Category Archives: doing pulls in cycling

Out and back and all points in between

We rode familiar roads this weekend. The exact same route back as out. One could call that boring or engaging. It’s all about the company. Five triathletes. Two¬†on road bikes. At one point during the return trip, a rider in … Continue reading

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Hugging a wheel

  Athletes By Design is a cycling club to which I belonged a few years back while doing a bit of criterium racing. The group is housed out of a pair of Prairie Path Cycling shops run by Mike Ferrell, … Continue reading

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Racing the bike in a criterium

The first year I bought a real racing bike ten years ago, I raced in a series of criteriums from June through September. The lessons learned were many. How to ride in a hurtling pack. How to turn without braking. … Continue reading

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How to benefit from using speed in your training

Athletes who do not come up through organized programs in endurance sports often struggle with how to improve their base speed. They simply never get put in situations where the pace is pushed enough to stretch their self-perception. If your … Continue reading

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Summer engagements and the drivetrain of love

Yet, it tends to be a greasy chain of love and trust upon which we depend to drive our relationships. We wish it could always stay shiny and clean and working like new, but it doesn’t. Like all collaborative relationships, the drivetrain of love accumulates a little dirt and history along the way. Unresolved feelings tug and pull. A collection of hurts or neglect gets jammed in the links. A gritty conversation or two creates noise and wears down the components. The drag of past relationships gets in the way. All need to be maintained and cleaned up with regular purpose and practice, lest we break a chain and have to start all over again. Continue reading

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How to survive the Tour de France (and its commercials) without guilt

A part of me feels very guilty right now. I’ve been watching the Tour de France at high speed on DVR. In the past, there was a certain commitment to following the Tour. You had to choose the morning or … Continue reading

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Not on your life should you ever get caught, but hang on…

Top athletes use such motivation in their training. They know that no matter how fast they might be going in a workout, someone, somewhere else must be going faster. Such notions haunt the dreams of athletes at every level. We don’t like to get beat, but we really don’t like to get caught. That means someone is so much better than you…they are not only going faster, they also made up tons of time and are actually passing you by. Continue reading

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