Being a cyclist who can handle their bike is just as important as being a fast one, if not more so! Speed and handling skills should go hand in hand, but many times they do not.
Archive for December 1st, 2015
The plain and simple fact is that you need food and water in your system in order for your body to perform at its best.
I consume a lot of processed packaged energy food throughout the year while training and during races. As the season progresses I gradually start to get sick of the countless gummies, energy gels and different kinds of bars that I eat. So, I decided to do some experimenting in the kitchen to see if I could make some of my own energy food.
I pedaled harder and found myself bouncing all over as the rocks pummeled my bike from side to side, but I was still upright. “Woohoo!” I thought, I was making some progress.
The route is about 50 miles with a little bit less than 4000 feet of climbing, but at least you do get the mid-ride reward of donuts and cider after all of that climbing.
As much as I hate to pile on all of those additional clothes for the chillier weather, I do love riding in the fall. The weather and foliage are gorgeous. The leaves on the trees burst into brilliant red, gold and orange and the air feels so cool, refreshing and crisp.
The simple answer is, that getting faster is all about suffering and recovery. Obviously there are more nuances than that, but I feel like if you were to break it down to the simplest terms then there it is.
It was a dark and stormy afternoon when I was forced to bring my trainer out for the first time this season.