Definition: First among equals
That pretty much defines what our TotalCyclist Diva Prima Ambassador program is!!!
We are very excited to announce our 2018 DivaCamp Prima Ambassadors. These women have show a unique ability to grow the sport of women’s cycling through their passion, achievements and goal setting.
Meet the Primas:
Kathi Katko is a Physical Therapist by profession but also loves dogs, travel and cycling!! And of course Pink 🙂 I have been a PT for over 27 years and have had many hobbies. I have been cycling for the past 7-8 years. I started riding to get ready for a cycling tour in Italy on a hybrid. I loved it do much that I bought a road bike and kept riding. Next I went to Austria and the Czech Republic. Absolutely beautiful trips. For the past 3 years I have been growing and pushing my comfort level. I have explored the mountains of SC/NC, rode my first Century in Lake Tahoe, and this past year completed The Ride To Remember, 3 days, 252 miles of Fun with my Divas! I have attended the Marietta Camp the past three years. I have found my family at Diva Camp. I love learning new skills and making life long friends. I want to share my love of cycling with more divas.
Donna Zurawski became an avid cyclist after doing her first sprint triathlon in 2012. After discovering TotalCyclist in June 2016, attending multiple Diva Cycling Camps, and hiring Chad Andrews as a coach, she hasn’t looked back. Her passion and commitment for cycling are inspiring. Being selected as one of the first Prima ambassadors for TotalCyclist’s DivaCycling Camp in 2018 is one of the highest honors she has received. Donna is looking forward to promoting cycling in the Charlotte area, especially among women of all ages because cycling has Changed Her Life! She aspires to become a coach in the future.
Donna lives in Monroe, NC with her husband, David and enjoys travelling. When she isn’t riding her bicycle, you can find her spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Born in epsom and raised in london england, i came over to the USA in late 1989, bright eyed and ready to work, travel and find new experiences. I guess i did all of the above as, save a couple of family illnesses, i didn’t go back! I found jobs in technology and was able to get a Green Card and eventually Bill Clinton made me a citizen!
I’ve lived in a number of different places in the US, all along the east coast, and settled in the south for its sunny climes, 4 seasons and warm winters.
I have always liked to be active – I’ve hiked, kayaked, rowed, and I started running and riding a hybrid bike (slowly) when i lived in Atlanta, but it wasn’t until i moved to charlotte in 2000 for a job with a startup company that i got more into the running community and ran 3 marathons!
Life got in the way after a few years and I lost my fitness and gained quite a few pounds. It was about 2 years ago that i decided to take up road biking, thinking that a somewhat lighter bike than my 40-lb hybrid would make me faster and id be right there with every group ride. Well ok then, maybe not! 2 years of riding, working on fitness, sprint triathlons and discovering Total Cyclist and the Diva Camps, latterly along with excellent coaching, has made me leaner, healthier and yes, faster.
2017 has been a transformative year – losing 40 lbs, riding across South Carolina with a group of Divas for charity, 100 miles through London England, the odd Gran Fondo, and a PR on a half marathon is way beyond anything I expected to happen. I cant wait to see what the next year will bring!
My favorite things to do now are – cycle and travel, perhaps with a little wine so Diva camps are perfect for me! And there’s still a little running in there too.
I have hosted wine tastings and karaoke parties, my children are felines ;-), I work with an animal rescue, once went scuba diving with sharks, sing a mean ‘Black Velvet’ and am a big Elvis fan.
My Name is Dionne M. Fleshman and I am a cyclist out of Columbia, South Carolina. I have been cycling for about 15 months and I absolutely love it. I am 45 years old, wife of 20 years and mom to 2 teenage boys ages 14 and 16. My 14 year has high functioning Autism and my bike has been a way to bring me focus and clarity in living the life of a special needs household.
I live in Columbia, SC and have most of my life. I have my undergraduate degree from South Carolina State University, and my Masters degree from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. I own my own Human Sources firm and have been in business for 10 years this past October.
When I am not riding my bike, I enjoy photography, spending time with my family and reading.
That’s the LOADED question. Well the simple of it ..it works. If you go to a reputable Indoor Cycling Center and have a well respected coach leading the classes the results will truly be incredible. We have noticed that if you participate in our Winter Training Series you will see gains of anywhere from 10-30% increase in your FTP!
There are many factors.. but the simple ones are:
- You are PAYING to get faster. The accountability of a paid service versus training in your garage is much higher.
- You get coaching! Someone to guide you, answer your questions about nutrition or training or …whatever you want.
- It’s in a group atmosphere! Nothing is more encouraging than to see 10-20 other athletes working hard, doing the same workout and getting results!
Indoor training takes you AWAY from your mundane, daily ritual and adds spark. The intent of a 20 week winter program is to go after all of your “energy systems” and improve them. Everyone has a weakness. Indoor cycling will eliminate those weaknesses.
Why Indoor Cycling versus a spin class? It’s YOUR BIKE! What’s better the direct approach of using your bike during workout? Hell, you paid a lot of money for it. Why not use it? Plus, it’s a better way to translate the hard work you are doing inside…to the outside. Indoor Cycling programs are a great way for newer cyclists to reduce THEIR learning curve. Clipping in….yes clipping in. Learning when to drink. Learning when to eat. The veteran cyclists enjoy the programs because it’s the “difference maker”. It helps them get from a “B” rider to that elusive “A” group.
What you should look for:
- Reputation. Does the Training Center have history and results
- Quality programming. Do they work with all levels of athletes?
- Friendly schedule. Do they offer a 5:15am and a 7pm class? If they do…they WANT to make you faster
- How often should you go? 1-2 times a week. However, do not do hard intervals twice a week from November-January! You will be flying in March and dying in May.
Hope this helps! If you would like more information feel free to contact us!
Donna Zurawski changes her life through cycling
Athletes come in many different shapes, sizes, colors, abilities etc.
However, all of them would agree that to live a happy and healthy lifestyle, you need to be happy and healthy!
DZ (Donna Zurawski) Did just that. She changed.
This podcast delves into the things that Donna did to change.
To get healthy. To get happier.
IT STARTED WITH THE BIKE! Donna tells the story of just how and what she did to make this all work.
Moto madness at the Tour of Utah
(Photo credit Jonathan Devich)
I’ve been in this sport for a very, very long time. I’ve been commentating for over 15 years and done some great gigs. I’ve worked the stage for some of the biggest events all over…..China and North America.
I had the opportunity at the Tour of Utah on the back of a moto. I would be providing live coverage for Tour Tracker and Fox Sports. I would provide “hits” out on course. They include insight on the riders, the teams, the directeurs, the beautiful state of Utah and other little tidbits. The “hits” have to be quick and to the point. Frankie Andreu and Brad Sohner were hosting Tour Tracker and Todd Gogulski and Steve Brown were hosting the Fox show.
The first day at Utah was to get used to the Moto and the Pilot, Thom Filkens was my pilot. Retired CHIPS police officer who’s done his share of piloting for sure!!! The entire mediamotos team was full of fun, grit, Brit (More than half of them were British) fun, and Sh!t talking 🙂 However, when it came to the GET, they were always there for the GET. The moto had 3 cameras. 2 trained on me and 1 to was on the back of the moto shooting backwards. This shot was cool, especially at the beginning of each stage.
I’ve been in a ton of caravans, but never like this. We litterally were planted in, around, throughout the bike race. The objective was to get the shot without disrupting or interfering with the race. UCI rules state that two cameras can’t be in the envelope at the same time. So, well…we had to improvise a lot. Take advantage of the right moment. I said cameras, not commentators. This got a little “weird” at times because well…which am I ?
Here’s a great shot of Rally taking to the front after the break goes away. Rob Britton in Yellow. This was near Tooele, Utah (Two-ill-uh)
Many of the stages we would move around, speak to the directeurs about strategy for that day or for that moment. All the teams were very gracious and willing to give me insight. Something about a microphone I guess 😉 There was also the times when crashes would happen…literally in front of us, near us. We were always Johnny on the spot to give insight and updates. I was always asked was it scary to ride on the back of a moto at warp speed, not tethered with one hand on a mic. I NEVER felt in danger. Ever. It was crazy some of the spots we were in, or the speeds we would need to reach. But, I was always safe. Toughest shot? Leaning into the car, standing up, counter balancing…to get the LIVE interview with directeurs.
What a great experience and tip of the cap to everyone who help put on the best Tour of Utah to date.
Check out and follow my FB page for my race commentary and adventures for more pictures/videos of the Tour of Utah