Premium vs. Regular Grade – Fueling Well to Train Well, Part 3

All foods contain calories and in that regard, all foods contain energy. Forget for now the so called negative-calorie foods that supposedly require more energy to digest and absorb than is actually contained within the food itself. Although all foods have the potential to provide energy, this does not necessarily mean all foods are created equal. Read More

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How to Go About Goal-Setting

Booker T. Washington once said, “Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work”. The same can be applied to our own endeavors as athletes: no goal worth achieving is accomplished without reaching beyond prior experience. Read More

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Premium vs. Regular Grade – Fueling Well to Train Well, Part 2

All of the calories in our food come from the three macronutrients that the majority of people are most familiar with: carbohydrates, protein and fat. These are referred to as macronutrients because they are normally contained in foods in the greatest abundance. Read More

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Flip Turns vs Open Turns

VQ Coach Karyn Austin recently had a conversation with one of her athletes regarding flip turns vs open turns. Here is her two cents worth... Read More

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Premium vs. Regular Grade – Fueling Well to Train Well, Part 1

In a past article, Bob Hayssen outlined the relationship between kilojoules (KJ’s) and calories. He pointed out that although, mathematically, one calorie is equal to 4.2 KJ’s, the human body is only 25% efficient at best. This relationship works out rather nicely for cyclists, especially since power meters have become common, because it means that 1 KJ burned on the bike is roughly equal to 1 calorie that needs to be obtained through the diet. Knowing this, here are some tips to help you make those KJ’s work for you most effectively. Read More

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Heat Acclimatization

If you can’t stand the heat… We are coming into some of the year’s key races and with them the most intense heat of the summer. As we always say... Read More

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Heat and Exercise

Racing and training in the Midwest summer almost certainly mean being prepared to deal with heat and humidity. There are certain inherent risks to doing so, but the good news is the body can adapt to these conditions with a careful approach. Although it may still be unpleasant, it will be much more tolerable. Read More

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Reaching New Peaks

When you first began training, you likely experienced rapid and seemingly unending development as an athlete. However, if you’ve been at it for a few years, you may have noticed that these gains have leveled off and your race results have been pretty similar over the past few seasons. You may be wondering... Read More

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All About Lactate Threshold

The January newsletter explained the value of the testing that we have been doing at VQ. Although this battery of tests allows us to characterize several different parts of the athlete’s physiology, the single most important item gained is lactate threshold power. The buzz word lactate threshold... Read More

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Tricks of the Trade for CompuTrainer Rides

By this time of the season, most of you are probably thinking, “I don’t want to do another CompuTrainer workout”. Unfortunately, the reality is that we have at least another month and quite possibly two during which most of us will be relegated to riding indoors or not at all. Over the years... Read More

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