Cycling Pain

Pain, Why Can’t I Hurt like a Cyclist

How is it some of us feel excruciating pain from something like stubbing a toe off a door, where others feel minimal pain from burns, cuts, fractures, abrasions etc?

 

(Johnny Hoogerland is seen to after his crash in the 2011 Tour de France – Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

I’m always astonished each year when the Tour de France (TDF)¬†starts. You are¬†guaranteed to have some big pile ups in the opening stages. Nerves are frayed as riders try to stay safe while also try to get good positions on each stage. Then the mountains come after the first week. The down hills are terrifying to watch with speeds in excess of 70kmph being reached. If the surface is wet you know someone is going to get hurt.

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Low Carb High Fat (LCHF)

Low Carb High Fat

Back in May 2015 I was waiting to catch a plane to New York for my sister’s wedding. I had some time to kill in the departures lounge so I ambled into the book shop. I’m always drawn to the sport or non fiction sections. Within a couple of minutes browsing I came across Christoper McDougalls’ latest book, “Natural Born Heroes”. Having really enjoyed the concept of his previous book “Born to Run” I decided to give this one a shot. Continue reading “Low Carb High Fat (LCHF)”

Stretching, Should You Stretch?

Stretching

Static stretching (SS) has been used as part of a warm up protocol for many years. It is common to see teams of every code, athletes, cyclists, etc, stretching before their chosen discipline. It is also common among all levels of athletes to incorporate SS into their cool down regime. This methodical approach has been indoctrinated into us for many years by well meaning parents, coaches, teachers, etc.  However there is very little evidence to show the benefits of stretching. The supposed benefits of static stretching (SS) are to:

  • Prevent injury
  • Improve flexibility
  • Enhance performance.

Throughout this post I will look at each of these supposed benefits in light of what the evidence says. I will then give an alternate way to achieve these benefits were the evidence for SS is lacking. Continue reading “Stretching, Should You Stretch?”