It’s the night before an important race, or your first century, or that group ride that’s dropped you every time. You’re tossing and turning in your bed, telling yourself that you have to sleep. Or maybe you don’t have a problem getting to sleep, but day after day you wake up sluggishly, unrefreshed. The mentally fit cyclist gets sufficient sleep, and has the skills to manage internal sleep disrupters when they arise.
Daylight savings has just kicked in here throughout most of North America, and with it comes longer daylight hours, the shedding of some bulky winter layers, and generally a happier mood all around. However, does more or stronger lighting levels have a direct physiological effect on improving cycling performance?
The globalization of bicycling has seen the season extend not just in time but also in geography. With the ProTour and other major events ranging across five continents, athletes are now required to adapt quickly to travel across multiple time zones. We continue this series with looking at the effects of jet lag and supplements that may combat its effects.
The globalization of bicycling has seen the season extend not just in time but also in geography. What are the effects of poor sleep on athletic performance? What are the effects on exercise capacity and is it possible to minimize jet lag? We begin this series with looking at the effects of sleep deprivation with extreme exercise.