I asked Cory what he thought about his first year using a SpiroTiger. This is what he had to say:
After some speculation I started using a Spirotiger last June during race season as suggested by Luke Way at Balance Point Racing. I used it 1-2 times a week for about 20 minutes. I noticed improvements on the spirotiger but it was hard to judge on the bike. I was curious though to see what it could do if I used it regularly.
This past winter I worked up North in the oil patch for 2.5 months (November-January). During this time I road my bike 1.5 hrs a week and used the Spirotiger for 3-4 sessions of 30 min a week. Normally after a period like this it takes myself months to get back into top racing form. This wasn’t the case this year. Work finished Feb 1st, and then I had two weeks to prep for an 8-day international Road race in the Dominican Republic. I was concerned about my form but to my surprise I road exceptionally strong and my form hadn’t dropped much over my winter break. Typically I would feel my lungs burn during the hard efforts of an early season race like this but this year it didn’t’ even feel like I was coming close to taxing my respiratory system. My legs hurt, but that is normal for a race of this caliber.
I am really excited about where my form is at this time of the year and just where it is headed once my legs and muscular system can catch up to my respiratory system. Not only am I finding it easier to take in air, but am also breathing a lot differently. Instead of breathing shallow and gasping for air, I am breathing really deep and my breaths per minute is probably about half of what it use to be. The beauty of this is that it is now coming naturally without having to think about it.
I have also been using the Spirotiger for warming up before races and training. I have found that after 10-15 minutes of easy use (4L bag at 26 breaths a minute) that my body is primed to go. In the past if I didn’t warm up properly on the bike (30 minutes plus) I would have to watch my efforts in the first part of a race or else I would risk digging myself a deep whole in which it would be tough to recover. This I no longer need to worry about as long as I get in at least 10 minutes on the Spirotiger and then spin easy on the bike for 10 minutes. This combination leaves my legs fresh for the race yet my body is 100% ready to go once the guns goes off.
Scientifically I don’t know all the stats behind the Spirotiger. What I do know is that my performance both on the Spirotiger and on the bike have increased since I began using it regularly (3-4 times a week). Being at the pro level it is necessary to find advantages on the rest of the field. I’m confident I have found one in the Spirotiger.
Kona Factory Team