Train like a Pro

Last week I came across a list of tips for training like a pro. Bissell’s Paul Mach and Ian Boswell came up with it while training together in California and I thought it was pretty great but of course I added a few things. Enjoy and remember…when in doubt, pedal it out!

– Ride by 10am.
– Ride in a small group or alone.
– Always train in leg warmers when its below 70 degrees.
– Make short and quick stops, no hanging around- this is a job.
– Don’t coast on downhills.
– Get behind, get left behind.
– Don’t bonk, but eating is cheating.
– Train hard, rest hard.
– Don’t race down wet descents during training.
Toque Tips
– Bike = Whine/wine free zone
– Research your body
– Strengthen your mind
– Then listen to both!

Study your Sleep

Over the past few days I’ve returned to vacation mode after cancelling my plans to travel to Los Angeles to train at the velodrome and have found a very insightful blog discussing sleep research.

Two entries I found particularly interesting were the studies that discussed:
1) Alcohol consumption prior to bed (recalling my college days of course)
– Slept less than when sober
– Woke up more frequent throughout the night
– Felt more tired in the morning, and sleepier at the end of the next day
– Received most of their sleep during the first half of the night
– Less REM sleep
2) Circadian clock differences between men & women
– Women’s clock as faster than men’s (on average 6 minutes, but accumulates throughout the day)
– Women’s clocks complete in under 24 hours
– Explaining women’s greater preference for morning exercise compared to men
– Women sleep deeper (more time in REM) but over lifespan more susceptible to sleep disorders.
Sometimes the best way to get your next project done….is to sleep on it!
Good Night!