Caffeine and cycling go together like few other things in life, and the coffee stop at the end of the ride is often the whole reason for many of us to clip into the pedals to begin with. Can we further justify the caffeine as a recovery tool after a hard ride?
TOOLBOX: After the first few years of cycling, we learn that the best gear, the fanciest supplements, and the most favorable weather will only get us so far. In order to take performance from good to great, the resources, skills, and extra juice we need to improve comes from the inside, not out.
Not all intervals are created equal, even if the average wattage is kept similar. Making intervals that vary in intensity can make them really different from constant wattage intervals.
Travelling all around the world for training and competition is common practice for many elite athletes. Many recreational athletes also make plans for a big event far away each year. We know that long-distance travel can lead to jetlag, but are there ways that we can minimize its negative effects on our performance?
My scientific career has revolved around understanding the impact of thermal stress on human physiology and performance. So, it was truly ironic that I got a solid dose of heat exhaustion while cycling in late June. What are the risk factors for developing heat exhaustion or, even worse, heat stroke in cyclists?
A popular trend in recovery has been the use of cold water immersion or ice baths. They may improve your sensations of soreness and short-term recovery after hard training, but are they the best thing for long-term training adaptation?