Jen Collects Fan’s Questions and Interviews Steven November 2009

Filed under: Talk with Steven — admin @ 3:37 pm

November 23, 2009

After another year of racing with his team Garmin – Slipstream, Steven has settled into a fresh training routine for the upcoming 2010 season and is enjoying showing his newly relocated girlfriend, Jen, around northern California. She had some time to compile several questions that Steven’s fans have submitted. Below, she gets the answers in an interview with Steven himself.

Jen: What is it like living in Spain for part of the year? Do you speak Spanish? What do you do during your free time over there?

Steven: Living in Spain for my job is a dream come true. The people and the culture of Spain are incredible. By now, yes, I should be able to speak fluent Spanish but not quite there yet. I sure am learning though from my Spanish friends.
When we’re not training on the awesome roads of the Catalun region, I sometimes head out to the Costa Brava for fishing, snorkeling and just laying on the beach.It’s also nice just strolling the 1000 year old streets of downtown Girona.
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Jen: How many bicycles do you have?

Steven: The team gives us one training bike in the USA and one in Spain. We have a Felt F1 and a Felt AR race bike to choose from while at races along with time trial bikes as well. My own personal collection includes a few Felt cruiser bikes, a cross bike and a mountain bike.
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Jen: What was your favorite moment of racing this year?

Steven: Well I guess it would have to be riding in the break all day at Paris Roubaix. I love that race and am totally hooked.
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Jen: What is the tattoo that sticks out from the sleeve of your jersey?

Steven: The tattoo on my left shoulder is two huge Koi fish. For me, it’s a symbol of perseverance and fortitude. I also like fish and the water.
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Jen: Do you get to ride first class on planes when you fly?

Steven: No way, haha. Definitely don’t get to ride first class on the plane. Our sponsors do and some of the top riders have it negotiated in their contract, but I personally think first class is a waste of space that they could be using to fit more people on a plane. It’s also ridiculously expensive. One time I did get to fly from the Tour of California to Girona (Spain) on Doug Ellis’s private jet. I have to say that was one cool experience that I’ll probably never have the chance to do again.
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Jen: What is your favorite snack to take on training days? (if not Clif bars, which are one of your sponsors)

Steven: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are my favorite.
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Jen: What sort of music are you listening to these days?

Steven: I always love Nirvana, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tonic, Emerson Hart, Def Leppard and The Offspring.
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Jen: Is the mustache going to make a comeback?

Steven: Of course. I hope my fans print off the stache I have on my web site and wear it at the races I’m in. That would be cool and a lot of fun.
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Jen: Do you guys train as a team or do you train on your own?

Steven: A little bit of both. Since just about the whole team lives in Girona, it makes training as a team very easy.
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Jen: What is the average length of a training ride at this point during the season? And how many days a week do you train?

Steven: At this time of the year, I’m doing anywhere from 15 – 20 hours a week. 5 – 6 days of training a week. It’s a mix between mountain biking and road biking. Right now, I really prefer to ride with people too, but I usually train alone since we spend a lot of time in Guerneville, CA.

The Good and the Bad [Guerneville and Gluten]

Filed under: On the Road Again — admin @ 9:16 am

Written by
Steven Cozza
November 10, 2010

The fall and winter so far have been going great. Northern California has been having great nice and warm sunny days where I have been able to start my training back up. I absolutely love where I live for training in the off season. Not too many other places compare to here for training and good weather.

My new training grounds have been up in Guerneville in west Sonoma county. It’s so great out there because the roads are very quiet and usually just have the cows to dodge. Kings Ridge is a favorite of mine – a great routine ride for me.

My last charity ride I was scheduled to do was this past Sunday and was for the NORCAL Mountain Bike League. It was a great sunny day and I was able to meet a lot of my fans, which is nice, especially on the bike. I have one more ride to do and it is a ride with me that I donated to be auctioned off at the Carousel Fund, a charity that raises money for kids with cancer. The Carousel Fund is one of the charities on my Race for Kids Fan Club list, so I was really happy to be able to support them in anyway possible.

I am now in full swing with my winter training and feeling really good about it. My coach, Dario from Whole Athlete, has set up a great schedule for this November’s workouts and I have had a great time knocking each day’s workout off the calendar.

This time of the year in training is the most important time all year because I’m building a good foundation for a strong upcoming season. It is what carries me through the whole year. It’s very important to not train at too high of an intensity and to never train at too low of an intensity – unless on a rest day.

Monitoring my power and heart rate are very important to helping me stay in the perameters of my coach’s workouts. Without power or heart rate, I could do a 4 hour ride and not achieve anything because I was under zones I need to be in. Or, I could be working too hard and then not build up the proper parts of my fitness for this time in the year.

I am about 4 weeks into my training now and so far I am have been on par with where I need to be. My health and digestion are back on track, which is a great feeling as well. Today, in fact, I am going to some crazy medicine man for a check-up to make sure my body is in balance. I am not sure what I think of this guy’s program, but it will be interesting to hear what he has to say – at the very least.

I took this allergy test called the ALCAT test and it revealed that I am severely allergic to gluten. Since I am now cooking without Gluten, it has been quite a challenge but very funny and at sometimes weird tasting. At first my buckwheat pancakes tasted like shoe rubber patties, but now I’ve altered the reciped a tad and they have a bit more fluff to them.

Oh yes, I forgot to mention I am supposed to cut out dairy too. Imagine that now. Gluten free, plus, dairy-free pancakes. I make a good pancake now, but man it was bad until I mastered it. I also make a killer gluten-free, dairy-free banana bread which I use on my longer rides along with my Cliff bars, of course.

Builder bars by Cliff Bar are my favorite at the moment. The Chocolate Mint one is killer. Now these are not 100% gluten-free, but I am not a Celiac, so small traces of gluten are fine – as long as I am not directly ingesting gluten like a bowl of spaghetti. I now have brown rice noodle spaghetti and it tastes awesome anyways.

Well off to the crazy medicine man.

Thanks for reading,

Steven