How “Team in Training” came to be…

Bruce Cleland

So, I have to admit I signed-up for “Team in Training” without knowing the origins of how it came to be….so when I don’t know I Google! Sounds like a tag line; “When you don’t know: Google!

The start of Team in Training can be traced back to 1988; to Bruce Cleland; to Rye, New York. In 1986 Mr. Cleland’s daughter, Georgia, age 2, was diagnosed with leukemia. In his efforts to raise money, Mr. Cleland, in 1988, formed a running team of 38 aspiring marathoners; in exchange for their fundraising efforts he provided a running coach to help guide them to running 26.2 miles. The runners referred to themselves as the “Team in Training;” the name took hold. His team raised $322,000 for the Westchester / Hudson Valley Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphomia Society.

– There are now 64 TNT chapters throughout the United States and Canada.
– TNT members have raised more than $500 Million dollars!
– Mr. Cleland, himself, has risen over more than $1 million dollars; the most by any individual.
– Georgia now 27 is cancer free.
– In 2004 Runner’s World recognized Mr. Cleland as one of their “Heroes of Running” for his major contribution in founding TNT.


How to set up your spin bike

Excellent class!! The TNT coaches & mentors were great. Before class they walked through the room making sure that everyone was properly set-up; made for a much more comfortable ride / workout.

So, with that said pulled this article from ehow.

How to Set Up Your Spin Bike
By an eHow Contributor

Whether riding in- or outdoors, fitting your bike to your body is critical to preventing injury and maximizing comfort and performance. On modern-day Spin bikes, you can move the seat up, down, forward and backward, raise and lower the handlebars, and clip into your pedals. So spend a few minutes before your next class making your bike fit as well as you can. Your body will thank you.

Difficulty: EasyInstructions
Set the seat height at a level you think might be about right – aim on the lower side to be safe – and sit on the saddle, placing the balls of your feet on the pedals.
Push down on one pedal, stopping it at the bottom of the pedal stroke, where your foot is at its furthest point from your body. Your leg should be almost fully extended, but with a slight bend in the knee, and your hips should not rock as you pedal.
Once you get the seat about right, place your pedals in the horizontal position (parallel to the ground) and look down to see how your knee is lining up with your pedal: a plumb line hanging from the bottom of your forward knee cap should align with the center of the pedal.
Adjust the seat forward or backward accordingly, and remember that you may now need to raise or lower the seat slightly since the seat’s fore-aft position affects your reach to the pedals.
Now sit on the bike and see how your hands feel on the handlebars. About 40% of your weight should be resting on the handlebars while about 60% should be on your saddle. If you have too much weight up front, raise the handlebars; if you have too much weight on the seat, lower the handlebars.
Be sure both legs still have a slight bend in the knee at maximum extension. Most of us have one leg that’s shorter than the other!
This is just a rough starting point. Do what feels most comfortable to you.
If your back bothers you, try raising the handlebars higher.
Bring a pen and some paper with you to write down the best settings once you’ve dialed them in as best you can. That will save you time and energy in the future.
Official Spinning®

First Training Session with TNT

Today is our first training session with TNT. Meeting up at Equinox at 4pm for a 1-hour spin class with Coach Harlan.  Looking forward to a good workout; a good sweat.