Monthly Archives: October 2014

  • The GRID STK Review

    by Bill “Guru of Shoe” Lorenz

    Bill "Guru of Shoe" Lorenz uses the GRID STKWe’ve carried several of the innovative products from Trigger Point for a number of years, including The GRID® Foam Roller. The newest Trigger Point product arrived recently and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it. We are pleased to introduce you to The GRID STK®.

    The GRID STK is a compact, hand-held foam roller that allows you to pinpoint muscular aches and pain, isolate them, and relieve the pain in ways not possible otherwise.

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  • Kyle’s Bikes Winter Bike Overhaul Special

    Kyle’s Bikes Winter Bike Overhaul SpecialIt’s time for the winter bike overhaul tradition at Kyle's Bikes. Winter in Iowa means fewer people riding, and that means fewer people bringing their bikes in for repair. We’re willing to give you a great discount to entice you to bring your bike in now.

    Get your bike ready ahead of the spring rush, so you’ll be able to get out the door in nice weather before everyone else. You’ll also enjoy having a nice, clean, smooth-functioning bike on your trainer/rollers all winter.

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  • Cyman Triathlon: Scott's Report

    by Scott Carkhuff, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Scott Carkhuff at the 2014 Cyman TriathlonCyman Triathlon (sprint)
    750 m Swim, 22.5 km Bike, 5 km Run
    Bondurant, Iowa
    September 21, 2014

    This event was a bittersweet event for me. I was trying to train for the Des Moines Marathon so my focus wasn’t solely on this event. I had upped my mileage running and that had taken most of my focus. Also the weather had started to change so the temp was a little cooler and it looked like the wind was going to make an appearance.

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  • Silver State 508: Sarah's Report

    by Sarah Cooper, Ultracyclist 

    Sarah Cooper tackles a climb during the Silver State 508I don’t recall the first year I first read about The 508, but it was probably 2008 or 2009. I was more of a runner/triathlete at the time, and found the link to the Furnace Creek 508 on the AdventureCorps website as I was reading about the Badwater Ultramarathon.

    The idea of doing the 508 grabbed ahold of me. In 2011, I participated in the Fall Death Valley Ultra Century and spent a few hours after the finish talking with Susan von Sosten as she waited for her husband to finish the double century. She made training for the 508 sound completely sane and entirely possible, and I knew that someday I would find a way to do this event. I competed in Ironman triathlons for a few more years until I reached a point where I either needed to spend a significant amount of time and effort to improve my swim and run times, or move on to something different, because I wasn’t going to get any faster doing what I was doing. I thought again about the 508, but the logistics of training and finding crew were overwhelming. I mentally shelved the idea yet again, but then saw the UltraRaceNews story on George Vargas and Rev Endurance Cycling. He helped me make the shift from triathlon to ultracycling in October of 2013. I thought the ban on events in Death Valley National Park was going to derail my dream one more time, but with a change in venue to Reno, Nevada it was back on track.

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  • Cyman Triathlon: Laura's Report

    by Laura Miller, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Laura Miller comes out of the water at the 2014 Cyman TriathlonCyman Triathlon (Olympic)
    1500 m Swim, 39.5 km Bike, 10 km Run
    Bondurant, Iowa
    September 21, 2014

    The Cyman Triathlon was the last race of the season for me, and since I have been battling several issues with my IT band and also my hip I had been doing very little serious training. I just decided to have fun with this race and go with the flow. This strategy worked out well and I had a lot of fun.

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  • Cyman Triathlon: Shawn's Report

    by Shawn Blaesing-Thompson, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Shawn enjoyed the cooler temps at Cyman TriathlonCyman Triathlon (sprint)
    750 m Swim, 22.5 km Bike, 5 km Run
    Bondurant, Iowa
    September 21, 2014

    After the Hy-Vee triathlon I was pretty pumped to go out and give Cyman all I had and try for a new PR. My body conspired against me in the week leading up to the race and on the Saturday before the race I was not sure I'd even be up to racing.

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