Archive for June, 2012

He Who Hesitates is a Damned Fool

June 18, 2012
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He Who Hesitates is a Damned Fool

I’d have to try really hard to find some sort of connection between the legendary actress, May West, and cycling….but because I love this quote of hers so much I’m going to do my best to make it happen.  (Oh, and I’ve decided to take off the “Make it Happen Monday” part off the...
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Does Clear Pee Mean You’re Well Hydrated?

June 16, 2012
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Nutrition Question: I’ve always heard that clear pee, and peeing in general, are good signs of being well hydrated.  After a strenuous ride, can I use this test to judge adequate fluid and electrolyte intake? Kelli’s Answer:  Yes and no.  First, clear pee is a good sign that you’ve hydrated well.  And, it’s good...
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Cycling Scars

June 15, 2012
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Cycling Scars

This post is dedicated to all you cyclists who have been injured while on the bike, heal up, and continue to cycle along….battle scars and all.  I wouldn’t say that I personally have had any major crashes on the bike, but even the couple minor ones I’ve been involved in have left me a...
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Loving the BITE: Pesto for the Big Ride or Recovery

June 14, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Pesto for the Big Ride or Recovery

Who here wants to reduce fatigue and inflammation, optimize blood flow, and stay healthy this season?  Yes, please.  And, who wants some pesto?  Yes, pretty please.  Well, it must be your lucky day, because here at Loving the Bike, we’re about to make it all happen. Recipe of the week: Simple Fresh Basil Pesto...
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Reveal the Path: A Life-Changing Film, Not Just For Cyclists

June 13, 2012
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Reveal the Path: A Life-Changing Film, Not Just For Cyclists

Reveal the Path may be a film described as a “visually stunning adventure by bike”, but even more so it’s what I would call an “auditory spectacle of incredible life wisdom”. Last night I joined the sold out crowd at the Alamo Drafthouse here in Austin to experience the Texas premier of this amazing...
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Cycling: It’s in Our Roots

June 13, 2012
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Cycling: It’s in Our Roots

Our common passion for cycling just might be a lot deeper than we all think.  I’m here to ponder how our love for the bike (and the wheel), likely dates back to the beginning of time.  (Note: This post isn’t intended to create an uproar about the creation of life on Earth….but it’s going...
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What Causes Saddle Sores?

June 12, 2012
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What Causes Saddle Sores?

I don’t generally get them, but for some reason I’ve been struck down by some nasty saddle sores this past month.  It’s got me to thinking what the heck I’m doing differently and what’s bringing them on. Saddle Sore: noun 1. an irritation or sore on a horse caused by the rubbing of a poorly adjusted saddle. 2. an irritation or sore on a rider caused by a bicycle saddle. The development of saddles sores can be a bit...
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#bikeschool: Your Ventoux

June 12, 2012
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#bikeschool: Your Ventoux

I know that many of the #bikeschool family sent messages and Tweets of support and then congratulations to our friend Aaron Madrid (@Aaronthestrong) as he took on and conquered his first 100 mile cycle ride this weekend.  Riding as part of the Tour de Cure at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Aaron achieved one of...
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Make it Happen Monday: Blind Cyclist Takes on Triple Crown

June 11, 2012
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Make it Happen Monday: Blind Cyclist Takes on Triple Crown

Our Make it Happen Monday series here at Loving the Bike is designed to help kick-start your week and set you off in a positive direction.  Sometimes they may be motivational type posts and at times we like to feature inspirational people like the dude we’re highlighting today. Art Jones got into road cycling...
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How to Avoid Bonking

June 9, 2012
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Nutrition Question: I’m often asked how to avoid “bonking” on long rides, runs, and especially, races.  After all the preparation, no one wants to end up in the fetal position on the side of the trail or road.  Many athletes feel that they have their nutrition dialed in, but still fear the notorious bonk...
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Become a Stronger Rider by Commuting

June 8, 2012
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Become a Stronger Rider by Commuting

Loving the Commute Series by Aaron Madrid I have a secret to tell… I want to be a racer.  In fact, this fall I plan on competing in my first race at the Mass Ave Crit in Indianapolis.  I have some friends that are coaches, and hope to take advantage of their services some...
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Loving the BITE: Fresh Chocolaty Orange Fuel Bars

June 7, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Fresh Chocolaty Orange Fuel Bars

Back by popular demand, another homemade, real-food, training fuel bar.  We received so much positive feedback from the fresh lemon bar that we thought we’d do it again.  In fact, I have to personally add to the positive feedback (yes, to myself, thank you), as I’ve been loving the lemon bars on my recent...
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Sugar Alternatives for Energy and Hydration

Question: I am using the homebrew sugar formulations (sometimes added to green tea).  I am also trying to wean myself off 1/2 dose adrenalean “lip tonic delivery system” (biorhythm brand- caffeine, hoodia g, synephrine, yohimbe) capsule for energy.

My question is other than juice, can you suggest modifications in lieu of table sugar for energy and hydration.

Answer:

Both raw/organic honey or agave can work great in the homebrew (substitute in the same quantities for the sugar, or to taste), but you do have to shake well in order to make sure they don’t settle out.  Have you tried either of these?  Also, make sure to use at least the minimum amount of salt recommended in the homebrew as the temps rise, you need the sodium replacement if you’re sweating.

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