There’s nothing worse for a racer—you’re trained, amped, and ready to compete, only your gut is a mess. It’s not only a major inconvenience, it impairs performance in a big way when your body isn’t absorbing the calories, nutrients and liquids it needs to work.
If you’re on the path to healthier living and get derailed, don’t get discouraged. Start by taking charge of your health for one single day, then build from there. Here's how.
From post-workout recovery, to immunity, to mood, what we do (and do not) consume in our diet plays a huge role in our overall health and performance. Most think of Vitamin C as an immune booster, but are you aware of its role in muscle and tissue repair after workouts? Many question their training if they’re seeing slower times during races and workouts, but do they consider a deficiency in B vitamins that could be impairing red blood cell formation?
Our society has taught us that doing more, pushing harder, and resting less is the admirable approach to life, but when it comes to performance in endurance sport, reaching our best requires a much more a mindful approach.
Haven't had a break from training for a while? Read here before moving on. Tired of holiday indulgence and ready to establish healthy training rhythms again? Read on.
Does time off from training make you anxious? Afraid you'll lose the fitness you've worked so hard to gain? Done right, training breaks can position you toward even bigger gains in your upcoming season.
Whether you're riding around Washington, climbing a mountain pass, or planning an epic bike packing trip through the Rockies, here are a few tricks for making the most of your multi-day adventure.
Pressed for time? Here are a few quick and easy meal options that you can prepare in less than 10 minutes.
The first of a series of snapshots of what's to EAT for MDEC!
Feeling discouraged? Not making the progress you'd hoped for? Life as an endurance athlete is filled with ups and downs. How we choose to respond to the downs is what makes the difference.
Huge thank you to Paula Froke of Sound Velo Cycling for her on-point synopsis of the recent clinic on metabolic type and recovery for masters athletes hosted by the Pocock Rowing Center. Read on for highlights and reminders!
Get the most from your meals by exploring the magic of Food Synergy...
How much are you benefiting from your training? It's during recovery, while our body adapts to our training load, when we become faster, fitter and stronger. Test your recovery know-how here.
Can we control our body’s natural fight-or-flight response on race day?
Absolutely. And when we do—when we channel stress in a positive way—we elevate our performance to new levels. Here are a few tips on how to harness the race day nerves.
Cyclocross is booming in the Pacific Northwest, and for good reason—it’s a fun, welcoming community and an awesome workout. CX is the perfect way to maintain fitness through the fall, improve handling skills, and stay connected to friends and teammates. With local races kicking off in early September, it’s time to get started so you can begin your season on a high note. Here are a few steps to help you prepare.
As athletes around the Puget Sound are peaking for Masters Rowing Regionals and key cycling events, Mother Nature is cooking up an added challenge for the weekend: 90-plus-degree heat. For athletes who train during the cool, early morning hours, this can mean racing in temperatures up to 50-degrees warmer than what they are acclimated to. So how do we adjust our game plan? Here are a few tips for performing your best in the heat.
Mojo | noun | mo·jo: a power that may seem magical and that allows someone to be very effective, successful, etc.
The often inexplicable mix of fitness, feel, and flow. Equal parts physical and mental. With it, we feel unstoppable. Without it, the road ahead can feel intimidating, frustrating and even out of reach.
Whether brought on by injury, illness, or changes to work and family commitments, athletes of all levels experience ebbs and flows with mojo. As elusive as it can seem at times, know that there are steps you can take to get it back.
I’ve always felt a profound sense of freedom while riding a bicycle, ever since riding my first Big Wheels bike as a kid. That little plastic powerhouse, extending a full 2 feet off the ground, was my ticket to speed and freedom. Last summer I tried my first bike tour, with panniers and everything. It was like being back on the Big Wheels — freedom, self-sufficiency, exploring new lands, watching the weather change around me — I was hooked. Throw in The Full English breakfast (hold the Black Pudding, please) and it was actually like a vacation!
There is always room to improve our health and performance. Apply these 5 key training principles to keep you moving forward.