Kinesio Tape

No doubt you've noticed that colorful stuff circling the legs of pro riders, and maybe even some of your club-ride buddies. It's called kinesiology tape, and it supports muscles and connective tissues around an injury without hindering movement. It also reduces pressure on pain receptors and promotes blood flow, which can speed healing. In one study, those treated with kinesiology tape reported an immediate improvement in pain, while those who … [Read more...]

Altitude

Quite simply, the body freaks out when first exposed to high places: Your brain tells you to breathe more and deeper. Your heart rate increases. But within 24 to 48 hours the level of natural EPO—the hormone that regulates the volume and number of red blood cells—starts to rise, and in time this leads to more red blood cells and acclimatization. Andrew Luks, a pulmonary specialist at the University of Washington with expertise in high-altitude … [Read more...]

No-Climb Climbing Bike Workout

ByChris Carmichael  from Bicycling.com It's a special day in a cyclist's life the first time the prospect of riding uphill is met with a smile instead of a grimace. To help you get there, let's focus on two components of climbing: sustainable power at lactate threshold (LT) and agility. Lactate threshold pace is the intensity you could theoretically hold for one hour. The best way to improve yours is by climbing at or just below your … [Read more...]