Weather Permitting

If we experience a cold spell in June we all it “June-uary”. In August we just pray that it’s not the beginning of fall. Those competing in Ironman Wisconsin lay awake at night thinking about what if it’s this cold on race day… When you wake up on August 20 and it’s not even 60* you can’t help but think that a cold Ironman Wisconsin is a real possibility. We had one year when it was in the 60’s and raining but for the most part we have been lucky and the weather on race day as of late has been just about perfect. So we are crossing our fingers that will happen in 2015.

Meanwhile we refused to show weakness last night at bike group and everyone still dressed like summer…

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If you’re wondering about good ways to track the weather I’ve recently discovered a pretty cool website called www.windyty.com. This site shows live wind patterns, temperature, snow, rain, ocean waves, etc. You can view the entire globe or zoom into a certain area. You have the option to view patterns at surface level all the way up to 13.5k in the sky. For those of you about to head out for training, it’s work checking out. It’s worth it for the therapeutic attributes of watching lulling wind patterns alone.

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Coach PB
Cycling and Triathlon Coach, Madison, WI

The Benefit of Group Sessions

Triathlon is an interesting sport in that we compete alone as individuals yet train as a team. I can’t say enough about the benefits of training as a group. Every week this summer I’ve held on average 2 group sessions, whether it be open water swimming, biking, or running. Additionally we have had a few Ironman Wisconsin specific prep sessions on weekend days. I love group trainings because athletes are able to gather and exchange stories, training data, discuss race plans, and encourage each other to get through tough workouts. Everyone is someone’s pace and everyone can be challenged to be better by those around them.

Join us this week Thursday, 6pm, Vilas Zoo lot. I’ll be hosting a run session for Team PBC, but this week open to the public with free drop-in. 

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Hope to see you there,

Coach PB
Cycling and Triathlon Coach, Madison, WI

Team PBC: Season Update

It’s somehow nearly mid-July and if we take a moment to breath between backyard barbeques, bag toss, and s’mores, we realize that the triathlon season here in Wisconsin is a third over. Team PBC has had a busy little streak of success in 2015. It’s safe to say all athletes on the team have training days that test the will, which make the training days that don’t as sweet as apple pie. We’ve all had break-through moments mentally and physically. We’ve learned new things about the sport and ourselves along the way. Some of us have big goals looming in the latter half of the season such as Ironman Wisconsin or earning a professional license in the sport. Here are some mid-season highlights from Team PBC:

We have had a number of age group wins, podium finishes, and a handful of overall wins. Notably, Team PBC pro triathlete Molly Woodford took the overall wins at Lake Mills Sprint Triathlon and the Elkhart Lake Elite Olympic Triathlon. Keep your eyes peeled for her at Racine 70.3 in 2 weeks. Andrew Keily also took his first OA win in the Olympic Distance Wisconsin Triterium Triathlon. Earlier this season he finished Austin 70.3 with a time of 4:10:27, which was good for 5th OA age grouper. At that race he missed his pro card by just 19 seconds, but that just makes the journey even more worth it. Look for him at Age Group Nationals in Milwaukee this August.

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Also racing at AGN will be Jen Anderson, who qualified for the race by dominating at Door County last season. Jen’s season is just getting started after a much needed early season break. We can’t wait to see how she measures up against the competition nationally.

Andrew Porn has had a competitive season so far, taking a few top 10 finishes and overall age group wins. He will also be competing at Age Group Nationals this August. The improvements keep coming as we approach his A race of the year.

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Our troop of Ironman Wisconsin athletes includes Luke Gulbrand, Annie Hughes, Dan Perkins, Austin Kazda, Walter Langkau, and Jason Milesko. They have been putting in the miles and staying focused as race day approaches. They’re slaying minutes off previous PR’s in all 3 disciplines. We are nearly 2 months out and I cannot wait to see these athletes shine on race day. Come out and watch September 13th! Annie and Dan will be racing the Door County 70.3, and Jason will be racing the Racine 70.3.

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Dana Kalina and Melanie Ott were new to Team PBC this season and we have loved having them as a part of group training sessions and out there competing at races. Both have had some amazing results including some AG podiums and top 10 OA’s. Dana has really started to turn heads with his cycling strength and now turns his focus to Door County 70.3 in just 2 weeks. Melanie is continuing to make gains across the board, and is 3 weeks away from Tri’ing for Children’s Triathlon.

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Brandon Nguyen is just getting started with his race season, as he gears up for Pigman 70.3 and continues to progress toward Ironman Louisville. He will also be in Pewaukee for the sprint this weekend.

Dan Bradtke is in his first season of triathlon, he’s coming off of an Achilles rupture, and has still had some impressive results. Look for him next at Tri-ing for Children’s Triathlon later this month.

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Our remote athletes are giving the Boulder community a run for their money. They’ve podiumed at a number of races and have more trophies looming in their future. Luke Gulbrand continues his impressive streak of great races as he prepares for his debut at Ironman in Wisconsin. Brandon Holm has become a very strong swim-biker, and as his run progresses will become very competitive at the front of the race.

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We have a few athletes who have taken the 2015 season to focus on one sport specifically. Tyler Renk has seen his fastest ever 10k and quarter marathon times ever this year and our cyclists Dan van der Weide and Revere Greist have both had overwhelming success. Dan completed the Liege-Bastongne-Liege Sportive and is now rebuilding fitness after an injury from a crash. Look for him this weekend at Blue Mounds Classic Road Race and the Wisconsin State Championship Road Race. Revere’s highlights of the season so far were podium finishes in both the Time Trial and the Road Race at the Tour of Galena. He will be taking on the Blue Mounds Classic Road Race and is continuing to build his fitness for Cat 1 Masters Nationals in September.

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Lastly, we have some promising new recruits coming on board for the end of the 2015 season and for 2016. We can’t wait to add their names to our roster and see them at team practices and races.

Best of luck to all of you out there as you Velcro up your cycling shoes and tighten your easy laces on race day… see you soon.

Coach PB
Cycling and Triathlon Coach, Madison, WI

Welcome to the Paincave, by Trek Bicycle

It finally happened. Winter. We somehow avoided significant snowfall here in Wisconsin until last week. And now we relocate to our dingy basement paincaves to hammer out intervals while sucking dry, dusty air and dreaming of warm summer days.

I was fortunate enough to be part of a story Trek Bicycle recently ran on paincaves. Read the article.

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Suffer now so you don’t have to later.

Coach PB
Cycling and Triathlon Coach, Madison, WI

2015… Ready, GO!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about what’s going on here at PBC. Now that we made it through the holidays it’s time to put our noses to the grindstone and focus on the 2015 season. Here are some updates:

  • We have a solid roster for the coming season, with many athletes starting training this January.
  • Cycling classes at Pat’s Gym have been well attended by athletes who are putting in the work now in order to make their 2015 season a success.

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  • Good news for anyone who works at Trek Bicycle: I will be teaching 1 hour cycling classes Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00am for the months of January and February. These classes are part of the Trek Wellness Program and will be free to all Trek employees.
  • T-shirt and hat orders are in. If you haven’t picked yours up already, contact me to set it up.
  • Kits have been ordered. You’ve seen the 2 piece triathlon kit and the road kit. Here is what the 1 piece tri suit ended up looking like (but with pockets). We are hoping to have them in hand sometime in February.

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Looking forward to a great 2015! See you out there.

Coach PB
Cycling and Triathlon Coach, Madison, WII

Trek Precision Fit

Last week I had the pleasure of having a bike fit with Matt Gehling of Trek Precision Fit out at Trek HQ in Waterloo, WI. TPF is science and number based yet takes comfort into consideration. Using a stationary bike fitting tool, we made a few changes to my fit.

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The first was we switched to a new saddle. Matt used pressure mapping to show that I was putting a lot of pressure on the nose of my previous saddle. I am now switching over to the Bontrager Hilo XXX and you can see from the before and after pictures below that the Hilo distributes my weight a lot more evenly.

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We also moved my knee over pedal spindle back to take some weight off my arms and open up the chest yet maintain the aero position more comfortably.

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The deliverable was a detailed report with an analysis on my new fit and why we made the changes we did along with photos to show changes in angles.

If you haven’t had a chance to get fit I highly recommend it. My fit with Matt will result in a more aero and more comfortable position for 2015. For those who live in the Madison area, TPF is available at the Madison Trek Stores. I have had a number of athletes see the specialists at the Madison Stores and have had great results. For those living elsewhere, start here: http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/retailers/precision_fit/

Coach PB
Cycling and Triathlon Coach, Madison, WI

PBC Gear Orders

I am currently taking orders for PBC hats, shirts, tri kits, and road kits. Get your orders in by November 30. Email patrickbradycoaching@gmail.com to place your order.

*T-SHIRTS: 50/50 blend American Apparel, $22 each for black or white
*HATS: Flexfit had $25 each with embroidered white logo
*TRIATHLON KIT: Mt. Borah $100 jersey, $100 shorts
*CYCLING KIT: Mt. Borah $100 Pros SS Jersey full zip (men’s and women’s), Men’s Pro Powerband Bibs $130 and Women’s Pro Powerband Shorts $120
^note for Mt. Borah we need a minimum of 5 of each style to order (5 men’s tops, 5 men’s bottoms, 5 women’s tops, 5 women’s bottoms)
Contact me if you’d like to try on sample sizes for kits.
Coach PB
Cycling and Triathlon Coach, Madison, WI