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Why Bib Shorts

Mahesh Iyer, an avid cyclist and racer from the Pune Wolfpack shares some insights on why bib shorts are more comfortable than regular cycling shorts.         As a recreational cyclist, one typically starts with basic cycling shorts with a foam pad. But as distances get longer, the focus shifts from being able to complete the distance, to being more comfortable on the saddle for long hours. So one naturally progresses to gel padded shorts. At some point, you start to look at ways to get stronger, better, and faster. To achieve this, it is paramount to get more comfortable and efficient on the bike, especially when it comes to the riding position on a road bike or a...

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Leaving Hotel California

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, I am not an elite athlete, and I am not an expert coach. I just like to run and bike, and to keep getting better at it everyday. The blog below is an account of using a new tool in training, with many more things yet to be understood about it. I do not claim to understand it all! Fitness is the new mantra of today. Yoga, pilates, crossfit, strength training, running, cycling, triathlon, ultra-endurance - the new buzz words, and topics of conversation at the water cooler. Training Load, Super-compensation, Over-reaching - many of us have heard these terms, but just vaguely think of them when actually doing/ planning workouts. While this...

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apace Transition t-shirt review

When I laid my eyes on this apple green Transition t-shirt, I knew I had to try it because I had the perfect accessories to go with it. The last time I had taken my son's cycle out for a spin was in January 2017, and I remember two things from that ride, it took me a bit of time to understand the gear alignment and everything because apparently cycles had changed in the past 25 years and I remember that since I did not own a cycling jersey, I wore a regular t-shirt, a jacket with pockets to hold my keys and phone, which added bulk and frumpiness to my gear. I came back from the ride feeling not...

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Training for the BBCh road race

I have been running since 2005, and cycling since 2010. I have indulged in a few triathlons in the last 2 years. This year, I wanted to do something different, so looked up the BBCh (Bangalore Bicycle Championship) road race. They have two categories - 70km and 140km. So I thought of training for the 140km road race.I already had a decent cycling base, which started with training for the Goa Triathlon 2016, Tritheos 113 2016, and Goa Triathlon 2017. With two months in hand, I talked to the guys at Pune Wolfpack for some pointers into how to go about training for a 140km road race. Based on their inputs, stuff that I read on the internet, and discussions...

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