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What Kind of Shoes Should You Wear For Gravel Riding?

If you have been riding on the road for many years, you can be forgiven for being upset that your svelte, sleek leather shoes are being called into question as you become gravel-curious. That’s because mountain bike shoes and cleats offer you the option to walk, try different bikes, and reduce slips on stairs. Here are reasons to consider making the...

5 Mountain Biking Workouts That Don’t Feel Like Workouts

If you’re a mountain biker, you likely got into the sport to enjoy time on trails, out in nature and off the road. Mountain biking is meant to be free and adventurous, not data-driven, and restrictive. When it comes to doing intervals on the trail, it can be tricky. Off-road terrain is so variable it can be hard to execute the same workouts you read...

How to Use Rate of Perceived Exertion For Cycling Training

How hard was your training yesterday? What about your training this month versus last month? Many cyclists look at their mileage or their power data to explain how hard their training is, but both training-metrics can fail to express how hard you are truly training. HOW FAR DID YOU RIDE? Distance is a common way to express how hard you are training...

The Importance of Periodization For Runners

To stay healthy and race well, it’s important to have a training plan that helps you reach the starting line feeling mentally and physically prepared to meet the demands of the distance. Periodization is the process that gets you there. It may sound like a daunting running term, but it’s simply the ebb and flow of training that helps runners reach...

Why Jerseys Are Essential For Your Cycling Kit

For many people getting into cycling, the idea of wearing spandex might seem like something only the pros or ultra-serious cyclists need. With many cycling jerseys sporting loud logos and colors, you might even feel foolish zipping up a tight-fitting jersey when all you want to do is get in shape. While some of these thoughts are justified, there’s...

How Much Cushion Do You Need in Your Running Shoes?

It’s no secret there’s a seemingly endless array of running shoes out there. Whether it’s minimalist shoes, racing options with carbon plates, or maximalist shoes with high stack heights, the sheer variety can make it hard to decide which shoe is best for you. While there are plenty of opinions about whether runners should opt for more minimalist shoes...

What Runners Need to Know About Inflammation

Inflammation isn’t just that big puffy sprained ankle or swollen kneecap after a bad fall on a trail. For most runners, inflammation is low-grade and chronic, rather than intense and acute. Running breaks down muscle tissue in the body, and inflammation is part of the repair and recovery process. But often, our lifestyles are leading to other sources...

Runners Are Leaner Than Other Athletes, According to Science

There are many reasons to run, and everyone has their motivation when hitting the treadmill or the jogging path. Some want to strengthen their heart or lose weight. Some want to relieve stress. Others just find running enjoyable. But regardless of why people choose to run, those who do enjoy certain benefits, including stronger bones and leaner bodies....

The Case For Tubeless Tires For Road Cycling

While tubeless tires have become the predominant choice for mountain bikers and even gravel riders, road cyclists have been slower to go tubeless. One reason is that tubeless tires have been messy and hard to install, especially on low-volume road tires. These tires have also been heavier, were offered in only limited models/brands, and the set up was...

10 Running Principles to Stay Injury-Free

You’ve probably heard something like this before — if you run long enough, you’re bound to get injured. But while injuries in a sport like running often seem inevitable, the truth is, most running injuries can be avoided by adhering to a few tried-and-true principles. Recently we spoke with Jacob Puzey, running coach at Peak Run Performance, for his...

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