July 15, 2021
By Coach John Hughes
Aging is an illusion, not a bad dream!
Sunday night we had a reunion of about a dozen long-time riders in the Denver Rocky Mountain Cycling Club. Many of us had been riding together since the 1980s. We’re in our 60, 70s and 80s now. Our well-established riding program was designed to train us for one- and two-week club Contrail tours with 100-mile days. We trained for our annual Denver to Aspen one day ride of 200 miles through the Rockies. We trained for 200 to 1200K brevets (125 – 750 miles). We trained for these with back-to back-centuries: climb fests on Saturdays and recovery centuries on the plains on Sundays. Read more.
Hanna Banana and her Dream Ride
By Jim Langley
Last week I told you that my wife Deb and I are travelling across America in an RV. Our two dogs Huey and Nugget are along and three bicycles, a road and mountain bike for me and an e-MTB for Deb. If you follow me on Strava you’ve seen my rides in different locations almost every day, which is the wonderful thing about this kind of road trip. Read more.
Bontrager AW3 Hard-Case Lite All Weather Road Tire Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
In late February, Bontrager released the newest version of the AW3 Hard-Case Lite and Hard-Case road tires. The new AW3 has significantly improved puncture protection, with the new AW3 Hard-Case Lite significantly outperforms its predecessor, offering 78% better protection against punctures. According to the company, these improvements in puncture protection were independently validated by Wheel Energy, the industry benchmark for third-party tire testing. Read more.
Mind Games and Marginal Gains
By Martin Sigrist
Takeaway: Adopting a “continuous improvement” mindset to build mental strengths and skills can lead to significant “marginal gains” which in turn can result in significant performance gains with little additional time, effort or cost.
My last article discussed the importance of mindset, using Greg LeMond as an example. You don’t have to be a Tour de France rider for your mental approach to make a, potentially huge, difference to how you ride. Everyone can benefit from taking some time thinking about how they think. Read more.
BOA Li2 Dials Review
By Brandon Bilyeu
I have owned several pairs of cycling shoes with BOA IP1 dials and find them a considerable improvement over laces, Velcro, and ratchet systems. When BOA announced the Li2 as a “new and improved” replacement for the IP1 I was a little worried. All too often “improved” versions of already good products turn out to be worse than the original. But after 6 months of indoor and outdoor winter testing, I can confidently say that BOA did not mess up the special sauce recipe. Read more.
Runner’s Heart: The Consequences of Competitive Exercise
Medical researchers agree that exercising from the early years into old age helps to prevent heart attacks, strokes and cancers, but this month a study from The University of Manchester showed that long-term intense training for racing in animals can damage the atrial-ventricular node that regulates the frequency of heart beats to cause heart block. “Heart block” means that the electrical signals that control your heartbeat are partially or completely blocked as they move from the top chambers of your heart (atria) to the bottom chambers (ventricles). Read more.
Anti-Aging E-Book: 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process
Anti-Aging 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process, by Coach John Hughes, explains the physiology of aging and how to assess your current fitness. It includes exercise programs for cardiovascular health and endurance, training with intensity, resistance training, getting more flexible, improving your balance and slowing bone loss. It includes a dozen stories about their personal experiences by riders aged 54 to 82.
Question of the Week
Have you experienced any heart problems related to or in spite of exercise?
Other Cool Stuff to Read
VeloNews: How Pro Rider Sepp Kuss paid to get a bike fit that put him in a powerful position
Outspoken Cyclist: Podcast featuring Professor John Pucher Martin Sigrist
VeloNews: Tour de France: Mark Cavendish looking beyond ’35’ and toward 2022 season
SciTechDaily: Athletes May Have More Than Twice the Risk of Irregular Heart Rhythm – Younger Athletes at Greater Risk
YouTube: Watch bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell race a 5:15 mile at 57 years old.