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January 2015 . . .


FEATURES

"Ask a Pro" with Diane Stibbard

Diane Stibbard-Ask a Pro

 

In this issue of Ask a Pro, Diane answers the question: I’ve lost all my summer fitness. Now that it’s January, what should I do?

A:   For those of you who haven’t kept up your base level of fitness, the New Year might be off to a slow start. Winter can be hard. The lack of sunlight, and tedious indoor trainer workouts makes staying motivated a challenge. Now that January has rolled around, what can you do to regain your summer fitness level? Well, my motto is always: slow and steady. Go right back to the basics and set some winter fitness goals. That way you have something to work towards and a way to measure your progress.

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Georgena Terry:
Dressing for Cold Weather Cycling

 

Dressing for cold weather cycling is a challenge. Warm weather outfitting is comparatively easy. Shorts, for sure, leaving only the top — will it be a tank or a sleeveless or short-sleeved jersey?

But when the temperatures dip, choosing the right garb is much trickier. It’s no longer just a matter of knowing the temperature. Is it a sunny day, a cloudy day; is it calm or windy? And the Big Unknown: will you start out in one set of conditions only to find that the weather changes during your ride?

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Road Rider Tips With Sarah Bonner:
Winter Motivation Tips


 

Winter is the toughest time of year to stay motivated. But instead of focusing on what you can't do, focus on what you can achieve during the colder months. Get your family and friends involved and follow my winter motivation tips to ensure you stay on track—you'll thank me in the spring! Read more . . .


HEALTHY RECIPE

Mexican Hot Chocolate


Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Elanaspantry.com
Mexican Hot Chocolate

 

We had a huge snowstorm here last night and I made my family a batch of this warming Mexican Hot Chocolate. A hot drink is perfect for a cold day, and it’s even better when warming spices such as cinnamon, chili and cayenne are added.

There is a lot of cinnamon in this recipe, so if you’re not a cinnamon fan you might want to reduce the amount from 1 tablespoon to 1 teaspoon. Why do I use so much cinnamon? Well, first, I just love the taste of the stuff. Second, many studies have been done of late pointing to cinnamon as a spice that may help to control blood sugar levels. Pretty neat stuff, huh?

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GOOD TO KNOW

10 Ways to Boost Your Immunity


By Laurel-Lea Shannon

 

With numerous nasty cold and flu bugs flying around during the winter months, washing your hands frequently may not be enough to stay healthy. To outfox viruses you’ve got to keep one step ahead of them by keeping your immune system humming. Here’s how.
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The Roadies:
What’s the Benefit of Floating Pedals?


By Fred Matheny

Road bike rider

Question:

I think I need pedals that allow my feet to pivot (“float”). It seems like they want to move on my current fixed-position pedals. However, I have heard that float can cause knee problems. Is that true? And what is “stack height”? Should I get a professional pedal set-up evaluation? - Jeff E.

Coach Fred Matheny Replies: It's hard to know which pedals might work best for you without seeing you in action. That's what any biomechanical evaluator would want to do, too. A good one should be able to put riders in their best riding position from head to toe (literally). In general, pedals with lots of float work fine for some riders and not well at all for others. Read more . . .