October 17, 2019
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Older Riders: Why Max Heart Rate Is Irrelevant
By Coach John Hughes
In last week’s newsletter, Dr. Mirkin wrote an informative column Tips for Keeping Your Maximum Heart Rate Up As You Age. He’s correct that the formula of (220 – your age) is a wildly inaccurate way to determine your maximum heart rate. However, your max heart rate – even if determined with a heart rate monitor by riding all out – is irrelevant. Here’s why. Read more.
Hitting the Hills
By Jim Langley
Last Sunday I pedaled to the top of Mount Diablo on the South Gate Road, which, in about 11 miles rises to 3,249 feet above the San Francisco Bay. It’s near the town of Danville, California and is a popular destination every weekend for roadies thanks to moderate grades of mostly 5 to 7 percent, decent pavement, sweeping turns and lovely views. Read more.
Time Osmos 12 Cycling Shoes
By Brandon Bilyeu
After years out of the shoe game Time has returned with the Osmos cycling shoes. During their footwear hiatus Time was bought by Rossignol, who is probably best known for ski products, but in addition to Time also own the bike company Felt. Time took advantage of Rossignol’s extensive 40 years of experience with athletic footwear to help them reenter the high-end shoe market. Read more.
Sometimes Stolen Bikes Find Their Way Home
By Sheri Rosenbaum
As I reported a few weeks back, Mitch and I had fat bikes stolen off our hitch rack while vacationing in La Crosse, WI. But there is a happy ending. Some great investigative police work by the La Crosse P.D. and not only was Mitch’s fat bike recovered but the thief was arrested on a felony theft charge. Read more.
12 Ways To Slow the Aging Process
Chronological aging is inevitable. However, you have control over how well you will age. Anti-Aging: 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process by Coach John Hughes gives you the tools you need to slow the inevitable decline in your health and fitness.
The eBook Anti-Aging: 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process incorporates the latest research and most of it is new material not published in his previous eArticles on cycling past 50, 60 and beyond.
Best Cycling Shorts under $100
Looking for a new pair of cycling shorts, but don’t want to spend too much? These are our picks for the best cycling shorts when you’re on a budget. They might not be the top of the line, but they are still high quality and comfortable. Read more.
Listen to Your Body
by Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
The best way to achieve a high level of fitness without injuring yourself is to listen to your body. Don’t depend on heart rate monitors, fitness trackers or other gadgets. The most sophisticated fitness tracker and injury-avoider is your brain. Training to achieve a high level of fitness and to prevent diseases usually involves intense exercise, and most exercise injuries are caused by continuing to exercise intensely when your body tells you to slow down, stop exercising, or take the day off. Read more.
Question of the Week
Do you use tools like heart rate monitors and power meters to measure performance when you ride?
More Cycling Stuff to Read
Runner’s World: First marathon distance run in under 2 hours, and new world record for women at the Chicago marathon in the same weekend.
VeloNews: How Lennard Zinn and Ian Thompson built an unbreakable high end road bike for heavy riders.
MSN: Peloton hit with $300 million copyright suit over allegedly using music for its streaming classes without a license.
YouTube: GNC breaks the hour record for a Penny Farthing bicycle. It has remained unbroken for 133 years! 33.57 km in an hour.
See you next week!
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