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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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Hip

Hip Tightness, Imbalance Test

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By Marilyn Trout and Leslee Schenk-Trczinski | January 03, 2013
The hips are considered the junk drawer of the body. We hold so much there, not just physical tension, overuse stress, grip and tightness. But also emotionally, we 'store' things in the hip and low abdomen region to bury it from being processed, worked through, released. Take the hip test to see how imbalanced or tight your hip, ham, butt, leg areas are. Then, starting the New Year, get going on working through the imbalance, the structural mal-alignment and CLEAN OUT THE JUNK!! ...

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Goal

Goal Setting

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By Felicia Gomez PhD | November 28, 2012
As with most athletes, each racing/training season has its ups and downs. As an exercise physiologist, most of my articles tend to be more “scientific” and related to proper training and/or nutrition. However, as I reflect on my past few seasons and think about the upcoming season, one thing I have realized is that in order to go to the next level, my training needs to be more structured and setting goals is an important part of what my training will look like....

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Off-Season

Off-Season Training

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By Felicia Gomez, PhD | November 09, 2012
Once again we are heading into a typical winter with reduced daylight hours and weather changes. Since most people work a typical 9-5 workday, it is difficult to get in the same amount of training in throughout the winter months. Since the amount of riding for some people is reduced, the possibility of putting on some unwanted pounds during this time increases. So, how are some ways we can maintain fitness and prevent typical winter weight gain throughout the off-season....

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Peg's

Peg's Pre-Nationals Preparations

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By Peg Labiuk | October 31, 2012
The following article was written by Peg Labiuk, a certified NCCP level 3 coach with a career in international road and track racing. She is a World Championship medalist, World Record holder, U.S. Olympic Team member, former British national team coach and Kreb's Cycle co-founder (British Columbia). Those who have plenty of racing under their belts will identify with this article, and any cyclists that are looking to step their game up to the next level will hopefully get some great pointers....

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Recovering

Recovering From a Hip Injury

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By Peg Labiuk | October 19, 2012
I have recently been struggling with a hip joint/muscle pain for several months now, it resulted from a cycling collision during one of my training sessions. It occurred when I couldn't avoid a person/bike just ahead of me that had gone down and I flipped head over heels and landed on my hip after hitting their bike. I have been resting much more often and always cycling in the small chain ring, although the pain has diminished, I am still getting it from time to time. ...

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Weighing

Weighing the Difference With Training Equipment

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By Peg Labiuk | October 15, 2012
What are your thoughts regarding the weight of your set of training wheels versus race wheels? Should you train with the heaviest set you can find, within reason, and switch to the most aero, lightweight race-day-only set for competition? Is there any benefit to training with lightweight, aero wheels? ...

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SageRiders' Masters Survey & Contest

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By Marilyn Trout | October 10, 2012
Voler has partnered with SageRiders, a community of and for Masters cyclists that can encourage and give service to one another through shared experience, knowledge and wisdom. Be a part of SageRiders' Sage Project by contributing personal experiences and knowledge to the wisdom toolbox and be entered in the drawing for a free jersey. You can also wear wisdom on your sleeve by purchasing the SageRiders jersey, plus save 15% on these great-looking items now through the end of October. ...

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Coaching

Coaching a Junior

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By Marilyn Trout | October 02, 2012
I am a 14 year old junior road racer looking to gain cycling advantages at the junior and Cat 4 level. Just a couple questions if you don't mind... What is your philosophy on how to develop a top Junior rider? How will you coach me differently from an experienced cat 2 or elite racer? What is your experience with other Junior racers and what are some of their results? What do you know about the USA Cycling program and the pathway to Junior Nationals and World Championships?...

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Avoiding

Avoiding Cyclist's Posture

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By Peg Labiuk | September 25, 2012
I have looked at the folks in my cycling club and noticed people walking as if they were still on a bike. Shoulders hunched over and knees bent during strides. Also their hip joints don't seem to straighten out during walking. I am 63 years old and ride about 150 miles a week and will increase that to prepare for the El Tour de Tucson. How can I avoid this happening to me? Are there excercises, stretching or perhaps Yoga poses that would help?...

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Shifting

Shifting Gears with World Record Holder Charlotte Miller

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By Marilyn Trout | September 19, 2012
Charlotte Miller has been riding and racing for over 40 years and she still loves it. Certainly, I can relate to that whether there's a finish line or not. Peg and I came to know Charlotte this summer at the Masters National Track Championships where the three of us joined up as Team Sage to win the Team Pursuit Championship, where she also swept the medals for the 60-64 age category. ...

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The

The Truth About Caffeine and Exercise

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By Felicia Gomez | September 10, 2012
Caffeine may be the most widely used stimulant drug in the world and has the potential to affect all systems in the body as it is absorbed by most tissues....

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Returning

Returning to Cycling After Total Knee Replacement

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By Peg Labiuk | August 28, 2012
Last August I had TKR (Total Knee Replacement Surgery). I want very much to return to bike riding. I know I could go with an adult tricycle, but would prefer 2 wheels. Have checked web sites for low step in/thru bikes. Do you have any suggestions?...

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Last

Last Minute Preparations Before Your Next Century Ride

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By Shelley Marenka | August 21, 2012
Here are some tips to help your next century ride go smoother. Happy pedaling! Ride On, Ride strong, Ride Safe...

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Flying

Flying to the Finish Line

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By Shelley Marenka | August 14, 2012
You have put in the training hours, done all of the necessary preparation, and the race/event you’ve been building for is here! The night before the race, your confidence begins to wane, you start second-guessing your training strategy, asking yourself if you rested enough… too much… are you really ready?...

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Trouble

Trouble With Pacing

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By Marilyn Trout | August 07, 2012
I live in a very hilly area in Ruston, LA also known as the area of Piney Hills. Although not as hilly/mountainous as Colorado, it seems like I'm either going up or down a hill with very little time on flat roads. What should I be doing to improve my training for when I do get to those flat roads? I feel lost when it comes to my pacing. Honestly my only real training regiment is to set monthly mileage goals....

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Riding

Riding In Hot Weather

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By Elaine | August 03, 2012
The dog days of summer are upon us. And like most cyclists, you're probably taking advantage of the long, warm days to get more ride time in. Of course, some days are warmer than others, and depending upon your part of the country, it can be downright hot! ...

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Hot

Hot or Cold For Recovery?

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By Marilyn Trout | July 31, 2012
Hot or Cold? Heat or Ice? Near the latter stages of a long ride I often hear riders say I'm going to the hot tub tonight because I need it after today's exertion. I also see it at the gym when after vigorous workouts or classes people hit the hot tub, steam, or sauna right away. Yet I see professional athletics wrapped in ice bags after their games. So which is the best way to go after a century ride or an extreme workout?...

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Shifting

Shifting Gears with Canadian Olympic Coach Denise Kelly

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By Denise Kelly | July 24, 2012
The last time I stepped on a podium was in 1991 at the Pan American Championships in Cuba. Our team time trial team won the bronze medal. I knew that once I stepped off that podium, my cycling career would take a new and exciting turn. Stepping down from a sport is one of the hardest things an athlete can do. Fortunately, I was ready for it. I had fulfilled my potential and beyond in the road cycling world and was ready for a new challenge....

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