Category: Life Balance

Six Tips for Safer Solo Backcountry Mountain Biking

A rocky backcountry mountain bike trail.

Sometimes we have that elusive day off from all our responsibilities and a hankering to get away from it all with a ride on rarely used trails, but no buddy to play hooky with us. Riding alone in the backcountry

Posted in Equipment, Life Balance

Your 2017 Season Starts Today!  With…Resting?

An athlete rests with her legs up on a chair.

That’s right.  You’re going over your season in your mind, reviewing all those spots where if you’d just been a little stronger, a little faster…if you’d had just a tiny bit more endurance it would have made all the difference.

Posted in Life Balance, Performance Tips, Recovery, Season Planning

How to Recognize Burnout in Your Sport and Regain the Passion

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Relighting the Flame After Burnout in Cycling In June of 2016 I went on a road ride by myself and noticed a pleasant change: for the first time in a long time I enjoyed riding my bike. It wasn’t until

Posted in Health, Life Balance

How Was Your Ride? The Importance of Attitude to Recovery and Success

Effective recovery only happens if you relax. Without recovery, training gains are minimal, and you can even weaken despite working hard. The blissful rush felt when sitting calmly after hard training corresponds to a hormonal shift from work mode to

Posted in Life Balance, Mental Skills

See You Next Year? Knowing When to Stop Racing

The end of the road-racing season has arrived. Even the most serious roadies are relaxing, having the annual beer, and taking a few easy weeks before resuming training. In the coming months, they will connect with teams and coaches as

Posted in Coach tips, Life Balance, Mental Skills, Philosophical Musings, Season Planning

It’s Okay to Make a New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution

So many people approach the New Year with diet resolutions that it often becomes a joke, with the long-term fitness crowd viewing their gyms and classes full of “resolutioners” as a temporary annoyance before those folks give up on their

Posted in Life Balance, Nutrition, Weight Optimization

Life is Not Fair, and Other Good News About Being an Athlete

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This article by Scott Saifer, M.S. first appeared in ROAD Magazine in April of 2014. “Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give

Posted in Coach tips, Health, Life Balance, Philosophical Musings

Slow and Sweet and the Strava Files: Two great articles by David Darlington

David Darlington is author of several books and numerous articles, including several published in Bicycling Magazine. He’s also a long time bike rider who likes to go fast. Check out his story about the time his knee forced him to

Posted in Health, Injury, Life Balance, Philosophical Musings, Recovery

Returning from a Major Cycling Accident

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On April 2nd of 2011, I was racing the criterium stage of a regional stage race in The Dalles, Oregon. It was a nighttime criterium, and I was feeling positive about my chances of achieving my goal of winning the

Posted in Health, Injury, Life Balance, Recovery

Composing for the Bicycle – Achieving a Relaxed State Before Riding

This article isn’t about writing music directly; I’m referring to composing oneself for optimal calmness, balance and efficiency when riding a bike. Most of us are probably pretty good at this most of the time, but a relaxed state can

Posted in Life Balance, Mental Skills

What It Really Means to Be a Professional Cyclist

What does it mean to be a professional cyclist?  From the outside it may seem simple: you ride your bike well and get paid to do it. But being truly professional is much more than just pedaling. A professional bike

Posted in Life Balance, Mental Skills, Performance Tips, Philosophical Musings

The Fine Art of Self Talk in Cycling Performance

This week I took part in a bike race that didn’t go quite how I wanted. I didn’t win, felt I could have done better, and although I finished reasonably well, I was left with some ‘what ifs,’ which have

Posted in Life Balance, Mental Skills

I Think I Can, I Know I Can – Using a Major Setback as Inspiration to Bounce Back

“I think I can, I know I can”      – a personal story and reflection of overcoming obstacles and being safe by Coach Kori Seehafer Some of the best educational experiences occur during major setbacks. The biggest lessons come

Posted in Injury, Life Balance, Mental Skills

Eight Qualities of a Good Coach

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A knowledgeable coach can be a great asset for any athlete, but in order for you to get the true value of the coaching relationship, your coach needs to be a good communicator and respect the client/coach business service relationship.

Posted in Coach tips, Life Balance, Philosophical Musings

Time to Train for Cyclocross? The conflict between road and cross seasons

Cyclocross, which started as a way for road racers to have fun, add some variety to their training programs and avoid racing withdrawal in fall and winter has recently become a major sport in its own right. Where wrecking road

Posted in CycloCross, Life Balance, Race Strategy, Racing, Training