By Greg Conderacci The other day I was struggling through a hilly 200K ride when suddenly severe cramps stabbed my legs. If you’re a long-time fan of Coach John Hughes, as I am, you know why: too old, too hot, too fast, and not enough training, hydration or electrolytes. … [Read more...] about Cramps? Mustard’s No Miracle, But…
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By Coach John Hughes This column is about the optimal riding weeks plural because we’re each an experiment of one. The optimal riding week for you may not be the optimal week for your buddy. And the optimal weeks depend on the times of the year. Most of my new clients are riding too many miles and as a result aren’t improving as much as they could. When I have a new … [Read more...] about Anti-Aging: The Optimal Riding Weeks
By Kevin Kolodziejski Death, Taxes, and the Loss of Muscle Mass If he had been a cyclist, I’m sure Ben Franklin’s body would’ve looked much different — and so would one of his most famous sayings. If the prodigious writer would’ve been as prodigious a rider, he would’ve been ripped instead of roly-poly and better able to see what was happening to his arms and legs as … [Read more...] about How Cyclists Can Stave Off Sarcopenia: Part I
By Martin Sigrist I recently talked about what, for me, is the biggest drawback of training with power: getting fixated on numbers. This can become self defeating, if you know your threshold is 300W then anytime you see a wattage starting with 3 your mind will start telling you its not something you can keep up forever. … [Read more...] about Using IQ to Raise Your Power (Garmin IQ!)
QUESTION: How much caffeine do I need cycling? - Christopher N Stan Purdum replies: In answering your question, I assume by “need,” you mean “How much caffeine is beneficial to my cycling performance?” It’s a good question because virtually all the studies on how caffeine affects riding conclude that in general, a limited dose — such as the quantity you might consume in a … [Read more...] about How Much Caffeine Do I Need Cycling?