Welcome to the redesigned website! Ok, ok, we’re cycling coaches, not web-bers, and yes, we’re still tweaking the website but the outdoor season has begun and the cycling news is starting to pile up!

Armand, Le Plein (1960)

So far, 2011 has been a wonderfully crazy year at Toguri Training! Here’s a quick recap of what went on during our Winter Session:

Beginning in January, we offered a full slate of morning and lunch classes, as well as some evening sessions. The response was overwhelming, with all morning classes filled immediately. The expansion was so rapid it stretched our man hours to the absolute limit.

At the same time, we wanted the schedule to be as flexible as reasonably possible during the Winter session because clients often take off to sunny climes, or they get sick (and blame their kids!), or they go to stags in Vegas (ridiculous), etc. Each week clients were emailed available spots, and Michelle administered the shuffles and make-up classes.

We believe top to bottom flexibility and Cycling Excellence go hand-in-hand. Untitled(James Osterberg) 1970, 2004 ©Tim Lee

We also opened the facilities on weekends to clients for aerobic rides, which were run by JF Houpert. The result? A whole slough of clients achieved PBs and raised their 20-min thresholds while learning how to ride better in a variety of cycling scenarios! As the outdoor season begins, we’ve already had clients all over the podium, participating in the New York Gran Fondo, and hurting the coaches on LONG (!) rides on the South Shore and through hilly Oka.

Fancy Jeff Burt at the NY Gran Fondo!

Just when we couldn’t get any busier, we collaborated with clients to form the RocklandMD presented by Medique racing team and club. Aside from RocklandMD and Medique, the team received support from Richter Chamberland, Buanderie Blanchelle, Bofinger, McAuslan Brewery. The store affiliation for the team are the great gang at Cycle Technique. Toguri Training (Scott McFarlane) provides coaching for the racing teams.

The project consists of a Cat 1 development team, both a men’s and women’s Master team, and a club. The Cat 1 team consists of identified riders who we believe are ready to take it to the next level. Scott Loong, Robert Ralph, James Piccoli and Matt Gautier, for example, have all won Cat III races. Matt DeLuco adds the experience of someone who has been on the podium in Cat 1 races. Sebastien Lacroix, Stephanie Germain and Amélie Jeanneau have improved by leaps in the off-season. Let’s see where they go with their new found fitness! The Masters teams are more loosely organized. They consist of strong riders in their 30s-50s who have committed to 3-4 races during the summer at which the entire team will be there. Club riders are TTS clients and supporters who ride together during the week. Let us know if you’re interested, and check back here for updates and race results.

Debra Brown and Judith Hayes start their season with a gold and silver at the Granby TT for the RocklandMD women!! The ever-strong Joanne Breau grabs the bronze for Rio Tinto!

We did at least two other things of note: First, we gave Toguri Training water bottles to clients of the winter session and sold the rest at cost in order to give the proceeds to the Special Needs Program at the YM/YWHA. The Y has been so supportive of us, and we really appreciate operating within a community context that integrates such a well-managed Special Needs Program. Heartfelt thanks to Arthur Silber, Gene Piccoli and JF Houpert for ensuring that we quickly surpassed our goal of raising over $500.

Second, in April we ran a “Get Gritty for Spring” 4-week session to help riders survive this miserable spring weather! We used the opportunity to introduce Robert Ralph as one of the coaches at Toguri Training. Robert had been working with us throughout the Winter session and is a really great addition to TTS. I believe Robert has the core values and sense of excellence that we need to continue to improve and develop what we do. Welcome Robert! With Robert in the fold, I was allowed to run a training camp in San Francisco with a few long-term clients. More news to follow on this, but suffice it to say the trip was a great success and will provide the basis for more TTS training camps in the future!!

Finally, Michelle and I want to thank a few people who really helped us with an extra dose of advice, labour, support etc in at least one of our projects. Bear hugs to Marla Gold, Nori Churchill-Smith, JF Houpert, Ron Kulisek, Helene and Daniel Gagnon, Earl and Susan Ralph, Marc Yedid, Lorne Bienstock, Luke Gregoire, Vanessa Cheong, Rod Matheson, Debra Brown, Monika Gagnon and Steve Hoather. We also want to thank our clients for being part of an astonishing period of growth at TTS. The other day a client offered thanks for helping them achieve something they had never been able to do before in their life. It struck me as strange because her achievement was already inspiring for me. In fact it still startles me how empowering it is to see others exceed their limits while connecting to the finer experiences of the sport. The trees in the cemetery are budding. It’s going to be a great summer.

The Wed 6:30am Outdoor Group begins to assemble... ©2011 TTS

About Scott Toguri McFarlane

Scott Toguri McFarlane is a former Elite racer, and the founder of Toguri Training Services. For more than a decade, his approach to training has helped aspiring professional racers, provincial team members, and recreational cyclists of all ages and ability achieve their goals, including gold medals at National and Provincial Championships.

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