I am not sure that someone can be considered a water bottle expert exactly. But if they can, I am pretty sure I have a Ph.D. in water bottles. My husband calls my collection excessive; I call it thorough. You need different water bottles for different things even in cycling. Let’s talk about when you need what.
When you are riding short
You just need something that fits inside your water bottle cage on your bike. Unfortunately, water bottles and water bottle cages are not universal, so you will need to find one that fits yours. But don’t feel like the more expensive the better. Honestly the water bottles you get in race goody bags generally work great for this. You may want to up the ante and get an insulated water bottle if you live in a hot climate or like your drink ice cold like I do. Look for an easy open spout that you can open with your mouth.
You either love it or you hate it: cross training. Some relish the idea of changing up their workout and trying new things. Others find the idea of deviating from their regular cycling schedule either daunting or a nuisance. The fact is cross training is necessary to not only make you a better cyclist but also helps to prevent overuse injuries.
As a trainer and coach I have learned over the last decade that your cross training should differ depending on whether you are in or out of a training cycle. So if you are 8 weeks out from a big race your cross training will vary greatly in frequency and type than if you are in a maintenance phase months out from any race where you will be pushing your pace or endurance. Here are some general guidelines for cyclists to follow when look for cross training options and figuring out how to fit them into their exercise plan.
When you are OUTSIDE of a training phase:
- This is your time to experiment with new cross training. Maybe you have Continue reading
Adventures for the whole family in our National Parks.
Let’s be honest. Cycling isn’t the cheapest sport out there. Also, no matter how well planned attempts to combine family vacations around destination races often lead to a catastrophe in one respect or another – think 12 hours schlepping around Disney and then trying to have fresh legs to race the next day. So finding the time and budget to fit in a family trip can be a Continue reading