Matt McNamara has been one of the main 'PEZ ToolBox' contributors for... years, and a very valued coach to many, but in November he crashed on a training ride and sustained severe injuries, but is still here to tell the tale. As you can imagine, Matt's medical bills are as frightening as his injuries and a fundraiser has been set up to help a man who has helped others.
PEZ Holiday Greetings: 2018 is over and we head into another season of cycle race excitement. The PEZ Crew has maneuvered their way through the New Year's Eve fairly unscathed, hang-overs apart, to give you their thoughts on the year past and the year to come. Happy New Year to all and have a great 2019.
Train. Recover. Repeat. This is the accepted model for success. While many athletes have a firm grasp on what “training” is, recovery is less well understood, and certainly less well applied. This is perhaps more true in the amateur population, where limited training time begets high intensity efforts and a mindset of always being behind in one's preparation. Perhaps a better model is Train Specifically, Recover Maximally, Repeat When Prepared! So, let’s talk recovery…
You lay in bed wide awake. Anticipation, fear, and excitement serve to keep you from that essential ‘good night’s sleep’ before a big competition. But what is the performance cost of missing sleep? More importantly, what are the benefits of getting adequate sleep and how can you begin to bridge the gap that almost surely exists between your sleep requirements and your sleep habits?