Health

Loren Rowney announces her retirement and the beginning of a new chapter

For the longest time now, I’ve tried to imagine what I would be doing if I weren’t racing my bike. I’ve spent a good 10 years chasing the dream of being a professional athlete, and for five years I’ve had the privilege to live that dream. This may seem like quite a short career in …

Are elite cyclists at greater risk of heart problems?

It seems an almost regular occurrence in cycling that a rider is forced to retire as a result of heart issues. The past year has provided several such examples: Australian veteran Michael Rogers called timed on his career in April 2016 following the discovery of a previously unknown arrhythmia; Johan Vansummeren retired two months later …

Best of 2016: Loren Rowney on depression: ‘Maybe if I talk about it, other people will too’

It’s the time of the year when everyone is heading off for the holidays, spending time with family and taking advantage of the opportunity to explore some new locations on the bike. It’s also a great time to unwind by catching up on your reading, so we’ve decided to finish 2016 by revisiting some of …

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You’re fit, but not invincible. Getting checked at 40

It’s not cancer awareness month, Movember, or anything special to bring men’s health to the forefront of thought at this time. And that’s precisely the point. Cancer doesn’t wait or discriminate so now is as good of a time as any to talk about ‘The Big C’ that we’d all rather avoid. Peter Bolton is …

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Hydration: the different needs of women

Do you have a strategic drinking plan for training and competing, or do you just drink to thirst? What do you drink and how does that impact your performance? Hydration is a complex topic, with even more complex physiology. Plus, women and men differ in their hydration needs during prolonged exercise. In fact, women are …

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New year’s resolutions and how to stick to them

Some people believe in setting new year’s resolution, others think it isn’t a very good idea because after just a few weeks things often go back to the same old pattern. I believe that it’s never too late so set new goals and if done right, I do believe new year’s resolutions can work. The trick is …

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Winter season is flu season, and cyclists are not immune

Winter  season is also flu season, and getting sick is always a setback in training. It takes time and energy to recover from a cold or flu so the best thing we can do is to avoid the flu season or getting sick all together. However, we are not living in a bubble and this …

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Cycling and depression: can riding help beat the ‘black dog’?

For those who have never experienced depression, it is nearly impossible to understand. The mentally healthy among us try to help those with depression with well-meaning advice (or hurtful barbs) dispensed in a manly manner: “Harden up mate. Drink some concrete.” Or “he just needs to get over it.” For those with depression, it is best described …

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What to do if you come across an injured rider

As cyclists, we all accept that there is a risk of injury when we ride. Nobody wants to get injured, of course, and by the same token, no one wants to see a fellow cyclist get injured while out riding. But chances are you’ll be first on the scene during a cycling accident at some …

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Healthy hearts: why the UCI’s mandatory medical checks are important

In preparation for their 2015 season, Orica-GreenEdge last week held a training camp that saw much of the team ride from Central Victoria up to Canberra. As part of that training camp, the riders visited the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra to undertake the UCI’s mandatory annual health checks. Aaron S. Lee went …

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