TrainingPeaks Endurance Coach Summit Brings Coaches to Boulder

Photo by Raeleigh Harris
Simon Butterworth of D3 Multisport
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By Will Murray

More than 208 coaches converged in Boulder during the first week of August to attend the 2017 TrainingPeaks Endurance Coach Summit.

Held at the University of Colorado and co-sponsored by USA Cycling and USA Triathlon, this 3-day event focused on the business and science of coaching endurance athletes. Keynote speakers included six-time Ironman champion Dave Scott, USAT running coach Bobby McGee and Dirk Friel from TrainingPeaks.

Participants had the opportunity to listen to talks in sports physiology and coaching business. In this year’s format (2016 was the inaugural summit) there were 20-minute business roundtables, where coaches could break into small groups to hear quick presentations on business law, running a multi-coach business, enhancing your social media presence and using TrainingPeaks’ coach referral program.

Dave Scott
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The University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center showed off its facility with small-group sessions on swimming, strength training, running and cycling biomechanics and nutrition.

Networking opportunities were built into the design throughout. Roka hosted a swim workout and Dave Scott a run workout, both on Friday morning before sessions began. Retul hosted a pre-conference networking session at their new facility on Airport Road in Boulder.

Coach Raeleigh Harris said, “The summit showcased the best coaching methodology, technology and leadership available to us today, all in one location. Total immersion into this setting was invaluable moving forward in development of Coaching services and supporting platforms.”

Emceed by Barry Siff, President of USA Triathlon, this even earned coaches 12 CEUs. Training Peaks plans to bring this event back to Boulder in 2018.

Raeleigh Harris and Mitchell Reiss
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Why Off Season is a Great Time to Get a Bike Fit

by Erin Trail

I got my current TT bike in April 2013 and decided, after 3.5 years that I was overdue for a bike fit. The main reasons were because I recently got some PowerTap P1 pedals, but I’m also recovering from a bike-crash-induced rotator cuff injury that makes my former aggressive aero position very uncomfortable.

Erin set up for her off-season Retul bike fit.
Erin set up for her Retul bike fit.

As much as I didn’t want to go less aggressive, I figured that changing it now, so I could actually ride and stay aero all winter, was better than keeping it and being in pain. That’s the cool thing about bike parts, they’re pretty easy to adjust and I know I can always go back to being more aggressive when I’m ready. Even if I didn’t have these reason for a fit, I was still overdue. I had put thousands of miles on my bike since I got it. My flexibility and riding abilities have definitely changed since 2013 and I owed it to myself to maximize my current self, not my 2013 self. I have big plans for 2017 (Ironman Boulder!) and to build a strong base this winter, I need a good foundation.

I went to Denver Fit Loft for my bike and opted for the Retul Fit. With Retul, you have sensors affixed to your body at key spots (feet, knees, hips, shoulder, elbow, wrist) and a computer models your movement in real time. It gives the fitter real time feedback on efficiency and motion as you ride along (on a trainer) and offers a more precise bike fit.

Here’s what you need for your bike fit:
• Your bike
• Your bike shoes
• Wear some comfy cycling gear
• A water bottle – you’ll be doing some pedaling
The first step in the fit process was an evaluation of my flexibility and body position. We also went over any issuesErin Trail set up for her off-season Retul bike fit I was having that needed resolution. We then went to doing major bike adjustments – my cleats and pedals took about 20 minutes alone. Next came my bars (making them less aggressive but also more comfortable for my angry shoulder) and saddle position. Since my bike was already fairly optimized, we left things like changing the saddle or crank lengths alone. Once we have a good rough fit, it was time to have the Retul dots velcro’d to me and to do some spinning. A tweak here, a shift there and I was pedaling as smooth as fresh pavement. The whole process took about 2 hours and I’m now a happy pain-free rider.

When is a good time to get a bike fit?
• When you purchase the bike
• When you make a major change in components (pedals, saddle, bars)
• If you have an injury or other limitation that you didn’t have when you originally got your bike fit
• Every several years to optimize your bike for your CURRENT riding self

The off season is a fantastic time to get a bike fit. For starters, you have all winter to get used to your new set-up and make adjustments as needed. Secondly, if you’re looking to build a bike base in the winter, it helps to build it on a strong foundation. Comfort, movement, and maximizing power are all things that should be set at the beginning of your base build. Your body will need time to adapt to the changes and by getting fit on the off season, you’re giving yourself the best chance for that to happen. And a word of advice from all the bike fitters out there – don’t get fit the week before your A-race. Get it done early and you’ll be a happier and more efficient rider.