September 15, 2022
Anti-Aging: Mastering Fatigue
By Coach John Hughes
As you age, inevitably you’ll tire sooner. You can’t ride as far so you quit sooner. You don’t climb as well. You can’t go as fast. You may not notice this yet — but it will happen. Through proper exercise you can slow the rate of decline — but eventually you’ll fatigue sooner. Fortunately by understanding fatigue you can mitigate its effects. Read more.
Greasing Look Keo Classic and Max Pedals
Jim’s Tech Talk
By Jim Langley
At a somewhat budget price point, Look offers several clipless road pedals, their Classic and Max models, which range from $65 to $115, and their Max Carbon, that’s slightly more pricey at $145 (those are suggested retail prices).
The low cost and excellent clipless performance make these inexpensive models popular. I’ve been using the Classics and Maxs (not Carbon) since they first came out and don’t see any need to spend any more. Read more.
JAWKU Muscle Blaster Mini – Quick Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
The Horsey Hundred is every Memorial Day weekend in the Lexington, Kentucky, area. If you haven’t ridden this invitational, I can highly recommend it—rolling hills through quiet roads flanked by beautiful horse farms.
There is a vendor expo held in conjunction with the weekend ride. It is there I found the JAWKU booth. The rep had a variety of JAWKU products available to test onsite. I was particularly impressed with their different massage guns. However, I asked to test the Mini since it is a good price point for our RBR audience. Read more.
Too Much Sodium Abets Obesity
By Kevin Kolodziejski
You may want to absolutely crush it, or you may hope to simply survive it. But what you certainly don’t want during a demanding ride is to cramp up. That can occur, however, because in just one hour of rigorous riding, particularly in hot and humid conditions, you can sweat out enough sodium (up to 2,000 milligrams) that your calves and quads twitch as if you have Tourette’s. Read more.
Quick Tip: Check Your Bicycle Tire Wear Indicators
Did you know that some bicycle tire brands such as Continental have tire wear indicators so that you can more easily tell when your tire is worn out and needs to be replaced? Read more.
Avoid Saddle Cysts with These Tips
There’s almost nothing as painful as dealing with saddle sores during cycling. They really hurt. If you try to just suffer through the pain and hope they’ll go away on their own, you can end up with much bigger problems. Don’t ignore them, because a sore can get worse and turn into a hard, persistent lump called a cyst which can sometimes even require surgery for removal. Read more.
Ask the Coach: What Should a Beginning Cyclist Eat and Drink, pt. 2?
By Coach John Hughes
Last week I wrote about What a Beginning Cyclist Should Eat, which applies to all roadies. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends, depending on how big you are, consuming 25 to 60 grams of carbs (100 to 240 calories) per hour after the first hour of exercise. Note that the recommendation is only for calories of carbs. Read more.
Gaining a Mental Edge: Using Sports Psychology to Improve Your Cycling
Gaining a Mental Edge: Using Sports Psychology to Improve Your Cycling, by Coach John Hughes, is the primer he uses with clients. It’s divided into six chapters of progressive lessons on relaxation, focus, using powerful thoughts and images, building confidence and managing anxiety, creating a plan and visualizing it, riding the ride and dealing pain during the ride.
Question of the Week
Ever had a saddle sore?
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