherever you want to be tomorrow has to go through wherever you are today. Keep Trying”. and 2. my coach Billy Rice of Invictus Cycling and Performance. My motto, sort of speaks for itself and it came to me during hard hard workouts where I wished for my former stamina or performance levels, and those workouts were prepared by Billy. And I have to say, if you would like to get in the best shape of your life, please take some time to check out Billy Rice and Invictus Cycling and Performance. This guy has seriously figured out things most of us don’t know. He has not only ridden the Tour Divide YoYo (in other words he rode one of the hardest mountain biking races on the planet north, and then turned around and rode it south), but this year he rode the race on a tandem with his 16 yo daughter. He is incredibly down to earth, and an amazing dad, trainer and just a really good guy all around, but he has challenged me in ways and improved my performance in ways that I could have never fathomed. When I started the Gravel Grinder, I didn’t know whether I would be able to finish it (even before my accident I have never attempted something like this), and I honestly had spoken with my wife and told her that I would refuse the sag wagon if I didn’t make the time limit, but Billy said “trust the training” and he was right. On race day, I honestly felt like I got stronger as the day went on, to the point that after I passed the finish line, my friends said I looked like I had just ridden a couple of miles, and not like I had been on my bike for 7 hours (2 hours before the SAG wagon). Huge shout out and kudos to Billy. Thank you so much for everything.
So, anyway. I’m loving my incredible life, my incredible wife and this incredible journey, and to all of those who have seen me out riding all hours in all weather; come join me, I’d love to ride with you!”
I believe that no two athletes are the same. The same way that you are tall or short, have dark hair or light, your bodies are different. You respond to training and nutrition differently that the guy or girl you are competing against. Coaching plans are specific to the individual.
I believe recovery comes first. Recovery most be a targeted goal oriented approach to post training. Training doesn’t matter if you don’t recovery properly.
I believe in a mostly low carb, fat-adapted (keto-adapted, some say although there is a lot of confusion here) diet. I DO NOT subscribe to the old adage of high carb lots of pasta fuel for endurance athletes. This transition takes time, several months for some athletes. My typical athlete gets 50% of their daily calories from fat. They have the ability to do multiple morning workouts at high intensities without eating breakfast.
I will frequently change my mind. There is an old medical saying that “half of everything we know about medicine will be wrong in 10 years”. Same goes for coaching and training. Every day is a new opportunity to learn something new. I accept to learn something from every athlete I coach.
I believe in the shortest workout possible that will generate the most gain.
I believe in extremely high intensity workouts that are TARGETED to the goal.
I believe that poorly targeted workouts of to long of durations lead to adrenal suppression and multiple hormonal imbalances.
I believe that most endurance athletes are OVERTRAINED and regularly performing poorly due to a constant state of poor recovery.
I believe that you have to train the mind as much as the body. Thought process effects performance. The mind also requires recovery.
And lastly, I believe in your success more than you do. I will loose sleep at night worrying about your performance. You will have some serious accountability issues if you are working with me.
Larry Bennett – age 51 is a Business Development Manager for Toshiba America Business Solutions. Residing in Anderson, SC having relocated from Tucson AZ fall 2014, Larry is a Cat 4/Masters road racer turned Ultra Endurance Cyclist. Riding only the last five years, he made the journey through racing crits, road races, time trials and stage racing to eventually falling in love with MTB’ing and ultra racing.
August 2014 Larry joined Team Invictus and with the guidance and mentorship of Ultra Cycling Coach Billy Rice, qualified to compete in the world famous 2015 Randonneuring 1200KM event of Paris – Brest – Paris. PBP qualifying events completed were the 200KM, 300KM, 400KM and 600KM Brevet series the winter of 2015 in Gainesville, FL.
Larry will proudly be part of Team Invictus competing to race the 2745 miles of the Tour Divide 2015, he will be leaving with the Grand Depart on June 12th with a 19 day goal.
Future events scheduled are:
Oct 2015 – Taste of Carolina 1200KM Brevet
Oct 2016 – Race on Route 66 * 3000 Mile Self Supported Ultra Race * Santa Monica CA to Chicago IL
June 2017 – Trans Am Bike Race * 4233 Mile Self Supported Ultra Race * Astoria OR to Yorktown VA