Wednesday, August 30, 2017

End of Summer Update

Hello from "Kelley Acres" Speed Shop!

The "Kelley Acres" Speed Shop (KASS) is excited to be opening up in October for Season 10!  This is a very special occasion for us. Cycling in our area has changed so much over the last 10 years.  We live in a wonderful area with fantastic roads and trails.  From the Tour of Frederick, The National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race,  The Maryland Endurance Challenge to the Gran Fondo National Championships our area offers a variety of events that bring cycling enthusiasts from all over.  The local government has worked hard on bikeways and trails which has helped us to become an official "Bicycle Friendly Community".   The Frederick Road Cycling Facebook group has become a great local resource not only for area rides but also a nice way to meet other riders and learn about road conditions or closures. Frederick also offers up some of the best mountain biking in the region.  Strava has become a fun social media tool.  Whether it is setting a PR or earning a few crowns or hardware it is a great way to stay motivated and connected to friends and meet other riders.  Share the road, share the pain, and more importantly share the glory of a great ride! Cycling in our area has come a long way in 10 years!

From our first season KASS has prided itself in offering quality indoor training in the Fall and Winter where beginners can learn and the elite athlete can thrive in a fun environment. "Fun is Mandatory" is still our motto.  As we gear up for the 2017-2018 Season we will be offering an "Intro to CT Class" in September. This will be a chance for anyone that may want a sneak peek at what happens in the shop.  We will go over how to set up your bike, talk about the method behind the madness of our programming and do an abbreviated workout.  We are finalizing the details of this class and the 2017 Fall Class Schedule and will post the details soon. 

If you have a specific goal or event coming up or you just need some accountability "Kelley Acres" Speed Shop offers individualized training programs.   If you would like more information check out the details HERE.


If you have any questions please call or email 301.788.4631 or kelleyacres@gmail.com

Staying motivated is easy rolling into Season 10 with all the wonderful stories and achievements over the spring and summer! It has been great watching everyone taking their fitness outside. Here are a few highlights. Enjoy!  


Tracey Deweese taking on the Six Pillars Century this spring! Check that box!

Janelle Hubbard, Speed Shop coached athlete earns 2nd place at the USA Cycling Masters Nationals Championships W45+  this spring!




Kent "Mr. Sparkle" Gubler and Bruce Mort at the Maryland Endurance Challenge promoted by a fan favorite Duncan Glenday!

Lib Rood conquering the National 24hr Challenge in Michigan 


Bill Harback , KASS coached athlete has been collecting time trial podiums this summer after kicking off his season at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, AL.  

Darell "Moose" Grove, another fan favorite at KASS collected his first podium this summer
at the Shenandoah Time Trail!

Sue "McSpeedy" McQuiston, KASS coached athlete started the season off on the top step Route One Rampage and added a few more to her collection including the Mid Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association (MABRA) W35+ Criterium and Time Trial Championships


Early Bird Tuesday Simon podiums the  M45+  strong man 52 mile Gravel Race up Spruce Knob
Coach Ray logging some miles at the Tour de Frederick this summer. He will be back helping out with his tech savvy abilities and to organize the indoor Tuesday Night Worlds Class and  coaching on occasion.  
photo credit: William Smith
And here he is Coach Lucas- crushing his way to victory at the Dirty Bikenetic Gravel Crit in Haymarket, VA racing for Team Bike Doctor!  Look for him on the cyclocross scene this Fall photo credit: Igda Warner









Sunday, November 27, 2016

Winter IS coming!

The Fall session is moving along beautifully and with only three weeks of classes left the time has come to accept that Winter IS coming!   On Sunday, December 11th at 7:00 pm  the registration for the 10 week Winter Session will go live on BikeReg.  The Functional Threshold Power (FTP) Classes will be held on January 4th at 6:30 pm and January 7 at 9:30 am.  The 10 week session begins the week of January 9th and goes through March 18th.  We will be adding two additional classes.  There will now be a Wednesday at 9:30 am class , and a Saturday at 7:00 am class with Coach Lucas.  All the good details are on BikeReg page.  

We have had such mild weather this Fall that we haven't had any indoor long endurance classes.  This can change quickly so make sure you check the Google Group or your email if the weather looks bad.  

As always if you have any questions call or email. 

Ride on....
Chris

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

We're Back!!!

Yes we are!!  "Kelley Acres" Speed Shop will be back in action this Fall for Season 9!  We have had some amazing accomplishments this outdoor season.  Congratulations to everyone from last Fall and Winter that took advantage of the Speed Shop programming during the indoor season to make the outdoor season our best yet!

Now it's time to bring you up to speed on what we have coming up.

On September 14th at 6:30 pm we will once again offer an Intro to Computrainer Class at 6:30pm. This will be a 90 minute class going over what the Speed Shop is all about and what to expect if you sign up for the 8 week Fall Performance Session and/or the Winter Session.  We will also run an abbreviated workout in order to experience how the equipment works and how we personalize the workouts to your fitness level.  You will get a sampling of what will be happening to help you maintain or build fitness in the off season.  The cost is $20.  Email kelleyacres@gmail.com to reserve a spot. There is a 5 rider minimum. Please share this with anyone you know that is curious.

The 8 week Fall Performance Session will begin on October 17th and run for 8 weeks.  The week of Thanksgiving 11/21/2016 is a rest week. The cost of the 8 week session is $185. If you sign up for 2 classes the cost for both classes is $320.  
We are going to change the programming a little this Fall.  We will be offering 2 classes the week before the Fall Session begins  in order to determine your Functional Threshold Power (FTP).  These will be held October 12th at 6:30pm and October 15th at 9:30am . The cost is $25.  In the past we have included this in the first week of each session.  The FTP class is optional however, it is recommended to assess your fitness level at the start of the program. A heart rate monitor is recommend.  You will receive a detailed report outlining your power and heart rate zones along with coach notes to help you get the most out of the workouts.  
Registration will again be on www.bikereg.com. It will open on October 3, 2016 at 7:00pm.  You will be able to register for the FTP Class and/or the 8 week Fall Performance Session. 

Long Endurance Classes
Again this season we will be adding in our bad weather classes on the weekend. They run 2-3 hours with a mix of skills and endurance work in a fun environment.   They have been a big hit on those brutal winter days.

Junior Class?
Are there any juniors out there that are interested in having their own class? Please email if you have any interest of know of any juniors that are interested?  

Welcome Back Coach Ray and Coach Lucas! 
Ray and Lucas will be in the Shop again this season.  Ray organizes the Tuesday Indoor Worlds group that has been with the Speed Shop since the very first season.   Lucas will be back torturing the Early Bird Tuesday class at 6:30am.  

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming events please email kelleyacres@gmail.com or visit www.kelleyacres.net







Monday, November 30, 2015

Winter Is On The Way!

FALL UPDATE

Hello! I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the start of the Holiday Season.  The first 5 weeks of the Fall Session have been great! The transition into the Winter Session will go from skills and drills into speed and strength.  The Fall Session has been structured to lay the foundation to be fully prepared for the building block in the 10 week Winter Session.  The goal will be to have optimal performance on the road when the time and weather change in the spring.  Do not worry if you did not attend the Fall Session.  We will be doing another performance evaluation at the beginning of the Winter Session so you will be able to work at your current fitness level and build from there. We still have 3 weeks left and a few drop in spots available in Monday and Thursday classes of the Fall Session if you want to get a jump on the next session.

THE GOOD STUFF

The 10 week 2016 Winter Session will begin on January 4th and go through March 12.  We are all set up with the details for registration at www.bikereg.com.  A few things worth mentioning.  There is a 6 rider minimum for the 7:00 am Saturday class. More is better right?  Coach Ray and Coach Lucas will be sharing the duties.  If for some reason we cannot reach the minimum and you are registered you will have the option of either receiving a full refund or switch to another time slot that has an opening. 


Registration will open next Sunday, December 6th at 7pm.  

THE BETTER STUFF

We have teamed up with Velocity Sportwear (give them a "like" on facebook because they are great!) to bring to you  "Kelley Acres" Speed Shop Hoodies!  Just in time for the Holidays!  You have the choice of a regular hoodie with standard unisex sizing, a full zip with unisex sizing, or a full zip ladies lightweight jacket. The link to order and pricing is 
Hoodie Order Link
The really cool part is you can shop on their website for other product offered and put it in the same cart as your KASS Holiday Hoodie! 

IMPORTANT ORDERING INFO - Velocity Sportwear has been amazing to work with.  They are linking the order directly to their website so the hoodies can be direct shipped. Once we reach the order deadline which is December 7 it takes about two weeks to arrive.   The goal is for you to have your hoodie in time for the holiday season!  
Sneak Peek





Happy Holidays! 


Friday, September 18, 2015

New Season Fresh Start

We are excited to announce the 2015 "Kelley Acres" Speed Shop Fall Session will begin on October 19th and run through December 19th!  This will be the 8th season entering the pain cave and we are more refreshed and recharged than ever to bring you the best possible training to help each of you reach your goals. 

Registration will be opening on Monday, October 5th at 7:00pm at BikeReg.  There will be no classes the week of Thanksgiving (November 23rd). This is a rest week. 

The first week of the session will be the Functional Threshold Power (FTP) class.  It is recommended that you come to this class rested in order to get an accurate assessment to start the Fall Session.  If you train with a heart rate monitor your heart rate zones can be determined.  Each rider will receive an email with a report explaining how to use the information. In order to get the most out of the classes it is important to establish training parameters.  

There will be two different classes each week. The Monday thru Wednesday workouts will be similar and Thursday thru Saturday will be similar. They are designed to compliment each other. Please keep this in mind if you are planning to sign up for two classes. 

The Fall Session is designed progressively to prepare for the 10 week Winter Session. 

We will also be running our random 2-3 hr endurance classes when the weather starts to challenge us. 


All the class details and more are available on the website at www.kelleyacres.net

If you have any questions please call Chris at 301.788.4631 or email kelleyacres@gmail.com







Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Coaching Addition and Intro Classes!

We are losing daylight fast and it's almost officially Fall!  The good news is we got a pulse at the Speed Shop!  Programming for the upcoming Season 8 is underway.  We have a few exciting additions and changes coming your way.  The 8 week Fall Session will begin on 10/19. Details will be posted soon to  "Kelley Acres" Speed Shop.

COACHING ADDITION

It is my pleasure to announce the addition of Coach Lucas McCollum back to the Speed Shop this Fall and Winter! He will be taking over the Tuesday Early Bird class. Lucas and Coach Vicki taught a popular Sunday morning class the first year we started.  Lucas is one of the most accomplished triathletes in our region. He has turned his focus to road cycling and is quickly climbing the ranks moving from a USA Cycling Category 4 to a Category 2 and closing in on the top ranking of Category 1 in just one year racing for Team Bike Doctor. We are excited to have Lucas back!


Lucas on the top step of the Poolesville Road Race winning the Pro 1,2,3 race
Coach Ray will also be back for Season 8.  He provides a tremendous amount of support on and off the bike that helps the Speed Shop to continue to provide quality workouts in a fun environment. Coach Ray is coming off another strong road race season representing  National Capital Velo Club.

As many of you know Coach Vicki has moved to Texas.  She has been with the Speed Shop from the first season.  Her coaching and support will be greatly missed this season and we wish her well.

INTRODUCTORY CLASS

This year we are offering Two Introductory Classes.  The class will be lead by Coach Lucas and provide an opportunity to see what the Speed Shop is all about.  We will go over everything from set up to outlining what goes on in the Fall and Winter Sessions along with the random Long Endurance Classes.  We will also review the theory behind the progression of the training. Coach Lucas will lead an abbreviated workout so you have an idea of what to expect when you come to class. The first class will be held on September 16th at 6:30pm.  The cost is $20. Email kelleyacres@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Please call 301.788.4631 if you have any questions. The second class will be held in early October and will be announced in a few weeks.

Enjoy these last few weeks of summer! 




Sunday, March 15, 2015

We Did It!!

The 2015 "Kelley Acres" Speed Shop Winter Session is complete!  

Thank you to everyone that came out for the weekly torture sessions.  I hope to hear lots of success stories this spring and summer as we hit the road. 

A special thank you goes out to Coach Ray and Coach Vicki.  Because of these two fine coaches we are able to keep more classes on the schedule. Having a full schedule plays a significant role in keeping people sane during the brutal winter months. Their assistance also helps us to keep the quality workouts coming.  On a sad note for the Shop, Coach Vicki will be moving to Texas in a few weeks.  She has been with the Speed Shop since the first year and a huge supporter.  Hopefully we will have a few guest appearances when she comes back to visit. 

Shout Outs!

Lucas finishing up another session in the Speed Shop this winter
Lucas McCollum has been working hard this winter. Most of you know  Lucas has been competing as an elite level triathlete with many incredible successes over the years. A  highlight from last year was when he won the 2014 Male 30-34 Duathlon National Championship in the long course.  This season Lucas will  turn his focus from multisport to road racing. He has landed a spot on the elite squad of Team Bike Doctor.  In just a few short road racing seasons Lucas has upgraded from at Category 5 to a few points shy of a Category 2.  He's been training hard this winter and looking forward to testing his legs early this spring!  

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Another shout out to a couple guys that also helped keep everyone's sanity (or insanity) in check this winter. Duncan and Mike.   These dudes kept us laughing. Lots. Truth be told these two are just a a couple of many wonderful athletes that we have the pleasure of coaching through these intense but fun workouts. This picture just captured the essence of the fun. You know when you are judging workouts by the number of headbands- something good is going to happen in the spring! 

Resources
Here is a list we put out last year and thought it might be helpful to repost.  If anyone would like me to add to this please send me an email. 

Antietam Velo Club  an inclusive competitive cycling club out of Hagerstown, MD dedicated to supporting and promoting the bike racing in the Mid-Maryland area

DC Randonneurs - bicycle rides that are long-distance, unsupported, non-competitive, and time limited

Frederick Bike Rats Google Group -a forum for fun, inclusive local group rides in Frederick email:  frederickbikerats@googlegroups.com

Frederick Pedalers -  is a non-profit volunteer-led organization that promotes bicycling in Frederick County by leading rides, conducting cycling classes and cycling outreach activities



Frederick Velo/Bike Doctor Frederick a competitve cycling club in Frederick, MD that includes road, mountain, cyclocross and downhill racing. 


Frederick Velo Yahoo Group  a race oriented group ride centered around the Tuesday Night Worlds leaving from Glade Elementary

Mid Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association - primary resource for all road racing information in the Mid Atlantic

Mid Atlantic Time Trial Series (MATTS) a fantastic series of 5 Time Trials, aka  "the race of truth", held throughout the spring and summer

Racine MultiSports family focused multi-sport endurance races 

Team Integrity Cycling  - a competitive cycling club located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia

Thank you again for making this a fantastic season!  See you on the road!  Chris