June 11, 2011 cburnham

Pardon the Interruption…

We now bring you back to your regularly scheduled broadcast….A Few Random thoughts.

  • I love the idea of soundtracking. I have always been pretty connected to music and have vivid memories of training and racing with various songs in my head. With as busy as I have been lately I feel like I have been stuck in a Descendants song (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing) but definitely need a little more Skatalites soon. Life, just like training, is all about balance.  
  • One of the worst things we can do for our health is sitting down all day. There are a lot of health specialists that have been recommending standing desks as a way to increase the health of workers that are usually stuck sitting in cubicles all day.  Recent studies have shown that people that sit most of the day are 54% more likely to die from a heart attack. Some pretty cool graphical representations have been made here that I recommend checking out.  Just standing more won’t make you super fit but every little bit helps! 
  • Ever wonder how road races are played out tactically? Paul Mach from the Bissel Pro Cycling Team has a created Raceshape.com which is a cool resource to see how professional races evolve through out the miles. Mach is compiling data from several riders to show how attacks, breaks, the grupetto, and peloton develop through out a race. It is definitely worth checking out and can be pretty informative in recognizing the patterns of road races.  
  • Something I have noticed more and more in bike fittings is that many riders are suffering from a lack of hip function and range of motion that is leading to excess movement at the lumbar spine. This is often a contributing factor in lower back pain while riding. To further complicate matters, hip range of motion is typically asymetrical causing pain on just one side of the body which can radiate up into the upper thoracic region of the back and shoulders. What can you do about this? Stretch and use your foam roller! Specifically target the medial glutes, IT band, and lateral hips. I also recommend doing a general toe touch progression to help increase hip function and range of motion. A toe touch progression is basically that teaches the relaxation of the lower back and a posterior weight shift to increase hip range of motion. The full instructions are available here.  Next time your lower back hurts during the ride you might want to look a little lower for the cause…
  • For those of you who might of missed it and are interested, Training Peaks released their Android App in open Beta.  You can pick it up in the market here.
  • Lastly, it has been pretty windy here on the Monterey Peninsula the last few weeks but every time I start complaining about the wind I just remember this:

Now go do work!

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