Friday, July 29, 2011

Intervals better for trained athletes than endurance rides

"Increased volume for highly trained athletes does not appear to further enhance endurance performance or associated physiological variables. For athletes who are already trained, improvements in endurance can be achieved only through high-intensity interval training."

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Joe Friel - Intervals, Part 1

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

GI distress and Carbs during Racing

Symptoms of gastrointestinal distress, including nausea and flatulence, are relatively common during endurance races such as marathons and Ironman triathlons. Athletes commonly assume that GI distress is caused by overconsumption of carbohydrate (sports drinks, gels, and so forth). However, a new study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise suggests that this is not the case.

Read full article: » Why Do You Feel Like Puking During Races? –

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Watch Canyon Velo Bicycle Club Saturday Ride!

Canyon Velo Helmet cam video, filmed between 07-10-10 & 10-09-10 Short Club Ride.

Canyon Velo is one of Southern California's premier cycling clubs. We've been a force in local, state, and national competitions since the club was formed in 1985, and are current home to numerous state and national racing champions! We love competitive cycling, and help promote USCF and CBR racing events all year long. We are centered around our home shop, Anaheim Hills Bikes, in central Orange County.
We're a private club made up primarily of high-level sport enthusiasts, racers, and bike trail bullies- and are always looking for new members. If you're interested in raising your level of fitness and enjoy fast/competitive group riding, Canyon Velo could be the club you've been looking for.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Juice Plus+ Prevention Plus+ Webinar with U.S. Olympic Physician Dr. Stricker

Monthly Webinar Series
Paul Stricker, M.D.

Thursday, July 28, 2011
8:00–9:00 PM (CST)

Juice Plus+ Webinars are monthly presentations that feature various health professionals focusing on important health-related topics.  

Dr. Paul Stricker is this month’s featured speaker.

Paul Stricker, M.D. is one of a rare group of doctors in the US who are board-certified in both Sports Medicine and Pediatrics. He was an NCAA All-American swimmer during college and completed his pediatric internship and residency at Arkansas Children's Hospital and a medical fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at UCLA.
Dr. Stricker was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee as a physician for the United States team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He is past President and a charter member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and Fitness and editorial board member for Healthy Children magazine. Selected as one of America's top Pediatricians and America's Best Doctors, Dr. Stricker has authored numerous medical articles and an award-winning book for parents and coaches titled Sports Success Rx!—Your Child's Prescription for the Best Experience.
He has been featured on ESPN and various news programs and cited in national publications such as US News & World Report and USA Today, discussing ways to decrease youth sports pressure while having a positive sports experience. Still a nationally competitive swimmer, he resides in San Diego, CA, with his medical practice at Scripps Clinic.
In this webinar, Dr. Stricker will talk about the health and eating habits of everyone from the young athlete to the average adult. He'll debunk the myths many young athletes believe about what they need to eat to fuel their bodies, and shed new light on what they actually should be eating.

Space is limited.
Reserve your seat now.

KIA Share The Road Commercial

Kudos to KIA for this Bicycle friendly Ad!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Delicious Dozen: 12 Healthy Reasons to Eat an Apple a Day

U.S. Apple Association compiles list of top ways apples and apple products provide a daily dose of disease prevention

The U.S. Apple Association offers the following Delicious Dozen - 12 proven ways apples and apple products positively impact health, from head to toe, and from the inside out:
Researchers from Cornell University found that apple nutrients protected brain neurons against oxidative damage. Such damage can contribute to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The study highlighted the antioxidant quercetin as a principle compound responsible for the protective effect (Journal of Food Science, 2004, 69: S357-S360).
A University of Massachusetts-Lowell clinical trial showed that drinking apple juice significantly improved mood and behavior among a group of patients diagnosed with moderate-to-severe Alzheimer's disease. Cornell University research also suggests that quercetin may be the compound in apples that protects brain cells against oxidative stress associated with Alzheimer's.
Researchers at the University of California-Davis report that daily consumption of apples and apple juice may help reduce the damage caused by the LDL, the "bad" type of cholesterol, and protect against heart disease (Journal of Medicinal Food, 2000, 3: 159-165).
A National Institutes of Health study reports that foods rich in fiber and flavonoids, found abundantly in apples, may reduce chronic productive cough and other respiratory symptoms (Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med, 2004, 170: 279-287).
5. Asthma
Research from the United Kingdom reports children of mothers who eat apples during pregnancy are much less likely to exhibit symptoms of asthma at age five. Apples were the only food found to have a positive association with a reduced risk of asthma among a variety of foods consumed and recorded (Thorax, 2007, 62:745-746).
University of Denmark researchers discovered apples and apple products could boost intestinal health by increasing the numbers of good gut bacteria. The friendly bacteria in the intestines feed on apple pectin, a fiber found abundantly in apples (BMC Microbiology 2010, 10:13).
A study published in the November 2010 online edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that older women who eat plenty of fruits, including apples and apple products, along with vegetables and whole grains, may have a lower chance of bone fractures than those not getting their fill.
A natural compound found in the apple's skin, called ursolic acid, may help prevent muscle wasting that can result from aging and illness (Cell Metabolism, 2011, 13 (6): 627-638).
State University of Rio de Janeiro researchers studying the impact of fruit intake on weight loss found that overweight women who ate the equivalent of three apples a day lost more weight on a low-calorie diet than women who didn't eat the fiber-rich fruit (Nutrition, 2003, 19: 253-256).
Adults who consume apples, apple juice and apple sauce are likely to have lower blood pressure and trimmer waistlines, resulting in a reduced risk of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of health problems related to diabetes and heart disease (Experimental Biology 2008 Poster (unpublished)).
Soluble fiber, like apple pectin, may reduce the inflammation associated with obesity-related diseases and strengthen the immune system, according to a University of Illinois study (Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 2010, in press/available online).
Apples are rich in antioxidants, especially quercetin, which have been identified to help inhibit cancer onset and cell proliferation. In one study, the more apples per day individuals ate, the less likely they were to develop colorectal cancer. The anti-cancer effect was seen even when an individual had a low total consumption of fruits and vegetables but consumed at leastan apple a day (European Journal of Cancer Prevention, 2010, 19(1):42-47).

"Apples are a delicious way to add a dose of disease prevention to your daily diet," says Allison Parker MS, RD, director of consumer health and education at the U.S. Apple Association. "It is no wonder numerous health organizations, including the Surgeon General, the American Cancer Society and the American Dietetic Association, encourage greater consumption of fruits and vegetables--like apples and apple products."
For more information or to read about additional studies on the health benefits of apples and apple products, visit

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Tour de France, stage 2 Team Time Trial results

A close look at the results in Sunday’s stage 2 team time trial at the Tour de France shows a remarkably close and erratic change in fortunes over the three separate legs of the 23km course. Although Garmin-Cervélo’s nine riders deservedly took the victory, they were fastest on only one leg (the middle one), after being second to Team Sky on leg 1 and dropping to only seventh fastest on the final leg.

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VeloNews » Inside the Tour with John Wilcockson: Erratic fortunes in Tour TTT

Friday, July 1, 2011

Should the UCI eliminate the legal bike weight?

Do you think 12 or 13 bikes are safe? Are they going to crumble underneath of its rider? Seems like todays technology is allowing for lighter, but just as strong of a bicycle. As the 14.99 lb limit stands now, teams have so much leeway to customize their ride because every component is super light. Cannondale has a 12 lb bike. Now they can add heavier wheels or pedals and cages to comply with the limit, but that's the same frame. If it's a matter of safety, they need to reevaluate how they define the weight limit. 

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VeloNews » Analysis: Eliminating the UCI bike weight limit is overdue