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12:13

A Weekend With RaceDay Apollo Co-Developer David Tilbury-Davis

A couple of weekends ago, our White Rock Lake studio was honored to host one of the two partners for some very powerful cycling and triathlon training and analysis software, David Tilbury-Davis. Mr. Davis is a triathlon coach with the British Triathlon Union (BTU), and will be relocating from his base in Spain to a new location outside of Houston this year. He came to Dallas to explain to an elite crew of coaches, what RaceDay Apollo is, and what it can do for the coach and the athlete. Read More

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11:54

Lancaster Rally and A Ride With Emily Penn - Mission Accomplished!

This past weekend was a busy one, with a number of Cycling Center Dallas patrons enjoying the perfect Spring weather, and riding their bikes - mostly out at the Lancaster Bike Rally, hosted by the Greater Dallas Bicyclists. Per a previous arrangement, I made plans to head South of Dallas, just off of I-20, to meet up with one of my favorite clients, and escort her on an adventure. Read More

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10:27

Three Months in, and we're starting to see some real results!

I am posting this today from our Richardson Location, where we'll be hosting an Open House, from 2 to 5pm, complete with food, drinks, music, and live demonstrations of the studio and trainers, but the story behind the studio really has to be the results that we're starting to witness as a result of the programming and participation. Read More

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13:50

MS150/164 Images from my own "Feisty Devils!"


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14:27

MS150 reports coming in...

Completed thus far: Jim Kasle, Carlos Sepulveda, Rost Ginevich, Sally Nobleman, Anne Gogola, Shannon Miller, not sure if Christy McWilliams is with them or not. But Hats OFF to the riders who have completed the highest volume of cycling in their careers!

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23:22

Congratulations to the Fab 5!

[caption id="attachment_119" align="alignnone" width="490" caption="Fab 5 Take on Muenster!"][/caption] And just look at those LEGS!!!! This quote says it best: "Wind was BRUTAL today, but we did have fun passing all those people who walked their bikes up the hills!" - Sally Nobleman.

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13:15

March Madness

Okay folks, get ready for some hard, hard, hard training over the next few weeks. We're focusing on that Top End. Zone 6 and 7. High Heart rate, high watts, short durations, short recovery periods. They are leg-burning, lung-busting, sweat breaking, air gasping workouts, so it is CRITICAL that you show up rested, fed, watered, and prepared. Get there as early as you can, so you can warm up properly, and let's see if these drills can send you in to the stratosphere of fitness and performance!

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13:11

A Short Month, but some fantastic gains

We just performed some more threshold testing, after 4 weeks of hard Vo2 and even some longer Threshold workouts. Here are the results, from just one month of training... We'll add these to the "Wall of Fame", but here are the % improvements for some of the clients who allowed their information to be posted. Results may be actually better than posted, due to inherent weight loss as spring arrives. Name 1/6 2/3 3/3 % improvement SJ 3.11w/kg 3.19w/kg 3% KS 2.69w/kg 2.93w/kg 8% RT 1.73w/kg 1.95w/kg 11% LW 2.45w/kg 2.75w/kg 11% MB 2.48 3.18 3.38 6% BD 2.07 3.03 3.4 11% GW 2.7 2.59 2.8 4% There's still more testing to do, with one or two more groups, and we'll have one final test at the end of March, but I think you get the picture. Indoor training, using ErgVideo and MultiRider software, on CompuTrainers, when put together with a quarterly block training program, can yield significant improvements in Threshold Power, both absolutely and in W/Kg. If you want to actually improve your performance on the bike, for rallies, races, triathlons, or general fitness, don't hesitate to come by and check us out. I'll have a new announcement for April's classes coming soon. Congratulations to everyone, and thanks for participating.

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11:54

Monday Night - bad weather? NO PROBLEM!

Monday night in Dallas was sleety, icy, cold, and... it was PERFECT WEATHER for an indoor training session! Four hardy classmates braved the weather and rush hour to get on their bikes and dip puddles on the floor as we went through some early-off-seaon Anaerobic intervals. The workout was simple.... One set of 27 60-second intervals at 122% with 60-second recoveries. All on, or all off. Another lung-buster. Sure, the first few were fine. The middle ones, not so bad, but felt. It was the last 10 or 8 or so that REALLLY got your attention. You see, these intervals play with your metabolic and recovery system like nobody's business. Every minute of effort, the first 20-25 seconds, your body is ramping up to meet the oxygen needs of the muscles, and to purge the byproducts of muscle contraction, and recycle the energy. But the last 20 seconds, you're fighting a losing battle. You're producing more byproduct than you can metabolize, and your body is trying desperately to regulate its' acidity by purging Co2 through the lungs. Then, when the interval is over, your body STILL has to purge that Co2 to get back to homeostasis. So everything is delayed-reaction. You don't start feeling normal again until 30 seconds in to the recovery, and you don't start getting desperate until thirty seconds in to the interval. The trick to these is training the body to recover as quickly as possible - the watts per interval are not as important. These are great race duplicators, they do wonders for your Vo2Max, and we'll be seeing a lot of these in January's sessions.

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