One of the biggest challenges you can face starting out mountain biking is how to eat to sustain energy on big days out. Mountain biking is a high output, high strength effort, and nutrition is a huge issue that can make a day a big success or a painful lesson. I relate my own experiences and tips gleaned from the past years of epic days in the backcountry.
Today I break down a listener comment on my James Wilson interview, vent about a bizarre plumbing crises that happened in my kitchen, then I give a top tip on how to get stronger on your bike.
James Wilson joins me from Grand Junction Colorado, where he's pioneered an innovative new design: the Catalyst Pedal. His company is Pedaling Innovations. We talk generally about flat pedal myths, benefits, and then get into the Catalyst Pedal he's designed. Full disclosure, James sent me a free pair of these to try out. After 40 miles on the trails, I'm a big fan, and plan on riding them full time this year.
James' website: http://bikejames.com for his strength and conditioning programs and his flat pedal manifesto and other information.
Find the pedals at http://pedalinginnovations.com
Garrett Hubbard joins me from Austin Texas to talk about his experience racing in the Capital Cyclocross race on his 6" travel enduro bike. We also chat talk about wheelbuilding and plus sized bikes.
Joining me today, Rob Berube of ridetechy.com talks more about spotting, organizing your own rides, the Techy Riders Scavenger Ride Event, backcountry scenario simulations, and women's specific techy group rides.
Here's my visit with massage therapist Tracey Dugdale. Tracey is a former competitive triathlete and now a runner and rock climber. She talks about the kinds of massage, what to expect with massage, as well as posture and her take on foam rollers.
To find out more about massage or book an appointment with Tracey, visit her website: www.trimassage.com.
I rail on some traffic sign issues, apologize to XC racers, break down a dopey article on gear "innovations", and discuss why your bars are too wide, or too narrow.
I break down what I liked about Rob's interview, cover some science about our emotional and cognitive biases, then critique an article on backcountry mistakes.
In studio today is Dr. Rob Berube, a mountainbiker from Richmond, VA. He started a group in 2012 to join riders wishing to improve their technical riding skills by doing slower paced rides with an emphasis on stopping to session technical trail features, where advanced and beginner riders are welcome to share knowledge, socialize, and get better at riding bikes.
I take some time to break down a negative review I received, the IMBA website, a bit more on Catalyst pedals, and why you gotta get into a Wilderness First Aid course.
I rode the Pedaling Innovations Catalyst pedals for the first time today. Hear about that as well as my introduction to Strava. I also break down Bikram Yoga and the freak that founded it.
Pedaling Innovation's new Catalyst pedals look sweet. I break down the advantages and disadvantages. I also rant about IPA. Basically, the usual.
I address a listener complaint and rant about plastic bags in tonight's podcast. And, I talk a bit about getting involved in your local trail club.
Today I break down 105 year old Robert Marchand's record breaking bike ride and also talk about some cold weather riding tips, and a way to get acclimated to high altitude while you're sleeping.
An 85 year old man did a sub 4 hour marathon. I rant about how most of what we think of as age related decline is actually due to lack of physical activity. I also break down what's In vs Out in 2017 in mountainbiking, and break down a GMBN video pitting an enduro bike against a cross country bike in a race. Enjoy!
Happy New Year--start the year off by taking the hard track. In today's episode, I talk about my wheels, my resolutions, and solo climbers Alex Honnold and Dan Osman. And I break down the lawsuit filed by the Bitterroot Backcountry Coalition which is sueing the US Forest Service to regain access to 180K acres of wilderness in Montana.