Sunday, December 28, 2008

World Cup #7 Zolder, Belhium

On a  dry "road like" course within a car race track, the track sprinters flexed their muscles.

Track Olympic Champion Marianne Vos (Team DSB Bank) used the road like course, as she out raced her rivals.  No mistakes, plus a very fast track suited the track types.  

Going into the race, the field knew Olympic Champ Vos would be hard to beat if things came dow to a sprint.  That is was the case!

How dry was it? Some of the top guns even raced with slick tires, allowing for more speed over the dirt tires. Not what most of the gals from North America have been racing in.  Good thing Katie has track time and no question knows how to grab a-hand-full of drops and sprint!  

As we pointed out with all the travel and  jet lag,  dead legs will come and they hurt Katie Compton (Spike), so she was not 100%.  When you racing on the World Cup, ranking plays a huge role at the start line.  If you want a chance to be at the end of the race, you have to have a good start or a (hole shot).  

If you have low numbers on the World Cup, no matter where you live, no matter how fast your are, you start at the back of the field just like Georgia Gould (Luna) WN Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish.  Katie Compton did take a 4th in which is very impressive, given all the leg problems she has had.   

Georgia Gould worked her way to up to 10th, in which is a super effort.  The World Cup is on different level over what goes on in the states.  You have the fastest racers from each country!

North America did well, they had 4 cyclo-cross racers n the World Cup top ten!  Katie Compton 4th, Rachel Lloyd took 7th, Wendy Simms from Canada 9th and Georgia Gould 10th, and Sue Butler  was able to stay on the lead lap.  


1. Marianne Vos (Ned)                                                    42.22
2. Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger)                
3. Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned)      
4. Katie Compton (USA)                                                   0.01
5. Maryline Salvetat (Fra)                                                0.13
6. Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra)                                   1.08
7. Rachel Lloyd (USA)                                                       1.20
8. Pavia Havlikova (Cze)                                                  1.26
9. Wendy Simss (Can)                                                       1.35
10. Georgia Gould (USA)                                                  1.37
30. Christine Vardaros (USA)                                          6.29
35. Sue Butler (USA)                                                          8.25

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

U.S. World Cyclocross Named! Merry Christmas!

Its not easy to reach the top.  But due to the hard effort of the gals below, they are headed to Worlds. We are very please with our gals that use our systems. There seems to be many ideas these days!  This is the greatest gift to us we can have!  To watch these people go to the Worlds!

USA Cycling has announced the nominations to the USA National Team for 2009 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Hoogerheide, Netherlands, Jan. 31 - Feb. 1.

Dreams come true!  Way to go girls!

Elite Women

Katie Compotn
Georgia Gould  WN & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish
Rachel Lloyd
Laura Van Gilder
Sue Butler        WN & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish

Monday, December 22, 2008

Compton wins, Gould takes third in World Cup in Nommay, France!

American women have nothing to be concerned about their racing skills and how they stack-up in the world.  While on the World Cup in Nommay, France Katie Compton took her second win in a role on the World Cup and by almost 19 seconds, just ahead of World Champion German Hanka Kupfernagel and Georgia Gould finished a very respectful third only 5 seconds back of World Champ Kupfernagel.  That's a very real statement!

Given the long trips, jet lag, the long trips are very taxing on your legs.  I know, I just did a "red-eye" back to the mainland from Hawaii.  A little snowshoe time in fresh snow on steep trails seems to be helping!  Plus, Aleive afterwords!  Ha!  It's good to be young!

This was Georgia's cyclo-cross World Cup of the season.  She got stuck in a pack of chasers, but soon left them for the lead duo.  We are so pleased for the American gals.


1. Katie Compton         USA                   40.27
2 Hanka Kupfernagel  Ger                      0.19
3. Georgia Gould         USA                     0.24

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

World Track Champion Fausto Perez Casiraghi is back!

While at 3rdNature in Teaneck, NJ, we had the chance to work with 6'3" Dr. Fausto Perez Casiraghi (Eonologist) who holds U23 Italy Track Champion and U23 World Track Champion.

Fausto is very good at what he does on and off the bike. Here he is doing 190 rpm with 180 cranks and 1,900 watts! Wow!

Fausto has hit speeds up to 60mph on the track and can make up to 2200 watts! That's right!
He was hitting 1,900 watts just after we fit him and informed us that he is making about 45% more power this time of year. He intends on reclaiming his World Track Championships!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mental Faculties makes a difference!

If we had a keen intuitive awareness of or sensitivity to the presence or importance of something like the correct bike fit, along with the correct firing of muscles, we would not need to learn how to ride and pedal.  

That is not the case and that is why hype or basic ideas  find their way to the customer who is in need.

The higher order reflexes are key, provided you have the sense given by your folks, to get the correct fit, and that takes presence to what is being provided!  

When I was young, I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in a sock.  So I stopped wearing socks. - Einstein

Control of the neuromuscular system is quite complex and involves 3 major divisions-cortex, brainstem, and spinal cord.  The cortex is the location where all "NEW LEARNING" takes place. The premotor (or supplemental) and motor areas are the most important for muscle control. The premotor area is just anterior to the motor area.  It is here that the gross motor plan for movement is formed.  Provide you have not been told something else and you are willing to new learning?  If you knew it, why do you have to learn? The information is then passed onto the motor area, where fine motor coordination is set formed.

Here is how to make "horse sense" of it!  The nervous system's control of the neuromuscular system can be roughly broken into three levels, which are organized both hierarchically and in parallel.
  1. The lowest level is the spinal reflex, with its segmental & suprasegmental organization & intelligence.  Associated with survival & mechanical work humans do against gravity!
  2. The middle level is represented by the lower brain. This level includes some of the prewired reflexes, some of the acquired reflexes, postural reflexes aided by the semicircular canals, the fine-tuning of movements by the cerebellum, & the limbic system that controls the emotional aspect of muscle.  
  3. At the highest level is the cortex, where three quarter of all the nerve cells reside.  It is here that intentionality of movement occurs, along with learning, associations, and thought!  What is it you want to do? 
Given all the basic fits, led, video and ideas we still have hope for mankind. The good news is, we still think we can teach the cortex what is needed.  They just have to get our solution and we are off to the races! We have been teaching customers after the fit the whole time, even when their brain has been told something else, by someone who think's they know what you sense?

We are not basic, nor do we work at the basic level of the nervous system.  There is even a force-velocity relationship to learn.  The contraction velocity of a muscle also affects the amount of tension or force that a muscle produces. This is clearly seen using sEMG.  The speed at which a muscle can contract is primarily limited by the rate at which the cross-bridging can be manifested at the sarcomere level.  Therefore, the amount of time it takes to reach a given tension level is determined solely by the amount of tension to be developed.

In situations where different velocities of contractions are conducted using the same amount of resistance, contractions that require higher speeds build fewer cross-bridges than those conducted at slower speeds!  In the case of eccentric contraction, however, the amount of force or tension created by the muscle actually increases a the velocity of the eccentric contraction increases.  That is why our fit works best!  It allows you to achieve a better velocity.  Merry Christmas!

Electromyography is the study of muscle function through the inquiry of the electrical signal the muscle emanates.

To understand how muscles work, its helpful to examine the muscle from a macroscopic (video) to a microscopic level. On the macroscopic (basic/traditionally) view with a video is no difference than from the eye!  Muscles fibers are grouped together and identified by their line of action, their direction of pull, and their origins and insertions.

But a closer examination of this arrangement reveals  that muscle is really comprised of compartments.  Rather than being one side of the leg or one massive muscle, some muscles are really a series of smaller compartments that run in the same direction or slightly different directions. Each compartment provides a subtly different pull on the lever arm.

Understanding compartmentalization of muscles better is and will replace the more macroscopic view of origins and insertions (led, video) that is presently taught for a mass marketing or what is view as primary level understanding!  It is better than nothing, but not the best!  As for performance, it will be found out there is more than what meets the eye or video alone.  

The composition of muscle cells, muscle fascicles, muscle fiber, myofibril, myofilaments, sarcomere, thick & thin filaments

When I was young, I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in a sock. So I stopped wearing socks.  - Einstein

If you don't understand the anatomy and physiology of the narrow subcompartments separated by thin septa of connective tissue that holds the muscle cells together in their parallel arrangements, you are only getting a basic understanding!

Then you have the relationships of alpha & gamma motor neurons to muscle spindles & Golgi tendon organs. The alpha & gamma motor systems must coordinate to maintain the correct tension of the muscle spindle.  

In other words, the alpha & gamma activation from the brain maintains the correct tension on the muscle spindles!  And it is our Wobble-naught CAD & teaching you using the  Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish that will make a difference!  We have been doing this for 10 years now!  

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 15, 2008

US Cyclocross Championships

Kansas City, Missouri.

Katie Compton  takes here fifth consecutive championship in below freezing temps and a very dry course.  Speed is key.  Our friend at Thomson LLC, David P, the guys who make the stems and seatpost and I where on the phone about the needs of XC, pointed out that Katie uses Thomson stems/seatpost, we know why, they make the best seatpost & stem for the quickest input you can have in rough off road use.  No lag time here, the bike becomes super quick and part of your body and you don't waste time with any movement (deflection).  So, if you want better handling and speed for off road get Thomson.  

We have informed shops  and their buyers of their products for many years, but they have their own ideas or deals!  It might be noted that Katie buys her gear!  Hum?  There is no better seatpost or stem for the off road, where you need quick moves.

Super results for Georgia Gould, as she gets a silver.  We spoke to Andy Applegate about the course, he has been to the race many year.  Andy noted the temperatures dropped and many struggled to stay warm. Katie Compton pointed out that Georgia was riding strong and she goes hard from the gun and hopes that she makes no mistakes.  A good start makes a difference. 

Overall, Georgia was pleased to move higher on the podium, as this will help prepare her for world championships in Europe.  It looks like a lot of Americans are going to be over across the pond.

A crash in the 2nd turn took Sue Butler down.  Sue pointed out that she was willing to just follow Georgia, as Georgia intended to start slow about 5 spots back.  That put Sue in the pack where the crash took her down.  The window of racing is short.  As she said, that was a hard one to learn.  In this game you have to get a good hole shot and you can't follow.  Sue also intends on heading to Europe.  

Most of the gals are friends, as Compton was happy that Gould is headed to Europe this year. They will give the Europeans a race for their money.


1. Katie Compton
2. Georgia Gould  (Luna) WN & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish
3. Rachel Lloyd
4. Laura Van Gilder
5. Amy Dombroski
6. Maureen Bruno Roy
7. Meredith Miller
8. Deidre Winfield
9. Sue Butler  (Monavie Cannandale) WN & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish  after a hard crash!
10. Kelli Emmett

Monday, December 08, 2008

USGP Final! Nash takes series, Gould 2nd!

They might be team mates, but some very real racing went on in Portland, OR at the USGP final.

Nash & Gould took on a very challenging mud course and Nash picked the best lines, won the race and won the series.  When the race started they had the same points for the USGP series, so the game was set!  

Nash got the lead and never looked back.  Gould did her all to reel her in in what might be viewed as a swamp, but Nash had about a 15-second lead.  Being up front in all that mud makes a difference.  A very tough race for the series.  Nash takes the USGP series over Gould by a matter of 15 seconds.  Now that's a  racing to the wire!

On the last lap, Nash maintained her lead over 2 position Gould and then Sue Butler in thrid place.  Sue Butler claimed the SRAM most aggressive rider and her 1st podium appearance.
It was a great story for her racing at home.

Congrats to them all!

1. Nash
2. Gould 
3. Butler

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Aloha - USGP is on and its a good one!

Last night, I had a report from Sue Butler on her performance at the Portland Cup while at Sea/Tac airport.   I am headed to Waikiki for work for the week.

I sit looking south from the 22nd floor of my host, viewing the ocean and will be meeting w/ Luna pro 08 EXTERRA series champ Shonny Vanlandinham for a midday show we are doing together for Dec 7, Pearl Harbor Day.    

Wobble-naught & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish is here for the week, and have almost every hour of every day booked with people coming to get their bikes dialed.  They have some very real mts., here (5 miles of steep) and its from beach up.  A good fit makes a huge difference and we even have people who have had the fit before wanting their new bikes dialed.

If you have ever had our solution, you want all your bikes dialed by the CAD!  And people are learning, that a road bike fit is not a tt, or a tri, mtb, or a cyclocross, they are all different.  We are not some basic fit system, and the folks who have use us in the past "know this".  That is why they keep coming back!

Correction, I seem to being going to clubs and performing fits "A LOT' i.e. Tenneck, NJ just a few weeks ago! As I look out again to the ocean, if your ship doesn't come to you, swim to it!  Ha!

Back to the report.  From what Sue Butler reported, Luna's Katerina Nash & Georgia Gould went one-two in the first round.  She said she did not have the best start and in this sport that can mean the difference.  But, was very happy with what we had her focus on for the race!

Katerina won, Gould took second and still is the USGP series leader.  She like Sue had a slow start, but made ground with strong attacks. 

We wished we could be there for it all, but on the other hand, the temps nice!

Its going to be a good race Sunday!  Best to all the racers for putting on a good show!


Thursday, December 04, 2008

Rebecca Rusch & Greg Martin - 3rd

Rebecca 3rd in Vuelta al Cotopaxi.

Hello All, if you have a little time, read the following story on Rebecca's race report from Ecuador. She and Greg Martin were competing in the "mixed" category and did well in spite of the altitude that really hit Greg.

Enjoy her first-hand account...

As I sit down to write this race report, I am already scheming about how I can get back here next year for this race. The Vuelta al Cotopaxi is the biggest and most popular mountain bike race in Ecuador. The race limit of 400 people sells out in less than a day and there was a 200 person waiting list this year. I now understand why. The race is a 2 day stage race of approximately 140 km. It circumnavigates the high volcano of Cotopaxi and offers some of the most intense, high altitude riding I have ever experienced. The entire race took place above 10,000 ft and topped out at around 14,000 ft. The air was extremely thin, the high mountain weather changed from intense sun to freezing rain in minutes and the course was some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. The best cyclists in Ecuador take part in this race, and the mixed division was extremely competitive. Greg and I were hosted in Quito by one of Ecuador’s best adventure racers and we spent the week before the race riding and sightseeing around Quito. The altitude in Quito is around 7000 ft and goes up to about 10,000 ft, so it was a little bit of acclimatization for us, but it proved to not be enough. The local Specialized distributor and dealer, Daniel took us on a new riding adventure each day and we met a bunch of the local cyclists. Everyone here seems to know each other and for a city of 2 million people, the cycling community feels like a very close knit family.

On Friday evening, we headed towards Cotopaxi, which is only an hour’s drive from the city of Quito. It is amazing to me that in such a short time, you can leave the city and be in the most pristine country environment. The Pan American highway that runs north/south in Ecuador is appropriately called the Avenue of the Volcanoes. It is lined either side by the most fantastic, snow capped volcanoes, many of which are non-technical and can be climbed by anyone who can deal with the thin air. Our caravan of approximately 12 racers all met at a hacienda near the race start. We were all hosted by a very friendly family and fed wonderful potato cheese soup and chicken. All of the food was grown on their farm and prepared fresh that day.

Day 1 racing past Cotopaxi...Reba in front, Greg following

The morning of the race dawned clear and crisp with Cotopaxi looming overhead. The weather in the mountains can be very unpredictable, so deciding what to wear for the race was a challenge. The race registration was held inside the Cotopaxi park and 400 people were lined up under the Red Bull tent signing waivers and getting race numbers. Since the race is a giant circle, we would be camping out between the two stages. Our giant bag of camping gear, race food and extra clothing was loaded onto a big truck that would meet us at the end of the first stage. The race started 45 minutes late, but that seems to be pretty normal for Ecuador. People here are relaxed and casual until the starting gun goes off.

The race began with a climb and we were in the leading group of mixed teams for about 45 minutes, until I had a flat tire. We made a quick change, but saw at least one other mixed team pass us. We got on our way again and the riding was rough double track with multiple steep river crossings. After 6 weeks away from racing, I was feeling the high of being in a race and was motivated to push hard. Unfortunately, Greg was feeling the crushing grip of the altitude after about an hour of racing. Normally, he’s a much faster rider than I am, so I was surprised to be waiting for him. He struggled through most of the day moving at about 25% of his normal speed and struggling to breathe. He was having trouble eating or speaking and was close to vomiting for much of the ride. My adventure racing experienced kicked in and I did my best to look after him, to motivate him and to pull him when I could. He suffered like a champ, which is a hard thing to do. He let his ego go and did not complain and did not quit. I was impressed with how hard he pushed despite how badly he was feeling. The stage was supposed to be 67 km and when my odometer rolled over 70km and we still weren’t at the finish, I was confused. I kept pushing Greg, but I had no idea how much further we had to go. When we crossed the finish line for day 1, I was surprised to hear a reporter ask us if we got lost. I found out later that many of the teams, including us, took a wrong turn early in the day and rode an extra 6 km! Luckily, our wrong turn joined back into the course, so we did not end up lost in Ecuador. However, the mistake easily cost us 20 or 30 minutes. Many other people in the race had made the same error. We finished 4th in the mixed division that day with two of the teams in front of us riding the correct course and 6 km shorter. Despite Greg’s “soroche” (altitude sickness) and our wrong turn, we were still just 15 minutes out of the lead position.

We spent the evening camped with 400 other racers in the Palermo, the high altitude grassland surrounding Cotopaxi. It was like camping on a sponge with deep puddles and mud everywhere, but the scenery was breath taking. The clouds were constantly swirling and creating new designs in the sky every few minutes. Cotopaxi was moving in and out of view all the time. The camp was situated by a farmhouse and the people of the house hosted food for all of the racers. Potato cheese soup was again on the menu and is quickly becoming my favorite race food. I spent most of the evening making sure Greg and I were re-hydrating, eating and recovering well for the next day. Despite Greg having his toughest day ever on a bike, I knew we might be able to make up time on the other teams and improve our placing. Day 2 was also about 65 km and I was determined to have an eagle eye looking for the race flags to be sure we did not make a wrong turn. Day 2 was also rumored to be more technical riding and included a 20km downhill, so I was confident we could pull back some time. Saturday evening, we did a bit of bike maintenance, traded stories with other racers and went to bed early. Unfortunately, one of the farm dogs was doing his best to protect his house. He barked non-stop from 10:30pm until 2:30pm. Despite earplugs, Greg was not sleeping and was scheming ways to kill the dog. He went out around midnight to approach the dog and perhaps negotiate a deal. However, as Greg approached the house, 5 other sets of eyes and growling teeth met him before he could get close. Greg aborted his plan and slumped back to the tent. The dog must have tired after 4 hours and finally stopped barking.

The overnight camp between Stage 1 and Stage 2...even after a night of barking, the dog is alert and keeping watch.

The morning of day 2 was cloudy and cool, but not raining. We had heard horror stories about the weather in this race, so I was thankful we had relatively clear skies. The start of this stage was 12 km of climbing through the grassy Palermo. There was no trail, so you were picking a line through the spongy grass and mud bogs looking for the easiest way. I loved this part because it was more technical required a lot of concentration. There was some hike-a-bike up to the high point of the race around 14,000 ft. Greg and I had decided to start this stage more slowly and just sit behind the lead team. We raced the first hour and a half with the lead mixed team. At the top of the climb, Greg and I bolted ahead for the long downhill section. The downhill was super high speed double track with lots of dangerous rain ruts and loose, gravel corners. Greg led the way on the downhill and I followed his line. We took a lot of chances because we knew this was the only place we could make up time. We made it down safely and began the last 20 km of gradual uphill to the finish. Greg was feeling better today, but was still not himself. We were in the lead for the stage and I was extremely motivated to go for the stage win. My odometer had stopped working, so we were unsure how many km were left until the finish. One person told me 10 km, then about 5 km later, we were told 12 km to go. The last hour of a race always seems the longest, but we pushed hard and were able to finish in first place for the stage. We were less than 1 minute ahead of the 2nd place team and about 4 minutes ahead of 3rd. We ended the race with an overall ranking of 3rd in the mixed division and only about 10 minutes behind of first place. We were 8th overall in the whole race. Considering a wrong turn, a flat tire and a bad case of soroche, I was really pleased with our result and how we worked together as a team. The course was one of the best I have ever experienced and I plan to back next year for another dose of Ecuadorian hospitality and riding around volcanoes.

On the podium...3rd place for mixed teams, 8th overall. Congratulations Rebecca & Greg!

The days after the race included a big dose of TV, radio and magazine media that Red Bull and Specialized had organized for us. Now, we are off for a little adventure traveling around Ecuador. Thanks to Specialized and Red Bull for making this trip happen. Thanks to Daniel at Cikla bike shop for being such a great host!

For complete race results and race information, click here:

Cheers, Rebecca

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Where do you sit, regarding fitting systems?

When you sit on your bike, how do you get your sit bones in the right place on the saddle? How can you find that “home base” from which to move on the bike? Why is it important? How do you learn it? How can a fitting system help you with this important task?

That’s a lot of questions about what seems to be a simple thing. But it’s not. Watch a golfer like Tiger Woods get ready to drive a ball down the fairway. He takes his time to position himself relative to the ball so he can hit it the way he wants. What he wants is to hit the ball with the proper bio mechanics for the desired results. They call this “addressing the ball”. We guarantee Tiger practices this skill religiously. When you place your sit bones on the saddle you are addressing the saddle and setting the stage for your bio mechanical interaction with your bicycle. We call this “addressing the bike”.

Why is it important? Well, as you can see from our example above, in order to drive the bike down the road you want the proper bio mechanics. You can’t get the desired results (a fast bike!) without them. So how do you learn how to address the bike properly? You learn it from someone that knows how; just like Tiger learned how to address the ball. No one is born knowing these things, but at WobbleNaught we’ve spent a long time scientifically analyzing cycling and its bio mechanics. With this knowledge we not only fit you properly, but we teach you what you need to know.

How can any fitting system help me with this issue? Frankly, not all of them do. In fact we believe only we can. Obviously an important part of addressing the bike is finding the relationship between your sit bones and the rest of your bones. Only then can the bike be adjusted to make maximum use of your power. Can a video camera do this? No, it can’t because it only sees the surface. And in this case the surface is hidden under shorts and on top of the saddle. You can’t come to any conclusions about your sit bones with a video camera. If you see someone pedaling improperly you can’t tell from a video whether it’s because they are sitting in the wrong place, or their cleats are wrong, or any one the multitude of things you could change. The idea that this can be done by observation feeds the notion that proper bike fitting is a “Black Art” practiced by high priests of fit. The video camera is an important tool that is best used for teaching and helping the cyclist visualize the proper pedaling stroke. It is a poor tool for measuring a skeleton and its joints.

With our measurement techniques we locate your sit bones relative to the rest of your skeleton, we even account for the amount of soft tissue covering the sit bones. And we do it without getting too familiar with your nether regions!! Once we know where your hard parts are, we can use our CAD solution to put your bike’s hard parts in the right place. THEN we can teach you how to address the bike and drive it down the road with power and finesse. No one else takes this approach and no one else has the tools to do it correctly.

We don’t get to pick our parents, but they pass on to us the physical characteristics we have. Your hips are what they are and we can help you find how to best use what you’ve got. Isn’t that what you want? It’s exactly what we want for you.

So come and see us. You may find out that the saddle you thought was a death sentence isn’t as bad as you thought! Plus, we'll make you faster.

M. McTigue
3rd Nature
Teaneck, NJ

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thinking makes it so!

Do you know what you are looking at?  What is outlined in red?  What does this do to your pedal stroke? The mechanical process of injury are: compression, tension, shearing.  If you wish to protect your bones, estimates are not good enough!

A simple test!  Mark you skin with a pen, and note how the skin can move over a joint (1cm-2cm).  Then think about that when you get your bike fitting that way?  

"Never doubt the ability of a small thoughtful group of people to change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has"  - Margaret Mead

We know how to build "blue print" a motor, we have for over 10 years. Are you sure you want to trust the hype of other fittings systems? 

To make horsepower, you have to know how to build the motor from the hard parts, inside out, not the outside in from the skin that so many assert!

Once we make the horsepower, then you want to make sure the front-end alignment of the car doesn't wear out the (bones) tires!  Eyeing it doesn't cut it,  plus using a video doesn't, you have to measure the hard parts to find the (toe-in, toe-out, and yaw) and that is what our CAD does!

The video is for teaching the moves not the fitting.  The throw of the lens will be off, meaning you can't be exact!

Wait till you see what we have coming for 2009!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Rebecca Rusch - Competing in Ecuador.

I am a little late, but here is a report from our friend, 2-time 24 world champ Rebecca.

Rebecca Rusch, como parte de su participaci0n en la Vuelta al Cotopazi 2008, estara reportando para SleepMonsters ( Haz click aqui para ver las ultimas actualizaciones...

Rebecca is in South America again, seeking out the best mtb races on the continent, and will be part of the Vuelta al Cotopaxi, a race that goes all the way around Cotopaxi, an active volcano in the western part of Ecuadorian Andes.  

Is this not the way to live?  Travel the world and ride the bike!  

Rebecca is covering the world on a mtb and will not use anything but a WN fit for it!

The 24 hour mtb champ, Rebecca was in Ecuador.  

She and her boyfriend Craig where at a two day event that went on in Vuelta al Cotopaxi (2-day staged MTB race).  Over 200 people and in it's 4th year.  

Nearest city has 2 million people, but they have awesome single track within minutes.  Rebecca & Greg Martin will race in the 24 hour mixed division. The altitude is a very significant factor!  Lowest point is 10,000 ft., and they go to 14,000 ft. It can even snow!

Do we need to say, they will have majestic  views.

Seeing the mtb world!  Ride on!  

The race website is:

Happy Holiday!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Gould & Bishop "KOA'S"

Sue Butler threw the hammer down for a strong start.

The temp was about 29-degrees F w/ a 20 mph wind!


Both Gould and Bishop backed up their game Sunday!

Georgia putting the power to it! Perhaps she wanted the race over due to her hands being so cold!

The end of the race!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Gould & Bishop Hand Out Convincing Wins!

North Carolina Grand Prix

Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA, November 22, 2008

Race 2 - November 22: Elite Men


1 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Trek/Volkswagen Wobble-naught & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish
2 Russell Stevenson (USA) Redline Bikes
3 Jonathan Baker (USA) Vitamin College p/b XP Companies
4 Bart Gillespie (USA) Monavie - Cannondale Wobble-naught & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish

N. American Trophy #7,

Whitmore's Landscaping

Super Cross Cup 1

South Hampton, New York, USA, November 22, 2008

Race 1 - November 22: Elite Women


1 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Wobble-naught & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish
2 Lyne Bessette (Can)
3 Natasha Elliott (USA) Stevens
4. Sue Butler (Monive-Cannondale) Wobble-naught & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish

Monday, November 17, 2008

Georgia Gould takes USGP Cyclocross Lead!

We had the chance to be on hand in 6-8 inch mud nearTrenton, NJ area for a weekend of a true mud fest! Just the kind of conditions you want for a cyclocross! It had lots of action and if you wanted to do well here, you had to be able to make power, have perfect balance to handle the mud and be able to run!

That was not the case for 97% of the field?

It was a great course to view the many different riding styles. There are as many styles as fit systems and you could see it in the way they raced. We had the owner of Teaneck, New Jersey's "3rdNature" with us to take note and learn why our CAD makes a difference. Just the looks on the faces of the racers was enough to say they where not comfortable as the many systems/ideas claim? The trainer is not he real world!

Skiing is coming. I guess everyone looks the same on the ski slope? Have all the training you want, you still have to ride the bike! Then as the teacher, know what to look for!

The Luna gals are on a different zip code and just rode a way! He saw the difference of a basic road bike idea setup and how it doesn't cut it in this type of racing! That just makes it much easier for the pro's in the know to set a pace they can't touch! Way to go girls!

Now, with Georgia double wins at USGP Mercer Cup, she has landed on top of the USA Cycling National Cyclocross standings. Gould takes over the lead from Laura Van Gilder.

As Georgia put it! There are many ideas out there. That's good, as it allows her to put her powerful skills to work!

Sue Butler blasted from the start for the hole shot, then Gould and Nash rode away, almost lapping the field on a course that was 11 min per lap.

These gals haul the mail.

Even in warm up you have to get your brain in the game!

Georgia is deep into the stroke!

See one of our dealers if you want to really get to the next "Zip Code."

Better yet, if you live near Jersey, come by and learn this week! 3rdNature, Teaneck, NJ
Spending the whole week for this cowboy is bit different! They don't say "you bet" or "a".

As I have learned from Teaneck, New Jersey!
Forget about it!
How ya doin!
I even saw the areas where Tony dumped the dump the bodies!

While Mike was standing next to Georgia's bike in the pits talking "How ya doin" to Georgia's husband "Dusty", her bike was hanging from a tent, as I turned and looked to my right the tent & bike flew up in the air about 30 feet from a hard wind! Wow!
As you can see, it killed the front end, so Dusty didn't have time to talk, as he had to replace every thing on the bars!

Forget about it!

This weekend we head over to South Hampton, Long Island for more action pack racing w/ Nat Ross to is coming to
do his thing Saturday night, to watch Sue Butler, Georgia Gould.

Are they going to do well this weekend?

Forget about it!

Friday, November 14, 2008

What does skiing have to do with cycling?

History repeats, cycling has become very much like skiing? You go to a ski school and you don't know who you will get for your instructions. Just because you are in a ski school doesn't mean you know how to ski. Everyone makes their claims to be the best!

"Just because you know how to race DH, doesn't mean you know how to perform in other areas!"

You go to a ski area or a high price resort and there might be 1,000 plus instructors who work for a ski school, some work full time, others work for a living. They both don't mind taking you out on the slopes to teach you and make money. The rates vary i.e. private, group, race camp, etc..., and if you are good enough you get the privates and the rest is for the new instructors.

Each of the instructors has a different understanding of (skiing) more or less of a certain level of move. They all look the same in the lift line, but some might be new and teach only the kids, and are learning their own moves? Wearing the same outfit, ess will be good enough to teach all -mountain.

Rare do you have a race coach in a ski school and most of them don't even like ski schools? The same holds true for school types not liking the ski racers and perhaps they both don't like the free riders? You might best in the gates, but that doesn't mean your the best coach i.e. a ski race coach? Others might be better at jumping 30 foot cliff. sticking the landing and skiing crud? Some might get their lips mashed! But they might be better in bumps?

They might be better in the air to a point, yet can't fly 200 feet. Fewer yet might be better of teaching the other instructors? They might be in some union (PSIA or US Ski Team) and make their money going around the country holding clinics?

That's the business! Its just good to know who's giving you the business!

Rare is it to have a World Cup ski racer, even at the top of their game performing well in all conditions and terrain. In fact, they don't get time say in the deep stuff, as it might mess up their game with timing, edging, where the hands go, etc...

Cycling is very much the same way! Just because you can run gates, doesn't mean you know how to ski the bumps, or be the jumper. Nor is a GS expert or the best SL expert able to run DH! Perhaps the DH person can't run SL or teach a novice?

I think you get the point that someone can have a "patch, or a uniform" and they all are instructors, wanting to make a living in the sport they love.

"They all can't carve their turns"

Then you have to ask the question, how many do this for a living? How many new instructors are there? How many have the eye for the skill you want learn?

Then by the time you learn all of the different levels, you might be viewed too old, not in your prime, not cool enough to be the person who knows that skill?

It is true that the head of USA cycling was also the head of US skiing? The same business model has come forth! Skiing became a government, after all the goverment is a business and wants to make money from the system. Given all the thousands of instructors across and many of them have a full cert., (PSIA or US Ski Team Coach) not to be confused with US Ski Team member some seek their seventh heaven else where?

One of the best ski racers "Bode Miller" in the world doesn't work with the national team coaches?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Jeremiah Bishop wins the Iceman Cometh.

Bishop takes the 10th annual Iceman Cometh in Michigan.
A large turn out of 2,000 signed up and Bishop was at the top.

Portland's (SSCXWC) Sue Butler wins!

Single speed cyclocross world championships was held in Portland, OR.  It is the premier event for single speed cyclocross.  You only have one gear and that means you have to practice.
Some do and some just say "what ever."

We all know, you can't make every horse drink the water. 

Some are devoid of influences!  There are many different stables (establishments where race horses are kept and trained) and they all have their horses and ideas.  

Race horses can be like certain dogs and listen only to one-person , or to their private "whisperer."  The trick is to watch them so its not just flowing out the other side.

You have to watch their ears to see if they are listening!

Sue Butler had her ears out - for the Portland, OR  race. 

"World Single Speed Cyclocross Champion"

Friday, November 07, 2008

USGP New Jersey - We will be there!

USGP New Jersey

 The USGP of Cyclocross presented by Crank Brothers will set a stage this upcoming Nov 15th, 16th for the nation's elite racers to try their luck in the Northeast's hotbed of cyclocross. Then there is more action on Nov. 22nd, 23rd in Long Island.

We will be there with 3rd Nature owner Michael McTigue to watch cyclocross high horsepower hot rods Georgia Gould and Sue Butler race. Then we go up the road to his shop for a fun filled week of blueprinting motors, and learning how to make some real horsepower. Topics like how to stroke any engine for torque.

We're out for torque, and horsepower and nothing serves it up like huge cubes (cross section of muscles) and a big arm.  Stroking delivers both.  Sounds like a car engine?  You bet, your motor/body works pretty much the same way. There can be more creativity to stroking than just buying a crank and bolting it together.  You will need a good blower to make all this horsepower. 

Come and learn what to do with that info.  When considering stroking your engine, the first thing to grasp is that of the crank throw.  Pick your stroke means deciding the maximum torque, we'll focus on gaining the longest possible stroke.  We don't care if you run a small block or large block or who was your manufacture. We will find a better stroke!

If you live in the area be sure to come by to see how we make some real horsepower. 

3rd Nature "Bike - Body - Spirit"

1382 Queen Anne Rd

Teaneck, NJ 07666

Ph: 201 833-0009

Sue Butler (Monavie / Cannondale) pro is going to show up to the store on Wed 19th., even having one of her bikes blueprinted.  Sue can never get enough of the Dartfish. Then that night to review her race from Trenton, NJ and let her tell her story.

Later that week, "Hall of Fame mtb" 2 time Race Across America Champ, world premier endurance specialists Nat Ross is going to be on hand Saturday Nov 22nd for the full day and that night, hear his thoughts about doing race pace for 24 hours or longer. Learn what it takes to do these super endurance events.  This is not riding just a 120 miles.  Nat Ross has had a ton of input on the Gary Fisher twenty-nine inch wheels.  He is very easy to talk to and will answer your questions on endurance needs.

Come and learn why Nat Ross, Georgia Gould, Sue Butler and so many other top pros use Wobble-naught & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish.  Can you say, hearing it from the pony express or the horse's mouth and no they are not Mr. Ed!  There much faster and are much smarter.

How the west was won!

The pivotal location just outside Trenton, New Jersey, has already lured local 'cross stars from up and down the Eastern seaboard and the ones arriving from far-flung points across the country will only add to the tense, hyper competitive atmosphere.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Lance Armstrong uses Dartfish! Why Not You!

Why does biomechanics connect the sciences?

Throw your bike in a trainer (mini lab) and have at it! Alignment fanatics, concepts and interpretations arise!

First, it should be known that there is no blame here, just calling a ace an ace.

Yes, athletes need to know how their bodies work. Its a good thing Matt was exposed to US Ski Team, he was able to understand how things better work. He is aware of balance, muscle recruitment and nerve functions, joint proprioceptive receptors and more. He knows a few things about his body and how it works best in space. He also owns a company "Coyote Design," that makes prosthetics. Matt also knows to be at the top of your game, it's the last 20% that makes a difference.

Since he is the marketing director, he knows the concept that shoots for the less perfect 80%. In other words how the marketing game pushes comfort. Matt knows that most cycling folks don't have the time or the money to do the last 20%. The focus is to just get you on a bike.

Today, it is accepted that an experienced fitter performing alignments are needed. Not even 7 years ago was this true. Retail stores and reps didn't buy into it. It slowed things down with hard goods. Today, there are thousands of people in retail, or the trend "specialty shops" nationwide attempting to dial you in. This is good news, to a point. We know how that works, pick your ski boot store wisely!

Major problem, shop technicians attempt to get trained each year, but don't stick it out and move on. If you own the store, each year you had to retrain someone. Ouch! The same for bikes, suggest a bike, maybe suggest a footbed, or even cant your foot or the shoe. Great, but you still need to learn how to move. In the fitters defense, little education has been available. And we all know, just because your in the health care, doesn't mean you know how to play the game.

If that was so, then we would see the ill care (MD, PT, PA, PhD, OT) tag on the front of a Tiger Woods or Lance Armstrong? The sport is not in a crisis, restoring a person to the level of functioning (to work properly and normally). What's normal?

Coaches are more like ski instructors and focus on your training concerns. Do they go out and ride and teach you skills? The industry even has a government signing off on who is who and what is their rank? Sounds like the old US Ski Team and PSIA governments.

Note the head of the cycling today was the head of skiing in the US? They make a ton of money for a cycling government teaching. Pay your dues coaches! Lessons learned, there was good money to be made with the PSIA & US Ski Coaches systems.

Why does top gun skier B. Miller do his own thing? Why is Lance Armstrong hiring international experts, one who's dad is very famous, named Eddie M., and made bikes from a country just west of Germany?

Cycling offers a sense of choice. You can elect to do it or not do it. Cycling exists in a non-authoritarian (government) atmosphere in which it is up to the individual to groom his/her own sense of self-confidence and accomplishments.

You don't have to be on the PSIA or US Ski Team to learn! We are not on some private slope where they can run you off the hill for teaching!

There is a new age where knowledge, technique, and equipment advance all the levels of sports. It is like cell phones, they change fast!

Fact: You don't choose your parents! In fact, you don't pick your country, government and could have i.e. a French or a Austrian, or a German influence on teaching, coaching. Europe and the US is not on the same page regarding educator and coach. The focus is to turn concepts into reality or is that money?


I thought you might find this interesting. I seem to recall hearing most of this before! I hope you are well.

"I have this hump in my back and I can't rotate my pelvis to straighten it out. I will go longer, narrower and more behind the hands if I can," said Armstrong.

"Last Saturday I tried a whole new position, seat back, nose of the seat up, elbows very narrow and bars low and I couldn't pedal the bike. So Sunday we went with nose of the seat down, moved the seat forward, widened the elbows and raised the bars. It was still fast but not as fast. However it felt infinitely better. So if you are 5% slower in the tunnel, but you gain 25% of your power back, that's what I mean about the perfect intersection of power and position," said Armstrong.

Mike Godfrey

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

It does appear that cycling is more art than science. Techy looking bike fitting services abound. These devices are for quick, qualitative assessments or a quick performance check. Just show them something and get them out the door. Does this accelerate the learning curve? To do that, you need a great depth of understanding, and time. It can be overwhelming!

So how do we cut through it all the concepts?

Power cuts through a lot of the compromising factors that dilute the significance of time, distance, speed, and heart rate as measures of performance. To say you ride a certain amount of miles per week and you pedal at 100 rmps is just another way to say you have the time and perhaps are in good shape.

Today, most know that intensity rather than duration is the focus for training the body to adapt. What is the point of spending time doing something less than perfect if it lowers the performance? So to focus on a higher % of perfection is a good thing.

You can't go by perceived exertion "I had a hard, moderate, or easy" ride today. These are very vague so to ask a person who is on the bike "how does that feel" is wrong! Most people don't pay attention to their game, nor care to focus, so they just ride. You always hear how tough or brave someone was this day or that on their ride. That is where a technical coach, a person who can define the concept.

Much of the focus is on training only. So it is no wonder at one time, the heart rate monitor revolutionized training to measure intensity and training changed. Then is was found it has limitations from its shifting lag to "catch up" with what the muscles are really doing. Better than nothing, but not the best. Not much of a technological breakthrough here!

Lactate measurements have been used for as a indicator of effort (not how you feel). Bottom line, the more lactate in the blood, the greater the intensity of exercise. Great for measuring fitness, not great for instantaneous feedback. It also lags and is not "real-time" measure of intensity. Too funny, we knew this when the Sweeds used Ingamar Steinmark to test even back in the 60's, 70's, standing on the side of a ski hill. How many decades is that with this new approach? It is promoted that we are witnessing something new?

Again, power is a direct measure of work or better (the sum of your effort). How do you get a mechanical advantage (lever length & its ration to the resistance arm)? What is the best angle of knee extension, what is the best line of pull? Where do the loads decrease? First if you don't know, then you can't use your brain to fire the muscles in the best firing order, your power is lower. Then the faster you get it done, the more power it takes.

Only with properly functional alignment of the bones can you work as efficiently as possible. The only real truth here, is there is no such thing as ideal!

That allows everyone to jump into the concept game!

Now think about your friend who is 2 times your size. They have to make more power than you. In other words pedal force multiplied by leg speed is more power. The more you can generate, the greater your potential is for getting good results in a race.

Peak power in tt is a better predictor of a race than aerobic capacity (VO2max). Once again, what is it you want to do?

Technology has taken its sweet time to help cyclists and cyclists don't care too much for the cost of accurate, reliable, lightweight equipment. Perhaps it has been retailers and coaches don't have the money for the high-tech.

About learning. No sliver bullet! It may take years for a rider to develop the skills, and that is more true for the self-coached athlete. Most people don't have the financial resources to have all the technology, nor pay a coach who just tells them what to do.

The mixture of motor control, awareness, self-perception, imagination and spiritual strength is the secret of top performance and learning. Knowing about these elements and skillfully applying the knowledge gives validity to the term "professional." Only then can you convert potential into talent.

"The centipede was very happy quite, until a toad in fun said, 'Pray, which leg after which?' That worked her mind to such a pitch, she lay distracted in the ditch, considering how to run." Anonymous

Computer & instrumentation technologies continue to advance useful dimensions to the cyclists. This process will never end! And we are at the front, cutting a path to better understanding!

We know a few things about teaching. When you go outside you really teach people how to improved their game. Less guesswork will allow you to address the subtle changes that occur. Your perception of what you are doing might be off! Why spin your wheels doing the wrong thing?

Today we use video for live on the open road monitoring, to get better results, just like the replays that come from football, tennis, etc..., to make better calls. We always knew what you you do in a trainer is not what you do in the real world. That is why so many don't notice our fit until they get outside in the real world. A stiff trainer is not real world!

So if Lance uses Dartfish why not you? It is a viable training tool, but not the only tool that he uses, but he has the brains to review it. He also has the brains and money to go to the wind tunnel to micro adjust his tt bikes.

It was pointed out that Lance has a 3D fitting system in a his shop in Austin, Tx. So to respond to the question. Why then is he going to a wind tunnel? Why go outside and use Dartfish?
Is the qualitative sizzle in appearance not enough (skin moves over joints) in contrasted with quantitative technology. We use Dartfish to help teach in the lab and real world!

We have SRM within the Dartfish or is that Dartfish within SRM and it takes into account (quantitative & qualitative). Still accurate interpretation and only with the most effective communications can you get the horse to drink water!

We not only have 10 years of service in cycling, we also have years of teaching (interpretation & communications) people to move and at the highest level in the world in other sports. Many made fun of our visual models, not knowing to teach you have to express things to the lowest common word, for the listeners, as they may not be fluent in language? Who is?

Countless books on cycling have been published and they all claim to be the Bible. Sad, but true, most of them come short of that goal and most are yet another rehash of the same old material under some "new, exciting approach."

Constructive illustrations are very effective teaching methods. Clarity and dimension is needed to the written word. In many cases for the arrow to stick in the target (brain), oversimplification is the only way.

"To study medicine without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study medicine from books is not to go to sea at all" Sir William Osler

Another little-spoken-of, but important, aspect of learning cycling is vicarious feedback that can be provided instantly and continuously. Anyone who has any time coaching knows you can kill a athlete's talent by overload!

So when we started with our PhD, PT, PA, 3 Engineers, then the many sources from Germany, USA, and Switzerland , we said "let the baby walk" let it stand on its own feet. And let the "ill minded critics" have at it. If it works, the voices that dis, can't stop it and they will, like all without good sense or judgement have no hesitation in tackling a situation that even the wisest would avoid. Real engineering!

We find it funny that some use their degrees to hype their services (not to be at sea). We didn't feel the need to share the degrees of our staff of PhD, PT, PA, 3 Engineers, 2 with master degrees. We know how some do that, rather we wanted our services to obtain the results. We know how people learn, how they achieve results. Too often we been told how to do something.

Ten years of services and teaching and results we have.

Looking at style is like looking a white light. It is very complex but its complexity is not obvious.

If you want to impugn someones intelligence, the options are almost limitless. Better what is their motive, can it be money? As we are seeing in business anyone can buy inventory. We sell service, work done for a customer other than manufacturing sales of soft or hard goods.

Why is it then, many don't understand that we all can learn, even a Lance Armstrong?

It must be what they get at the feed lot? Perhaps its the Alpha ego? Perhaps in cycling like golf, skiing, its because they fail to see it with their untrained eye? Or, they are just a stick in the mud.

Lance Armstrong adds Gruene to win list.... with Dartfish help!

We are only as good as the truth or in cycling trends.

I guess you have to have some smarts to short
through it all.


Cyclist may move their feet in circles during pedaling, but applied force and developed torque in no way appears circular.

We can clearly illustrate how pedal forces and torque vary during a pedal cycle. Know this, the magnitude of forces applied at various stages within the cycle is far from equal. Now think of the above picture of our 3 time World Tri Champ Matt Perkins!

There is a mechanical necessity to single-leg efforts. I guess having two legs just trips people up! Same for skiing, two legs just get in the way of the other, the key is now to get one out of the way! We show you!

A email from our Dartfish friends!

Tom look who is using Dartfish.

Best regards,


Victor Bergonzoli



No question, if Lance Armstrong uses something people follow. Funny how that works?

We hold the only partnership in the world with Dartfish. Why, because they know that we know what we are looking at and we are lead sheep! The rest just follow!

So if a Lance Armstrong has enough sense to learn and wants to improve his game, what's wrong with the rest of the world? It has to be his genetic code! The information carried by the DNA.
How else can one of the best in the sport "LEARN" when so many don't? I guess being slow is cool!

We have been taking people outside and making them faster for years. Its simply amazing how slow the world turns.

Do something that really make a difference in your game. Get a fit solution that makes a difference! Then go outside and let's make you faster!