Toolbox: The occasional or seasonal use of virtual cycling training such as Zwift is now our normal routine and as such, nutrition and hydration may need to be adapted accordingly. Should we be drinking and eating as we would outdoors?
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.
The Tour De France is a unique crucible. Weeks long, extreme temperature variations, exhaustive exercise day after day, and otherworldly nutritional demands; Is there a better place to learn and maximize performance for the athlete? One of the areas of deep interest over the last several years is the relationship of hydration, thermoregulation, and performance.
It may not be the hottest Tour on record, but summertime involves lots of miles in hot and sometimes steamy conditions. Hydration advice for athletes has lowered dramatically over the past decade, but doubts remain about the ability of individual thirst patterns to sufficiently combat dehydration and potentially impaired performance. So can athletes maintain hydration status without being forced to constantly drink?
The mantra of slamming back the fluids during exercise in the heat has been pounded into the public consciousness over the past decade by scientists, health officials, and industry. But can drinking too much be a bad thing, and just how much can and should you be drinking during hot summer rides?