Finally, an update regarding our Mac Device Agent software. I know many of you have been wondering what we've been doing.. as usual, it's taken longer than it should, but alas, we are making great progress. We went ahead and re-plumbed our entire underlying data transfer protocols and architecture while we were at it, and we've been doing a bunch of back-end database work to support the new systems as well. Now we're at the point where we need to expand our testing. We are looking for 5-10 people with Intel or PowerPC Mac's with OS 10.4 or above to test our forthcoming Device Agent for Mac. Initially, we need folks that have either an SRM, Ergomo or PowerTap power meter for this testing. If you'd like to volunteer to help us test the new systems, and be the first on the block with native Mac support for your power-meter, please send an email to gear (at-sign) at trainingpeaks dot com with the subject of Mac Beta Tester. I'll sort through them and get back to you in a week or so to begin the actual testing. Thanks!!!
Over the years, we have learned that many of the coaches we work with, also work with a local gym or health club as a personal trainer. We've been listening to their feedback and we're taking steps to roll out some more formal programs for gyms and clubs. Specifically, our message of extending the reach of the local gym through our communication platform, can provide greater membership retention, attract members beyond the physical reach of the club, and generate new and innovative revenue opportunities for the club and personal trainer alike. We are attending the IHRSA trade show this week to learn more and explore opportunities of expanding toward the personal trainer market. Servicing personal trainers, like we have done (and will continue to do) with endurance coaches, represents a natural extension of where we have been, and where we want to go with our business. If you happen to be in San Francisco in the next few days, please let me know (gear at-sign trainingpeaks dot com).
Reaching Your Peak has been sent out for March 2007. A great article from Patrick McCrann is the main feature. Checkout his tips on getting the most from the "time in zones" chart within the TrainingPeaks.com graphing section.
For all you coaches out there, we're reminding you that the USA Cycling Talent Search, powered by Racermate is underway. If you have a talented youth cyclist, have them perform a 20k time trial at a local CompuTrainer center, then enter the results and see if he/she can win a free trip to a USA Cycling national team camp in August. You have until May 7th to submit performances of your athletes.
March has been unusually busy with a lot happening behind the scenes. Our Device Agent is progressing, but is a bit delayed due to some 3rd party issues beyond our control. We are also working to launch two new exciting products in April, that will be a big month for us!
More to come...
We have posted the last of the data files for Mario Aerts now, giving us a complete profile of the entire race, with data from every stage. Dirk has written an excellent article for VeloNews that gives a summary of how he was helping Predictor-Lotto throughout the week and provides some cool stats and info on the race. We had over 10,000 people visit our ProTeam Microsite during the week and over 2,000 downloads of .wko files. Congrats to Levi Leipheimer and the organizers of the Tour of California for such an amazing race! We'll be at more races throughout the year, look for more to come. Remember, it's only March, there is a LOT of racing ahead!
We have some great photos from Stage 6 posted.
Josep Jufre Pou was in a break for 100k on Saturday, and we have posted his data file for you to see just what it takes to be in a break for that long.
Josep in the break on stage 6
Here is Hunter's review of his power file:
Josep was in the breakaway today for 100km's today with 8-men. O'Grady, Rogers, Pate, Two liquigas, etc. Tried to push the pressure on Discovery to get away from Levi.
An awesome file. Here's what it takes to be in a breakaway in a Pro Tour stage with mountains. Josep won the KOM on Magic Mountain as well. Unfortunately, they were caught with about 1.5K togo in the stage, but a heck of an effort.
His Peak 20 minutes came when the break was getting established and everyone was working hard to keep it going. Notice the hard efforts on the climbs. Super efforts on the climbs, and Magic Mountain is STEEP, nearly 15% in places. Notice that he went up the climb at 14.5mph! Very Impressive.
At the end, on the flats, Josep was strong and pulling well in the break. Very impressive.
It's obvious that Josep felt good today after the TT. Even though his HR was a bit suppressed today compared to the earlier stages, he is still cranking out the watts. Today was Josep's highest TSS score of the week at 262.
Check it out here