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WOW! What a weekend our clients had at Stumpy Creek! 

IN the Sprint: 

  • Laura Fricano took 2nd female overall!


  • 10th overall, 1st Age Group: Josh Strang 
  • Stealing a top 50 spot with a #39, and 5th for Age Group, Théoden Janes
  • 1st Age group, 40-44, Jodi Newman
  • Second Athena: Donna Rubin! 




It takes a TEAM!

Cancer. Sucks. Period. It takes a team to crush this dreaded disease. 


We all have people we are close to that have been beaten by this dreaded disease. There are victors in the race against this disease. It's going to take a team to fight it. 


TotalCyclist, the company, has a coach that is in stage 4 of her fight against cancer. Jackie Crowell is both brave and fierce. I mean, she raced her bike a few weeks ago and still coaches with passion and vigor TotalCyclist athletes. 


TotalCyclist athlete/DivaCamp coach Terry Slifer recently lost his mother to cancer. 


The TotalCyclist family is very close to the charitable organization 24 Hours of Booty. The stories INSIDE the story of 24 HOB are magical, mesmerizing, thought provoking, sad, engaging and POWERFUL. Next week the 24 HOB cyclists are back on the streets of Charlotte, NC in hopes to put together a team of thousands to fight cancer. 


Most people know that I am a big NC State fan. Driving into the office, listening to ESPN, the speech by Jim Valvano was playing. That speech in 1993 moved me deeply. Today it moved me to donate and write this blog. 


I could go on and on about how many families and friends that have been pierced by cancer. 


Let's put a team together to fight cancer. 


You can donate!


The TotalCyclist/Jimmie Johnson Foundation MTB team has a Booty Page HERE


The Jimmie V Foundation HERE





Pisgah Omnium:

Check out that pink kit on the podium! Lark Elliot took 3rd place for Masters 35+ Women's this weekend in the Road Race! Coach Tim McCollum also raced and placed 6th overall in the Omnium with a 5th place in the RR and 11th in the Crit!


Will running make me a better cyclist?

Well..Hmm...Let's start here:

The Principle of Specificity, as defined by the American College of Sports Medicine, states, "Sports training must be relevant and appropriate to the particular sport an individual is training for in order to produce a training effect. For an athlete to become better in a specific sport or a specific skill, the athlete must perform that sport or skill."


However, most cyclists are time crunched (Myself included, you may think "Chad you are around cycling all the time!" Well I am// but if I'm commentating for 6 hours and transferring to another stage or race and doing this the entire summer, cycling takes a back seat many times). The best way to stay FIT is run/jog/walk if your time on the bike is severely limited.


If you are a avid cyclist and are wondering if running helps: It does and doesn't. First of all running fitness and cycling fitness are different animals. If you are looking to be just FIT...then you can acknowledge the fact that running helps you stay fit. (I usually drop 5-7 lbs when I pick up running for 2 months)


Research indicates the running requires a greater oxygen uptake so in essence you may be a bit more "Fit" as a runner than a cyclist. The translation however, is a bit more complex. Yes, I believe you can translate some of the fitness over to cycling but to become a better cyclist, you have to be "sport specific". For example, doing hill repeats on the run won't necessarily make you a better climber on the bike. You have to get out and CLIMB on the bike. Recruit the muscles needed to get your arse up that climb. Same with sprinting, pack riding etc. NOTHING can replicate that except...well..cycling. 




This past weekend the Carolina Cycling team took on the NC State Championship Criterion and Time Trials! They spent a lot of time with us this past Winter Series and we want to congratulate them on their awesomeness! The team seriously dominated! 


Matt Spargo and Jim Beam of Modry Evergreen also had a great showing this past weekend, both taking Third place podium spots in the Time Trial! 


The HEAT is on: Training in hot weather.

I was reminded about hot weather riding yesterday. I decided to hit the woods around 230pm. The conditions were pretty stale. Temperature was around 95 degrees and the dew point in the low 70's. For you non weather nerds that's stifling. There was NO air movement either. 

I decided I would push it a little bit after a 15 minute warmup..and then that's when the coaching mindset kicked in. Heart rate suppression. I just didn't have the punch. Core temperature elevated and that essentially shut down my ability to "rip it". 

The best want prepare or offset this phenomenon is acclimatizing:

  • The only way to acclimatize is to ride in the heat. 
  • You can adapt fairly quickly….usually in about 10 days of training. if you give it 2 weeks you usually are in the sweet spot of acclimatization. 
  • If you have a key event start 3 weeks out. 
  • Start earlier in the day and work your way towards the hottest part. 
  • Learn from my mistake and do your harder efforts indoors and your longer rides outside. It's very difficult to do intervals in blistering heat!

Keep Cool and enjoy the ride!