February 9, 2023
Anti-Aging: VO2 Max
By Coach John Hughes
“Cardiorespiratory fitness, as measured by maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max), is related to functional capacity and human performance and has been shown to be a strong and independent predictor of all-cause and disease-specific mortality.” (Survival of the fittest: VO2max, a key predictor of longevity?)
Further, physiologists agree that declining VO2 max as you age is the chief cause of declining performance. Read more.
Tackling an Epic Climb – Mt. Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona
Jim’s Tech Talk
By Jim Langley
If you enjoy long, tough climbs and spectacular scenery, Mt. Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona should be on your bucket list. It’s been on mine for a long time, but I can’t remember when I first learned about it. It might have been while I was helping to compile a greatest climbs in the USA story for Bicycling Magazine. Because I know my buddy and fellow editor there (and former RoadBikeRider humorist) Scott Martin told me he loved Mt. Lemmon when he rode it. Read more.
Cycology Cycling Apparel Quick Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
On my group rides and at invitationals, I see more cyclists wearing the Cycology brand each year. I’m sure you’ve seen for yourself their wild graphics, and they are definitely not for the rider who gravitates to an all-black kit. The colors and graphics are bold, making them fun to wear and more visible to drivers. Read more.
The Back Story on Rails-to-Trails
By Peter Harnik
Have you ever cycled on a rail-trail? I’m not talking of just any old trail, but one created from an old railroad track. Read more.
Move Around Before and After You Eat
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
Always try to move your muscles before and after you eat because moving muscles helps to prevent a high rise in blood sugar after eating that can damage cells and increase your risk for diabetes, blood vessel damage, heart attacks, strokes, some types of cancers, and dementia. Read more.
Quick Tip: Powder and Wrap Up Your Spare Tubes
Today’s quick tip comes to us from RBR reader Brian Rees, who offers a tip about carrying a spare tube or tubes.
Cycling Past 50, 60 and Beyond Bundle
In this 3-article series, Cycling Past 50, 60 and Beyond, Coach John Hughes shares his personal insight and the current research into how different physiological systems worsen with age. In Fit for Life, he shows you that by exercising in different ways you can stay fitter than if you just ride your road bike. In Peak Fitness, he provides specific week-by-week workouts designed to make any rider a better, fitter cyclist. And in Training with Intensity, he explains the physiological benefits of riding with intensity; doing some hard riding slows the aging process and delivers an array of benefits at any age.
Question of the Week
How much of your cycling training is done on the trainer?
Cool Stuff to Read
Cyclist.co.uk: Pro team racing with Shimano 105
DC Rainmaker: Wahoo Adds Trailforks Routes Integration
Road.cc: Bike shop shares rust-ridden “tetanus express” that no amount of WD-40 could cure
Canadian Cycling: Here’s the $30,000 vintage Greg LeMond frame I never knew I needed until now