Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. Conditions out of the ordinary often require preparation of the same description. But the perfect prep may not always be possible in the imperfect world of a continental cyclist, and even less so for the everyday athlete. When should we strive to emulate the pros and at what point do… Continue reading Tour of the Gila: Neglecting the five Ps leads to a big F
Do We Need a Cool-Down After Exercise?
Sodium bicarbonate and sprint performance in endurance cycling
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Quality vs Quantity: More for less or a load of BS?
With the world in and out of lockdown there’s arguably never been a more difficult time to plan and implement a training program. Restrictions have meant group rides are often off the cards and a favourite long distance training loop might be replaced by a few laps of the block. So how can we improvise,… Continue reading Quality vs Quantity: More for less or a load of BS?
19 tips for your COVID-19 isolation
I’m just about to complete my 14th day of self-isolation in Ireland. When I began, I thought 14 days was going to be all that was required for me, but given things have escalated it looks like we’re all now in this for the long haul. I’m certainly no virologist nor psychologist but I’ve managed… Continue reading 19 tips for your COVID-19 isolation
2019 wrap: The highs and lows of a not-quite-pro
In 2019 I was lucky enough to ride my bike in 15 different countries across the globe and each of these countries came with a bucket load of stories. Enough to write a book about as well as a few that are best not put in writing. I’ve picked out just a few of the… Continue reading 2019 wrap: The highs and lows of a not-quite-pro
Ketones. A new superfuel?
Previous Cyclist or Scientist articles have addressed the three main macronutrients involved in exercise metabolism: carbohydrates, fats and proteins. But there is a fourth fuel source, ketones, which have become very fashionable in the cycling media and generated some heated comment sections on articles citing their use in the Tour de France peloton. What are… Continue reading Ketones. A new superfuel?
Pain and Performance, Friend or Foe?
In the box, the hurt locker, the pain cave. Every athlete has ventured to these places countless times to get the most out of themselves during competition, but how much faster can one go by simply saying “shut up legs”, and are there ways get around the suffering? We’ve all experienced the burning sensation associated… Continue reading Pain and Performance, Friend or Foe?
Intra-Session Protein for Performance; Yeah or Nah?
Cycling requires repetitive contractions of big muscle groups for hours on hours, so why isn’t anyone reaching for a protein shake mid-ride? In my time working in gyms I’ve seen some a common occurrence amongst lifters – If someone’s hitting the gym for longer than an hour, a protein shake will likely be in hand… Continue reading Intra-Session Protein for Performance; Yeah or Nah?
Fuelling the engine. Competition carbohydrate consumption
Is doesn’t take a biochemist to know that carbohydrates are the MVP when it comes to fuelling high intensity exercise. But how much do we really need, and how do we know we’re putting in the right stuff? Our body has three main fuels to produce the energy required for the thousands of muscle contractions… Continue reading Fuelling the engine. Competition carbohydrate consumption