Get to Know Coach Levi
Levi Bloom (“Coach Levi”) competed as an elite level cross-country mountain bike racer but also dabbled in other disciplines such as road racing, time trials, mountain bike marathons, and even cyclo-cross. He runs and skis cross-country during the off-season, too.
Ok, let’s skip the generic biography crap. I want you to actually know who I am so you can make sense of what I’m talking about on the site.
Back in 2002, at the end of my junior year in high school, I got my first real mountain bike and started training and racing. Life was great back then – no commitments and plenty of time to ride!
During college, I went through various stages of training and sloth. After growing up in central Pennsylvania with open roads and plenty of hills, it was kind of hard to train at school, which was outside of Boston (with maniac drivers and flat roads.)
These days, I’m racing and training more, although the “real world” does tend to get in the way sometimes.
Like I said before, I do some running when I can. I spent some time without a bike in 2004 so I didn’t have a choice! But I did end up running the Boston Marathon that year, and somehow I finished, despite a severe lack of preparation!
Mountain bike racing is where it’s at though, and I eventually worked my way up to the Expert category (referred to as “Cat 1″ these days.) It wasn’t easy – usually I got grouped in with the pros, going up against racers like Jeremiah Bishop, Chris Eatough, Todd Helmick, Aaron Snyder, and others.
When it comes down to it, my life is focused around sports and nutrition. If I’m not out riding or running, I’m probably reading about the latest energy drinks or building a website to share my experiences.
Hopefully my advice (and opinions) will help you out as you browse this site. That’s the whole point. Feel free to give me suggestions on what you would like to see here, or tell me I’m full of crap – it’s up to you.
I am officially a Level 3 Coach, certified through USA Cycling.
I try to give advice, point you to useful resources, and provide a real-life account of a struggling racer!
P.S. Don’t forget to check out my bikes!
Also, everyone should read the philosophies behind CoachLevi.com.