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June 2, 2012
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Bike clinics offered in Vail

VAIL - Senior Carmichael Coach Abby Ruby is offering two targeted cycling clinics at the Vail Vitality Center, beginning Monday and Wednesday.

• Uphill Power Cycling Clinic: Starting Monday and goes through June 27. Beginning Monday, Vail Vitality Center hosts a four-week uphill power cycling clinic that focuses on prepping participants for big rides this summer. Whether training for the Triple Bypass, Mount Evans Hill Climb, Copper Triangle or simply getting fit for a summer filled with adventure, Ruby's course is adaptable to all types of athletes and centers on increasing power. Road riders, triathletes and mountain bikers will benefit from this systematic approach to increasing fitness. The program is periodized, meaning it will build upon each week in a scientifically proven, effective manner and participants will see results. Riders will gain both aerobic fitness and on-the-bike strength through fun and challenging interval rides. All fitness levels are welcome; riders must be comfortable riding on roads open to traffic. Join Ruby for proven workouts that push riders to the next level. The series takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays for four weeks. Cost is $200 for Vail Vitality Center members and $300 for guests.

• Wednesday Women's Cycling Clinics: Starting Wednesday and goes through July 18 (no class on July 4). Vail Vitality Center's Wednesday Women's Cycling Clinics focus on simple bike mechanics, including changing a flat tire, using proper bike handling skills and safety while riding on roads and in groups. Sessions include 30 minutes of skills practice and a 60-minute workout on the road. All levels of riders are welcome and will benefit from Ruby's coaching and shared techniques. Join a welcoming group of women, and get a great workout while learning essential bike safety skills, translating to comfortable and competent riding on the road. Wednesday Women's Cycling Clinics take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays between June 6 and July 18 (no class on July 4). Cost is $200 for Vail Vitality Center members and $300 for guests.

For information about either program offered through Vail Vitality Center, visit the website at www.vitality

center.com or call 970-476-7721. Class size is limited and reservations are required.

In addition to teaching a variety of cycling clinics throughout the year, Ruby offers one-on-one coaching options, including: individual nutrition counseling for exercise and adventure, certified through the International Society for Sports Nutrition; strategizing for optimal performance, life coaching and sports psychology; and integrative counseling, helping athletes actualize goals using an integrative body-mind-spirit approach.

Ruby earned her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. She is a senior coach for Carmichael Training Systems and a USA Triathlon Level II coach. She has her CISSN Sport Nutrition Certification and is a RYT-certified yoga instructor. She currently writes, teaches, coaches, races triathlon and ultra marathons and practices yoga. Ruby has completed more than 50 marathons, five Ironman triathlons including Kona, the Leadville 100 and multiple 50 milers and 50k races. She has recently published "In Sickness and In Heath: Exercise Addiction in Endurance Athletes" available at http://amzn.com/1453801227 and in the lobby of the Vail Vitality Center.


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