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.…

A Fat Bike Tour from Border to Border on the Beach: Washington Leg

A Fat Bike Tour from Border to Border on the Beach: Washington Leg

Only one week after my 67th birthday and just days after retiring from a fulfilling career, I set out from Salt Lake City on a solo bike tour that, as far as I could tell, had never been undertaken by anyone ever before. In this day of worldwide adventure cycling, concocting never-before undertaken ventures is almost inconceivable, yet I found no record of anyone ever attempting what I hoped to accomplish. I set off to ride, as far as feasibly practical, on the U.S. west coast from our border with Canada south to our border with Mexico. Many bike riders have ridden that distance on the coastal highways, but I wanted to ride from border to border on the beach, that is, right on the sand. As far as I could tell, no one had ever tried it.…

Going Solo at the 25 Hours of Frog Hollow

Going Solo at the 25 Hours of Frog Hollow

After nearly a year of doing virtually every type of riding on my bike but racing it, the idea of making up for an entire summer’s worth of racing in one single event was a fitting form of redemption. After all, I’d had a 24 hour solo race on a bucket list in the back of my mind since I started racing 24 hour events back in 2000 something. Furthermore, as a working man, husband, and father of two young kids, the idea of riding my bike for 25 hours sounded more like opportunity than velo inflicted masochism.…

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.…

Kolob Terrace Challenge

Kolob Terrace Challenge

The Kolob Terrace Challenge is a strenuous, 61.4-mile road bike ride in southwestern Utah. The out-and-back ride starts and finishes in La Verkin, which is located immediately north of Hurricane. The route penetrates and then leaves the central area of Zion National Park, as it climbs from an elevation of 3,228 feet, in La Verkin, to 8,150 feet at the turnaround point, adjacent Kolob Reservoir.…

Product Review: Rudy Project Sterling Helmet: Fine Italian Craftmanship

Product Review: Rudy Project Sterling Helmet: Fine Italian Craftmanship

There are a lot of choices to make when purchasing a helmet, price, weight, comfort, fit and, for warm weather wearing, ventilation are variables one should look for in a helmet. All helmets should meet minimum safety standards and most come with good or very good ventilation. It will be up to you to find the brand that meets the need of your head. The Rudy Project Sterling has lightweight, comfort, a good fit and it is well ventilated to make it a very worthy consideration for your helmet needs.…

Jamie Morningstar: Having a Gosh Darn Good Time Biking to Work!

Jamie Morningstar: Having a Gosh Darn Good Time Biking to Work!

This month’s commuter profile features Jamie Morningstar from Orem, Utah, my first commuter from Utah County. I first “met” Jamie when she asked me a question regarding “studs”, that is, studded snow tires. So with that introduction, let’s hear what else Jamie has to say. "Although fresh air, exercise, and saving the environment are important to me, they aren’t my primary motivations for riding. As a mother of four and a working professional, there are very few moments in a day when somebody doesn't need something from me. But when I'm on my commute, riding my bike, it's just me and the road; no phone calls, no demands from co-workers or employees or kids. It’s just a great time for me to decompress. Maybe not everybody needs that kind of time, but for me, it's a lifesaver!"…

The Story of Suffragettes and the Safety Bicycle

The Story of Suffragettes and the Safety Bicycle

Before 1900 American and European women were avidly embracing the bicycle which provided an independent means of transportation, a freeing revolution in fashion, and a chance to explore athleticism as female cyclists began racing and breaking records with feats of endurance and cross-country adventure races.…

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