Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New Line in '09!

If you were dreading the off season, dread no more. In addition to an expanded line of PowerTaps this fall, which will result in a price range to accommodate both ends of the budget spectrum, CycleOps will be introducing many new members of their industry leading family - one of the greatest innovations being the Powerbeam Pro Trainer.

This new model will actually have a built-in PowerTap, and will self-adjust resistance in order to maintain a prescribed power output. Users will even be able to upload specific workouts in order to precisely dial in training, and with a sustained resistance of more than 1300 watts, it's set to accommodate everyone from Johnny Rookie to Chris Lieto. Also watch for Powerbeam Pro little brothers the JetFluid Pro and the SuperMagneto Pro to take fluid and magnet-based trainers to the next level by offering a more compact, functional design as well as souped-up performance settings.

These trainers, as well as the rest of the new line for '09 will be available in September. Be sure to visit CycleOps.com for specific release date and product details, coming soon.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Cooking with JP

By JP "Pooh Bear" Severin

As we all know, triathletes can eat. I can’t tell you how many articles I have read that chastise triathletes for “training to eat” not “eating to train”. Well, quite frankly, I am basically training myself to eat and I think I am doing a bang up job. Restaurants and Beehives alike tremble before the horrible and tremendous appetite that is Pooh Bear. With that said, here is a recipe I recently tried that kicked the rumbly out of my tumbly.

Focaccia (Flatbread)

INGREDIENTS

• 2 teaspoons salt
• 1 tablespoon white sugar
• 1 package instant yeast
• 1 1/3 cups warm water
• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
• 2 tablespoons grated sharp cheddar cheese
• 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
• Pinch of Red pepper flakes

DIRECTIONS

• In a large bowl, stir flour and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Sprinkle the sugar and yeast into that well. Pour the water into the well. ( No biggie if you destroy the walls of your well) Let stand until the yeast begins to act, about 5 minutes. Pour 2 tablespoons of the oil into the well. Stir and widen the circle of stirring until dough includes all flour.

• Knead on a floured surface. Keep the dough soft. Pour a bit of oil into a clean bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and cover outside with oil. Cover. Let rise until doubled which takes about 30 minutes.

• Punch the dough down. Grease baking sheet with oil, and place the dough on the sheet. Press the dough out to about 1/2 inch thickness. Brush some oil over the top of the dough. Cut several grooves in the bread. Sprinkle with the rosemary, red pepper flakes, and the cheese. Place in a cold oven on the center shelf. Place a flat pan of hot water on the shelf below the bread. Let rise until doubled, 20 to 25 minutes.

• Preheat oven to 375 F. Bake the focaccia for 20 to 25 minutes, or until browned on top. Remove from the pan, and cool on a wire rack.

• Eat yourself into a food coma.

*adapted from allrecipes.com

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Catch the Last 2008 IMWI Preview Ride!

Vision Quest Coaching will be hosting an epic day up in Wisconsin this weekend for both those interested in catching the Ironman course one more time before the big show, and for folks just looking to get out and enjoy a sweetly supported group ride. See below for details:

Final IM WI Course Preview Ride for 2008:

Come join Vision Quest on August 16th, 2008 for our final Madison Course Preview Ride of the year!

This is a great opportunity to get in your last long ride before IM Wisconsin.

For those of you who are doing IM Florida, it would be a great opportunity to get a long ride while it is still warm outside. For everyone else, let's just get out and ride!

Who: All levels of riders; triathletes and cyclists are welcome

What: Ironman WI course preview (40, 80 or 120 mile option) (get some hill work in, and some solid riding.)

· Fully supported ride
· SAG Vehicle
· Que Sheets
· Nutrition will be available
· Fully marked course

When: August 16th 7:30am (Sharp)

Where: Start will be at Fireman's Park - 570 Bruce St Verona, WI

In order to properly plan our resources, we are asking everyone to sign up for this ride so we have an estimated head count.

Click here to sign up now!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Going for Gold


USAT catches up with Sarah Haskins as she gets ready to leave her mark in Beijing next week.

Our very own Simply Stu also catches up with Sarah gearing up to go for Gold. Tune in to hear what's on her mind and how she's preparing for this epic event on the latest Zippcast - Click here to listen now. Also, don't miss all the Olympic triathlon coverage on August 18 and 19; check out the entire schedule and event breakdown here.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Steelhead: 2008!

Well what a wild and crazy ride it was to round out the team event for 2008. The Steelhead 70.3 (turned du) was definitely one for the books. With incredible team photographer James Korn along, we're fortunate to be able to show you the day in pictures:



A warm thanks to all who attended and cheered us on the entire day, namely Steve Stenzel, as well as new recruit JP "Pooh Bear" Severin's parents and his fellow Michigan State Spartans! There was certainly no shortage of Go Evotri shouted on the course from beginning to end, which only fueled the already high camaraderie. Once again, a big thanks goes out to all.

We're also proud to announce that many members of the crew completely shattered their bike splits on this course, which contributed to Rural-Girl claiming a Clearwater slot and Sweet wrapping up first in his age group! Way to go team!

Another highlight of the weekend was of course being able to officially meet and welcome JP to the group. He's as charming as he is tall, and as kind as he is wickedly fast. We're definitely looking forward to what looks to be an excellent team evolution in progress.

Be sure to check out each team members' personal sites (found under the team bios tab) for all the race details!