Monday, May 23, 2011

Athlete Profile- Brian White

Age Group: 

2011 Endurance goals:

To complete a mountain century.

Why did you choose this sport?

I've always loved being outdoors on a bike.

Most enjoyable part of your sport?

Being outdoors.

Greatest accomplishment so far?

225 mile bike ride across the state of Florida in two days with my buddy Nick.
Also lost about 15 lbs thanks to Nicole's workouts and diet guidance.

Favorite gadget?

Don't have any besides a HRM but may get a power meter soon (you know me, don't even have a smart phone).

Favorite post-race meal?

Anything as long as it goes well with beer.

Dream race?

Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race

It has been amazing to see Brian transform not only physically but also mentally.  He used to be the 'cheeseburger and fries guy.'  Now he is the 'Wholefoods-dressing-on-side-guy.' We couldn't be more proud of his efforts.  
He has some hefty endurance goals and we can't wait to see him accomplish them!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hit the road and train with us for the Rock-n-Roll Savannah full marathon or marathon of your choice!

Fit2Run has teamed up with Nick and Nicole Clark from Clark Endurance andFitness Together.
$150 per person (not including race entry)
Program includes:
• Two group runs a week
• Individualized training schedule
• Free socks
• Free Fit2Run tech shirt
Training will begin Saturday, June 18.

Tuesday June 14th
6:30 p.m.
Join us for an informational meeting to discuss our upcoming 20 week training program in preparation for the Rock-n-Roll Savannah Marathon!

Please call Melissa at 941-358-5100 or email

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Clark Endurance Athletes Represent Well at the FIT and the Florida 70.3

Congrats to all our athletes who finished the Florida 70.3 or the Florida International Triathlon this past weekend!

Florida International Triathlon:
George Kruse
Eric Bock
Melissa Hirstein
Elaina Mullet
Sandi Taylor
Martin Moore
Nicole Clark

Florida 70.3:
Corey McClelland
Jeannie White
Josh Stout

You all out performed our expectations and definitely inspired others along the way!  Enjoy your week of rest and recovery!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Join Us at the FIT Expo Friday!

We will be at the Florida International Triathlon Expo this Friday at the Ryder Bikes booth.  Stop by say hello and receive your free water bottle!  Also, come check out all the great gear and products Ryder Bikes will have.  Great deals and giveaways!

We will also gladly answer any questions you have regarding the course, fueling or anything that's on your mind before race day.  See you there!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Congrats to Tracy Wilson!

Tracy recently completed the Nashville Country Music Marathon! Tracy has been kind enough to share her race report which sums up her experience very well. Thanks Tracy and congratulations!

Hey Nicole!

I had a blast in Nashville. HOLY HILLS!!! The only part of my body that is sore is my butt! I should have done extra squats! I felt great the entire run. I never crashed....really! (even though my time does not reflect it) As I closed in on ending the first 13.1, I felt great. It was a grueling uphill after uphill. I kept thinking, after this only hill 14 and 16 will be steep the rest will be fairly flat. That elevation chart said so.....I mean after all, it's a marathon. The amount of hills that were in the first half would not be in the second half, WRONG! ..there were more!

I actually became slap happy after as miles 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 continued to be hill after hill with not much down hill to them. I seriously was giggling. I helped out other runners as they started to panic (I shared my snacks and babbled about the weirdness of my everyday life to keep them going:) Made several friends along the way. We all played leap frog with each other. One running ahead then passing each other. After mile 22, it was very difficult to find someone running. It was seriously hundreds of people walking (ask Lanell, we are still in disbelief of what we saw. AND she was 30 min ahead of me) with 1.2 miles to go, the people from Seattle that I had been running with stopped and said they were "done" and would be walking the rest of the way. Mile 26 was of course, uphill. There was NO way in hell that I was going to walk any part of the last 1.2 miles! They all said, "see you later, Green Socks" and I took off. I smiled big the whole way!

It was weird, no one seemed to be able to read my "Irunmommy" logo on my bright pink and green uniform, but only mentioned my green socks the entire way. "Go Green Sock Blondie!" I heard this a million times. One man with a concussion and a bag of ice on his head shouted, "you are a very nice looking in your watermelon outfit" lol!

I was very thirsty for the last 6 miles, but my body was not liking anytime I took a sip of water. They were handing out salt packets and people were just eating the salt straight(barf) I mixed it in my water bottle and drank it. Tasted like the ocean! My stomach seemed okay with it. It still felt like water was sloshing around my body, but the salty water helped in some weird way. It was almost like the water was displaced in my body. It wasn't in my stomach, but rolling around my organs. No cramping though.

Although, I slowed down a considerable amount in the second half. I felt okay about it. I came to grips with it around mile 18. I had not crashed, I felt good, the hills were just really freaking steep. I truly believe Nashville has to be one of the tougher marathons ( least that's what the guys from Seattle said) It makes me want to do another one...but a flatter one :) Funny, at the expo the people from Carmel, IN were there and were advertising for their marathon on June 12th. I told them that is where we are moving to. Seriously, that's our new suburb. They handed me a bunch of different running club information. I told John I was going to run another marathon in 6 weeks......he totally ignored me and said, "let's go to Disney next weekend. I'll pour you a glass of wine....a big glass of wine"

I was totally prepared for this run! Physically and mentally. In my twenties, I told many people that I wanted to run a marathon but I probably never would do it. It feels great to have actually run 26.2 miles! I am very proud no matter how slow I was for a good chunk of it. It was an amazing experience! Thank you for inspiring me and saying, "of course you can run a marathon!" You would be surprised how many told me I couldn't or shouldn't. I showed them!!!!

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Athlete Profile- Mary Rodriguez

Age Group: 

2011 Endurance goals:
Run the Space Coast Half Marathon in November.  Improve running speed.  Run consistently under 10 min miles.

Why did you choose this sport?
Not sure, I have always run just never this far for such a long period of time. Clark Endurance makes it fun! 

Most enjoyable part of your sport?
When I reach a new goal.

Greatest accomplishment so far?
Having completed 4 half marathons in the past 2 years each one with a better time.

Favorite gadget?
My garmin watch.  I am all about the numbers!

Favorite post-race meal?
Haven't found one yet.  I usually feel so crappy after a race that nothing feels great.  That should be my goal, to enjoy the race and really enjoy the post race meal.

Dream race?

One where I finish and feel great! 

Mary has accomplished some amazing goals over the past two years, and we are excited to see her continue to grow.... and maybe even shoot for that marathon!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Upcoming Workshop at Ryder Bikes.

Join us for a fun and hands-on Foam Rolling Clinic at the Ryder Bikes Sarasota location.  
Foam Rolling is a form of corrective flexibility that is considered to be a key component when trying to improve flexibility and performance.  Come learn how Foam Rolling can improve your athletic performance.
Where:  Ryder Bikes Sarasota
When:  Saturday, May 7th
Time:  9:30 am
Cost:  Free!
This clinic is limited to 20 people, so make sure you sign up soon!
786-325-7623 / or
941-756-5480 /

We are Excited to be Working With Ryder Bikes!

"Ryder Bikes is pleased to announce a partership with Clark Endurance Training.  Clark Endurance Training will be working with Ryder Bikes to lead a series of workshops and clinics designed to help our customers become better athletes.  We are excited to work with Nick and Nicole Clark as their knowledge, education, experience & dedication make them perfect partners to help our customers achieve their personal goals, no matter their age or fitness level."

Paul and Karen Tobio
Owners, Ryder Bikes