In the eight years since I started my coaching business, it has been such a privilege and joy to share the journey of so many athletic challenges with my clients.
This post is to share the news with you, however, that I have decided to close the doors on my business.
There are several reasons for this, but most insurmountable is that for this kind of service business to really sing, it is necessary to commit many evenings and weekends to in-person sessions.
Unfortunately, this creates an ongoing conflict with my husband’s work schedule, which he cannot change to match mine. And as those of you who hang out with us know, Fraser and I really like to spend time together! 🙂 Our thriving and happy marriage is a treasured gift, and I am determined to keep it that way.
When contemplating this decision, one concern I had was wanting to see the cycling studio above Reser Bicycle be able to carry forward its successful first season.
So I am very happy to share with you that Jules Collins (firstname.lastname@example.org) is going to be taking the reins of the studio and will be offering some great programs and workouts starting later this fall!
I will be helping Jules learn the ropes with the Wahoo KICKR setup, so you can look forward to this as a great training resource again this fall and winter. And maybe I will even be able to lead some workouts here and there. 🙂
In addition, Jules will be developing some strength training offerings to support this important piece of your health and fitness.
For those of you who have a balance of workout passes remaining on your account, I will be sending a separate email in the next couple weeks that will explain more details about your options. I have very much appreciated your vote of confidence in the cycling studio, so I do not want to leave anyone high and dry. You will be able to either request a monetary refund of your remaining balance, or you can transfer your remaining passes to Jules and continue on with some awesome training in the studio!
Although it is with some sadness that I am closing down my business, the good news is that I will always be involved in endurance sports, just now in a different way.
I am looking forward to seeing many of you again on the road and trail, as we strive together in sport and life.
All the best,
We call ourselves “endurance” athletes, which brings some baggage to the show, doesn’t it?
We endure. We overcome. We suffer. We triumph against great odds. We are tougher than that alarm clock ringing at 5:00am on Monday mornings.
Built into the name of our sport are some pretty heavy expectations.
So… I’ve been wondering…
When you are out on a run and are suddenly swept up in inexplicable happiness, does this workout still qualify you as an “endurance” athlete?
How about when you hit a skill just right, maybe you carve a switchback on the mountain bike with a satisfying, perfect oneness, and you feel like a delighted little kid again? Does that count?
Or how about those perfect moments when your body and time just seem to disappear, and you feel like you are made of wind and sunshine? How about then?
Are you still “enduring”, you joyful, badass force of nature?
So much of our culture, and I suspect, how we think of the sport ourselves, is really stuck on this term, “endurance”.
Think “fun”, and images of an Ironman are definitely not the first to come to mind. But “competitive” and “disciplined”? Right on, get ready for the sweat, the grit, the wear and tear.
And I understand this; once you have pushed through hard times, once you have savored victories that did not come easily… there is a temptation to reject the “fun” aspect because it seems too frivolous.
But I would suggest that by rejecting the fun, we do our beloved sports a disservice.
The joy and the zen force are not sitting there at the front end. They are what you get after pushing through, the built-in reward. They are the view from the top, savored after layering moment after moment of determination under your soul. They are the glowing core of a strong body, mind and spirit.
So don’t stop yourself from telling people you had fun. As long as we are alive, really, we all have things we must endure. But to endure and also be brought great joy? That is what you have earned. Share it!
Hey tri- and duathletes! Is 2015 your first or second year of racing multisport? Do you have a lot of questions about transitions?
Athlete Inside has created a workshop just for you!
Enjoy your race day being smooth, fast and efficient!
More details at: http://athlete-inside.com/coachingservices/programs.html
Spring weather and longer days upon us again! Hopefully all of you are enjoying time outside and are reaping the rewards of the training you did over the winter.
In case you haven’t checked out our studio schedule recently, I wanted to share a couple quick updates:
i) This Friday (03/20 @ 6:00pm) we are offering the bike-yoga combo special again! This workout gives you a 45 min jaunt on the bike (in the studio) followed by 45 min of yoga (led by certified yoga instructor Katy Drinkhouse).
We got a lot of positive feedback from the group that attended our first “BYC” session in February, so I am glad that Katy is available again this Friday! Sign up here!
ii) Our current rotation of workouts will continue through April 2. I am working on getting website updates and other behind-the-scenes projects done in the next week or so, and then I will be sending out information on our spring/summer programming.
As a sneak preview, we will pare down our studio rides and focus our smaller number of workouts on the types of sessions that are hardest to train on the road (e.g. longer intervals near threshold …ahem, triathletes and TT’ers).
We will also begin to offer a bike-run brick workout at least once per week (that’s YOU, tri- and duathletes), provide a series of “training + workshop” with topics geared toward beginner riders, and we will finally roll out some strength training!
Oh, and on evenings where there are thunderstorms in the forecast, be sure to check our online schedule, because I will be aiming to provide fill-in workouts on days when it is not such a great idea to ride outside (possible, of course, but not necessarily very safe or productive).
In the meantime, between now and April 2, I would love to see you join us at the studio! As I have started to do more riding outside again these past couple weeks, I have been incredibly pleased with how strong and comfortable I feel on the bike, thanks to the studio rides over the winter. Best start to the spring riding season ever!
And I have been hearing similar comments from our other regular riders too. Absolutely part of the joy of biking is riding outside, but another part of that joy is being able to ride strong. The studio rides are hands-down the most time-effective method for putting quality into your workouts, and you just might be surprised how much fun they are too. 🙂
Current full schedule information and registration are always available at our scheduling site. Check it out!
If you haven’t joined us at the cycling studio yet, remember, your first ride is always free!
The past few weeks I have been hearing comments from people about “suffering” on their indoor trainer.
Well… over here at Athlete Inside we have been redefining just what it means to train indoors.
How would you like to improve your strength, skill, muscular endurance and power, while ALSO HAVING A GREAT TIME? Love your bike!
Our 1.5 hour workouts will fly by, and at the same time give you the training impact of what would typically take you 2 to 2.5 hours to accomplish on the road.
Stop suffering and give us a chance to show you what this is all about!
Monday – Thursday at 6:30pm, Saturday workouts at 9:00am, and Sunday workouts at 1:00pm. Sign up and pricing information here: https://athlete-inside.frontdeskhq.com/schedule
First ride is always free!
We had to close the cycling studio on Mon/Wed (open Thurs) this week because of the snow. So here’s a special session to catch up! Get your bike fix AND an awesome Friday-night yoga wind down.
Bike-Yoga Combo: 60 min on the bike followed by 30 min of yoga. Featuring Katy Drinkhouse!
— Friday, February 20 @ 6pm. Minimum of 4 people. —
Can you get away from work extra early? Here’s a plan: hit the SORTA Public Meeting on the Oasis Trail @ 4pm, then enjoy some bike-yoga awesomeness with us @ 6pm!
Our regular morning ride time of 9:00am on Saturday has already filled up! It is awesome to know that so many of you are determined to get in a good quality ride despite the cold weather.
Given the demand for this weekend, I have opened up another ride time for THIS Saturday only (02/14) at 11:00am.
I will watch the signups closely; if we get at least four people signed up at this additional time slot, then the class will proceed. If we do not get at least four people registered, then I will send out a cancellation notice by 9:00am on Saturday morning.
If you have not already been to the studio, remember, your first ride is always free!
On Saturday. Jan. 3, we enjoyed a fully booked workout at 9:00am. Yay! However, despite survey results showing Sunday mornings as also being good for people, we are not getting signups for that time slot. So… going forward, our Sunday workouts will be at 1:00 pm. Come join us! The full schedule and signups are here: https://athlete-inside.frontdeskhq.com/schedule.
We’ve had a great time running workouts the past two weeks! Thanks to everyone who came out to give out studio a try during free demo week. It was awesome to see you then, and even nicer to see so many of you coming back again during week two! 🙂
FREE RIDE OFFER
For those who could not fit a studio ride in your schedule during free demo week, I want to be sure everyone knows that our policy going forward will be “First Ride is Free“. When you create your account on the scheduling system you will be granted a free pass for your first studio ride.* So go ahead and find a date that is good for you, and come join us!
To ensure that we are offering studio rides (as well as strength and yoga sessions) at times that are best for you, it would be an enormous help if you could complete a schedule survey at the following link:
STUDIO RIDE SCHEDULE
I initially set up our schedule with before- and after-work time slots. However, there has not been demand for the before-work sessions (or not yet, anyway!). So for the time being, I am going to remove the before-work sessions from the schedule.
All of this info is also available at the scheduling site, but for your quick reference, here is a summary of our current studio ride schedule:
Mon – Thurs – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Fridays – OFF
Saturdays – 9:00am to 10:30am
9:00am to 10:30am (***this time has been changed to 1:00pm)
I will update and add to this schedule based on input from the survey above, so please pitch in your feedback ASAP!
This information is also on the scheduling site, but for your quick reference, here is a summary:
|Purchase Option||Price per session||Package Cost||Discount|
|First Ride is Free||–||–||–|
|Monthly Unlimited||$8-12||$125 (new price!)||35% or more|
In addition to the regularly scheduled studio rides, look for an array of additional events; for example, we will soon be offering cycling-specific group strength workouts; more scheduled rides based on demand; special course themes (e.g. ride an Ironman course or a famous Tour de France course); yoga workshops; and presentations on various topics, including nutrition, injury prevention, skills development and more!
As always, please get in touch if you have any questions or feedback. For more background information on the cycling studio, click HERE. Our goal is to make this cycling studio an awesome resource for our community, so your input and participation are a big part of helping us grow in the right directions!
(*) Footnote: FYI… if you currently are or have previously been a coaching client, the scheduling system will probably recognize your email and ask you to create a password for that email instead of creating an entirely new account. In that case, the scheduling system doesn’t know to give you the “new client” pass. But that is okay, when you “check out” after enrolling in your first class of interest, you will be presented with the option to purchase a $0 item called “1-Class Pass – First Ride is Free”. It is a bit of a quirk with how the scheduling system can be configured to award free sessions, but it works out okay in the end. Just get in touch with me if you have any questions.
Big thanks to everyone who came to our Open House on Saturday! It was a fun few hours, with the Wahoo KICKR system running smoothly, lots of new and old friends, hard pedaling by the demo riders, and smiling faces.
To give more of you a chance to experience the system firsthand, this coming week is Free Demo Week!
Because we have a limited number of spaces, ADVANCE SIGNUP IS REQUIRED. The signup system will show when a class is full; and signup will be available up until two hours before the class starts.
Go here to claim a spot: https://athlete-inside.frontdeskhq.com/schedule
The Tuesday and Thursday sessions are almost full, but we still have space Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Get in now while you can!
For the session, plan to bring your bike, your bike shoes, a water bottle (we have filtered water at the studio, so you can fill it up there), and a towel. If you have a HR strap, bring that too. You do NOT need to bring your bike computer/Garmin… the wireless system we have running will collect all your data and email it to you automatically at the end of your workout (and also post it to Training Peaks and/or Strava if you use those systems).
One of my coaching clients, Nathan Moore, stopped by the Open House with his bike in tow, so we got him on the system and he had a chance to ride. It totally made my day to see the review he posted later on the Cincinnati Triathlon group on Facebook. FYI his review was completely free will on his part, no discount bribery or arm-twisting involved here! 🙂
Here are Nathan’s comments:
4 reasons you need to start using the Cycling Studio by Athlete Inside @ Reser Bicycle Outfitters starting right now. I visited the open house yesterday and these were my conclusions.
1. Train to your peak … affordably and precisely. The Kickr trainers are likely the best trainer technology on the market, with wheel-off technology, a good flywheel, and very good user-optimized programmable controls. They can be set-up to ensure you are training to maximize your peak performance while riding in a group setting, putting a new definition to NOLB. For the price of putting a Kickr in your home, you can go to the Cycling Studio for a long time and still come out ahead.
2. Group training drives more challenging workouts. When I was there yesterday, within about 1 minute of starting pedealing I found myself looking at everyone’s metrics and thinking “I need to beat that”. No different than outdoor rides. Many of the other attendees were avid cyclists or triathletes, so the camaraderie and informal Tri discussions are also great.
3. Focus. Last winter I spent a fair amount of time outdoors on the bike to keep training for an Ironman, but at times it seemed that my biggest challenge was surviving the weather. From a mental determination standpoint, that was good training, but I thought my time would have been better spend with focused training on what my leg’s and lung’s needed, not my mental stamina. These classes are in a second floor studio with a flood of outdoor light, AND with temperature control : )
4. Coffee. It’s the little things, but the barista at the coffee bar downstairs is the best I’ve seen in town. For coffee enthusiasts, the precision of his technique was evident in the cup. Get in an early class and grab a fantastic pull of espresso … a perfect start to my day.
I know… today is beautiful, and trust me, I ride outside as much as possible too. But a quick look at the forecast is a harsh reminder of the cold and darkness that will be our companions for these coming months.
So take advantage of Free Demo Week to try out this new resource that allows you to get in super high-quality training on all those pitch-black weekday mornings and nights, and bitterly cold weekend days, while still enjoying the camaraderie of friends.
No more winter social withdrawal and being miserable on your trainer in the basement. Join us! Get fit, get fast and have fun!
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