Monday, February 28, 2011


Going into the last couple weeks of the winter session, there are still some indoor workouts to focus on but the spring temperatures are a welcome addition to training. 

Last week we had several "Top Dog" Time Trial Classes.  And it was Hot!Hot!Hot! at the Speed Shop. Thanks to our sponsors Wheel Base Bikes, Raw Revolution, Justin's Nut Butter for their support.  Lucas M. rolled it back to the top in the Men's Overall Category cracking 15' and edging out Nate W. by 1"!   Defending Women's Overall Champ from the fall, Hannah H., was in the house this weekend and laid down a new shop record for the ladies 16:47. Jim J. is the new leader in the Men's 40+ Category by 12" over Ray T. Only 2" separate leader Michele T. and Cheryl S. in the Women's 40+.  RB took over the reigns in the Men's 50+ Category and holds a 1" lead over reigning champ Greg L. Vicki B. knocked almost a minute off of her last go and did a PB to take over the Women's 50+ Category.
On to the team competition where Steve W. and Ray T. have a solid lead in the Men's 80+ Team and Patty C. and Michele T. are comfortably on top in the Women's 80+ Team.  The Mixed 80+ Team  has Cheryl S. and Ray T. with a 30" lead over Michele T. and George C.  The new Parent/Junior Category has speedsters Matt C. and Patty C. in the top spot over Nathan T. and Ray T.
Full results are at
The TT will be going in some random winter session classes over the next two weeks and on the weekends. If you are not in a regularly scheduled class, look for openings and added classes on the weekend. If you have a group (5 rider min.) that would like to do a class together we will be happy to set something up.

In other news....
The Frederick Triathlon Club has organized a Retul bike fit presentation in Frederick by Steve Ruck of Bike Doctor on March 15 at 7pm.  Check the website for details HERE!

Make up and Punch card classes will expire on the last day of the Winter Session on March 13. 

Look for more updates and info on "What am I going to now that CT Classes are over?

Monday, February 7, 2011


This time every year it seems like everyone starts looking for a little bump in motivation.  Cold temperatures, bad weather and lack of daylight for several months takes its toll.  While many were excited to get outside and take advantage of one of the mildest winter days in a few months, I managed to not only find motivation but also inspiration inside this weekend.

The Speed Shop is halfway through the winter session and also in the midst of the 2011 Winter "Top Dog" Time Trial Competition.  When I contacted Nate Wilson about stopping by this weekend to give the TT a go I had no idea I was about to get the biggest dose of motivation along with inspiration I've had in a long time.  In my opinion, Nate, along with his parents Jim and Carolyn, and brother, Avery, are some of the biggest supporters of all things cycling in our area.  At 20yrs old, Nate will be representing the Under 23 USA National Cycling Team in Europe in about a month.  After that, he will be racing for the California Giant Cycling Team.  The bigger deal here is that Nate was hit by a truck and almost killed on a training ride mid December in Tucson.  The fact that he could answer my email was a relief but even more exciting was that he wanted to come for a visit to "Kelley Acres".  My buddy, Susan Hefler, of HPC, also Nate's coach and the inspiration for the Speed Shop mentioned Nate was able to ride but the intensity has been low due to hardware holding his jaw in place restricting airflow conducive to high intensity.  The hardware came out on Wednesday and Nate confirmed he was good to go for the TT on Sunday.  Despite the warmest day in months, we fired up the Speed Shop for a "Top Dog" TT session. 
Nate, his mom Carolyn, and a few Shop regulars, Matt from NCVC, Tsahai, and Steve from ABRT all took on the CompuTrainer Indoor Time Trial 10K course.  For his first dose of intensity in a couple months, Nate laid down the fastest time this season.  Sweet! 

 Carolyn and Nate
    Nate, Carolyn Tsahai, Steve, and Matt

After the ride, listening to Carolyn talk about Nate's attitude after his accident and then seeing it for myself,  I ended the day not only motivated and inspired but extremely thankful.