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New Year Nutrition

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By Molly Trapp | January 01, 2015
Ready? Set? Get fit! It’d be great if it was that easy, but it also doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it. We tend to complicate things when it comes to the food we eat, but there are simple things we can do that can have a lasting, positive impact....

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Indoor

Indoor Trainer Frustration

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By Peg | March 14, 2014
Hello Coach, I have sold or given away 3 trainers in the past 5 years or so. Recently I have been looking at those high priced Tour de France Cycling bikes and an EVO bike by Relay. They are really expensive as you know. My main question is: Is there any real difference between spending $2,000 on one of those...

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Southern

Southern California Fall/Winter Century Rides

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By Aaron Barker | October 24, 2013
What are your plans for riding this winter? It can be tough to keep to a regular riding schedule as the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler. Take advantage of 20% off two upcoming events....

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Seeing

Seeing Is Believing: The Science Behind Visualization

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By Leslee Schenk Trzcinksi | September 13, 2013
There REALLY IS science behind the inspiring phrases as athletes or those trying to commit to New Year’s resolutions hear: “visualize your success” or “imagine your greatest possibilities”. And, seeing what you want in your mind is benefited by physical, printed, visual aids......

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Inflammation

Inflammation and Discomfort with Asthma

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By Peg Labiuk | September 05, 2013
I understand your desire to get relief from your asthma symptoms; it sure is unpleasant to have your lungs balk when you are enjoying the outdoors. There are two things I can suggest to get you lasting relief....

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Forever

Forever Fit, Forever Young

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By Patty Peoples | August 12, 2013
It’s a proven fact that exercise retards the aging process. According to the Modern Medicine website, 'Telomeres—caps at the ends of chromosomes, which tend to shorten as we age—are longer in people who are physically active. Several studies have linked the longer telomere to fewer wrinkles, stronger muscles, and more resistance to disease.'...

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Yoga:

Yoga: Transitioning from the Indoor Trainer to the Road

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By Leslee Schenk Trzcinksi | July 29, 2013
As the body transitions back to on the road efficiency and adjusts to environmental forces such as wind and terrain, it is important to keep two key areas of the body opened, flexible and balanced; the hamstrings and the psoas (long, stabilizing flexor at front hip) – both of which are primary causes for low back crankiness and decreased pedal efficiency and power. Here are some must do yoga movements to target these critical areas....

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Aero

Aero Position: Does it Have to be a Pain in the Neck?

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By Peg Labiuk | May 11, 2013
In this week's Training Corner, Coach Peg responds to a reader's question about strengthening the neck for long distance triathlons and how to avoid injury....

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Cost-per-Use

Cost-per-Use of Our Outdoor Gear. An Inverse of Our Quality of Life?

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By Marilyn Trout | May 02, 2013
I came across an article by Brendan Leonard who has a pithy blog about “the relentless pursuit of the everyman's, and every woman's, adventure.” Whether planned or spontaneous, bucket list or daily grind, I must admit this “pursuit of adventure” runs deep within every fiber of my being....

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Getting

Getting the Most out of Yoga for Good Form on the Bike

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By Leslee Schenk Trzcinski | April 19, 2013
Whether you are a time-starved cyclist trying to optimize performance, a dedicated yoga practitioner, or somewhere in between, the following tips are GREAT reminders how to improve EVERY yoga/mobility move. ...

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Shoulder

Shoulder Pain on Long Rides

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By Peg Labiuk | March 22, 2013
Can you tell me how to avoid shoulder pain while riding, especially longer rides? The pain is normally between my shoulder blades and sometimes really burns. I've been fitted for my bike and have been told I have a good riding posture/form. I'm relaxed and don't seem to be tensed....

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Recovery

Recovery for a Multi-Event Day

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By Peg Labiuk | March 08, 2013
Back in May you wrote about using cold water and ice for recovery after a hard ride. That tip really helped me this summer. Taking that a step further, should I use this cold recovery method for a multi-event day? In other words, if I have two competitions a few hours apart (like time trials) should I use ice therapy in between for recovery? Or, should I just stretch and stay loose?...

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Sauna:

Sauna: Good or Bad for Recovery?

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By Peg Labiuk | March 01, 2013
A couple of years ago I emailed in a query concerning hot tubbing after exercise classes or cycling. Your answer was hot tubbing is for socializing not recovery. Now I am wondering about the Sauna or the Steam Room. Would they fall into the same category as the hot tub? Have athletes used them to any advantage? Your thoughts?...

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Retooling

Retooling Masters’ Gears

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By Marilyn Trout | February 22, 2013
The key to good coaching, actually key to life too, goes far beyond knowledge. Adding wisdom and experience to the scientific foundation of the training program takes it to a whole new level, especially when “life” enters the equation. Certainly, this may be the most difficult or delicate part of the mix to work through since “life” is synonymous with “change.” ...

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Shifting

Shifting Gears With Colin Funk - It's Never Too Late to Reach Your Peak

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By Marilyn Trout | February 19, 2013
Recently, I responded to an athlete who met up with an untimely cold just before heading down to Louisville, Kentucky for the 2013 World Masters Cyclocross Championships. Colin Funk spent most of his life in a pair of running shoes until his early forties when he swapped them out for some pedals. When he was 16, he won the 1500 metres at the Ontario Provincial Championships and now meets with success again with his road and cyclocross bikes in Master C 50-59 age group....

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Sick...

Sick... Just In Time

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By Marilyn Trout | February 11, 2013
I was all set to head to the World Cyclo-Cross Championships in a little over a week until a few days ago when I came down with a cold. So, I'm feeling pretty awful right now. Any hints how to deal with this?...

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3Ps

3Ps to Rekindling Motivation

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By Marilyn Trout | February 01, 2013
After I received a note from a reader who was unable to get motivated about spending any time in the saddle, it got me thinking about what I do when my energy plug is pulled. For me, finding simplicity in foundational principles gives me an immediate boost for regaining productivity. Whether coaching or life, removing distraction and complication clears my mind and relaxes my body to reset the energy levels for the goals that lay ahead. For many athletes, the hardest part of training is resting....

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A Worthy Ideal: Excellence, Friendship and Respect

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By Marilyn Trout / Erin Mirabella | January 25, 2013
While reading through our newspaper the other day, I came across a letter to the editor from a distinguished cyclist with numerous titles from National Championships to 2-time Olympian. Erin Mirabella, who lives up the pass in Woodland Park, shared some personal thoughts about the drug wars in cycling resulting in someone’s brainwave idea of removing cycling from the Olympics....

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Never

Never Too Old to Shift Gears: World Champion Carl Grove

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By Marilyn Trout | January 14, 2013
In the late 60s, I came back to Elkhart, Indiana and rediscovered my Schwinn Super Sport. I met up with some young cyclists, ages 17 to 22, as I was the old guy in my 40s, and went at it tooth and nail not knowing anything about training methods. Two rules became very important to me then and, throughout the years, have become even more important. They are the reasons I give to the question, How do you manage to ride like you do at an advanced age?...

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Loss

Loss of Motivation

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By Peg Labiuk | January 09, 2013
Lately, I've been so lazy about training, riding, going hard, etc... I've really backed off hard, multi-day training. I commute to work 20 miles, 5 days a week, ride long (70 to 100) on Saturdays, take Sunday off and normally do hard training on Tuesdays. Love my team and my cycling buddies, but any hard training rides really don't excite me lately. Even though I still feel strong, I have to force myself to ride. I can't seem to get motivated. ...

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