Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Suffering

The streets of Madison have been sprinkled with happy cyclists logging unexpected and welcomed winter miles. We have had a number unseasonably warm days so far this season and our science friends are calling 2015 the warmest year on record.

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That all ends today, as we are being hit with our largest snow storm of the season to date. Fortunately, we are able to move training operations indoors. I coach a number of athletes who work at Trek Bicycle HQ in Waterloo, WI. It’s about a 30 minute drive through the country and the only traffic jam you’ll encounter en route is the occasional tractor. I’ve been lucky enough to coach cycling classes for Trek twice per week this winter again. Not only do they know about bikes, but they know how to ride them. Even indoors. I must apologize to the Train Dirty class, which follows my cycling class, as they are routinely left to work out in a hot, stinky room full of puddles of sweat (we clean up, I promise).

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My non-Trek coached athletes have had the pleasure of enjoying 2-hour indoor cycling sessions at Paceline Indoor Cycling in Madison on Sunday mornings at 9:00am. One of these athletes recently posted his ride to Strava and titled it “Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Suffering”. Sounds about right. They are a tough group.

We’ve been putting the miles in at the pool and taking some off-season time to really focus on technique and drills. Swimming in groups has been beneficial and we’ve pushed each other to finish sets when it just sounded better to go home and eat more Christmas cookies. I recently invested in an underwater GoPro camera, which I’ve used to film athletes and evaluate stroke technique. It’s been well worth the investment.

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Lastly, PBC water bottles are in! Get your hydration situation in order for the 2016 season. Email patrickbradycoaching@gmail.com to purchase. They are $5 each.

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Happy New Year to all. 2016 promises to be the best season yet.

 

Coach PB
Cycling and Triathlon Coach, Madison, WI

Luke vs. Triathlon

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This year I’ve had the pleasure of coaching an amazing individual, Luke Gulbrand. He approached me in early 2014 about running and triathlon coaching which rolled into Ironman Wisconsin coaching. Not too long before the race Luke launched a new Facebook page and started a blog about his journey. Luke’s challenges with triathlon are unlike those that most of us face. He has Crohn’s Disease, which has made simply completing some workout challenging, much less an entire Ironman.

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Luke persevered last Sunday and not only completed the race, but posted a great time of 14:41:09. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

To read more about Luke’s story and his plans moving forward, visit his blog, Facebook page, or check out the news story that he was recently feature in.

Next time you think you can’t make it through a tough workout or a grueling race, think of Luke. He did.

Coach PB
Cycling and Triathlon Coach, Madison, WI

Team PBC Ironman Wisconsin Race Recap

Competing in Ironman Wisconsin can be described as… challenging, empowering, enlightening, and inspiring. This year I didn’t compete but had 6 athletes out there on race day and I felt all those same emotions secondhand. I was thrilled to be a part of the journey and very proud of what everyone accomplished. Some moments left me considering getting teary-eyed. Being able to see the athletes I have trained through thick and thin for the past year reach their goals… it simply cannot be described in words, which is why I will do so in pictures…

Team PBC Ironman Wisconsin Race Report

The morning started with dropping my out of town athletes at transition then heading up to the square to get some Colectivo Coffee… everyone must have read my blog on Discover Wisconsin about spectating on race day because the line was literally out the door. In any case, a latte and a PB walnut chocolate chip muffin later I was back at the swim start herding my athletes down to the water. One thing I’ve always loved about the PBC kits is you can see the stars on the back when your wetsuit is open…

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Team PBC had a solid performance in the swim and athletes exited looking happy and laser focused. Off to the bike!

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The weather conditions continued to be perfect for the bike with temperatures around 70* at the high and a cool breeze for the afternoon. I watched from the top of “The Hill” on Timber Lane with a crowd of enthusiastic fans, including those dressed scantily clad and a kind father daughter duo handing out free brats.

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I was anxiously awaiting my athletes, checking time splits on my phone and getting race updates from friends elsewhere on the course.

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They all showed up looking strong and taking no prisoners on The Hill!

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After a quick fro-yo stop (guilty) it was back to the run course to cheer my athletes across the finish line. Everyone looked strong on the run. I stuck around past midnight to see the last finishers and help peel athletes off the concrete and load them into cars… and I can tell you that last hour gives me goosebumps every year.

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I couldn’t be more proud of how Team PBC performed at Ironman Wisconsin. Everyone left their hearts out there. One athlete in particular was rewarded for her effort with a Kona slot. Congrats to Annie Hughes!

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For those of you interested in signing up for Ironman Wisconsin for 2016, I am offering an Ironman Wisconsin Exclusive coaching deal from now through the end of September. Sign up for 1 year of comprehensive coaching and received a discounted monthly rate as well as a complimentary PBC hat, t-shirt, and a `1 piece race kit. Email patrickbradycoaching@gmail.com to inquire.

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On a final note I want to thank all my athletes for the pleasure of being a part of your journey. You did it! You’re Ironmen(women)! That is something only a small percentage of people can say. It’s something no one can every take away from you. You’ll have it forever. And I’ll always be grateful that you took me along for the ride. Congratulations!

Coach PB
Cycling and Triathlon Coach, Madison, WI

2015 PBC Kit

Last night we had a great seminar on How to Structure your Off Season at Trek Bicycle Store Madison. Knowledge was gained and prizes were won.

Additionally, I revealed the 2015 triathlon kit design. Contact PB to try on size samples and place orders.

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Coach PB
Cycling and Triathlon Coach, Madison, WI

The Gear is Here

We now have PBC t-shirts (standard American Apparel 50/50 blend) and hats available for order.

I will have samples available for viewing and ordering at the seminar next Wednesday, October 29 7pm at Trek Bicycle Store Madison East.

Don’t forget to pick up a sticker while you’re there.

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Coach PB
Cycling and USAT Triathlon Coach, Madison, WI