August 3, 2023
Anti-Aging: Weekend Warrior Works
By Coach John Hughes
Just hitting it on the weekend does about as much for longevity as exercising on most days of the week as long as the cumulative weekly amounts are equivalent. Read more.
How to Keep Your Bike Clean
Jim’s Tech Talk
By Jim Langley
Recently I created two videos that are related. One is on how to wash your bike and keep it clean (today’s Tech Talk topic) and the other one covers some new tools that I ordered from Park Tool to upgrade my workshop (I learned about them after attending the Sea Otter Classic back in April and decided I had to have them). Read more.
Jelenew Women’s Base Layer, Hourglass Short Sleeve Jersey, and Evolve Y Back Bibs – Quick Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
I’m thrilled to come across yet another woman-owned apparel company, Jelenew. After seeing their press release, Facebook ads, links from friends, and even Lars emailing me ― I had to experience for myself what all the chatter was about. Read more.
To What Degree Does the CG Determine the GC?
By Kevin Kolodziejski
Ask This and Improve Your Cycling
Even if the only thing you know about stage racing is the Tour de France, you have to know GC stands for General Classification. It’s the rider’s placement in the race based on his or her cumulative times plus or minus any bonuses or penalties from each stage. Read more.
Thermal Threshold, Explained
by Arnie Baker
The human body is about 25 percent efficient. Said differently, roughly three-quarters of the energy used to power muscles is lost as heat.
To avoid overheating, the body must get rid of this excess heat. As the body heats, more blood flows to the skin to improve heat loss. Read more.
Avoiding Bone Density Loss
Question: I’m a 45 year old male that has been riding 4-5 days a week for the last 7 or 8 years consistently. My concern is that as I age I am losing bone density based on the fact that I’m participating in a non-load bearing activity. If I don’t do any other activities should I consider vitamin supplements or should I pick up a load-bearing activity like running? — Bill B. Read more
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.
- Peak Fitness (39 pages) Contains four specific programs to improve your fitness in one or more of the following ways:
– Improved endurance
– More power
– Faster speed
– Higher aerobic capacity (VO2 max)
- Training with Intensity (27 pages) Doing the right hard riding slows the aging process and delivers an array of benefits at any age:
– More efficient training.
– Stronger heart.
– Greater lung capacity
– More powerful muscles.
- Fit for Life (34 pages) Exercise options to strengthen your body’s functions that keep you fit for life, including your aerobic, skeletal, muscular, neural, core and balance systems.
Question of the Week
Do you do intervals?
Cool Stuff to Read
Road.cc: Budget gravel bike vs premium gravel bike vs mountain bike: Does the bike make any difference?
NY Times: ‘A Dangerous Combination’: Teenagers’ Accidents Expose E-Bike Risks
YouTube GCN: How Fast Are Female Tour De France Pros? We Find Out!
Bike Retailer: Shimano’s bike-related sales down 18% in second quarter
Pinkbike: If you want to see what bike handling skill looks like, watch this guy rail corners on dirt with a women’s city bike.