Body Concepts Cycling Team Wins Pescadero Road Race Classic!

Guest blog: Rob Kopitzke, of the Body Concepts cycling team provides a recap of their latest race, in which they took first place! Congrats to the entire team! Happy to hear the Nike sunwear is helping your team on those long rides!

Rob Kopitzke of the Body Concepts Cycling Team

Pescadero RR – June 19, 2010

Category: 45+ 4/5 (50 riders) and 55+ open (25 riders) field of 75 riders

Route: 50 miles total, 2-laps of 25 miles; 2×1-mile climbs, 1×2-mile climb to finish line

Plan: Randy V., Randy F., Rob, Carlos, and Matt attack the field and wear out the competition…

Todd, Steve, and Rick to sit in and clean every ones clock on the final climb, 3 in top 10

Weather: High fog/low clouds 55 degrees, light breeze

Race: Never having raced this event before, I was a bit nervous getting started…what were the climbs going to be like?

Carlos covered the first break of the day that was going after a sprint prime before the first climb. Randy F. and I were covering the front on the first two climbs which ended up being hard efforts but manageable. Steve was bombing the downhills “having fun.” Once over the first two climbs we did several attacks…I think at least six prior to the third climb…I know I did three. Morgan Stanley’s 55+ team kept chasing us back down but it stretched the group out and made a few people hurt. I got a bottle from Linda, my wife, in the feed zone with a perfect hand off and got rid of my vest. Going up the third climb things started  s t r e t c h i n g  out with Todd, Rick, and Steve doing well in the lead group, Randy V. and I, followed by Randy F., and Matt and Carlos strung out behind.

Randy V. and I went over the top together and had a great time bombing the downhill getting back on the lead group after about ten minutes of hard work with four other guys. We immediately went up to the front, rested about five minutes and then decided to take another stab at going off the front. We got a good gap this time with a chase group of about ten riders catching us after a while but not willing to work to stay off the front…we were all back together before town and settled into a tempo effort.

Starting the second lap, I thought about going for the second prime but decided to save the energy for later (good thing I did). Getting over the first two climbs was harder this time with the accumulated fatigue building in the legs but the team was present on the front all the way through. In the ten miles of rolling terrain before the feedzone/final climb I worked with 3–4 other guys on the front setting a good tempo…there were two 55+ guys supposedly off the front but I wasn’t sure they were not 45+, so I put in the remaining energy that I had left chasing them down.

At the feed zone, I pretty much sat up and was done for the day, watching the lead group, which was down to 30–35 riders, go up the road into the final turn heading up the last climb…Todd, Rick, Steve, Randy F., Randy V. and Matt were still in the lead group…not bad for a days work. I kept rolling up the last climb at about 85% effort just to keep in front of anyone coming up from behind and enjoying some of the scenery of the amazing redwoods. As I came across the finish line I got to wave at Linda and Todd’s wife Janine who were video taping the finish…they were not sure who won. I had a more relaxed descent back down and caught up with both Randy and Matt, who didn’t know who had won either. We got back to the school (start line) and met up with Todd, Steve, and Rick. Todd thought he had won and Steve/Rick thought they had placed in the top 5, but were not sure since the 55+ guys were in the group as well. 2½ hours later we finally got the official results:

Todd 1st, Steve 3rd, Rick 4th, Matt 18th, Randy V. 19th, Randy F. 20th, Rob 23rd, Carlos 34th

Note: I used my Nike Vision Glasses with Max Speed lenses which were awesome in their ability to adapt to changing light of open rolling hills to dense redwood forest shade…I was a little concerned going into the race with these lenses and almost switched to my Max Visibility lenses but they were great!

Lessons:

  • I love it when a plan comes together!
  • We can all contribute to a successful team result!

Until next time,

-Rob

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Summer Cycling with the Body Concepts Team!

We live in active times. Words such as “organic” and “all-natural” dominate the consumer marketing landscape.  Why?  I would like to think that people are taking an active interest in their personal health. With obesity on the rise in the U.S. and 24 million Americans living with diabetes, it’s no wonder that people want to take better care of themselves.

You’re probably aware that the bicycle remains one of the most efficient forms of transportation. It’s also one of the most accessible forms of exercise, probably second to walking and running.  And it’s a natural marriage with a society that values its freedom and mobility with a generation that desires to take better care of themselves.

Enter Body Concepts, a firm specializing in physical therapy and sports training/nutrition.  They also have a superb amateur cycling road race team, led by Rob Kopitzke.  Eyefinity/OfficeMate sponsored their team, offering an integrated package of eye exams by Michael Johnson, OD, a noted VSP provider in Sacramento.  The team was also outfitted with Nike sports performance eyewear, many of which received custom Rx sunwear thanks to the great work done by our friends at Perfect Optics.

In the coming weeks, you will hear first-hand from Rob as the Body Concepts team races across northern California. It’s exciting reading, and the timing is perfect with many popular races such as Tour of California as well as Tour de France.  I hope you enjoy the race summaries, as well as hearing direct from consumers such as Rob.  In many respects, he’s no different than many of your patients that lead an active lifestyle, be it on or off the bike.

Rob Kopitzke of the Body Concepts cycling team.

Rob’s race summary:

Dunlap TT  6-6-2010

Category: 35+ 4/5’s

Length: 30-k, Dead flat course with ~6-turns

Weather: Light wind from the SW, 94-degrees…first over 85-degree day of the season, roasting. 30-second intervals between riders, interestingly they had a start ramp set up, never used one before…I liked it.

Used my wife’s pair of Nike Vision “Lunge” glasses for the first time…they were awesome for TT! With no frame going across the top of the lenses, I had a great clear field of vision allowing me to go through all the corners in the aerobars gaining valuable time. The max speed tint really allowed me to relax my face and avoid the “squint” which puts tension throughout your body.

Nike Vision "Lunge" sunglasses

Goal was to finish around 45-min

Caught 8-riders in front of me

Finished in: 46’03”, 10th place out of 40 registered…in the points! But out of the T-shirts. 🙂

Winning time: a little over 42 minutes (would have placed top 10 in the pros) next fastest rider was over 43 min and was the rider off just in front of me…no catching him.

Thanks for loaning me your TT helmet Brad…it helped! Really like the ear coverage keeping the wind noise to a minimum and it breathes well enough.

Lessons:

1. Practice longer TT efforts for at least 6-weeks leading into an event like this…those 1-min power intervals Matt and I have been doing are not enough 😮

2. You can dig deeper than you think…

3. Ice in a camel back bladder stuffed down your skin suit lasts about 15k on a day this hot….hot water is better than no water on your first 90+ ride of the year 😮

4. They had a TTT this year that we definitely need to do as a team next year!!

See you all next Saturday

-Rob