Thursday, March 31, 2011

Anyone in the Vail Colorado area - come ride with me in April! Cycling Spring Training!

Are you in the Vail, Colorado area and want to get ready for cycling season? Sure, the mountain is open for another three weeks, but warmer days are calling you to get out on your bikes. Join me for four excellent reasons to get yourself ready for the best cycling season ever! Now that the snow is (kind of) diminishing, it's time to get those cycling legs ready.

The Vail Athletic Club at the Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa is hosting me for four workshops/Master Rides in April.

Monday April 4th: Lactate Threshold Field Test. Includes 30 minutes lecture on the importance of estimating your lactate threshold and the physiology behind it, followed by a 60-minute "field test" on the indoor bikes to estimate your threshold. You will also learn how to create your training zones. Come prepared, rested and hydrated. You will need a heart rate monitor that records averages (lap function). 5:30 - 7:00 pm.

Monday April 11th: Triple Bypass Simulation. A 90-minute ride, mostly climbing. Get your legs and heart ready not only for the Triple Bypass, but any of the major climbs that surround us here in the Rocky Mountains. Do not miss this ride if you are a climber! We'll focus on technique, pedal stroke and the mind-body element of long, epic climbs. 5:30 - 7:00 pm.

Monday April 18th: The Roller Coaster Ride. A 75-minute fast and furious, twisty-turny up and down mountain bike simulation. Perfect for those of you preparing for a Moab trip or for the local mountain bike race series, or anyone who enjoys the torturous but fun single track rides we have here in the Rockies. 5:30 - 6:45 pm.

Monday April 25th. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). We begin with a 30-minute lecture explaining the various types of HIIT. Then we get on the bikes for a 60-minute incredible training experience right around your lactate threshold (LT), a ride called Over/Under Intervals, made famous by Chris Carmichael. If you are serious (or only even partly serious!) about your training or fitness, you won't want to miss this one. Heart rate monitor strongly suggested. 5:30 - 7:00 pm.

To sign up for any of these rides, call the Vail Athletic Club at 970-476-7960. Limited availability. These rides will sell out - make sure to call soon to secure your spot.

For more information about the sessions or about training for this cycling season, contact Jennifer at

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