T&T Q&A with Lex Albrecht (@Lex_Albrecht)

[This article originally appeared on March 23, 2015. Congrats to Lex for finishing in the top 10 of the Tour of California!]

Canadian pro road cyclist Lex Albrecht is ready to dominate the 2015 season riding for Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies. Throughout her career she has raced in North America, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and the Netherlands, and she brings us loads of expertise on everything from gear to what not to use when changing a flat tire in this week’s T&T Q&A: 

frlt_RXa[T&T] What is something you wish you knew when you first started cycling?

[Lex Albrecht] One — that rest isn’t for wimps. And two — that there are things called tire levers that work a heck-of-a-lot better than butter knives when you’re changing a flat.

[T&T] Do you have a piece of cycling gear you can’t live without?

[Lex Albrecht] My Quarq powermeter and my E-Motion Rollers are two things that I’d like to think I COULD live without (only for ego reasons), but that I would definitely not WANT to live without either.

[T&T] Can you share one tip for amateur riders looking to elevate their game?

[Lex Albrecht] It is very important to dream big and keep an eye on your goals and where you want to go. Even more important is always keeping the majority of your focus on each training ride, interval session, or race. That’s what you can control NOW, and that’s the best way to find your way to where you want to be in the future.

[T&T] What’s your favorite race of the year?

[Lex Albrecht] I’ve always liked the Philly Classic. I’ve raced it four times and am still excited by the exceptional fan presence and the thrilling race course. On the course, spots like Strawberry Hill, Lemon Hill, and Manayunk Wall are particularly spectacular!

[T&T] What cycling-related website do you visit most frequently?

[Lex Albrecht] CyclingNews.com and a Québécois site, Veloptimum.net.

[T&T] What’s your ride nutrition of choice (before, during, and after)?

[Lex Albrecht] I have espresso and oatmeal (with extra ingredients like banana, vegan protein powder, flax oil, etc.) thrown in for breakfast. I tend to stick to Clif Bloks with extra sodium (I lose a lot of salt when I race and train) and Clif Shots (vanilla is my favorite and has no caffeine) when I race or have an intense workout. I know that I can easily digest that stuff when I’m putting my body through the wringer on the bike. I opt for Clif Bars and their Clif Kid Z Bars on longer rides and endurance training.

Post ride, I’ll often make myself a sort of “sorbet-style” dessert in my Vitamix blender with ice cubes, a frozen banana or other fruit, vegan protein powder, and a bit of fat from either an oil or a nut butter.

I always love a refreshing kombucha in the afternoon too. I love trying all sorts. So far, my favorite is the ginger flavor from RISE, a Montréal based company.

[T&T] What sorts of tips or tricks do you have to stay healthy and prevent injury? Do you use any specific mobility tools or cross training techniques?

[Lex Albrecht] I work with a trainer in Montreal at a place called Premier Performance who puts together a strengthening and reconditioning program for me several times a year. It helps me build and maintain strength and mobility, which not only plays a huge role in performance, but also in injury prevention. I recently discovered Essentrics as well, and it has been an important addition to my training regimen.

[T&T] How do you prepare to ride in the cold weather? Is there any cold weather gear you can’t live without?

[Lex Albrecht] Shoe covers! Oftentimes cycling shoes have holes in the bottom of the soles near the toes to allow water to drain out on rainy days. If it’s very cold, I’ll tape them closed.

Embrocation is also one of my must-haves. Put some on your toes and the soles of your feet.

[T&T] What’s your biggest goal for 2015?

[Lex Albrecht] I’m so glad to be racing with Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies. I know that we can be one of the dominating players in all of our races, and I want to help make that happen in a big way.

Lex Albrecht is the reining Champion of Québec, and she’s a multi-time podium finisher at the Canadian National Championships. She has made her mark on the cycling scene representing Canada at numerous World Championship events. We look forward to watching her race in 2015 and appreciate her taking the time to talk with us. Keep up with Lex by following @Lex_Albrecht on Twitter.

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