Free cycling clinic preview Thursday in Vail |

Free cycling clinic preview Thursday in Vail

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVAIL CO, Colorado
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VAIL – Ski and snowboard season offers the perfect opportunity to begin a cycle training program to increase power and endurance. Vail residents are in luck; senior Carmichael Training Systems Coach and Ph.D. sport psychologist Abby Ruby is teaching a six-week program at Vail Vitality Center at Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa from Jan. 9 through Feb. 16 that will follow protocol designed to help participants increase their power, both on and off the bike. Ruby is offering a free clinic to preview the program on Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Vail Vitality Center; athletes of any and all experience levels, and sports interests, are welcome. The program is not just for cyclists. In fact, runners, skiers and boarders can all benefit by learning how to become stronger athletes through cycling.”Power training can increase cycling power by 13 percent in eight weeks,” Ruby said. “It’s a huge gain, and the increase in power translates to any sport or physical endeavor.” Program participants will leave with an understanding of how training with power at threshold allows for longer and faster riding. Participants also will learn how to work through mental roadblocks to reach goals, and Ruby will teach nutrition protocol for fueling the body pre-workout, during and after high intensity training. Ruby earned her doctorate degree from the University of Iowa. She is a senior coach for Carmichael Training Systems and a triathlon coach. She is a certified yoga instructor and recently published “In Sickness and In Heath: Exercise Addiction in Endurance Athletes.”Cost is $250 for Vail Vitality Center members, and $350 for non-members. The program is limited to eight participants and pre-registration is required. For information or to register, visit the Vail Vitality Center website at or call 970-476-7960.

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