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Tuesday July 30, 2019
Toolbox: With the Tour de France giving us its yearly dowsing of inspiration and awe, many of us head out on our rides thinking “How is it that they’re putting out such massive power? And How can I improve my power?”
Tuesday October 9, 2018
Toolbox: There are three things that impact how well you ride in training and races: your innate ability, the difficulty of the race (course, weather, field), and your motivation. Motivation is the only one of these that you can control, so that is where you should direct your focus and energy.
Tuesday July 24, 2018
first endurance efs
You know the sports drink market is becoming a marketing fad when even Kool-Aid is plugging a sports drink in the supermarket aisles. One company that continues to base their products on science rather than marketing is First Endurance, and their long-awaited Electrolyte Fuel System (EFS) adds to their arsenal of innovative racing nutrients…
Tuesday October 31, 2017
Having spent the better part of the last 30+ years engrossed in cycling, I know many of the book titles on offer and always look forward to each season’s new offerings. Few are authoritative in the manner of Human Kinetics’ recently published Cycling Science by Dr. Stephen Cheung and Dr. Mikel Zabala.
Saturday June 1, 2013
Wow. That was great. We had a massive response to our 24-hour sale on the remastered Hell Hath No Fury. As you know, we offered to give all the profit in the first 24 hours to support the upcoming documentary on women's racing. So, we are proud to announce that we've just donated, on behalf of all Sufferlandrians, $2,750 USD to Half the Road. Kathryn Bertine, the creator, was blown away by the generosity of Sufferlandrians and we are so thankful you helped us do this. Sufferlandrians rock.
Tuesday May 14, 2013
Marketing and advertising has been honed into an incredibly precise science through both trial and error along with psychological studies into what makes us tick. Why not use it to our advantage and adapt marketing ideas to make us better cyclists?
Tuesday May 7, 2013
Many things go wandering through between our ears over the course of a time trial. We do our best to ignore the constant chorus of pain and agony. One way to do that is to tell ourselves some stories, like maybe we’re doing better than we actually are. Can lying to yourself make you faster?
Tuesday April 23, 2013
We put demands on every aspect of our bodies as we pedal and push, break down and build back up, day after day and week after week. To consistently repair itself from this stress, the body requires nourishment from the diet. The more nourished you are the stronger, healthier and more resilient you will be.
Monday April 8, 2013
Long ago when dinosaurs still walked the earth (OK, the early 20th Century) and derailleurs were only sketches on paper napkins, cyclists rode fixed gears everywhere including the Alps and Pyrenees. The bikes were all made of steel tubing, aligned on a marble table and silver soldered together entirely by hand. Today, such bikes are considered objects of art, but should we look further at what they might do for us in the 21st Century?
Wednesday April 3, 2013
Speed is built on a lot of things. Wheels, aerodynamic frames, nutrition, threshold workouts – you know the list. After all of these have been addressed, what’s left? Just the little stuff. Finding that one percent. At the upper echelons of the sport, and to some degree in amateur racing as well, the little stuff is everything. For example have you considered the role and importance of the foot in performance?
Wednesday April 3, 2013
Now seems like a good time to come clean. All the cool kids are doing it, so here it goes. I apologize in advance for any embarrassment this may cause my family and sponsors. In my 25-year career, I never took performance-enhancing drugs…
Wednesday April 3, 2013
It’s RACE DAY. It’s 90 minutes to race time and you ate your breakfast 1-2 hours ago (allowing 3-4 hours post breakfast for digestion). You’ve been following a sound nutrition plan and you have rested and fueled properly in the last 48 hours to assure your glycogen reserves are full. So what to do in the last 90 minutes before go time?
Wednesday April 3, 2013
Some of you may have seen a recent commercial on television from an investment company that poses a question like “….what can a hula hoop teach us about investing…”. I want to take a page out of their book and ask a similar question, “What can the stock market teach us about training and competition?” One answer, of course, is to make a fortune on Wall Street, quit your job, retire, and train all the time. Unfortunately, although that may be a correct answer, it’s not exactly the answer I’m looking for.
Wednesday April 3, 2013
If music is the soundtrack of our lives, it is also the lifesaver for indoor training. While everybody grooves to their own drummer, is there an actual ergogenic effect from playing music during intense efforts? And what can studying music and exercise tell us about how we psychologically cope with intense efforts?
Wednesday April 3, 2013
We have all been inspired over the years watching John Howard win championships and set records that demonstrated a seeming invincibility. In recent months, John has had a couple of setbacks that many of us face at some point – major injury. Something noticeable to those around John is that he carries the same fire and focus when dealing with an injury as when he trains and races.
Tuesday January 29, 2013
Due to falls on the shoulder and relative high speed, a common injury in cycling is clavicle fractures. Although any part of the clavicle can be broken, they most commonly occur in the middle of the clavicle. What’s the typical diagnosis and prognosis for return to cycling?
Tuesday January 22, 2013
Yes, it is only January, but doubtless your mind has been wandering around to the idea of the race season if not actually engaged in the rigors of structured training yet. This is a great time to adopt some of the traditions of the baseball World via some Spring Training.
Monday January 14, 2013
I have identified five keys to building confidence in your cycling that will create an upward spiral of positive thinking and belief in your riding abilities. Each key alone can enhance your confidence, but if you use all of them together, you’ll find your cycling confidence growing stronger and more quickly.
Tuesday January 8, 2013
Part of any good training program is a period of rest, recovery, and regeneration from a hard season of riding. Of course, some of us can take it a bit too far over the holidays, with a bit of gluttony and bad weather conspiring to reduce activity and fitness. What’s the physiological process of detraining, and how has it worked out for Miguel Indurain?
Tuesday January 1, 2013
With cold and flu season upon us, it’s important to keep our immune systems functioning as well as possible. Athletes need a strong immune system; this is key to a consistent season. A few weeks off the bike here and there adds up and can have a lasting impact on your training cycles.