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Thurs night Ironspin class with pro-triathletes Kyle Marcotte and yours truly.

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Are you an awesome athlete/cyclist/triathlete, and back it up with being an even more awesome person? Did you have an awesome 2011, and hope for an even more awesome 2012? Do you have and awesome brain, that processes and expresses thoughts in factors of awesomeness? Do you have an awesome bike set up, and want to bike in an environment that gives you suggestions on how to make that bike set up possibly even more awesome? Do you want to part of a cycling class that have the most awesome workouts in Calgary? (If any other club, group, or team wants to challenge our awesomeness to an early season 40km TT, we will most awesomely oblige!) If you’re looking for awesomeness,…search no more, and come to our awesome Thursday night spin class at SpeedTheory:

Ironspins will be starting up Thursday Jan 5th at Speed Theory (735A 10 Ave SW). The classes start at 6:30 PM, but most people show up just after 6 PM to start setting up your bikes. The class will run approximately 2 hrs in length, with a brief core/stretching session at the end. The class will run every Thursday until March 29th (13 classes) and the cost will be $175 per person.

For insurance reasons, we ask that all participants get a Alberta Triathlon Association membership:
The cost of the membership is $40. There are many benefits of being a member and if you are planning on doing a triathlon in Alberta or BC this summer, you would need the membership anyways.

Please don’t forget to bring:
-your bike
-your bike trainer
-a towel or mat to place under your bike in order to keep the floor clean
-a change of clothes
-water bottle. fluids, nutrition, etc.

In case you forget anything or would like to purchase something, we can ring in through for you.

We are very lucky that the management at Speed Theory allow us to use their shop to hold the class. In return, they ask that you keep in mind that it is a place of business. In order to have enough space to hold class members, we will have to move some of the display bikes. The staff at Speed Theory ask that this task be left to Kyle and myself as they want to make sure that new bikes remain scratch free.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.



Spin Classes at SpeedTheory

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Kyle Marcotte and I are leading a Spin Class out of SpeedTheory again. This will be a Thursday night weekly class from 6:30pm-8:30pm from Oct 27th to Dec 22nd (9 weeks). The cost is $120. Drop-ins will be on a case-by-case basis (pending room is available).

Requirements: Bring your own bike, trainer, towel, water/food/fuel, HR-monitor (optional), mat/towel to collect sweat and a keen attitude. Athletes must have a current Alberta Triathlon Association or Alberta Bicycle Association membership.

The workout will consist of a warm up which includes drills, a main set, cool down. Following the bike trainer workout, 20min of progressive core exercise will follow. The class will be geared towards athletes with half-ironman and ironman objectives.

Class size is limited, so please sign up by emailing us to the addresses below:

Scott Curry (ironchiro at gmail dot com) or
Kyle Marcotte (dukyle at yahoo dot ca)

We look forward to seeing you!!!

Sooked up in Sooke

Monday, August 8th, 2011

This past weekend, we travelled to Sooke, BC, for an Olympic Distance race. I had decided not to race anything after the Vancouver Half IM up until IMC, as I wanted to ensure I focused on the necessary training leading up to the race, with no distractions or interruptions. So it was a last minute decision, to consider the Sooke Olympic as a reasonable solid effort to cap off the last few weeks of training with an exclamation point.

Given that I had been moving well in training, I was open to the possibility of smashing the course, and certainly my brain was eager to do so. So I toed the line with the same excitement and anticipation of having a great race as always.

The swim leg went relatively smoothly, I attempted to settle into a smooth rhythm albeit still trying to finish 1500m as fast as possible. Before I knew it, I was exiting the water, and running to my bike with a sense of urgency.

I was excited to jump on my bike, and couldn’t wait to start gobbling up some of these fleet footed, Olympic distance racers. As soon as started biking however, I got the sense that this was not going to be the day I was to feel invincible. My experience was far from that. No matter how hard I wanted to go, my body had a very finite upper limit, and it let me know it by shutting things down as quickly as my attempts to accelerate and get things going were. Checking my ego at the door, I worked as hard as I could, and finished the bike as fast as I could muster.

Onto the run, again, I worked as hard as I could, and gave it my best effort. I finished in 15th place (out of 20 men), 2hr11min was my time, well back from Brent McMahon’s winning effort of 1hr54min. It was impressive seeing Brent racing at that speed, and I hope the best for him as he tries to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.

Next up for me is Ironman Canada – 3 weeks from now. The taper begins 🙂