September 16, 2021
Why I Coach By Intensity
By Coach John Hughes
All of my clients are middle age or older, have families, jobs and other interests besides cycling. Some just want to stay fit, while others race or train for specific organized events and tours. In other words, they’re typical roadies. They hire me because they want to be better roadies and want to be smart about how to become better. They don’t have time to spare and they don’t want to make mistakes that will set them back, or even worse, ruin a season. Read more.
Barb’s Wobbly Bianchi Part 2
By Jim Langley
You might recall that a few months ago, a reader named Barbara, who’s been cycling for years, wrote in for help with her brand new Bianchi Venezia (photo). I offered a few tips and there followed many excellent suggestions from you readers – thank you! Read more.
MAAP Training Collection Jersey and Bibs Review
By Brandon Bilyeu
Before diving into the reviews I wanted to note that both the Training Jersey and Bibshorts are made with Italian fabrics that are bluesign approved. MAAP’s website explains this succinctly:
“bluesign APPROVED label ensures that our goods are made from materials that are produced only using chemicals and processes that are safe for people and the environment, minimizing the impact on air and water emissions from the manufacturing processes.”
I’m sure we can all agree that cleaner manufacturing practices are a good thing, especially for those of us who still ride our bikes outside where we come into contact with air and water quite frequently. Read more.
Forgo Ultraprocessed Foods
By Kevin Kolodziejski
You’re no fool, I’m sure, and only a total cycling sap thinks you can keep daily life from affecting your rides sometimes. So you accept it when that glorious plan to rest up a bit before Saturday and then go out and crush a hill-strewn 60-miler goes awry. That you do a pancake flat and fast-paced 15-miles instead in order to attend your daughter’s suddenly rescheduled soccer game. Read more.
Muc-Off Punk Powder Quick Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
I’ve been using Muc-Off cleaning products for years, with the pink Nano Tech cleaner being one of my favorites. The pink cleaner comes in a 1-liter plastic spray bottle and lasts quite some time. But what do you do with the bottle when it’s empty? Read more.
Shake Your Shoulders Awake
By Martin Sigrist
“Use it or lose it” is a well known expression when it comes to cardiovascular endurance or muscle strength.
Some of us get worried that we need to train 5-7 times a week to stay in shape.
However few of us worry about the other two aspects related to our body’s movement that are equally important and to which “use it or lose it” equally applies. Read more.
Intensity Training for Cyclists
Adding intensity to workouts is the fastest way to improve. Whatever your goal in cycling, intense training will benefit your body in various ways. This article explains how the right amount of intensity (and recovery) produces a significant improvement in speed, power, strength and even endurance. It includes daily workouts, weekly schedules, and a yearly plan.
Question of the Week
What are your thoughts about processed foods?
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