Prevention of Overuse Injuries

Overuse injuries are surprisingly high in cycling. In a recent study they found that 94% of cyclists over a one-year period will have experienced at least one overuse injury.…

Fish Oil in place of Ibuprofen for Post Ride Soreness?

What are some other options if you don’t want to take ibuprofen for post ride soreness and inflammation? In a recent article in the Journal of Sports Science Medicine they showed that omega-3 supplementation decreases soreness, as a marker of inflammation, after eccentric exercise.…

Doing It without Overdoing It: Words of Wisdom for Super-Athenas and Ultra-Clydes

Doing It without Overdoing It: Words of Wisdom for Super-Athenas and Ultra-Clydes

Triathlon attracts many people looking for motivation to get in shape. Nothing inspires like a deadline, so many first-timers will sign up for an event a few months away, and then throw themselves headlong into an overly intensive workout schedule. Most training programs and advice columns aimed at novices operate under the assumption that beginners are within a normal BMI range and can quickly adapt to the new exercise regimen. Unfortunately, many budding, heavyset triathletes try to do too much, too soon, and frequently find themselves burned out or injured.…

Can Cyclists Benefit from Vitamin Supplements?

There is no doubt that adequate amounts of vitamins are necessary for health and optimal athletic performance. But, will supplementing with “excess” (i.e., more than the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)) enhance performance? This nutrition article describes the roles of vitamins in athletic performance and attempts to answer the question of whether cyclists will benefit from vitamin supplementation.…

For Optimal Athletic Performance, Minerals are Worth Their Weight in Gold

The human body needs about twenty different minerals in order to function properly. And while all are important in one way or another for optimal athletic performance, certain minerals are particularly important because (a) they play a critical role muscle metabolism or (b) athletes are at increased risk for deficiency. These minerals include calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and sodium.…

Crosstraining: The Importance of Being Earnest

This is an exciting time of year for cyclists. Depending on how one spends time over the winter, a rider may have done more or less indoor cycling over the past few months. Cyclocross and mountain bikes can provide additional outdoor riding options when roads become slick or otherwise unwelcoming, especially when air quality down in our valleys is poor. And Fat Bikes have become increasingly popular, making abundant snowfall and lower temperatures less daunting for those determined to ride outdoors, weather be damned.…

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