It’s been more than a week since the Ironman World Championship in Kona, and William Christopher Wren’s calves are still sore.
“There were a couple of days where it was nearly impossible to walk down stairs,” the Arlington resident admits.
But with pain came serious gain for the 65-year-old. With a time of 10 hours, 44 minutes, and 31 seconds, Wren became this year’s Ironman World Champion in the 65 to 69 age group. He also set a new course record in his age group, besting the previous time by 34 minutes.
No, this is not an April Fool’s joke—at least according to posts today on SoulCycle’s Facebook page and Instagram account.
We reached out to the folks at SoulCycle, who confirmed the announcement, adding that there is no firm location at the moment.
While Washington is not short on indoor cycling studio options, plenty of cyclists have raved about SoulCycle and have been waiting for it to make a home in the nation’s capital. The first studio opened in New York City in 2006 and has since expanded to 11 more locations in the New York area, plus three more in California. Those hoping to get into an often-sold-out class are known to wish upon the “SoulFairy” to work her magic.
Currently, there’s no mention of DC on the website’s Coming Soon list, so we suspect the local SoulCycle won’t open until after this summer. The announcement has already led to the creation of a SoulCycle GIF and an uproar on social media.
We’ll be keeping close tabs on this, so stay tuned for more information.
What neighborhood of DC do you think SoulCycle should open its first location? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
UPDATE 10/21: A SoulCycle rep has confirmed today that the New York-based indoor cycling studio has signed a lease at 23rd and M streets, Northwest. The plan is for the first-ever DC location to open in the first quarter of 2014.
“We are thrilled,” SoulCycle’s PR and marketing director Gabby Etrog Cohen told Well+Being.
SoulCycle joins health-conscious neighbors the Sports Club/LA, the Fairmont Hotel, and Sweetgreen in West End.
If you can’t get enough Zumba, shimmy your way over to Howard Theatre Monday night for a Zumbathon party with Vida Fitness.
The gym, voted best in DC by Washingtonian readers, is hosting its first-ever Dance ’Til Dawn Zumbathon at the theater, where you’ll work up a sweat during a Zumba session from 7 to 9 PM with instructor Jose Asmat.
I never run with music.
Shocking, I know. “Don’t you get bored?” people always ask me. “I’d die without my music.”
Okay, let’s all calm down.
My argument? I hate running with earphones, or anything that will distract me while I’m in the zone. Even a stray hair can send me into a tailspin.
So many new gyms and fitness studio have opened this year that our poor, tired muscles can barely keep up. Next up: eight more openings scheduled for the Washington metro region. Apparently, we just can’t get enough of indoor cycling and CrossFit.
Here’s what we know about the status of planned gyms and studio openings:
What: The Bethesda-based indoor cycling studio is opening a second location in the District at the end of November.
Where: 1508 14th St., NW
Cost: $21 per drop-in class. Select lunchtime classes are $15.
If the idea of a Halloween run is more appealing than a bar crawl, we’ve got you covered. Washington is filled with plenty of fun and spooky themed races, from costume runs to obstacles courses through old prisons.
Spook Hill Cider & Wine 4-Mile Run
Saturday, October 19, 8:30 AM
Run four miles on the roads of Burkittsville and through the Distillery Lane Ciderworks orchard and Boordy Vineyards. The first 150 to sign up will receive a wine glass, and the racer who finishes in the middle of the pack wins a prize. $27 to register until October 17; $30 on race day.
It’s perfect weather to hit the trails and get a look at those beautiful autumn leaves—except of course that some of the best views are closed due to the shutdown.
But plenty of great trails are still open. Read on to find out which of our 45 Hikes and Bikes are available for your viewing pleasure.
Bull Run Mountains State Natural Area Preserve
Broad Run, Virginia
Oak Hill Cemetery
Cedarville State Forest
Wildcat Mountain Natural Area
Potomac Overlook Regional Park
Cabin John Stream Valley Trail
The Reebok store in Georgetown is officially open for business.
Dubbed the Fit Hub, Reebok has replaced the Adidas store at 1251 Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest. It’s approximately 3,000 square feet and joins a slew of other stores in Georgetown offering workout gear, free in-store workouts, and more.
Well+Being stopped by this morning to check out Reebok’s new digs. Here’s what you can expect.
1) Clothes for every sport
Although Reebok is an official sponsor of the CrossFit Games, you won’t just find CrossFit clothing for sale. The store is divided into sections based on your favorite workout: running, training, yoga, CrossFit, dance, and everyday apparel.
Though the status of the big fall marathons is currently up in the air (thanks, shutdown!), tapering is on the calendar for runners beginning this week. But after logging miles and miles for the past few months, the idea of cutting back weeks before the big day can seem daunting, if not foolish.
Well, here’s a message from experienced marathon runners: Your body needs it. Tapering is vital, especially if it is your first marathon. We turned to the pros—including running coaches and fitness bloggers—for tips on how to handle tapering and prepare for race day.
1) Trust yourself.
First things first: Trust all the training you’ve put your body through over the past few months—the 5 AM wakeup calls, the long training runs every Saturday, the blisters—says PJ Murphy of Run Yoga Thrive. “Especially during the taper, self-doubt can creep in and invade even the most-prepared runners,” says Run Farther & Faster’s Julie Sapper. “When that happens, look at your training plan and remember all the miles you’ve logged in all kinds of weather conditions [ . . . ] in a relatively short period of time.”
Nicole Christensen knows people have probably called people like her insane. Irresponsible. Reckless.
Why? Because she finished a CrossFit workout the morning she was supposed to give birth to her first baby.
“I worked out this morning at 9:30,” the CrossFit coach said last week from her home in Boulder, Colorado. “I back-squatted at 155 pounds, then did a workout called Nicole, which coincidentally has my name but is not named after me. It was a 20-minute-long workout of 400-meter runs and pullups.”