Rider Resources

Compression Garments: Moving Into Athletics

Previously, we discussed the mechanism by which compression garments aid people from a healthcare perspective as well as how their mechanism of action may not work in athletes.   However, as often seen in science and medicine, tools can be employed in ways not originally intended with great benefit. This is often due to some other…

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Compression Garments, Part I: Before they were used for sport

Working in the complimentary fields of medicine and exercise physiology can provide insight in to new ideas and products.   It can also aid in teasing out how the theories behind various practices are developed.  An example of this is the use of compression garments to aid recovery and increase performance.  While increased recovery or enhance…

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Psychological skills, coaching, and performance of cyclo-cross athletes

Cyclo-cross is one of the most unique cycling disciplines there are. It could be muddy, snowy, sandy, hilly, rocky, and potentially all within the same race. Also common is the need to traverse parts of the course on foot, bike in hand. The overall look, feel, and ambiance of a cross race seem to leave…

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Heat Consequences of Aero Road Helmets

While sitting on the couch between races at Gateway Cup, the Think Finance p/b Trek Stores Cycling Team and two Source Endurance coaches jumped into  a discussion on aero road helmets. The weather for this particular race weekend in Saint Louis was an average of around 100F at each of the races. The major question…

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Offseason Training, Don't Waste Your Base (2 of 2)

Once it was observed that many of the benefits seen with longer and easier training sessions were also seen with shorter and harder workouts, the next step was to identify which changes do and do not occur among the two training modalities.  By analyzing training adaptations at different intensities in individuals of various fitness, multiple changes occur…

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Offseason Training, Don't Waste Your Base (1 of 2)

The off-season doesn’t exist to many racers on structured training plans. It’s a period to race cyclo-cross and/or recover for a short bit before prepping for the next season’s races. This period can also be tremendously beneficial in gaining fitness. However, the elements are against most racers with cold weather, snow and ice, and jobs…

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Sports’ secret weapon: sleep. By: Michael J. Breus, PhD

The search for performance enhancement leads some athletes to turn some pretty dark corners. It’s a shame, and not just because doping is dangerous, unethical, and frequently illegal. It’s also a shame because athletes at all levels of play have access to a powerful tool to improve their performance, one that won’t break any laws…

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Crank length, What’s Your Size?

What length is your road crank? If you are less than 5 feet tall you are likely running 165mm cranks. If your height is 5’5” – 6 feet you are likely spinning 172.5mm cranks. Over 6 feet and the length “standards start to vary.” 175mm? 180? Custom length specially made? What actually makes these the…

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Pedaling Efficiency at Low vs High intensity

Many things go into a pedal stroke. Consider that the daily commuter just pushes down on his flat pedals, making one dimension of force. As this commuter pedals harder to make the red light, his RPMs increase and he starts to bounce on the saddle and inefficiently gain speed to make the light. On the…

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Ischemic Preconditioning

One interesting aspect of studying exercise physiology is the ability to incorporate a multi-discipline approach to developing new ideas. The major underlying theme is the body being placed under a form of stress and monitoring the response. The crossover between exercise science and medical research is well founded as it’s not uncommon to see researchers…

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