S:6 training camp

Headed out west with Sessions 6 endurance team to Fruita Colorado. Serving up bodywork post ride at highline state park. 

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Joining Sessions 6 Sport performace

Balancing Works Massage has teamed up with Sessions 6 Sport Performance, to provide its athletes with therapeutic sports massage! Sessions 6 is a Sports Performance training facility and Crossfit gym, located in Lakewood, Colorado.

Sessions 6: “Six Components of Sport Performance.” By identifying an athletes strengths and weaknesses in aerobic conditioning, muscular stability, skill proficiency, diet & nutrition, stress management, and mental fitness we can help athletes to not only improve but thrive in athletic competition. Challenge your limits by pushing through them to achieve new levels of fitness, form and function.

The stress management piece of the puzzle is where my practice and services come in. I am looking forward to meeting its members and helping them achieve their performance goals through therapeutic massage and functional movement.

I will have office hours at the gym on Thursday’s and Saturday’s.

Sessions 6 Home Page

Sessions 6 Bodywork Page

 

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Tour of California photos

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Seyon State Forest

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As the rain pitter-patters on the metal roof top above, I am discouraged to venture outside into the wet and damp heavily wooded hills of Vermont. Instead, I will remain warm and dry, next to the fire, inside Seyon State Park’s rustic farm house, awaiting a delicious home cooked meal. A difficult race coming up next week for the guys of Team Novo nordisk, this remote heaven serves as an ideal resort to train, relax, and enjoy the stillness of the peaceful outdoors.

We have been fortunate to take advantage of a few restful days by venturing on daily hikes on deciduous forest trail that winds around the lake (and a few attempts to mountain bike the rough terrain), paddling a boat out onto the water and giving an earnest, but frustrating attempt at fly fishing, and mountain biking awesome trails of an old granite milling site, right out the back door of our team director’s local bike shop.

The food has been delicious: fish and burger patties, lazagna, quesadilla’s, fire roasted pizza,pancakes, eggs, french toast….hitting about all major food groups…well at least the grains. Local fair was quite tasty as well and included, maple syurp, granola, cheese, mead, and beer. I have realized how much pride local Vermontians take in their food and natural “granola” ways. They seem to effortlessly and enthusiastically extend out hospitalble guestures to showcase thier local goodies.

From here we travel to the big city of Montpelier, Vermont’s capitol, which I hear claims fame to the only U.S. capital that lacks a McDonald’s. Other intersting side notes,billboards and tolls are illegal in the state of Vermont, gay marriage is already legal, and marijuana is on its way of being legalized.

Smells from the kitchen tell me that it is time for our last feeding before we depart to the city.

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Tour of Gila

The first day of the Tour of Gila, here in New mexico, our rider Chris William’s, wins both sprints to earn himself a spot on the podium. Team Novo Nordisk’s first jersey of the season.

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Importance of Sports Massage in Cycling

ImageAs a competitive cyclist, sports and Thai massage therapist and a soigneur working with professional cyclists, I have an in depth perspective on the demands that we place on our bodies while training and racing. One of my favorite sayings that pertains to recovery is: “Training breaks your body down. Recovery is what builds it stronger.” Specifically, while riding hard, your muscle fibers are tearing and as a result, releasing toxins and metabolic waste products into your muscles.

The role of massage is to combat these toxins while pushing the waste out of the muscles, into the bloodstream and out of the body. The faster you eliminate the waste, the faster new nutrients and oxygen come into your body to repair and make larger, more powerful muscles. If you have ever felt the delayed onset of tired, heavy, sore legs, it is likely the result of excessive and stagnant lactic acid in your legs.

Another key role that sports massage plays in faster recovery is stretching. Many of us intend to stretch more or use the foam roller regularly, but we seldom do, especially to the degree that a therapist can. In sports massage you are passively (without help from the receiver) stretched, counteracting the time we spend hunched over our bikes in the saddle. Major areas of importance are the hips and shoulders, both being in a prolonged rounded position, placing strain on the lower and upper back and neck.

I hope this information is beneficial to your time off the bike. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to schedule a sports or Thai massage with me.

My office is in downtown Golden at 1221 Washington Street.                                                                                             Thanks for reading.

Troy Lyon LMT                                                                               www.balancingworksmassage.com                                                                    balancingworksmassage@gmail.com                                                                                                               (503)810-7751

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Novo Nordisk training camp. Terracina, Italy

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