Posts in the category Training

Pyle Audio Gets Into Bikes with ANT+, Google Maps GPS Enabled Bike Computer

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As if there weren’t enough options for cycle computers already, now Pyle Audio’s Pyle Sports division is getting into the cycling game with their new PSBCG90 Smart Bicycling Computer. Since the 1960′s Pyle has been a name in the audio world with products like their Pyle Driver woofers, but since the 2000′s the company has been expanding their reach to include the sports and outdoor markets as well.

Admittedly a far cry from metal detectors, cooler bags with built-in sound systems, and hunting cameras, their first attempt at a cycling computer brings some interesting features to the table. Pyle PSBCG90 Smart Bicycling Computer in addition to a super long name offers post workout GPS functions, 80 hours of memory for functions like Ghost riders, and ANT+ compatibility, all under $140.

Details next..


POC Octal AVIP Goes MIPS, 2015 Brings Additional Safety to the Road

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Just a few weeks ago, Scott Bikes unveiled what was called the first MIPS equipped road helmet in the ARX Plus Road. While it may have been the first we knew it wouldn’t be the last. During the launch of the POC Octal AVIP (Attention, Visibility, Interaction and Protection) helmet, one of the common questions was why not MIPS? We were told that a MIPS version might be in the works, and almost exactly a year later, here it is.

The Octal MIPS AVIP is just a sneak peek of an impressive new range of products which hopefully we’ll get to see in person at the upcoming Eurobike. For now, get the details on the new, safer, Octal after the jump…


Physiology and Nutrition: Strategies for Acute Recovery (Part 1)

crashRight next door to my office a new niche recovery lounge has opened up ( attending to the most under-emphasized aspect of training: Recovery. There are several types of recovery: the acute phase (the minutes to hours after training or racing), the day to day/week to week recovery, and, as we saw in the TdF, the recovery from traumatic crashes and broken bodies offered up by the precariousness of the peloton. In this article, I will focus on the acute recovery from a crash or surgery and exercise-induced muscle damage. (Part 2 will explore different modalities and optimal timing).

One of the biggest risks of our sport is crashing; the injuries ensuing -from broken collarbones to muscle crush injuries- are coupled with a long, arduous recovery process. It is well known (and most of us have experienced, at some point in our cycling careers) that the first week or two post injury is the hardest, with regard to regaining range of motion/movement and regaining muscle strength-firing patterns.

Injuries and consequent surgery are associated with hormonal and inflammatory stress responses that trigger a rapid muscle loss. In the first two weeks of disuse from injury, 150-400g of muscle mass can be lost from a single immobilized limb; coupled with metabolic changes that reduce the body’s ability to build muscle. Of additional concern is the functional strength loss from disuse; in general, this strength decline is approximately three times the rate of muscle mass loss. This functional strength loss is attributed to alterations in motor unit recruitment and the loss of skeletal calcium and magnesium stores (necessary for muscle contractions).


Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix gets Natural Jolt with new Matcha + Lemons

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Sold on the hydrating performance of skratch Labs Exercise Hydration mix but need a little pick me up to get you through your workout?  Then the new Matcha + Lemons flavor might be the perfect answer to your nutrition needs. Adding ground Matcha Green Tea to the mix introduces a small amount of caffeine at 8mg per 8oz  and maintains the electrolyte profile already found in the mix.

Currently shipping to dealers and distributors or available directly from the skratch Labs website, Matcha + Lemons is available in a 20 serving resealable bag for $19.50, or single serving 20 packs for $35. Single servings will also be available at retail for $1.95 each.

Nutrition facts plus ingredients after the break…


New Watteam PowerBeat Charges Up Left-Right Power Measurement on Any Crankset for $499

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Nothing gives power to the people like a power meter that’ll fit any crankset and costs a fraction of competing units. That’s just what Watteam has done, surging to market with their new PowerBeat power meters.

Using a processing unit with built in transmitter wired to a strain gauge, the PowerBeat measures the effort put into each pedal stroke on each side. That means true, independent left and right side measurement. Each side weighs just 24.2g, yet it’s packed with features like dual ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart (LE) data transmission and a combination of strain gauges, gyros and accelerometers. It’s all housed in a weatherproof construction with user replaceable batteries.

The best part? It’ll mount to any crank arm -carbon, alloy, old, new, whatever- and it costs as little as $499…


Garmin Connect Now Syncs w/ Strava, Flying Pigs Coming Soon

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As of today, Garmin Connect, the GPS cycling computer powerhouse’s own community based training platform, will now directly sync with Strava.

Thanks to a new API partnership, Connect will allow automatic workout uploads from those services to your Strava account, and uploads to MapMyFitness and Endomondo are coming soon. Just log into your Strava account and link your account, then anytime a workout is uploaded via Garmin Express, Garmin Connect Mobile or WiFi, ride data will automatically pop up in your Strava dashboard.

The news comes just a few months after Training Peaks integration was announced, making it so much easier for all of us to use the popular devices with the popular services. Hallelujah!

Peaks Coaching: Three Common Racing Mistakes and How to Fix Them

By Tim Cusick, PCG President and Elite Coach

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One of my favorite (and most frustrating) things about racing is how hard it is to win. There are very few sports that rank with cycling in terms of all the things that must align to capture that elusive victory. As a professional coach, I have the luxury of replaying hundreds of races through my clients’ eyes and have learned that there are a few common mistakes repeated time and time again as riders learn to race. Click through for my solutions to three of these mistakes… READ MORE ->

Sufferfest Releases “Half Is Easy” Training Video for Those in a Hurry

Short on time but still want a quality workout? Developed by three time British National Cyclocross Champion and Dig Deep elite coach, The Sufferfest’s latest video, Half Is Easy, is speed workout based on short, intense intervals. It’s just 39 minutes long, but will help fine tune your top end and build power. Like the others, it’s download only and is yours for $11.99. Get it here. But remember, if half of it’s easy, then you know what the other half is.

And if you need to strengthen your resolve to take rest days seriously, check out the video below from Sufferlandria’s nemesis…


Physiology and Nutrition: Dealing with the Heat


Summer’s hot. And as you get hot, your performance drops. Here’s the how and why, and how to keep your cool.

Human temperature regulation processes maintain a core body temperature over a very narrow functional range despite elevated metabolic rates and exposure to very hot environments. During submaximal exercise, we can limit the effects of the increased heat production through sweating and evaporative cooling. But as intensity climbs, our ability to offload heat becomes limited; in conjunction with a hot/humid environment; we are most likely going to experience hyperthermia. Technically, heat stress and hyperthermia are the overarching umbrella terms for heat illness (heat exhaustion, heat stroke), and are identified as an elevated body temperature due to failed thermoregulation that occurs when the body produces or absorbs more heat than it can dissipate.

During exercise in the heat, the most significant physiological burden is supporting blood flow to the skin: high skin blood flow is needed for heat dissipation. (The average blood volume of an adult male is ~5 liters, and the average female ~4.4 liters, not much to go around!). We often think of a high core temperature as being the limiting factor for performance; eg the “critical core temperature”, but it is more the temperature of the skin that affects aerobic performance. Skin temperature is highly influenced by the ambient temperature and humidity, whereas the core temperature is influenced by the intensity of the exercise (which is partially why a power decline is seen with elevated internal temperatures). Warmer skin induces a greater amount of skin blood flow, decreasing blood volume available for circulation. For example, with a sustained elevated core temperature, an increase in skin temperature will have a concomitant increase in heart rate but the reverse is also true- cooling the skin even with a sustained elevated core temperature will reduce heart rate due to more blood shunting back into circulation(1).