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Tips for Weathering the Wet and Windy Pacific Northwest Winters

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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 »

Off-Season Sunshine (Vitamin D)

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Our last few blog posts have been about getting the most out of your indoor training. It’s good advice, but you might be missing something. The sun. There is growing evidence that many athletic populations are Vitamin D deficient or insufficient. Our bodies produce Vitamin D in response to sunlight exposure. If you are inside cross-training or riding the rollers, adding a little “supplemental sunshine” might improve your performance and your health.

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Off-Season Strength Training Tips for Cyclists and Triathletes

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As the Winter months settle in, ‘cross comes to an end, daylight is scarce, and outside rides get harder and harder, it’s the perfect time to move indoors for strength and conditioning training.  But unless you have a strong background in biomechanics or exercise science, selecting exercises to do (or not do) can be difficult, intimidating, ineffective, or dangerous.  To make the most of both off-season and in-season strength and conditioning, think about the following principles to help guide your workouts.

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