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Q&A with Hal Higdon

Each week, coach and author, Hal Higdon answers your questions about running. Here's the latest:

Saturday
Mar312007

XC Virtual Summer Camp with Brad Hudson

xc camp(Boulder, Co) High school athletes across the globe will have the opportunity to train this summer with world-class cross country coach Brad Hudson through an exclusive Cross-Country Virtual Training Program. Starting June 4th and ending August 26th, athletes from anywhere on the planet will be able to log in and start training with Brad Hudson. Their exclusive training plan will be delivered via a feature rich training tool designed by Training Peaks, LLC – the leader in on-line training software for the endurance athlete. This package includes a 3-month training plan designed by Brad Hudson, a 3-month subscription to Training Peaks Virtual Coach Software, and a Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS/HRM. The combination of these three training tools is the latest in hi-technology training. Athletes will be able to follow the training plan and upload data captured on the Forerunner to the Training Peaks Virtual Coach software on the web at www.trainingpeaks.com. “This program is close to my heart and I’m excited to bring it to life”, says Donavon Guyot, CEO of Training Peaks. “I was a passionate cross-country runner in High School, but my team didn’t have a summer training program. After spring track, I was pretty much on my own all summer long. The dream of offering young athletes access to a program like this is one of the reasons we started Training Peaks in the first place.” Before this sort of high-tech solution, the services of world-class coaches like Brad Hudson were only available to a very select group of athletes. Hudson’s impressive list of past and current clients includes two-time Olympian Shayne Culpepper, former NCAA cross-country champion Jorge Torres, high-school and NCAA cross-country national champion Dathan Ritzenhein, 2003 national steeplechase champion Steve Slattery, and 2001 National marathon champion Scott Larson. He too is a former marathon champion. “Runners like Jorge and Dathan have proven that Americans can be competitive on the biggest stages in the world. My goal is to use this program to give back some of the things I have learned from working with our nation’s greatest running talents, while laying the foundation for future generations of runners.” In addition to personally designing all of the training plans for the program, Brad will also be available for advice via an on-line forum and provide training tips in a weekly newsletter. This kind of access to Brad Hudson is unprecedented. Registration for the Cross-Country Virtual Summer Camp with Brad Hudson begins on April 2, 2007. The cost of the program, including a Garmin Forerunner 305, is $350 and is exclusively available at www.trainingpeaks.com/xc. “By partnering with Brad and Garmin we’re able to deliver access to world-class coaching through our software for the retail price of a Garmin Forerunner 305 alone,” concludes Donavon Guyot. “This program is truly the first of its kind in the world and will be talked about for years to come by those lucky enough to take part.” Learn more here: http://www.trainingpeaks.com/xc

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Wednesday
Mar282007

Beta Testers Needed for Mac Software

apple logoFinally, 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!!!

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Wednesday
Mar282007

IHRSA Trade Show

IHRSAOver 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).

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Friday
Mar162007

March Newsletter Posted

march 2007 newsletterReaching 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...

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Friday
Mar022007

Tour of California 2007 Wrap-up

amgen logoWe 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!

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