"Just a quick note to thank you and Peter for your help with my training program. The preparation for the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike event exceeded my expectations enabling me to ride hard and finish the event feeling strong.
My time of 10 hours, 44 minutes placed me in the top 1/3 of all the participants and within my goal of a 10-11 hour finish (which was definitely possible if not for the amount of people on some of the climbs and slow decenters!)
Thank you both again for providing me with the tools which enable me to more than meet my expectations for what can only be described as a truly epic event."
-- Pete Lenzi, Road & MTB Cyclist
"I started strength training with Coach Dusty Roady 3 years ago and am amazed at the difference it has made in my performance, energy, and body. I’ve lost 10 pounds, I didn’t think it would be possible and last year, had my top performances in triathlon in 6 years.
Working with Dusty has been the key No program has ever worked so well to keep me fit and motivated. She is a delight to work with, encouraging and inspiring and motivating. I highly recommend her as a personal trainer and fitness coach and am grateful to her for the positive changes she’s helped me make in my life. She has tailored my workouts and offered nutritional advice which I’ve followed and it has paid off in ways I never expected."
-- Margaret, Triathlete & Nurse
"I didn't get a chance to thank you for the swim clinic yesterday. Your tip to look a little forward in the pool made a dramatic difference. From watching videos and reading various articles, I learned to look straight down at the bottom of the pool. But this one tip made a world of difference in being able to stay near the surface instead of swimming completely under water. Also, now I can see if I'm going to run into another swimmer when I circle swim."
-- Conrad Chan, Triathletet
"I am a 20 year old Cat. 2 cyclist. I recently came across your article on motivation. Over the past couple of years I have struggled to find the form that I had as a junior. As a very serious and analytical athlete, I strived to make sure that I did everything possible to improve my performance (nutrition, training, psychology, etc.) I became obsessed and began an unhealthy relationship with the sport, unable to do anything but dwell on training harder to improve my lack of performance.
This past summer I finally cracked and lost all motivation. Your article seemed to speak to my case exactly and has given me hope to regain a healthy and productive relationship with the sport I love. I look forward to working with an organization of great minded people like yourself."
-- Chris, Road Cyclist
"Thanks so much for the terrific swim lesson and your responsive follow-up on the stroke analysis and drills. I now have a much better understanding of the stroke fundamentals and am committed to creating a discipline every time I get into the pool such that I maximize propulsion and minimize resistance."
-- Mike, Triathlete
"I wanted to say thanks for the yoga poses, they're really helping and the bike fits are working out great. I thought I was pretty dialed in before, but pleasantly surprised what a difference your recommendations made. The changes were instantly recognizable. My pedal action felt more fluid and on the road/trail my comfort, power and speed are up.
I appreciated your honest opinion, attention to detail and that nothing was rushed or overlooked. Its reassuring to have a contact who clearly understands the body, on and off the bike, and how to integrate the two with great accuracy. I wish I had come to see you earlier!"
-- Greg, road & MTB cyclist
"I can't thank you enough for this bike fit! I took an extra long way to get back home -- and this is after riding over the Marshall Wall -- because I can't believe how good it feels to ride that bike! I had banished it to local trips only because I was so uncomfortable on it. Now I think I may put the dirt tires back on it and go have some fun!"
-- Katie, road, MTB cyclist
"I'm not a competitive cyclist, so I was a bit apprehensive about going to Whole Athlete for a bike fitting. All those racer types who are young and strong don't quite match with a middle aged female. A cycling friend recommended Dario, so I decided I'd spend the money, even though I had previously paid for a professional bike fit elsewhere and still had lots of discomfort on long rides.
Dario made some simple, subtle changes in the fit of my bike and with my shoes that have made a big difference in my comfort level, such as trading my handlebars in for a narrower version. No one had ever measured my shoulder width or suggested this to me. I also received some great tips on improving my cycling.
Dario and Peter also referred me to a prosthetic specialist, Brett VanNatta, for some challenging cleat placement on one of my shoes, which involved moving a cleat to the heel portion of the shoe, due to orthopedic problems. Wow! My power and endurance have significantly improved! I plan to return to Whole Athlete when I purchase a new bike next year. With my meaurements and Dario's notes already in his computer, he'll be able to direct me to the best bike for my needs. Definitely money well spent! "
-- Judy, road cyclist
"Just wanted to give you an update on the bike fit that you
did for me on my road bike and mountain bike...Everything is terrific!
-- Tim, road, MTB, cyclocross racer
"It's absolutely amazing. I feel so much more comfortable... feels like a new bike. Everything feels better...the seat, the pedals, and handle bars. For one thing, I was putting a lot of the weight on the handlebars before....now I'm in perfect balance...like you said.."neutral". I'm sure my power on the pedals has improved with the change in seat height and cleat position. I didn't realize how much energy I was wasting before. What a difference! I couldn't believe how effortless it was going up Camino Alto in zone 1. I definitely should have had the bike fit before I got tested...I bet I'd have higher power numbers now. Thanks a lot."
-- Victor, cycling enthusiast
"I wanted to write to you and tell you how things were going with my knee and new fit. After our last session, I took almost two weeks off the bike to let my knee heal. After that, I eased back into riding and liberally used the anti-inflammatory massage oil. That was back in January. At first the knee was still a bit tender, but I have now been riding and racing for the last few weeks, and I feel great. The knee feels strong, and I feel comfortable and powerful on the bike. Thanks for taking the extra time with me to ensure that I could find a cure for my knee problem. "
-- Matthew, road racer
"Let me just say....Holy Crap! It feels like I'm riding a whole new bike. The hamstrings at the tops of my knees don't burn anymore and I actually feel all the leg muscles engaging. Funny how that works when fitted properly...I also tried some short distance with higher power to see how my body would feel. My legs wanted to keep going and didn't feel tried. My heart was done though. I just need to get my fitness back and I should be stronger than last season. Once again, thanks for the fit. I should have come to you the first time...I wish I would of known about you then!"
-- Aaron, road racer
"A million Thanks. I rode today after my bike fitting from yesterday. There was a bigger, better improvement than I could have imagined. I actually felt comfortable for the first time in a while on my bike. I planned on taking it easy, staying in zone 1 for 2 hours. I ended up feeling so good that I pushed it for 2.5 hours. I felt great. The bike handles and rides much better, my body feels great and I am so grateful for your help. I also found that I can spin between 110-110 rpm much easier and also effortlessly. I am excited to gradually start my training back to race condition over the next few weeks. I was surprised by how much difference the right fit can make. I should have been to see you last year. Thank you again."
-- Christopher, road racer
"I was introduced to Dario and Whole Athlete when I moved to California to join ProMan Women's Professional Cycling team. I had heard rave reviews about his bike fitting and their holistic approach to coaching. Having been a cyclist for three years, I suffered from various degrees of knee pain, which I thought to merely be just part of the game. Dario showed me that I was wrong, utilizing minor (but crucial) adjustments to damaging attenuate movement and increased my efficiency. Once I made the trip to The Whole Athlete studio to get my road bike fit properly, I immediately saw results; I felt more comfortable and my upper body was more relaxed. Just as importantly, my knee pain has completely disappeared.
Dario had everything necessary in his studio to ensure that I had an improved bike fitting, the results of which not only felt more natural, but increased my power output as well. Dario understands all the nuances of bike fitting and equipment technology, and he can identify which stems, saddles, handle bars, pedals, and yes, even the type of helmet that will help to make you faster on the bike.
Dario takes an earnest interest in each athlete who reaches out for his support. Last year, I was offered an opportunity to ride on the US National team for the Spring Classics in Europe. A week before I left for Europe, I received my new team bike, and I was not confident in my ability to transfer the measurements from the bike he previously fitted for me onto my new bike. Dario went above and beyond his call of duty; with very short notice he made time in his busy schedule to work with me, ensuring that my new bike fit properly, as to not re-create any knee pain.
Dario's bike fitting resulted in a position that eliminated pain and increased power. I am extremely grateful that I have had the opportunity to work with him, and to be able to take advantage of his remarkable knowledge and attention to detail. "
-- Megan Guarnier, Professional road racer
"On sunday I did 3.5 hrs z1/2 on mostly flat roads. The bike fit is so much more comfortable and safer with handling being a dream. For the first time ever I can comfortably sit in the drops for long periods. Further, while in the drops I can get out of the saddle and push and I feel like my whole body is working in concert with the bike. Great power transfer. And the best measure is that after 3.5 hrs of steady riding I pulled into my driveway and felt refreshed and not all beat up. Very nice!!"
-- Bill, road, MTB & cyclocross racer