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Sitting at the head of the room, facing a sea of journalists, microphones and cameras at QuickStep’s pre-Roubaix conference, Tom Boonen looked fully at ease with himself. He was three days away from the final event of his professional career, a race he desperately wants to win.
An outpouring of grief followed the news Wednesday that American Steve Tilford, a mainstay of the U.S. bike-racing circuit for five decades, had died following a pileup on Interstate 70. He was 57 years old.
This content was written for the CyclingTips Emporium. After watching the battle unfold at this year’s Paris-Nice, we were reminded of the beauty of the French Riviera. And it doesn’t just look beautiful – it’s a great place to ride and train (even if it did bucket down)
Whatever happens this weekend and next, Tom Boonen will remain one of the top names in the sport. He knows it. We know it. A four-time winner of Paris-Roubaix, a three-time champion of the Tour of Flanders, he has equalled the previous record of wins in both events.
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If you can improve your race results without buying new equipment or training more, where would you start? You might look at your mental approach to racing—how your mental game helps or sabotages your success. Do you understand how your mental game is slowing you down in races?
We often use the words “fit” and “healthy” in our everyday language to mean the same thing. If you’re fit, then surely you must be healthy. The two terms go together in commonplace language. But in actual fact, as I’ve written recently with legendary coach and clinician Dr. Phil Maffetone, the terms have entirely separate meanings. Allow me to explain.
No coach? No camera? No problem. Consider this your quick and dirty guide to figuring out where you’re not maximizing your swim stroke potential, and how to fix it—all by yourself.