Training

Pro Tips: Talking Cadence with Julie Krasniak

15 Comments 10 April 2013

A few weeks ago I noticed an Instagram conversation around cadence. It was a photo of Julie Krasniak scarfing a snack, but one commenter noted that she was riding in the small ring, which led another commenter to note that he had seen her ride 120 miles in the small ring, spinning 110 RPMs all [...]

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Training

Winter

8 Comments 16 January 2011

It’s winter. Every day I wake up to darkness and cold and rain. When I can dig up the motivation, I put fenders on my bikes and harden up my heart and pedal out into the world. Through icy puddles and the endless grime of the road’s shoulder. Over bridges spanning murky waters into a [...]

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Cycling, Training, Wellness

Kick Your Sick: Hanging Tough Through Cold and Flu Season

22 Comments 05 November 2009

Guess what? I’m almost not sick anymore! Rad. It’s only been… what – six weeks now? No problem. I’d feel bad for myself if I didn’t know that half of the rest of the cyclocross community was also sick. And racing through sickness. Sal reported this morning that I am coughing less and less during [...]

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Fitness, Training

Confessions of a Gym-Rat Relapse

2 Comments 19 June 2009

I missed the wobbly feeling of pounding out 60 consecutive pushups. I missed the "gym zone" where the headphones go in, the death-anger rap goes on, and everyone else disappears. I missed wife beaters and balance boards and bosu balls.

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Cycling, Training

Group Riding Basics: Part One

6 Comments 14 May 2009

Thinking about joining a group ride? Start here. It's springtime - group rides are in full swing. Get in on one and watch what happens - you'll ride faster, further and have more fun than you've ever had on a bicycle. There are a few important things to know about riding in a group, but don't be intimidated - once you get the hang of it, you'll be glad you took the plunge. You don't have to be on a team to ride with a group. Ask your local bike shop if there are any standing rides you can join. Chances are, if they don't have one of their own, they'll know where you can find one.

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Cycling, Training

Remember This.

5 Comments 26 April 2009

Last year as we pulled into the parking lot after the Timber Road ride, Steve Brown said, “Remember this part, Heidi.” My face was smeared with chocolate covered Gu and my hair was matted to my head.  I’d just been nursed home into a howling headwind by three men who were kind enough to rescue [...]

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