July 12, 2018
Learning from the Pros: Cycling Nutrition
By Coach John Hughes
What do the pros eat to fuel racing like this? Here are the results of the first stages of the Tour de France: Stage 1: 201 km won by Fernando Gaviria Quick-Step Floors in 4:23:32, 45.86 km/h (28.50 mph) Stage 2: 182.5 km won by Peter Sagan BORA – Hansgrohe in 4:06:37, 44.51 km/h (27.66 mph). A racer burns 3,500 to 4,000 calories on an average day in the Tour de France like these and 5,000 to 5,500 on a big day in the mountains. Read more.
A Simple But Effective Exercise to Help with Knee Pain
By Jim Langley
I’m opening this week with a funny story because I’m in a much better mood recently (tell you why in a minute).
It’s a tale about something that happened while my wife Deb and I were biking across country in the winter of 1979. Read more.
Topeak FastFuel Dry Bag Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
I like to ride with a bento bag on my top tube for triathlons, group rides and on the trainer. The bag I had been using was rectangular and had a mesh flap that closed with Velcro. While it was very convenient to access items, it didn’t easily fit my iPhone and would sometimes shift during a ride interfering with my pedal stroke. Also with the mesh flap sweat and rain would get on my phone and nutrition. Read more.
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What’s the Danger Pace on a 300k Bike Ride?
By Fred Matheny
Question: In three weeks I will ride my first 300K (186-mile) brevet. A friend told me that the rule for pacing long rides is: Never go anaerobic.
Sounds like smart advice, but how can I tell when I’m in danger of doing it? – Bud S. Read more.
Lack of Vitamin D May Harm Athletes
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
A new study in mice shows that having low levels of vitamin D may harm athletes and exercisers by limiting how long they can exercise (Aging, June 2018). Six-month old mice were put on a low vitamin D diet for one year. After two weeks, the mice on the low vitamin D diet developed blood levels of vitamin D under 15 ng/ml, (equivalent to low levels in humans), where they remained for the entire study. They did not lose strength, but they lost a lot of their endurance (their ability to sustain exercise). The authors believe that this implies a decrease in their ability to take in and use oxygen. The mice also lost some muscle size. This study may be important for humans because vitamin D deficiency disease is defined as less than 12 ng/ml and vitamin D insufficiency borderline disease is less than 20 ng/ml. More than 35 percent of North Americans have these low levels, particularly in the winter. Read more.
Question of the Week
Are you watching the Tour de France this year?
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