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Friday Night Fights – Olympic Efforts

February 8, 2014 by admin

photo 3As the ultimate, international, multi-sport event kicked off in Sochi, local riders pushed through Round 4 of Friday Night Fights.  Cyclists re-visited the 6.2 course from Round 1, held 8 weeks prior.  The top 3 male riders on the evening were Eric Follen, Eliot Pitney, and Greg Popp with Dava Davin, Kelsey Abbott, and Erika Cressey rounding out the top female slots.  The night served as an excellent baseline test to evaluate the earliest phases of 2014 training; many riders were able to net considerable gains in time over the initial December trial.  In fun tradition, the Men’s and Women’s Heavyweight Belts made an appearance for distribution to two new series winners… the ’13-’14 Friday Night Fights Series Champions are Eliot Pitney and Dava Davin.  (awarded for highest pts. total in best 3 out of 4 events).  Thank you to all that came out in support of the series and look forward to following all of these riders into the 2014 race season!

February 7th, 2014 6.2 Mile TT Results:



Friday Night Fights – Round 3

January 25, 2014 by admin

Golden Glove AwardDownhill on the computrainer does not equate to easy:-)  Round 3 of Friday Night Fights consisted of a challenging 10 mile course, a net loss in altitude, but not void of steep climbing.  On the men’s side Eliot Pitney was able to keep his winter streak alive, joined by Zev Myerowitz in 2nd and Peter Hein 3rd.  Dava Davin topped the women’s podium in a time of 29:10.9, followed by Renee Towne and Katherine Caprio.  As a side note, an additional congrats goes out to Rob Andrews for the greatest performance gains over last year’s effort on the same course; a gain of nearly 80 watts.  Come join us for Round 4 on Friday, February 7th.

Results for Round 3 are posted bel0w:



Friday Night Fights – New Year Baselines

January 11, 2014 by admin

FridayNight_sd6_2aSeveral athletes kicked off the 2014 season with aggressive racing and new fitness baselines.  Round 2 of the winter series re-visited the rolling 7 mile course last raced on Feb. 22, 2013.  Eliot Pitney continued his reign on the men’s side with a new course record, besting last year’s winning time by ~3 seconds in a time of 16:26.4.  Carrie McCusker set a new high bar on the women’s side with a course record of 19:00.7 and a 3rd place finish amongst the entire field.  The results for all were impressive given such early timing in the season; 2014 is off to a great start!  The next Friday Night Fight event will be January 24th and we hope to see many in two weeks!

Complete Results are linked below:



Friday Night Fights – Solstice Results

December 21, 2013 by admin

FridayNight_sd6_2aFriday Night Fights kicked off the winter 2013-2014 season with the rolling 6.2 mile prologue of year’s past.  Eliot Pitney climbed atop the men’s podium with the top finish of the evening, averaging 24.8 mph, and stopping the clock at 15:00.22.  Defending Belt Champion, Carrie McCusker, was the top female finisher with a time of 16:11.75 and an average speed of 23.0 mph.  Many thanks to all the racers that came out in the midst of the holiday season!  We are looking forward to 2014!

Complete results are linked below:



2014 Endurance Camp

December 20, 2013 by admin

photo(1)2014 Lake Placid Endurance Camp — Join The Sustainable Athlete in beautiful Lake Placid, NY for a fully coached and supported weekend of endurance training.  The 2014 Camp will take place on June 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th.  This four day camp will take place on the Ironman Lake Placid race course, perfect recon for those racing Lake Placid and ideal for any athletes looking to progress to the Half or Full distance.  Weekend will include:

  • Fully coached sessions to include sport-specific video analysis
  • Daily on-course nutrition support
  • Race execution tips for optimal time on raceday; to include IM Lake Placid, Mont Tremblant, and Rev3 OOB
  • Additional discounts and support from High Peaks Cyclery
  • Evening Q & A Forum
  • Epic Talent Show and Camp Awards Ceremony
  • Group Dinner

Receive a discount if registered prior to 1/15/13!  Rates for the 2014 camp are as follows:

  • $400 for non-coached athletes (prior to 1/15/13)
  • $300 for currently coached Sustainable Athletes (prior to 1/15/13)
  • $450 for non-coached athletes (after 1/15/13)
  • $350 for currently coached Sustainable Athletes (after 1/15/13)

Lodging is available for an additional $225 (3-nights).  Group accommodation consists of a large multi-bedroom/bath lodge with shared kitchen, common rooms, hot tub, bike rack space, etc… Lodging must be prepaid by Feb. 1 2013.  Email to sign up and/or with any questions.


Friday Night Fights – 2014

December 10, 2013 by admin

FridayNight_sd6_2aFriday Night Fights is back for winter 2013-2014!  Friday Night Fights is a great way to establish cycling baselines, add motivation to your winter training, race personal demons or race amongst friends.  Races will be held on computrainers using multi-rider software.  Each race will be performed on a different course to simulate varied topography and torture.

Races start at 4 PM with wave starts every 30 min there after.  Additional trainers will be provided for thorough warm-up and cool down.

Prizes:  There will be weekly prizes for the top male and female finishers.  The Heavyweight Title (male and female) will be awarded as a points championship, scoring the best 3 finishes.


  • 12/20/2013 – “Solstice Sufferfest” — 6.2 Mile “End of the year Baseline”
  • 1/10/2014
  • 1/24/2014
  • 2/7/2014

Pricing is $15 per evening event or $50 for the 4 Race Series.   Click Here to Register for Friday Night Fights.  Please register online to select preferred time slots (will do best to accommodate requests; first come, first served).  Online registration allows riders to select an individual night or lock in a spot for the entire series.  Email with any questions.


Upcoming Group Training – Winter 2013-2014!

October 22, 2013 by admin


A new semester of Core Strength for Runners starts with Coach Kelsey on Tuesday October 1.   This class will meet bi-weekly, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6 AM.  This class targets activation of running specific muscle groups and functional strength to keep the body running strong.

An evening opportunity will begin Thursday Dec. 5th with a class instructed by Denise Goode and Doug Welling meeting every Thursday at 5:00 PM.  Sign up Here.

TRX Suspension Training uses body weight to perform 300+ exercises that target development of power, flexibility, core strength and endurance.  This class will be a fun way to incorporate strength training into your endurance routine.  The next winter semester will be offered on Monday evenings, starting Dec. 2nd, at 5:00 PM.   Sign up here to join us!

We hope you will join us for the 2013-2014 edition of winter cycling!  This winter we are excited to have a new space at Maine Running Company (309 Marginal Way), a Computrainer suite linking 8 units, and 24 Kurt Kinetic Fluid trainers for participants.  This winter’s session will be held Monday and Thursday evenings at 6:00- 7:15 PM, starting Dec. 2nd.  Longer, endurance spin workouts will be held on Saturday mornings at 8 AM, starting Jan. 11th.  Quantify your gains in power production this winter!  Sign up here, (inclusive of all winter classes).





Run Gait Clinics

May 29, 2013 by admin

GFRLogoGood Form Gait Clinics - The run gait clinics cover the key ingredients to more efficient running, injury reduction, and simply making run training more enjoyable.  Video footage will be captured and reviewed for every participant.  Leave the clinic with a better understanding of personal gait, clear mental targets to enhance training sessions, and simple core exercises to complement your running.

The group clinics will be capped at 20 participants, $15 pp and free to all Maine Running Academy members.  Email with any questions.  The Sustainable Athlete has the following upcoming run gait clinic:

Wednesday, October 9th  – 5:30 – 7:00 PM:  309 Marginal Way, Portland, ME


Brick 12.6!! Starts Wednesday, April 17th

April 10, 2013 by admin

Brick 12.6_sd_2fCome join The Sustainable Athlete on Wednesday, April 17th for a new training event!  The Brick 12.6 series is a 10 mile cycling effort on the computrainer followed by a 2.6 mile transition run on the Bayside Trail.  This series will accommodate athletes of all ability; the perfect opportunity to practice transitions in a group setting, find the running legs off the bike, and define optimal bike pacing without sacrificing your run split.  Athletes should bring their personal cycling and run equipment (dress for indoor cycling and outdoor running).

The first session will run Wednesday, April 17th.  There are 8 slots available per start wave – 4 PM, 5 PM and 6 PM.  $15 per individual. Click Here to Sign Up!


New Location and New Events!!

March 27, 2013 by admin

Happy Spring to all!  It is astounding to think that the predominant cycling volume over the past 5 months has taken place indoors.  It has, however, been very productive and fun thanks to all enrolled in our winter cycling, computrainer, core, TRX, and running classes.  As Easter approaches we are happy to announce that our home for group training will be moving along with Maine Running Company to  309 Marginal Way.  We could not be more excited for the move as the new space will have a fully renovated Community room complete with Computrainer cycling suite, additional space for core and TRX classes, and easy access with an entrance off the Bayside trail.  The new location will be opening April 1.

Starting Wed. April 17th, we are excited to debut a new training event – Brick 12.6.  The Brick 12.6 training series will consist of a 10 mile Computrainer effort followed by a 2.6 mile transition run along the Bayside Trail to East End Beach and back.  This series will take place monthly and allow athletes of all abilities to master the transition from bike to run.  Every participant will receive feedback on their power output during the bike as well as direct feedback as to how cycle pacing influences performance on the run.

The 2013 Triathlon Training Class, starting Wed. April 24th, is also open for registration.  Click here for more information or email with any questions.