September 30, 2021
Why You Can’t Just Pedal Off the Pounds
By Coach John Hughes
I have a friend, a retired pro racer, who says weight management is easy, “Just ride more and eat less.” But it’s not this simple.
Why It Matters
Being even slightly overweight can increase your risk of dying prematurely by six percent and increases the risk by 73% for an obese person. Researchers concluded this after reviewing the mortality data in three studies that followed more than 225,000 adults over age 50, for eight to 20 years. (Annals of Internal Medicine, April 3, 2017). Read more.
Your Mirror Recommendations
By Jim Langley
In last week’s Tech Talk, which covered a couple of simple riding techniques for looking back safely, we asked you to share your favorite mirrors – since they’re a popular option for seeing behind. Here’s what we went over last time in case you missed it: A Simple Tip that Can Prevent a Crash. Read more.
Your Ride Getting Tough? Try Self-Talk
By Kevin Kolodziejski
“If You Can Believe It, You Can Achieve It”
When I see that oh-so-common poster saying adorning school walls, I want to pull an Oedipus and poke my eyes out.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not telling the seventh grade boy whose dream job is to become a jockey to “Go for it” — if he’s 5’1” and 190. I’m not about to sell an impressionable boy, or girl for that matter, a false bill of goods. But regardless of gender, you’re not in seventh grade. Or 5’1” and 190 — unless you stopped cycling and started working the night shift at Golden Corral. Read more.
Wahoo Fitness’ New SYSTM Training App
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Earlier this week, Wahoo Fitness released their new SYSTM training app, which the company says is a complete training platform for athletes of all fitness levels. A while back, I interviewed Abi Carver when Wahoo released their 15-minute yoga sessions in the SUF app, so I’m excited to start testing the SYSTM app and provide our RBR readers my actual impressions. Read more.
Quick Tip: Pad Your Handlebars
By Greg Conderacci
Recently, RBR launched this new series to enlighten our ultra-cool readers about the benefits of dorkiness. In Part I, we explored the benefits of covering your $250 helmet with plastic screening material you can buy from a hardware store for a few cents. Read more.
Quick Tip: Stop “Stretching”
By Martin Sigrist
A common theme in many of my articles is that training is, first and foremost, a question of mindset.
If you want to do achieve anything important the first essential step is to fully engage your mind, to give it a clear sense of purpose. Read more.
A Road Bike Rider in an Ebike World
By Stan Purdum
I was dazzled recently by riders on ebikes.
Really. Dazzled, astonished, awestruck. I was on a multi-day ride with some other riders on the North Carolina section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is a very mountainous route, featuring many lengthy climbs, including one nine miles long with a 7 percent grade. Most of us were riding regular road bikes, but the three oldest participants had shown up with ebikes. Read more.
2 Common Causes Of Peloton Bike Pain or Discomfort
By Rick Schultz
You just received your new Peloton bike and have gone through Peloton’s master fitters extensive bike fitting process by adjusting the saddle to your hip and placing your elbow at the tip of the saddle and fingertips on the handlebars. Perfect, what could go wrong? After several rides you notice that your knees are starting to hurt, maybe even swelling a little, and your hips hurt some as well. You raise the saddle, you lower the saddle, you move the saddle forward you move it back, nothing seems to help the pain in your knees. Read more.
Healthy Nutrition Past 50
In Healthy Nutrition Past 50, Coach John Hughes covers the vital role that healthy nutrition plays in helping you stay active, energetic, happy and fulfilled into your 50s, 60s, 70s – and beyond. Coach Hughes explains all you need to know in 28 packed pages that include:
- The key role of carbohydrates in providing the energy you need and many of the vitamins and minerals.
- How much protein you really need, and nourishing protein choices.
- The important role of fat in your diet, and healthy choices to get that needed fat.
- The principal vitamins and minerals you need.
Question of the Week
Do you stretch or do mobility related exercises?
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