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Is it Ok to Ride Every Day?

Diane Stibbard Ask a Pro

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

 

Question: “Is it ok to ride every day? And if so, what types of rides should I be doing?”

Diane’s reply: Now that summer is in

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Pre-and Post-Ride Stretches

Diane Stibbard Ask a Pro

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

 

Question: “Are there any stretches I can do pre-and post-ride to help prevent injuries?”

Diane’s reply: There are two types of injuries that occur in most

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No Time to Ride?

Diane Stibbard Ask a Pro

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

 

Question: “I have summer cycling goals but sometimes I don’t have the time, or the motivation to ride my bike. What should I do when I feel like

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Easy Spring Weight Loss

Diane Stibbard Ask a Pro

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

 

Question: “I’ve gained a few pounds over the winter months. What’s the best way to get lean now that spring is here?”

Diane’s reply: We

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Get Ready to Ride Outside

Diane Stibbard Ask a Pro

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

 

Question: “I’ve been doing spinning classes. What should I do to get ready to ride outside?”

Diane’s reply:

With the first signs of spring you’re

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How Can I Become a Faster Cyclist?

Diane Stibbard Ask a Pro

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

 

Question: “I want to become a faster cyclist. What’s the best way to do that?”

Diane’s reply: Cyclists often talk about their speed and how far

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Nutrition for Indoor Cycling

Diane Stibbard Ask a Pro

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Question: “Should I use protein powders, sport drinks, energy bars and gels while riding indoors?”

Diane’s reply: Most people feel they aren’t working hard or for long when cycling

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Yikes! I’ve Lost My Summer Fitness

Diane Stibbard Ask a Pro

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

 

Q: “I’ve lost all my summer fitness. Now that it’s January, what should I do?”

A: Happy New Year everyone! For those of you who

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Getting Back in the Saddle After an Injury or Illness

Diane Stibbard Ask a Pro

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

 

Q: “I’ve had an injury and haven’t been able to ride for the past 2 months. What should I do to get back in the saddle?”

Read more . . . Getting Back in the Saddle After an Injury or Illness

What Should I Do To Get Ready For The Indoor Riding Season?

Diane Stibbard Ask a Pro

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

 

Q: What should I do to get ready for the indoor riding season?

A: As you move towards the remaining few weeks of fall, you start

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How Do I Keep My Fitness Over the Fall?

Diane Stibbard Ask a Pro

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: How Do I Keep My Fitness Over the Fall?

A: The fall, being a typically cooler and drier time of the year, offers cyclists good riding weather

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Cycling And Knee Pain

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: My right knee hurts after a long ride. What could be causing that?

This question comes up quite often. In fact, knee pain is a very common issue

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Cycling In The Heat And Humidity

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: When I ride in the heat and humidity I can barely breathe, and my heart rate is very high, yet some of my friends seem to fare better. Why

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Recovery Tools For Cyclists

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Last month I wrote about the potential benefits of wearing compression stockings/socks to improve recovery. This article concludes Part 2 of recovery tools for cycling.

Recovery is the more

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Do Compression Stockings Work?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

  Q: “Do Compression Stockings Work?”

A: Athletes of all kinds, including cyclists, runners, and triathletes, are always looking for ways to get an edge over the

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What Are Good Cross-Training Activities During The Outdoor Cycling Season?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: What Are Good Cross-Training Activities During The Outdoor Cycling Season?

A: Springtime brings us out of our basements and gyms to ride outside again—to take advantage of

Read more . . . What Are Good Cross-Training Activities During The Outdoor Cycling Season?

What Role Do Probiotics Play In A Healthy Diet For Cyclists?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: “What Role Do Probiotics Play In A Healthy Diet For Cyclists?”

A: These days probiotics—gut-friendly bacteria that not only improve digestion but boost health—are getting a lot

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How Many Base Miles Do I Need To Do?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: “In the spring, how many base miles do I need to put in on the bike outside before starting harder training, such as interval training”?   A:

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Training Tips For Spring Events Or Races

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: I’m doing part of the Rideau Lakes Tour (a hilly 100 km out and back) in early June. How much time should I spend spinning in February?

Training Tips For Spring Events Or Races

What’s the best way to take weight off?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: I’ve put five pounds on over the holidays. What’s the best way to take it off?

A: It’s easy to gain a few unwanted pounds over the

Read more . . . What’s the best way to take weight off?

How Can I Stay Motivated to Ride Indoors During the Lead-up to Christmas?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: How can I stay motivated to ride indoors during the lead-up to Christmas?

A: Indoor training always takes a hit during the lead-up to the Christmas season.

Read more . . . How Can I Stay Motivated to Ride Indoors During the Lead-up to Christmas?

Is it Better to Get Coaching in the Summer Months or During the Off-season?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: Is it better to get coaching in the summer months or during the off-season?

A: This question is right up my alley. As a trainer I see

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What’s The Best Cadence?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: I cycle year round with elevation gains of less than 1000 ft. (300 m). A triathlete suggested I focus my training on maintaining a cadence of at least 80

Read more . . . What’s The Best Cadence?

What’s the fastest way to get fast on the bike?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: What’s the fastest way to get fast on the bike?

A: Many cyclists make the mistake of riding at the same speed and covering the same distance,

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Cycling in the Northern Alps and Rhone Alps Region in Southeastern France

By Diane Stibbard

For this month’s Ask a Pro article, Laurel-Lea asked me to write about my recent cycling trip to France. Last month I spent one week riding in the Northern Alps, and one week in the Rhone Alps region in southeastern France, based in the beautiful city of Annecy. While in

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What Drills Can I Do to Make Me a Better Climber?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: “I keep getting dropped on the hills during group rides. What drills can I do to make me a better climber”?

A: Hill climbing is part art

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How can I Relieve a Chronically Tight Mid-Back?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: “I have a chronically tight mid-back that gets worse as the season goes on. How can I strengthen and stretch it”?

A: This common problem for cyclists

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What Causes Numb Feet on the Bicycle?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: I’m having problems with my feet falling asleep or aching during a ride, what could the cause of this?

A: A variety of issues could

Read more . . . What Causes Numb Feet on the Bicycle?

Perk Up Your Ride With Intervals

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: I’m a little bored with all my riding routines. Could you give me some ideas of how to mix things up?

A: Riding, as fun and invigorating

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How Do I Get in Shape for a Cycling Tour?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: How do I get in shape for a cycling tour?

A: This is the time of year to start thinking about getting in shape to ride in

Read more . . . How Do I Get in Shape for a Cycling Tour?

How do I determine my optimal weight?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: How do I determine my optimal weight so I’m strong and fit on my bike?

A: Everyone has a different body physiology as well as different cycling

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How do I make the transition from indoor riding to outside riding?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: How do I make the transition from indoor riding to outside riding?

A: I get asked this question a lot, especially from cyclists who are new to

Read more . . . How do I make the transition from indoor riding to outside riding?

I have hypoglycemia. How do I fuel properly for the bike?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: I have hypoglycemia and it’s hard to figure out how to fuel properly for the bike. Any suggestions?

A: There have been a lot of questions lately

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After injuring my knee, how can I make sure I’m not pedaling more with the uninjured leg?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: I’ve injured my knee, but I’m cycling again. How can I make sure that when I pedal I’m not using my uninjured leg more?

A: Injuries, as

Read more . . . After injuring my knee, how can I make sure I’m not pedaling more with the uninjured leg?