Indoor riding can be highly effective for training, but it’s also highly effective in driving up heat strain. How might this affect your training, and what are some ways to keep yourself cool indoors?
The occasional or seasonal use of virtual cycling training apps like Zwift have increased in popularity in the last couple of years and as such, nutrition and hydration may need to be adapted accordingly. What's best to eat and drink through the day for indoor training?
TOOLBOX: The benefits of ingesting exogenous carbohydrate (CHO) during prolonged exercise performance are well established. A recent food technology innovation has seen sodium alginate and pectin included in solutions of multiple transportable CHO, to encapsulate them at pH levels found in the stomach. But are the marketing claims of improved gastric emptying and CHO oxidation worth your money? Let’s find out!
Toolbox: For many of us, cycling is going to be at done home for the next few weeks. Even though riding on a trainer seems about as simple a task as is possible, there are still important basics to master in order to get the most out of your indoor riding.
TOOLBOX: With summer in full swing, there's no escaping riding in the heat, but hot temps inhibit the body's ability to perform. Dr. Stephen Cheung is an expert on thermal stresses on human performance and offers up his favorite heat adaptation hacks for cyclists.