Overcoming Fear During Injury

For me, it was a fear of the elliptical. Yes, it sounds terribly silly. Why would I be afraid of a bunch of plastic that plays TV shows, and makes me feel like I’m walking in space? This fear, however, is symbolic of the mental struggle we have with “doing less” when injured.  The fear: Sometimes when you find yourself injured, the toughest part is swallowing your pride. It’s hard to return to square one, and exercising caution can be a challenge. You see your friends at the next group ride or run, and everyone announces how far or how…

3 Critical Trainer Workouts for Winter

  The weather is a bit colder, and many are heading indoors to spend some quality time with their pal the trainer. Your relationship with your trainer may be a sort of “love/ hate,” like mine with Mr. CycleOps. It’s annoying to spend time indoors, when you know you could be out soaking in the sun and air. But, the trainer can be efficient and almost comforting. It will be there rain or shine, and it is our ticket to a great off-season. Often times, you are just looking to stay fit and maintain a base over the winter. Other…

5 Holiday Gifts for the Female Cyclist

When the holidays roll around, and you have a special female cyclist in your life, it can be hard to decide what to get her. She loves cycling, but you can’t afford to get her a bike! What do you do? Fortunately, there are many other cycling-related gifts you can get that won’t break the bank (if you don’t want it broke)! Here is an assortment of ideas for all budgets and all types of bike-riding women.  1. For the beauty conscious cyclist: Living Proof split end treatment. She likes to bike. So why would she want a hair product? Well, cycling can take…

A Corsica Cycling Trip: Travel Diary

Three years ago, while streaming the Tour de France from my laptop computer at home, something caught my full attention. Sweeping aerial views took me by surprise, piquing my curiosity. What is this enchanting, mountainous island with charming villages and plenty of cycling? It was the island of Corsica.  How it all started: Corsica is a beautiful place for cycling. After I had seen The Tour stages on this island in 2013, the images and thoughts of Corsica were impressed on my brain. I had never really forgotten how interesting and intriguing it looked, or the amazing cycling routes with lots…

7 Attributes of the Modern Triathlete

  1. Hates walking for longer than 10 minutes. Loves racing at max speed for 6 hours non-stop.   2. Gets bored easily at social events   Doesn’t get bored swimming 100 laps of the same pool in utter silence and breathlessness, studying tile patterns. 3. Had zero self-discipline as a child. Now has militant devotion to a training schedule. 4. Doesn’t care about fashion at work or social events. Does colour coordinate bathing suit, bike shorts, jersey, and shoes. 5. Preaches clean eating and vegan dieting. And consumes 6 mostly plastic gels filled with 12 times the daily recommended amount…

Local Spotlight: Cycling the Coastal Classic Route in California

Itʼs morning. Youʼre early to rise and keen to start the day on a positive note. Workʼs been stressful, and your mind is over-crowded with harrying thoughts. But all of those worries melt away the moment you remember one special cycling route: the Bay Area Coastal Classic. Itʼs a route thatʼs engaging and scenic, one that, at once, tests your stamina and fills you with peace.  Youʼll welcome the challenge that this route offers. On some of the most scenic ascents in the area, you can practice climbing and descending, helping you seriously skill-build while soaking up some of the…

Weekend Away: Rolling Through Amador County Wine Country

We all need a weekend away once in a while. So when you’re racking your brain for the best way to spend it, why not combine your two most beloved things: Cycling and Wine! When we cyclists need to relax and enjoy a weekend, nothing beats a morning spent on a pleasant ride and an afternoon spent relaxing. Picture waking up, surrounded by vineyards, and heading out for a ride in the sunny foothills of the Sierra Nevada, followed by some visits to down-to-earth, family-run wineries. This is the blissful reality of a trip to Amador County. Ok, I’ll admit I’m…

Escape: Ride the South Lake Tahoe Loop

This ride is a mixed bag of climbing, long flat stretches, mountains and valley. The variety on this ride makes it interesting and fun. You actually cross the border from California into Nevada! If you are visiting the Lake Tahoe region, and would like to see some interesting scenery, and do some climbing, here is a solid option. DISTANCE: 51 miles or 83 km ELEVATION GAIN: 1300 m CLIMBING: Two climbs, Kingsbury Grade (6% grade) and Luther Pass (4% grade) DIFFICULTY: Moderate We started this loop at the intersection of Highway 88 and 89. You will begin the ride with a…

Product Review: Specialized Power Expert Saddle

Specialized offers a wide variety of road bike saddles. Actually they have so many, you may even feel a bit lost deciding which one is right for you. Finding a great saddle is one of the most important things you can do to customize and tailor your bike fit to your body. It becomes even more important if you will be riding long distances, and increasing training efforts. Not only your behind, but your whole body will thank you. After realizing that the width of my saddle may be too small, it came time to try and find something right….

Triathlon Bike vs. Road Bike: What’s the Difference?

Buying a new bike is an investment: you’ll spend years riding it, repairing it, and relishing it. So an important first step is to select the right kind of bike. A recurring question asked by cyclists, and especially cyclists interested in triathlon, is this: Do I buy a road bike or a triathlon bike (Time Trial bike)?  So let’s break it down. Here are the primary differences spelled out:   ROAD BIKE: 1. The angle of the seat tube relative to the bottom bracket is smaller on a road bike ie. the seat is tilted further back, placing you in a more relaxed…