By Coach John Hughes Note the title of this piece “Why Stretching May Help You.” Each cyclist is an experiment of one with different goals, and different strengths and weaknesses. That’s what makes coaching interesting! As a coach I look holistically at all the variables that will help a cyclist reach that person’s goals. I stay current on the latest research, but I also … [Read more...] about Why Stretching May Help You
By Coach John Hughes I turned 70 this year and in an earlier column I wrote about Lessons from my Journey Through Life. The basic message is that chronological aging is unavoidable; however, you can choose how you live the journey and control physiological aging. … [Read more...] about Can Coach Hughes Still Improve? I Hope So!
By Coach John Hughes In last week’s newsletter Dr. Mirkin wrote an informative column Tips for Keeping Your Maximum Heart Rate Up As You Age. He’s correct that the formula of (220 – your age) is a wildly inaccurate way to determine your maximum heart rate. However, your max heart rate – even if determined with a heart rate monitor by riding all out – is … [Read more...] about Older Riders: Why Max Heart Rate Is Irrelevant
By Coach John Hughes My longtime friend John Lee Ellis, age 67, completed his sixth Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) this summer. PBP is a 750-mile (1200 km) continuous ride from the outskirts of Paris to Brest and back, which must be completed in 90 hours or less. The 90 hours includes all stops for rest stops, meals, sleep, mechanicals, etc. Ellis finished in 83 hours 9 … [Read more...] about Setting Goals as You Grow Older
By Coach John Hughes Question: “I understand that interval training of one type or another is the best method to improve performance. However, I am coming off an extended six month period of minimal riding. Is there some level of base miles I should do before I start doing intervals?” RBR Reader Richard Z. … [Read more...] about How Many Base Miles Before Intensity Training?
By Coach John Hughes My client Joe sent me this e-mail last week, “Sunday was one of those days where I couldn’t do a thing … could barely get out of bed until late morning. This seems to be an early warning notice from my body, as I now am suffering from a full-blown chest cold. Welcome to fall … well, at least I was healthy on vacation…” When I asked this Monday on how he … [Read more...] about 9 Tips for Sick Cyclists
By Coach John Hughes In my recent column I’m 70! Yikes!!! Lessons from my Journey Through Life one of the key lessons I’ve learned is to ride less and recover more. The results are that the riding I do 1) is more enjoyable because I’m not tired at the start of the ride and 2) produces more improvement because I can do a more challenging ride that’s longer and / or … [Read more...] about Importance of Recovery in your 50s, 60s and Beyond: 9 Tips on Cycling Recovery
By Coach John Hughes My client David finished the arduous Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) covering 1219km (758 miles) in 89 hours 20 minutes. (90 hours was the cut-off for an official finish.) This is the total time including all the time off the bike including short sleep breaks! Riders had to check in at controls (check points that also had food and places to sleep on the floor) … [Read more...] about 10 Tips to Improve Your Mental Toughness
By Coach John Hughes On August 1, 2019, Patricia Anne Baker set the Masters Women’s 80-84 Hour World Record of 27.447km (17.96 mi). Wow! Although this column describes how an older rider can improve, the principles apply to all roadies. … [Read more...] about How to Improve as a Cyclist
By Coach John Hughes 101 – that’s how hot it’s been (or 38 degrees Celsius), depending on where you live. Maybe even hotter for you! How can you ride in the heat and still have fun? How can you train effectively? You’re the Reason Why You Get Hot. The human engine is very inefficient. Only about 20 – 40% of the calories you burn move you down the … [Read more...] about Cycling in the Heat 101
By Coach John Hughes Photos of Coach Dan Kehlenbach Yikes! All of a sudden a muscle locks up. We’ve all suffered cramps. Muscle fatigue is one cause of cramps. Strength training helps to prevent cramps. Why do specific muscles cramp? Depending on which of your muscles are prone to cramps, which exercises should you do to strengthen the muscles? … [Read more...] about 6 Muscle Strengthening Exercises to Prevent Cramps
By Coach John Hughes Chronological aging is unavoidable; however, you can chose how you live the journey. I was born in 1949. Starting when I was 30 each decade I chose a significant cycling event. Age 30 - In 1979 I rode my first of five Paris-Brest-Paris 1200Ks (750 miles) with about 10,000 meters (32,000 ft.) of climbing. I had to finish PBP in under 90 hours … [Read more...] about I’m 70! Yikes!!! Lessons from my Journey Through Life
By Coach John Hughes Simon Yates just won his second stage of the 2019 Tour de France, stage 15, on the Prat d’Albis (12 km at 6.9%). Three days earlier he had won stage 12. Yates races on the Mitchelton–Scott team, an Australian team that was previously the Orica-Scott team. … [Read more...] about Eat, Race, Win Lessons from the Tour de France
By Coach John Hughes For many cyclists riding a 100K or 100 miles is the classic achievement, something you focus on, train for and worry about for months. Although you’ve trained hard and think you're ready, you may also feel like a pro racer about to start his first Tour de France—nervous and not entirely sure you can finish. Here are 8 tips on your final preparations and … [Read more...] about 20 Tips for Your First Century
By Coach John Hughes “I has been a great week for me. I feel much more comfortable on the bike and I think that is due, in part, to your advice to eat more on the bike. I really worked on that this week and especially on the 80-mile ride I did. It seems to have worked.” — from one of my client’s weekly reports. Summer is here and you’re probably planning a long ride. You … [Read more...] about 14 Nutrition Tips for Endurance Riders