May 2, 2019
Why ‘No Pain, No Gain’ is Wrong
By Coach John Hughes
“No pain, no gain” is wrong. As is the corollary “More pain, more gain.” Suppose you ride 20 miles on Tuesday, 20 miles on Thursday and then 40 miles on the weekend. You ride nearly all the time at a conversational pace. You want to improve. What should you do? Read more.
Avoid Getting Doored on Your Next Ride
by Jim Langley
Today, there are innumerable more cars and bicyclists using the roads. So, because there’s so much traffic and so many new cyclists will hit the street for Bike Month, I want to discuss a common accident that happens to many riders, from pros to complete novices. It’s called getting “doored.” Read more.
Taken by Storm
by Stan Purdum
Bicycling eastbound in central Kansas on my ride across America, I rolled into tiny Rush Center. In a grocery store, I grabbed an early supper. The sun, which had been shining merrily all day, continued to gleam. Assuming that promised a fair-weather evening, I decided to stretch my day’s ride the nearly 32 miles through open country to Larned, where I would stop for the night. Read more.
Four Questions for Adnan Kadir, CEO of VeloPro
Adnan Kadir, inventor and CEO of VeloPro, is a USAC Level 1 cycling coach with nearly 30 years of international racing experience and more than a decade of coaching experience. We contacted Adnan with some questions about his AI powered cycling training system, Velopro. Read more.
Preventing Cycling Ailments Bundle: Butt, Hands, Feet; Cramps; Nutrition; Psychology
Coach John Hughes’ Preventing Cycling Ailments Bundle includes in-depth information about:
1.) Butt, Hands, Feet, 2.) Preventing and Treating Cramps, 3.) Nutrition for 100K and Beyond, 4.) Gaining a Mental Edge
The Preventing Cycling Ailments Bundle will teach you how to prevent problems that could make a ride less enjoyable and how to deal with them to avoid DNFing.
ROKA GP-1 Sunglasses Review
by Sheri Rosenbaum
This was my first experience with ROKA products, so I thought I’d share their company background. ROKA started in 2011 in an Austin, Texas garage by two swimmers looking to build the world’s fastest wetsuit. Today they have expanded beyond technical apparel to performance eyewear and storage solutions. Read more.
Training with a Group or Riding Solo
by Fred Matheny
Cycling is social because riding with a group is a long-standing tradition in the sport. But cycling alone is fun, too, and many riders live in areas where riding companions are scarce.
Should you ride solo, in a group or with a training partner? Each has its advantages. Read more.
105 Years of Cycling Science from the Tour de France
By Coach Fred Matheny
Conrad Earnest, Ph.D., is an exercise scientist from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He reviewed the history of the Tour de France, along with the history of exercise physiology, showing how cycling’s greatest race provided a catalyst for research. He was also interested in how the Tour has changed in more than 100 years in areas such as physiology, nutrition and the bicycle itself. Read more.
Aerobic Cycling Training
by Arnie Baker, M.D.
Aerobic capacity and aerobic endurance are important cycling fitnesses. Aerobic capacity is the ability to work using oxygen in combination with fats and carbohydrates as fuel sources to produce energy. Aerobic endurance is the ability of the body to perform aerobic work over long periods. This is important in sustained efforts—in time trialing or in long hill climbing. Read more.
Quick Tip: Keep Track of Rides with a Training Diary
PROBLEM: You can’t remember all those rides you thought you’d never forget. Sure, it might be on Strava, but can you remember much else about it?
SOLUTION: Resolve to keep a daily cycling diary on paper or as a text file. It’ll become the best book you own. Read more.
More Bike Stuff to Read
Velonews: N+1 to Infinity? Segmentation comes to gravel bicycles
Bicycle Retailer: Why SRAM bought Powertap
NY Times: Bike sharing boom goes bust? How China’s Unicorns Shook a Bicycle Town
Colorado Sun: Colorado Classic bringing women cyclists’ stories into the light
RBR: Can you go long AND fast? How to Combine Endurance and Speed
RBR: You fell. Now what? What To Do After a Crash
RBR: From Dr. Mirkin. Blood Pressure During and After Exercise
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