Steve Weiler is proud to launch the opening of Podium Sports Massage and Athletic Development--a Fort Collins based, athlete focused business. Steve is a graduate of Healing Arts Institute and has been an athlete his entire life competing in a variety of sports including swimming, track and field, and basketball. In college he rowed for the Washington State varsity crew team, competitively raced triathlons in which he won the 2009 Seafair Sprint Triathlon in his age group, rode for the Washington State Cycling Team, and is currently racing on the Colorado elite circuit for First City Cycling Team. In the past year, Steve has advanced from a Category 4 racer to a Cat 2 and believes in the power of massage to help you reach your full potential as an athlete.
As a member of First City Cycling Team and a USA Cycling Level 3 coach, Steve is aware of the strains on the body and importance of recovery to an athlete. Steve is excited to use his experience and lessons learned to approach each athlete as a unique individual and create a custom treatment plan designed specifically for him or her. Podium Sports Massage is committed to helping athletes reach their personal life podiums by ensuring their bodies are in a position to maximize training and enhance overall performance.
Steve Weiler, R.M.T.
Podium Sports Massage and Athletic Development
For some reason people have a hard time pulling off the podium photograph. Dirty faces, weird hand placement, odd wardrobe choices, the list goes on. It's easy to find one person on the boxes that nails the shot, but it's rare to find one where all three get it right. In the day of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, it's important that you nail it. Your sponsors will appropriate it.
Here's a quick guide to make sure you get it right.
Enjoy the moment. You worked hard to get there. The race is over, lighten up and enjoy it.
Shake hands with your competitors.
Wear a clean sponsor correct baseball hat. It's even ok to wear it backwards as long as the sponsor logo is showing.
Sponsor correct sunglasses can be on the cap, but not over the logo.
Wear a clean long sleeve jersey or long sleeve skinsuit zipped all the way up. Short sleeve will work, but its not optional.
Wear clean bibs. Black tights can also be worn underneath.
Wear clean running shoes/indoor soccer shoes or even your cycling shoes.
Clean the crud off your legs and face.
Feel free to advise your podium partners on the correct etiquette. Something as simple as "alright ladies, smile, both arms up" can go a long way to making you all look good.
"I don't know what to do with my hands" You have a couple options here. Just get everyone on board.
Feel free to bring your little one up on stage, but be sure to get a couple shots without him/her too.
Wear your medal.
Put any other prizes at your feet.
Smile, even if you got 3rd.
If you won a beverage, drink up.
Wear jeans/khaki shorts.
Wear knee warmers.
Wear tee shirts.
Wear your sunglasses on your face.
Wear your helmet.
Any pose that shows your stomach.
Awkwardly hold hands with your podium partners. This seems like a good idea but it never works out right.
Skip the podium. If you are lucky enough to have a promoter that is willing to go through the effort of having a podium ceremony, you should be there. Skipping it is disrespectful to them and your fellow racers.
Goose anyone, just, just don't.
*Keep in mind that every race and every podium is different. MTB podiums are considerably more lax.
Voting for the Amy Dombroski Townie Bike Photo Contest is now open.
Categories include, Best in Show, Ugliest Townie and Townie With the Best Story. Voting will take place until Monday Nov. 11th. Winners will be announced later in the week. Amy Dombrosky socks will be awarded to the winners shortly thereafter.
If you'd like to donate to the Amy Dombroski memorial, you can do so here. http://www.amydombroski.com/site/
You can view the bikes and read their stories in the gallery below the polls.
By all accounts, stage 6 of the 2013 USAPC in Northern Colorado was a huge success, yet the Northern Colorado LOC (Local Organizing Committee) has decided not to bid on hosting a stage in 2014. Why? The floods that hit Colorado in Sept. Larimer County is facing 80 to 100 million dollars and two construction seasons worth of road/bridge repairs. US Highways 34 and 36 were heavily damaged as were county roads such as Rist and Buckhorn Canyons. Not to mention the damage that took place within the the cities and towns like Estes Park, Loveland, Drake and Glen Haven. Members of the LOC have decided that financial and human resources would be better used in the rebuilding process than to host the USAPC. The LOC will use the extra time to put in a strong bid for 2015.
Local Pro "Pat" McCarty will be working with long-time friends and coaches at Durata Training out of Austin, TX to utilize his vast knowledge and experience from the peloton to begin training and coaching cyclists at all levels.
As a professional racer for over 10 years, Pat has seen the sport from all angles, has competed in everything from criteriums to grand tours, and has worked with many professional trainers along the way. Pat is also currently pursuing a degree in Sports Psychology which he intends to apply to his coaching techniques.
Also, as a big advocate of development sports, and with his experience in all levels of USA Cycling's development programs, Pat is excited to work with young riders to help them reach their goals and have fun riding bikes.
A quick Q and A with Pat:
YGR: How long have you been coaching?
PMc: I have done some work with Durata Training in the past with a few of their clients. I have also talked with some younger pros on occasion about how to approach European racing, but have not done full-time training programs. Getting into coaching has always been my plan. It was earlier this fall I decided to pursue it more seriously.
YGR: What do you think are your strengths as a coach?
PMc: My experience is absolutely my biggest strength. I believe in a multi-faceted approach to training, which means it's not just about the numbers. There are many things that come into play with performance, and sometimes it just takes trial and error to understand it all.
YGR: You mentioned working with young riders, do you have any good advice for them?
PMc: Absolutely. I remember as a junior thinking every result was critical to advancing to the next level, and although that was motivating for me, that's certainly not the answer for every young rider. Figuring out and focusing on what's most amusing is the key. As long as they're having fun with it, whatever that means, they'll get the most out of the sport.
YGR: What disciplines will you work with?
PMc: All of them. I am a professional on the road, but have experience on the dirt as well.
YGR: What do you intend to bring from your pro experience to coaching?
PMc: As I said before, trial and error are a major part of sports, and if you're not being pushed, you won't learn anything. So being pushed in sport for most of my life has taught me a lot! Especially at the professional level, where it's do or die. I don't think that mentality is appropriate for all levels, but it has certainly imbued me with a unique perspective and insight. Basically, it comes down to applying yourself. And to me, that's the key to performance.
If you have any questions for Pat, please feel free to get in touch with him.