recovery

Cycling was the force that kept me alive

“How much time will I have to stay away from my bike?!” I swear that question was the first one to cross my mind when my doctor said the most terrifying words I had ever heard: “Yes, it is cancer”. Only after that I thought about chemo, mastectomy, baldness, and nausea. “Do you think I …

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Peter Sagan refuels from hard efforts with gummy bears. Should you?

Peter Sagan gave fans plenty to talk about last weekend, first with his thrilling sprint victory at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, and then the sight of him unabashedly stuffing his face with fistfuls of Haribo gummy bears shortly after crossing the line. Most of us are used to thinking of gummy bears as a childhood treat, those colorful …

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How to mentally recover after a bike crash

During the women’s road race at the Rio Olympic Games in August, we all watch in horror as Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten crashed hard, laying in the gutter motionless and unconscious until aid came. Yet remarkably, Van Vleuten returned to the pro peloton just weeks later, winning the Lotto Belgium Tour in convincing manner. …

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How to recover after hitting the deck

Crashing hurts. And unfortunately it’s a part of cycling. And while broken skin is easily patched up and covered, the next day your bruised and battered body can feel like it’s been hit by a truck. Here are some recovery tips by ALP Coach Alison Powers who has had her share of run ins with …

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How to beat the dreaded post race blues

Recently I completed the Falls Creek Peaks Challenge after a mammoth eight-month build-up. There was a lot of hard work that went into my preparation and I was completely elated after my race went better than I’d ever planned and I set a huge one hour personal best on my time. Full of adrenaline, pride …

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Boels-Dolmans’ recipe for success

The Boels-Dolmans team seems untouchable this season. They have won every event in the UCI Women’s WorldTour (WWT), and the series’ leader and world champion Lizzie Armitstead’s main competitor in the WWT rankings is her own teammate Chantal Blaak. While Wiggle High5’s Emma Johansson came close to taking a win away from Boels-Dolmans this past weekend, all other …

How to sleep well after a hard training session

We received the following question for #AskALP on twitter: “@ellacyclingtips Pls help me sleep better after I ride in your #weeklywisdom column! What can I do to stop waking up in the night?” This is a good question. While a lot of us use exercise to improve our sleep, for many of us, after a hard training …

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Loren Rowney and Gracie Elvin’s #CrepeMonday inauguration

Since about 2012, I have had an ongoing battle with my friend and fellow “Dutchie” (Yes, I hold a Dutch passport), Lauren Kitchen, about the definition of a pancake. It’s basically become a crepe vs. pancake debate.  Lauren has a pancake Sunday tradition with the Dutch relatives she lives with in Holland. Me being a massive …

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Ella Eats: Loren Rowney’s favourite pre, during and post-ride recipes

The thing I most look forward to in the day is breakfast. I’m thinking about breakfast when I go to bed at night. I just live for it! My go-to breakfast at the moment is a concoction of super foods plus a few of my fave ingredients. I’m obsessed with peanut butter, so that always …

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What is the ideal cadence?

Riding a bike is different from other endurance sports. When we ride a bike, we have the ability to change gears and to choose a cadence to pedal with. However, one of the most confusing aspects of cycling is to understand what the ideal cadence is. Note: Higher cadences imply an easier gear, with less …

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