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Fast-Twitch VS Slow-Twitch: What is the difference and does it really matter?

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What kind of cyclist are you? Do you find it more important to outsprint the girl riding next to you or would you rather be able to ride for hours and hours without wearing down? Believe it or not, some of this is genetically determined. Our athletic strengths whether we are a sprinter or an endurance rider often depend on our muscle fiber composition.

Muscle Types:

Slow Twitch (Type I)
The slow muscles are more efficient at using oxygen to generate more fuel (known as ATP) for continuous, extended muscle contractions over a long time. They fire more slowly than fast twitch fibers and can go for a long time before they fatigue. Hence,slow twitch fibers are very Continue reading

Mental Preparation for Intense Training and Rides

by Arleigh Jenkins of Bike Shop Girl

The difference between a great athlete and a good athlete is mental attitude.

Cycling for me is an addiction, a healthy addiction, but still an addiction. Once I put myself in a consistent training regimen and have races or key events plotted on the calendar, I become hyper-focused and dedicated. Dedicated to well-rounded workouts, and even the dedication to take a day off the bike when my body needs it. The most important part of this dedication and consistency to training is 100% my personal thoughts and focus.

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Your Mind is a Surprising Muscle

Your thoughts can fail you, or they can give you that extra kick over a long hill. It can shut down long before your legs, and make you question your training or quit right before you start seeing success. Continue reading