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Sunday January 26, 2020
Cyclists determined to improve their condition have a wide variety of choices, from training diaries to formal programs to online coaching. But recent developments have now opened up a multi-million dollar market for an aspect many of us don't pay much attention to: recovery. A new book, “Good to Go” is devoted entirely to this subject and the science-or lack of science-behind it all.
Tuesday January 21, 2020
Toolbox: It’s not how many times you get knocked down - it’s how many times you get up. Cycling teaches many valuable lessons, and one of the most valuable is how to handle adversity. Understanding how to best recover from a cycling injury can greatly reduce your comeback time and get you to a better place than before.
Tuesday January 7, 2020
It can be challenging to fit training in around our busy lives. Some adapt by training in the evening after the rest of “life” gets done. Does hard exercise in the evening, and the attendant stimulus, affect our sleep quality and subsequent recovery?
Tuesday November 12, 2019
Fall is a fabulous time of the year to log long and fun rides. So why am I telling you to take 7-14 days off the bike? Today we’ll talk about the importance of taking a physical and mental break from the bike, and how doing so can super-charge your results for the next year.
Tuesday October 22, 2019
TOOLBOX: The days are getting shorter, the big events have passed, and our attention is turning to preparation for next season. Cyclists and endurance athletes are entering the rest and transition phase that marks the start of off-season training.  Here's an effective 6 week plan to design and execute this off-season phase to pay big dividends later.
Tuesday June 25, 2019
Toolbox: Unfortunately, the timing to talk about cycling injuries is quite good, with major injuries to Chris Froome and even our own Toolbox Editor Dr. Stephen Cheung. What’s the role of proper nutrition during the recovery and rehabilitation process? How should your diet be modified during this time?
Tuesday May 21, 2019
Toolbox: Injuries are almost always unexpected, and always unwanted. Paying attention to both the physical and emotional aspects of recovery can have far-reaching implications in speeding up or slowing down the recovery process.
Tuesday April 30, 2019
Caffeine and cycling goes together like few other things in life, and the coffee stop at the end of the ride is often the whole reason for many of us to clip into the pedals to begin with. Can we further justify the caffeine as a recovery tool after a hard ride?
Wednesday September 12, 2018
We have said it before but it bears repeating – to improve our fitness, we need to recover as hard, or even harder, than we train. The challenge is in knowing when we have reached that optimal level of training stimulus and when to back off from hard training.
Tuesday September 4, 2018
Toolbox: With so many PEZ-Fans above the age of 45 years, off season training for masters cyclists is a hot topic right now. Fall is a time of change: weather, foliage, and of course our training. The fall has traditionally been seen as a time for cyclists to get off the bike, rest, and recover from a long season of training, but is this really a good idea for the masters cyclist?
Wednesday March 14, 2018
REVIEW: The hard training we do on the bike is only the stress that we impose, and is only half of the training equation. To get the most out of that hard training, we need to recover and let our body adapt and come back even stronger. Ultragen recovery drink by First Endurance can be a critical component of your recovery plan.
Tuesday February 13, 2018
Calpe - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -Wout Van Aert of Crelan Charles team and Stephen Hyde pictured during training camp in Calpe, Spain, 01/12/2017 - photo GvG/PN/Cor Vos © 2017
Whoever said "slow and steady wins the race" obviously never raced a bike. So what's the best way to win a bike race? Interval training. Training with cycling intervals is simply alternating bursts of intense activity with intervals of lighter activity. Here's how to make yours count.
Tuesday July 25, 2017
Le Tour: Twenty one days and two thousand miles, by any measure it is a massive amount of work. While you may not undertake anything approaching Tour de France proportions, you may well face the risk of overtraining. How can you identify, and more importantly prevent this season derailing occurrence?
Monday February 27, 2017
As athletes, we all want to get the extra “edge”. We train smart, rest hard, eat properly, stay hydrated, all the things everyone should be doing to perform optimally. Let’s look at how to use a ‘functional food’ to aid recovery and performance.
Tuesday December 15, 2015
Toolbox: Cycling fatigue, like love, is a many-splendoured thing. We have all been drop-dead tired at the end of a race, hard climb, or interval workout. But are all these types of fatigue the same thing, or do they affect your body in different ways?
Tuesday July 30, 2013
Whether training or stage racing, recovery is the name of the game. Many tools and tricks have been used to maximize recovery, including the chilly prospect of cold-water immersion. Does a post-ride dip really help with cycling recovery?
Thursday June 13, 2013
First Endurance introduced the world to Optygen back in 2002. Since then, there have been a number of additional studies done that show Optygen reduces cortisol levels. By modulating cortisol, athletes experience better recovery, an increase in VO2, improved oxygen utilization and enhanced performance
Tuesday April 14, 2009
Tornado Tommeke left a real path of destruction through Northern France this past Sunday. Whether first or last to the velodrome, the pounding of the cobbles are simply relentless. What are some ideas in how to recover from such a beating, and is cold water immersion effective in aiding muscle recovery?
Tuesday June 19, 2007
Cycling has a very long season and the demands on athletes can be extreme given: weather conditions, potential for injury, and for most of us, balancing our work lives with being athletes. This month, we asked pros Aaron Olsen (T-Mobile) and Dario Cioni (Predictor-Lotto) who just finished a small race called the Giro, a couple questions about their mid-season break.
Tuesday March 27, 2007
With the 2007 race season in full gear, we thought we would go back to one of the basic essentials of a solid training program and examine some of the things you can do help facilitate optimal recovery after races and harder training days. How important is rest and recovery? Simply put, we gain fitness as a result of training and not as we are training.