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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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Broken

Broken Hearts & Bicycle Parts

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By Nate | March 06, 2013
In the Atlanta area? Want to do some good? Sopo Bicycle Cooperative is hosting the 9th Broken Hearts fundraiser, with benefits going to Sopo Bicycle Co-Op. Donate to a great cause even if you aren't in the area....

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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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Slabtown

Slabtown Rollers Lobbying to Fix Hwy 1

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By John FitzRandolph | February 25, 2013
Cambria’s Slabtown Rollers are trying to rock boats in Sacramento to mitigate hazards created by a Caltrans’ contractor’s “chip-seal” paving job which left 3/8- to 1-inch sized rocks on Highway 1, including shoulder heavily used by bicyclists. The group is insisting that Caltrans should repave the highway before June — not just for the Rollers’ own interests, but for the national and international cycling groups that arrive for excursions along picturesque Highway 1. ...

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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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Voler

Voler Rewards - Refer a Friend

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By Aaron | February 18, 2013
Today I'm proud to announce an additional benefit under Voler Rewards - Refer a Friend. In a nutshell you give your firend $10 in Voler Bucks and if they make a purchase you will then be gifted $10 in Voler Buck for your own use....

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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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Russ

Russ Stevenson - World Champion

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By Aaron | February 01, 2013
We are so excited that our own Russ Stevenson won the Masters 34-39 Cyclocross world championship!...

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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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Factory

Factory Tour - Given To Arts Cyclery

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By Arts Cyclery | January 24, 2013
Our friends at Art's Cyclery shot this wonderful video showcasing our factory. Michelle Costanzo (Voler's president) leads the tour and talks about what makes Voler unique. We are not only proud of the garments we produce but also how we product them. Watch the video and let us know what you think....

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Climbing

Climbing With Asthma

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By Peg Labiuk | January 21, 2013
I have diminished lung capacity due to childhood asthma. It isn't a problem most of the time, but I really feel it on the hills and need a few minutes of recovery after each climb. What advice do you have to help build hill stamina? Should I do more hills, interval hills? I feel like my lungs are holding the rest of my body back! I've used inhalers but find that just makes me shaky with exceedingly dry mouth....

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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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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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S***

S*** Cyclists Say

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| December 21, 2012
People For Bikes posted this hilarious video, and we just had to share it with our fans. Even though we're cyclists ourselves and are certainly guilty of some of these one-liners, we couldn't stop laughing! Plus it's from a great organization whose goal is to unite a million voices to improve the future of biking. ...

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Show

Show Your Voler - Round 7

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By Nate | November 30, 2012
This round's winner is Mindy S. flashing a smile at the camera during her first multi-day ride....

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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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SoCal

SoCal Cross Making History This Weekend!

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By Phil Beckman / PB Creative | November 28, 2012
Los Angeles State Historic Park received its designation primarily because in the late 1800s, its location was one of the most important railway hubs on the West Coast. After the first weekend in December, its historical significance will need to be re-written to include the role it played in the sport of cycling and its connection with the community. On November 30th through December 2nd, this quiet park near downtown L.A. and Chinatown will be rollicking...

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