By Menachem Brodie Fall -- my absolute favorite time of year to ride! We can enjoy four, five, and six hour rides without needing to get up at 4:30 a.m. to avoid the heat, and enjoy the breadth and depth of nature’s crayon box as the foliage and plains change in preparation for winter. … [Read more...] about Don’t Put Off Strength Training Until Bad Weather Sets In
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By Coach John Hughes The "shoulder season" is when we older athletes repair our bodies. The main cycling season is over, but there won’t be enough snow to ski for a couple of months. I have badly deformed hammer toes on my right foot. Last winter they hurt from the pressure of my boot every one of the 80 days I cross country skied. I was 70 and determined to ski … [Read more...] about Preparing for Time off the Bike
Question: Last Saturday I was on a long ride and seriously lost energy on the return trip. I knew I was bonking, but instead of taking a gel or energy bar I decided to gut it out. I figured that because all of my available sugar had been consumed and my body was running out of fuel, maybe I would start burning fat for energy and lose some weight. Is there any truth to this … [Read more...] about Can Bonking Be a Good Thing?
By Coach Robert Wilhite In Part 2 of this series, I spotlighted the unique responsibilities of the cyclist in the back of the group. The topic for this post is more of a continuation for that same cyclist -- just a different real-life scenario. … [Read more...] about Part III: Why is Riding With A Cyclist Mentality Dangerous? (Blind Spots)
QUESTION: After doing yoga for three months, I'm a lot more flexible. Now my handlebar seems too high and too close. Do you think I should change my position to reflect my increased limberness? -- Brad D. RBR REPLIES: Yoga is great for flexibility and many riders are discovering its benefits. This is a fine time of year to begin a program and incorporate it into your … [Read more...] about Should Yoga Alter My Riding Position?