#bikeschool: To Pro or not to Pro

01
May
2012
#bikeschool: To Pro or not to Pro

As I’ve said before, I’m a cycle race fan.  Whether it be pro or local amateur racing, I like watching/reading/learning and would say a great deal of my love of cycling has come from watching professional racing and I try to imitate a lot of that in my training, style and biking ‘image’.  You...
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Make it Happen Monday: Power of Self Talk

30
Apr
2012
Make it Happen Monday: Power of Self Talk

Did you know that positive self talk can get you up that hill faster on your bike?  It sure can, but don’t take my word for it.  Today we have my good friend and Cycling 360 co-host, Rob Grissom here to share his personal story of how thoughts can have a dramatic effect on...
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Sports Drinks That Include Caffeine

28
Apr
2012

Question:  “I am a mountain biker who rides and races long-distance (24 hour races, 100-milers, etc).  My favorite and most trusted sports drink recently added caffeine to the mix.  50 mg in 3 scoops, which is approximately the amount I would use in 2 hours of a long-distance ride.  I’m afraid of the possible side effects...
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What’s it Like to Ride the Tour Divide?

27
Apr
2012
What’s it Like to Ride the Tour Divide?

Have you ever thought about taking the challenge of competing in the Tour Divide?  This is an “underground” cycling race that has become increasingly more popular over the years, and my friend Vance McMurry knows exactly what it’s all about because he gave it a shot last year. Known as the world’s toughest mountain...
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Loving the BITE: 10-Minute Thai Shrimp Curry

26
Apr
2012
Loving the BITE: 10-Minute Thai Shrimp Curry

What’s the best “fuel”  for training? It’s day-in and day-out healthy eating.  It’s what I call “Daily Nutrition” (as opposed to “Training Nutrition”).  Without a foundation of nutrients that fight oxidative stress, build our immune system, contribute to heart health, and fight disease, we’d be in no shape to ride hard.  In fact, if...
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Review and Giveaway: Bike2Power for the iPhone and Smartphone

25
Apr
2012
Review and Giveaway: Bike2Power for the iPhone and Smartphone

Are you looking to generate power for your electrical device while on the bike?  Our friend @bobridesabike is here to give you one super detailed review of the Spin POWER 4 for the iPhone 4, made by Bike2Power. Oh, and be sure to make your way down to the bottom of his review for details on...
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Pro Cycling: Hear Me ROAR

24
Apr
2012
Pro Cycling: Hear Me ROAR

If you don’t already know about The Roar, let me introduce you to a fantastic opinion based source for pro cycling articles.  The Roar is Australia’s leading sports opinion website, combining expert columnists with edited fan-written sports articles….and I just so happen to be their new cycling editor. If you know me, you’ll know that I wouldn’t get...
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#bikeschool: Internal Vacancy

24
Apr
2012
#bikeschool: Internal Vacancy

The wonderful world of LovingTheBike.com is busy ol’ place right now. Darryl, myself and the little band of loyal behind the scene helpers may look like graceful swans above the water… but down below, we’re kicking like all get-out! As many of you will have seen from time to time we have ‘Guest Professors’...
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Make it Happen Monday: Paint a Smile on the World

23
Apr
2012
Make it Happen Monday: Paint a Smile on the World

I’ve mentioned this previously in a few social media posts, but I really would like to Paint a Smile on the World.  I’m not sure exactly how to describe it, but I get an overwhelmingly great feeling throughout my body when I pass by people who are laughing and smiling together.  Call me corny,...
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What’s the deal with Nutella?

21
Apr
2012

We’re often asked about Nutella?  Is it good for Daily Nutrition, and for Training Nutrition.  Does it have a place? Here’s what our expert sports nutritionist, Kelli has to say: For TRAINING NUTRITION, it can have a place. As a high-carb food with mainly natural ingredients, you can use it with pre-training nutrition, during-training...
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Family and Bikes…The Rest is Just Stuff

20
Apr
2012
Family and Bikes…The Rest is Just Stuff

Yeah, it’s true.  There really are only two things that matter to me…..my Family, and Cycling.  Seriously, if I could fill my days with nothing other than these two things I would consider myself an utter success.  My Family and the Bike matter so much to me, that I’ve spent the past few years...
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Loving the BITE: Fresh Lemon Fuel Bars

19
Apr
2012
Loving the BITE: Fresh Lemon Fuel Bars

Another ride.  Same ol’ bar.  If your fuel on the bike is anything less than inspiring, it’s time to make a change.  This week, we’ve got a Lara Bar-ish knock-off that’s sure to refresh your taste buds, legs, and wallet.    It’s no-bake, easy to make, and uses only 5 whole-food ingredients.  And, this...
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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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Please send us your questions for our Expert Sports Nutritionist, Kelli Jennings to “Ask the Sports Nutritionist“. Kelli Jennings is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for healthy eating, wellness, & sports nutrition. For more information go to www.apexnutritionllc.com.

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