Monday, October 25, 2010

Got the OK to Swim Again!

It's been awhile since I made a blog entry!

Me at the bike start in Kona.
The trip to Kona to watch Ironman and be involved with the event as a coach was great! It's so inspirational and motivating to witness the event in person.  We also videotaped footage for the next On the Road Virtual training dvd, Kona Training Ride.  You can see some of the footage here,
If all goes well, it'll be ready by February or March 2011.

Last week, I had my 8 week post surgery x-ray to assess the healing progress of my pinned and plated collarbone. The doc said it's doing well and gave me the go-ahead to start swimming. I started on Friday of last week with a set of slllloooowww 4x250. It was NOT pretty, let me tell ya!  (actually , even when I'm in shape it's not pretty:).  My collarbone felt fine but the arms were like uncoordinated limbs of cement. The 2 fractured ribs were tender, but not horrible. I followed that workout with a straight 1250 yd swim on Saturday, and started getting a feel for the water, averaging about a 1:33/100 yd pace, just swimming steady.  It's amazing how fast you can lose sport specific conditioning.  With only about 3 weeks or so of swim training left before IMAZ, I'm a little nervous about the 2.4 miles, but think with a wetsuit might be able to fake it enough to make it! My cycling and run fitness is good, but certainly not where I would have wanted it or where it was pre-bike crash. Oh well, that's life I guess... I'm just thankful to even be able to toe the line after thinking my season was over just about 9 weeks ago when I slammed at high speed into the Leadville Trail 100 dirt!

We recently released our latest additions to the Spinervals cycling competition series. 36, 37 and 38 have been selling briskly.  A portion of the income from these titles go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project too... so that's very cool.  Go here to learn more and see video clips of these new titles,
We've also released our new Bodyworks MD Video, The Hip.

If you read this, I hope that you are doing well and training well, transitioning to your Fall/Winter training schedule.

Best wishes,
Coach Troy

Friday, October 1, 2010

Casting Call for Kona Virtual Ride

Getting ready to leave for Kona next week to participate in the Ironman Hawaii World Championship festivities (as a coaching partner) and to shoot a new 'on the road' video of the bike course!

We're casting for two female riders to ride with me in this video.  Candidates must be very fit and able to ride 112 miles in windy/hot conditions at speeds averaging around 18 - 20 mph.  They must have their own triathlon bike (new, no more than 2 years old) and may wear their own kit as long as sponsor logos do not compete in anyway with Spinervals or Triathlon Academy coaching businesses or associated sponsors.

Exposure for the athletes selected will likely be enormous.  Athletes will be compensated for their time and will be required to sign a model release and liability waiver. 

If you or someone you know are interested in this unique opportunity and will be on the big island for the race and available all day on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, please email your bio and two pictures (an action shot of you on the bike and a casual pic) to
Selected athletes will be notified by Tues, Oct. 5th, if not sooner.

Thanks and train smart!
Coach Troy