Larry Foss is the owner and operator of the Fix Studio in Minneapolis. Recently he worked with the NOW [No Opportunity Wasted]/Novartis Women’s PRO team during the NVGP as their head soigneur. Larry was kind enough to answer a few questions for the Musette about his time with the team. – MM
MM: How did you get involved with the NOW/Novartis women’s team?
LF: Kurt Stockton (Former director/owner of the Kodak Sierra Nevada team) contacted me and asked if I wanted to work with the team during the NVGP. I’ve worked with Kurt in the past and it was a positive experience so I decided to join up.
MM: What were your duties for the team during the race?
LF: Oh, just about everything. I took care of all the massage, bottles, the feed zone, etc. Whatever the riders needed to keep going outside of what the mechanics could do, really.
MM: Wow – so just how long have you been a soigneur?
LF: Since 1998. My first gig was with the US National team at the Olympics.
MM: What could the average amateur racer learn from how these ladies would prepare for a hard effort like a stage at the NVGP?
LF: They ride their bikes. That’s it. Every woman on the team takes their recovery very seriously and my job is to maximize that as much as posssible. There’s no shopping, no eating out. They get off the bike and spin for a little bit, have their recovery drink, get their massage, stretch and then hit the bed. Racing is their job and you can only race as hard as you can recover. The average amateur could definitely benefit from maximizing their recovery, and massage is a great way to do that.
LF: The girls were great. They knew what they were doing and that just makes my job that much easier. Kurt is fantastic to work with, and since we’ve worked together in the past that helped as well as opposed to having to build that relationship from scratch.
MM: You’ve traveled quite a bit to other states, countries and continents to do this job before – does being in the hometown make it any easier?
LF: Definitely not. It just means that along with the duties of begin a soigneur I also have to deal with running the Fix and all my other duties at home. It’s nice to be here and sleep in my own bed, but being in the ‘bubble’ is a little easier to deal with.
MM: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us Larry!
If you’re looking for more ways to maximize your training and recovery, the Fix is a great place to accomplish both. With Larry and Sophie’s combined knowledge they’ll get you set on the right track to winning your next race/event. Be sure to check them out at http://www.thefixstudio.com or just click on the link on the front page. Good stuff!