Each week we find some of the best articles in cycling, triathlon, and endurance sports to post.
It’s almost a year after the event but the rider who finished second in last year’s European cyclo-cross championships, Maud Kaptheijns, has now officially been confirmed as the winner.
Just one month after her horrific crash in the Rio Olympic road race, Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-AIS) is looking to make her return to the peloton at the four-dayBelgium Lotto Tour starting Tuesday, Sept. 6.
“I’m excited to be back,” said Van Vleuten, who just a few weeks ago was still bruised and battered with a severe concussion and three broken vertebrae.
The Dutchwoman shocked fans worldwide when, on the now infamous descent of the Chinese Vista in Rio de Janeiro, she misjudged a corner and crashed into the concrete curb, flipping over her handlebars and landing awkwardly on a raised gutter. She lay motionless for several minutes and many feared the worst.
Floyd Landis is back.
After several years spent in a state of self-imposed exile, the first rider to be stripped of a Tour de France title for doping, has reemerged. And this time around, he’s selling marijuana.
Who doesn’t love the banter at the post-ride park-up? Talk of the ride, other adventures, equipment and then there are those tidbits that usually fall under the class of TMI (too much information). Something I love about the ladies I ride with, is there is never such a thing as TMI. So true to form over my delicious almond chai on the weekend, the talk turned to sore lady-bits, to be specific saddle sores – that unwanted guest you never want to visit.
Men’s Health issues are rarely spoken about in the public forum and for some reason there seems to be a lot of confusion around what should be common knowledge when it comes to guy’s sexual and reproductive health. So instead of burying our heads in the sand and pretending we all know what’s what when it comes to vasectomy, we got some professionals to come in to provide some wise advice for those who have had, or who are looking to have the procedure, but who are concerned about when, if and how they might get back on their bike.
You probably thought this post was going to be about how to get your tongue un-stuck from the frozen flagpole, but you would be wrong.
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We are going down a serious road today, folks.
I’ve been stuck.
I’m been trudging through the motions, but with no particular vision or enthusiasm. After a summer filled with intense training (which culminated in my big 6 day race), then immediately sending Sam off to college, I kind of fell into a funk. And life felt like it slowed to a grinding halt.
Below is an interview with Dr. Scott A. Rodeo regarding shoulder pain in swimmers, MRIs, and injury prevention. Dr. Scott Rodeo is the Head Team Physician for the New York Giants and is the Co-Chief Emeritus, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He is Professor of Orthapaedic Surgery at Cornell University and is an Attending Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Rodeo served as a Team Physician for the United States Olympic Team in 2004, 2008. and 2012 and has worked as the Team Physician for the U.S. National Swim Team at four international competitions. Rodeo is also the Medical Advisor to the Asphalt Green Swim Team in New York City, NY. Rodeo is highly decorated for his work in research and surgery, having won the Charles Neer Award from the American Shoulder and Elbow Society and the Excellence in Research Award from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Rodeo graduated cum laude from Stanford University, where he completed his undergraduate work while on an athletic scholarship. He completed medical school graduating with honors from Cornell University Medical College.
High-volume, low-intensity vs low-volume, high-intensity training is one of the main concepts discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of this journal. Evidence of the physiological effects of HIT (or HIIT) is of major interest for the sports science research community and every month several articles add more pieces to the HIT puzzle, including for swimming (1).
However, HIT’s effects on pre- and post-pubescents are still unclear due to a lack of published scientific papers. Coaches and athletes under 13 years old are trying to achieve the best results with various different training workouts.
A bike guru’s advice for developing and maintaining a perfect time trial position.
Professional triathlete Laura Siddall credited her second-place breakthrough performance at February’s Challenge Wanaka to working with coach Paul Buick, a New Zealand native who serves as the Purplepatch Fitness bike guru. Buick is known for going beyond just the bike fit—he assists athletes with how they shouldinteract with the bike.
While it’s not practical for most athletes to work so closely with a personal cycling coach, Buick shares his advice for developing and maintaining the perfect position on the bike.
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Prepare your joints for training and racing with this routine.
In order to properly free up the areas where triathletes tend to be tight, a proper warm-up should entail more than just a jog, says Erin Carson, founder of ECFIT Boulder, owner of Rally Sport Health & Fitness and strength coach to countless Boulder-based pros. “Swimming, biking and running work our joints in a limited range of motion,” she says. “Our hips, ankles and thoracic spines in particular get tight and short from so much repetitive motion. Mobility helps undo this tightness and allows us greater access to the muscles we’ve developed through training.”
Carson recommends incorporating mobility exercises into your weekly training as well as your pre-race routine (after a 8-10 minute warm-up jog). Here’s her favorite race day routine, which can easily be performed in the transition area.
Triathlon wetsuits have an average shelf life of about two years, according to Kenzie Jones of Poco Loco Swim Shop in Provo, Utah. However, that short lifespan is usually attributed to poor care, not poor quality. “I know someone who takes amazing care of his wetsuits, is in the water multiple times a week, and has a suit that’s lasted him seven years,” says Jones. “It’s just now showing visual signs of wear and tear.”
You can be like that guy, saving some money and enjoying a long, happy relationship with your wetsuit by showing it some love with these tips from Jones: