Tuesday, September 09, 2008

LOTOJA 2008 - Back to Back Wins For Jenn!

Twenty-four-hour energy expenditures of cyclists are among the highest. You may expend up to 9,000 kilocalories per day. With such high energy expenditures, it is often difficult to just maintain your energy balance. So think about your bike fit and how that works on your game!
If it is not right in the big mile races, game over!

There are many concepts within any social group (culture). Cycling is no different! There are many different kinds of events (tt, road, mtb, track, tri, etc...) and rest-a-sure all racing do the best they can what ever the event (40k, 24 hours, 1oo miles, etc...)

Given there are so many kinds of cycling events, you might find you are better at one event over the other. Pua Sawicki, who just had her best season ever and well known for her 24 hour racing just took a 24 hour race, then did a stage race of many days around 10,000 feet plus pointed out to us when she attempted to race at Brian Head, UT. She won the Stage mtb race, but did not have the legs to race the following weekend. The real win here is she learned that you need sufficient time for resting recovery. More time may be needed after travel across time zones.

Although it is impossible to be good at every event, we are so pleased to get the news about our endurance athletes doing so well.

What better place to test the ideas about your best bike fit!

Boise's Jenn Halladay rides away solo for about 80 miles again. This is her second time doing this! The race is 208 miles long, and she informed us she had a head wind for the last 50 miles as they headed towards Jackson Hole, WY.

Jenn also pointed out that her hip felt stronger. Jenn did go down in a race this past spring, breaking her hip in a crit.

This is not a small event, about 1000 riders. She said she was amazed how many of the stronger male's asked her if they could get on her wheel due to her fast solo pace. All while she focused on the correct pedal stroke.

She is a nice person, so she just pointed out that she has her own pace as she rode away.

Another way to think about this is to analyze how the cyclist actually generates the pedal force. This is a complex mechanical question.

A interesting fact is that the direction of muscle contribution to the pedal force is fully determined by the position of leg and crank! Clearly, it means that muscle forces must be interrelated in such a way that the sum of their contributions yields the desired value of the total force.

Jenn is glad she has used our services and knows what that is! It is even written on her stem!

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