You can’t avoid it, gravel adventure rides are the hottest ticket in cycling right now. And rightfully so! Savor the experience, avoid cars, and enjoy nature and exploration. Now that the days are getting longer and filled with sun in the Pacific Northwest, the adventure season is in full swing! The following tips will ensure a successful day in the saddle.
Everyone is always looking to maximize their performance from training, however, people routinely neglect recovery. Rest days are a great way to make sure you are getting recovery time, but a daily self-maintenance routine enhances recovery and makes the most out of your training.
It’s the newest fashion statement of the athletic world: brightly-colored tape wrapped in eccentric patterns peeking through tank tops and shorts. But what’s the real deal with kinesiology tape?
Jacob Rathe is a pro cyclist with Jelly Belly. After two seasons riding for Garmin-Sharp, he is back in his hometown of Portland, Oregon to train through our wet, cold, and often downright miserable winters. Rathe shares some of the life lessons and existential pondering that come from training through anything. Continue reading »
We have this idea that once someone is over the age of fifty it’s time to slow down, stop intense exercise, and take up more leisurely hobbies. The truth couldn’t be further. For many of the 50+ crowd, this can be a great time to take back your health. Kids are away in college or starting a career, home life is balanced, and your career is firmly established. For all those years you have invested into others, it is time to start investing in yourself. Continue reading »
Never trust someplace green. The lush, green, beauty we cherish is a sure sign of the rain to come. The Pacific Northwest boasts forests and foliage that are a marvel to ride through in the summer. While the three months of summer are near perfect for cycling, the other nine months can present a challenge to the novice cyclist. Cycling is a challenging sport in the best of conditions, let alone a cold, wet, day. Set yourself up for success by being prepared for the conditions with the proper gear. Continue reading »
As a massage therapist who frequently treats endurance athletes, it’s rare that an intake form does not mention IT band issues. While many people know their IT bands are causing issues, either from self-diagnosis or from a medical professional, most are unsure what is actually causing the pain and discomfort. Continue reading »
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett is a self-proclaimed “down dog man.” The notoriously intense NBA player began incorporating yoga into his training plan during his tenure with the Boston Celtics as a way to focus his chaotic energy while enhancing his physical training. For athletes putting in hours of training, Garnett’s approach may be something to mimic.
While it may be cliche to sit down and look over your goals on New Year’s Eve, it is appropriate time for planning your yearly calendar. Most of us have ample time to prepare, as our target events are months away. Although any time is a good time to set health and fitness goals, the New Year reminds us to do so. Here are some tips for setting goals for the upcoming year. Continue reading »
We all dream of migrating South in the Winter to train in warm weather, but unfortunately it’s not likely to happen for most of us. But just because we have less than ideal weather, doesn’t mean Winter training must be a terrible experience. It may sound simple, but the first step to having quality training in the Winter is having the right gear. With the right equipment, you may actually find yourself enjoying these winter rides!