Category: Health

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 …

Returning from a Major Cycling Accident Read More »

Here’s an interesting bit of science. There are taste receptors that are sensitive to “sweet” substances in the intestine (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070820175426.htm). They are similar to the ones on your tongue. When the intestinal receptors interact with sugar in consumed foods, they …

Diet Soda Makes People Fat. Here’s Why. Read More »

Question: What is reasonable weight loss within an active racing season where a rider is racing 1-2 times per weekend? Answer:  If you are within 15 pounds of your target weight, aim for consistent weight loss of about ½-1 pound per …

Understanding the Rate of Weight Loss for Athletes Read More »

Sleep is the elephant in the room when it comes to training plans. If you want to be a champion cyclist, your training hours need to roughly match those of your strongest competitors. It is possible to tweak training to …

The Elephant in the Room: Getting Enough Sleep Read More »

As your runs get longer, the chance of getting blisters goes up. Blisters happen when some part of your shoe or foot or sock rubs hard enough to tug on skin again and again until the top layer of skin …

Blister Prevention for Runners Read More »

Question: New (and badly made) cycling shorts combined with a 62.5 mile ride resulted in two nasty wounds along the crease (between the inner thigh and scrotum) on either side of the crotch. The PCP prescribed some betadine spray and …

Q & A Coach Forum: Speeding the Healing on a Saddle Sore Read More »

Updated for 2013 by Kendra Wenzel, with contributions by Jeremy Nelson. Because the gains from stretching aren’t always immediately obvious, it’s easy to put off stretching or forget it altogether. But before you put off reading this article, consider this: …

Stretching: The Truth – It’s about flexibility, recovery and preventing injury Read More »

Fall is finally here, and for many of us roadies this means the end of the racing season has also arrived. It’s time to take a well-deserved break from all the hard work you’ve been doing on the bike. The …

Rest for Road Racers – Should You Take an End-of-Season Break Read More »

By Anne Linton MD When your hopes of strong results are challenged by an injury from a crash, a mis-use or unresolved muscle imbalances, you may fear losing the fitness you’ve gained through your training, or worry about performance at …

Getting back to training after an injury Read More »

Muscle groups behave reciprocally – that is, hamstrings (large muscles at the back of the thigh) and quadriceps (large muscles at the front of the thigh) exchange information about their activity. For example, when hams flex, a signal is sent …

Stretch for Success: Hamstring and Quadraceps Flexibility Read More »

Research clearly shows that drinking fluids during extended exercise sessions improves performance, and that taking on calories during exercise enhances endurance in events lasting more than an hour. The research comparing different exercise drinks shows that if you like your …

Tip: Choosing Your Exercise Drink Read More »

by Heather D’Eliso Gordon, CSSD Question: A teammate of mine was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. She has been eating a gluten-free diet for about a month and is riding much stronger during her training rides and races. Would you …

Should I Eat Gluten Free? Read More »

by John O’Brien Years of yoga have convinced me of benefits of this 5000 year old practice.  The word yoga derives from the Sanskrit root “yuj” meaning “‘to yoke,” referencing the body-mind union.  The exercise associated with Hatha branch of …

The Benefit of Yoga for Cyclists Read More »

Question: I’ve heard a lot lately about the prevalence of Vitamin D deficiencies and the need to take supplements. Should I be taking Vitamin D? As an athlete, is there any harm to being deficient or any positive benefits in having …

Nutrition Q & A Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin. Do I need to supplement? Read More »

So what is with all this barefoot running? While I believe that we can thank Christopher McDougall and his book Born To Run as the reason for much of this latest craze over running un-shod, barefoot running is really not all …

The Barefoot Running Phenomenon Read More »