Alpine mountain bike rides are one of my favorite things. There's nothing like riding a narrow single track on the side of a mountain. Thankfully, I live in an area where there are more high-country trails than I can ride over the course of a summer. This year I've been making a point do as many as possible. Here are a few glimpses into some of my recent rides.
Unless you've been self-isolating without internet access you're undoubtedly aware that practically all cycling, triathlon, and running events have been canceled or postponed for the near future. These events serve as outlets and focal points to many of us.They give us something to built up to and provide opportunities to connect with friends and other like-minded people, and it's a huge letdown for them to be gone. Ironically, their absence give us the ability to create a summer to remember.
Big weekends -- our mini vacations sneaking off to some nearby local to mountain bike, road ride, run, or hike -- are what motivate many of us to get through the work week. By Monday morning we're often considering our next adventure. Lately I had gotten a little too busy with work and had difficulty coordinating with friends. I felt that summer was slipping away, so this past weekend I was on a mission do something memorable even if it meant a solo adventure.
Researchers at the Department of Human Physiology, University of Oregon have shown that training in hot conditions improves aerobic capacity — even when subsequently performing at a cooler temperature.