Jeff Wall, Citizen, 1996 (Silver gelatin print 1812 x 2340 mm Kunstmuseum Basel Cinematographic photograph © The artist)

We’ve begun outdoor strength and conditioning workouts at Murray Hill Park on Tuesday evenings at 5:45 pm and Saturday mornings at 10am. I’m overseeing the workouts…ok ok, I’ve been jumping in…and they are being run by TTS trainers Richard Tardiff and Lucas Pellan. We started with tests/assessments, and are now trying to correct all those muscular (and psychological?) imbalances, inhibitions and, let’s face it, weaknesses.

Here’s a photo of Toguri Training’s Judith Hayes (Gold) and Debra Brown (Bronze) at the Provincial Championships:

RocklandMD presented by Medique and TTS strike again!!

Awesome athletes? Yes but as I’ve said before, at the end of the season cyclists have the physiques of crustaceans. Here is an electro-bosnetic-image (EBI) of 3 unnamed podium finishers doing core work during the off-season:

The EBI never lies!

At the end of the season you can feel soooo fit, or at least moderately fit–but you’re really talking primarily about “bike fitness”. Most of you know this, and you also know that you will be sore from even the most gentle of correctional exercises, but it’s hard to scale back your intensity or workload when you start “off-the-bike” training because the last time you worked out your body handled it just fine. Again, we all know this!! There’s just a discrepancy between the image you have of yourself working out on a bike (and maybe even winning provincial championships!), and the seemingly piddly exercises you are doing on a soccer field.

The trick is to put the two pictures together and see yourself in them with knowledge you’ll be feeling stronger and have more overall fitness before the leaves have fallen. So that’s three pictures: two for now, and one for the future:

Here’s how we feel while doing the exercises:

"I'm sooo strong but...how much further?!!!"

And here’s how we look to TTS strength coaches, Richard and Lucas:

"My core strength just isn't what it used to be...back in the day."

Some people seem faster than the rest of us…

William Goodfellow and Anik Mercure in their own minds: "I'm so fast that I can fly!!"

What we all really look like: "Why did I party with that guy from Saskatchewan last night?!!"

It’s like riding to the Circuit amidst the architectural weight of Montreal’s industrial past. This great port city has changed and strangely it’s now part of your cycle. Our cities, like our bodies, must rebuild themselves, perhaps now more than ever. Conditioning, reconditioning… things come and go, and thankfully the times change. Who knows what the future holds, but it better be more promising of stability than some of your side planks!

On the way to the Circuit. © 2010 Justin Knotzke

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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