By John Marsh We had a number of reader Comments last week to several of our stories that add to the conversation. As always, if you've got additional information worth sharing on any topic, we're happy to have you post it in the Comments. And we're happy to round up those Comments, wrap them in a bow, and present them as a tidy package – which is exactly what follows re: clothing choices for weather conditions, 650B wheel/tire size and how to stay sane on the trainer. Great stuff, all.
By Jim Langley Even though the winter weather is fairly tame here in Santa Cruz, California, I know that in a good many other locales nothing – not snow, or freezing rain, or iced-over pavement, or hurricane gusts that leave normally clogged roads car-free – will stop some roadies from getting their rides in during the winter. For these hardy winter riders, I know that their bikes must take a beating. And even for those of us whose winter rides might include only some additional wetness, road grit, etc., winter is still a great time to do a little additional work to keep your bike running smoothly.
By Coach John Hughes “Act Now.” No, this isn’t a sales pitch on late night television! Even if you’re a young 50-something (or even younger), now is the time to start taking care of all aspects of your physical condition, not just ride your bike! A recent study at Duke University determined that the physical decline in healthy adults typically begins earlier than detected by health professionals. In other words you may be starting down the slippery slope of aging before you even realize it! total body fitness is one component that supports a long, healthy and active life. Get started now!
By Sheri Rosenbaum As summer ended and fall was upon us, it was time to dust off the cross bike and hit the trail. This fall my riding companion and I looked for a new adventure within a day's drive of Chicago and decided on the Katy Trail in Missouri. The Katy is the longest developed rails-to-trails path in the country, and the surrounding area is rich in history and natural beauty. What follows is a recap of our ride, along with numerous tips and suggestions should you decide to ride the Katy yourself.
In this 3-article bundle Coach John Hughes shows you how to train in the winter (what he dubs the "pre-season"), including 12-week plans based on rider goals; how to extend your "riding season" outdoors by learning how to properly dress, eat, ride safely and stay motivated throughout the off-season; and how to use sports psychology to improve your cycling (even long after you've plateaued physically) by focusing on the often-overlooked mental side of the sport. WINTER CYCLING BUNDLE: Just $13.50; $11.48 forPremium Members!
By Coach John Hughes XC ski season started for me several weeks ago. I prefer to cross-train through the winter, still riding occasionally but not exclusively, and I really enjoy XC skiing. No matter which of the numerous non-cycling activities you like to do to round out your off-season workout regimen, cross-training in the winter delivers myriad benefits to your cycling and overall health. Even if you live in a climate that allows you to ride year-round, taking a break from full-time riding and working some other activities into your routine is still a good idea. Here's why:
Coach John Hughes interviews his client Elizabeth Wicks, a record-setting septuagenarian, for an in-depth conversation about how best to use structured training, stretching, core work and the importance of recovery for older riders. Elizabeth has a long association with Coach Hughes and has adopted numerous tips and techniques taught by Hughes in achieving her many cycling records into her 70s, including intensity training, lots of recovery, regular stretching and core, and more.
In Stretching & Core Strengthening for the Cyclist, our new 57-page eBook, Coach Rick Schultz and Amy Schultz clear up the confusion and take the guesswork out of knowing what to do, and how to do it, to implement a stretching and core strengthening program. Amy Schultz is completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, is an accomplished cyclist and has done extensive research on athletes and injury prevention. Amy demonstrates the proper form for all the stretching and core exercises in the eBook. STRETCHING & CORE STRENGTH FOR THE CYCLIST: Just $14.95; $12.71 forPremium Members, who save 15%!
Today's QoW comes from Premium MemberMartin Worsdall, who traded emails with us recently about the ever-increasing number of cycling companies (even some big, established companies – not just start-ups) using crowd sourcing sites like Kickstarter to raise capital for specific products.