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How Sleep Strategies Affect Performance

The off-season is the perfect time to reset and recalibrate ourselves for better habits that will set us up for greater health and performance in 2024. A fundamental habit is sufficient quality sleep. How did elite track and field athletes approach sleep prior to the Tokyo Olympics?

How Evening Exercise Can Affect Sleep Quality

TOOLBOX: It can be challenging to fit training in around our busy lives. Some adapt by training in the evening after the rest of “life” gets done. Does hard exercise in the evening, and the attendant stimulus, affect our sleep quality and subsequent recovery?

When Life Gives You Lemons – Injury Comeback

Toolbox: It’s not how many times you get knocked down - it’s how many times you get up. Cycling teaches many valuable lessons, and one of the most valuable is how to handle adversity. Understanding how to best recover from a cycling injury can greatly reduce your comeback time and get you to a better place than before.

How To Sleep For Better Performance

TOOLBOX: The pursuit of optimal cycling performance requires a careful balancing of training with recovery. While there are many aspects of recovery that are important, a critical, but often neglected component of recovery, is sleep.

Toolbox: Improve Your Sleep

It’s the night before an important race, or your first century, or that group ride that’s dropped you every time. You’re tossing and turning in your bed, telling yourself that you have to sleep. Or maybe you don’t have a problem getting to sleep, but day after day you wake up sluggishly, unrefreshed. The mentally fit cyclist gets sufficient sleep, and has the skills to manage internal sleep disrupters when they arise.

Toolbox: Bright Lights Big City

Daylight savings has just kicked in here throughout most of North America, and with it comes longer daylight hours, the shedding of some bulky winter layers, and generally a happier mood all around. However, does more or stronger lighting levels have a direct physiological effect on improving cycling performance?

Sleep and Exercise II: Supplements for Alertness

The globalization of bicycling has seen the season extend not just in time but also in geography. With the ProTour and other major events ranging across five continents, athletes are now required to adapt quickly to travel across multiple time zones. We continue this series with looking at the effects of jet lag and supplements that may combat its effects.