Product Review: Machines for Freedom Horizons Jersey

Last year, I read about Machines for Freedom, a sweet new, all women’s cycling apparel company with a fine eye for detail. Did you say all women’s cycling? Did you say fashionable jerseys? This has been a long time coming. Machines for Freedom Machines for Freedom (MFF) is a Los Angeles based women’s cycling apparel company founded by Jen Hannon. It is company that specifically caters to women’s needs for cycling attire, AND has very good looking kits. What a breath of fresh air. To top it off this is a pretty cool name for a cycling apparel brand. I like how the…

From Injury to Ironman: 5 Months Post-Op

  It has now been 5 solid months since I had my hip labral repair surgery in November, and things are much better than they were a couple months ago. I have definitely turned the corner so to speak, and have been almost pain free for the last 2 weeks!   It felt like I would never get to this point, but here I am, and now it just all feels like surreal dream. The holding back, patience and diligence paid off and I am finally riding outside again and feeling stronger than ever. I was even able to complete…

Cycling Training Camp: Gibraltar Road

Some friends of mine head to Santa Barbara and the Agoura Hills near Santa Monica and Malibu, each year for a cycling training week. When this was first mentioned, I knew very little about the cycling routes around this region, however both Santa Barbara and the Agoura Hills boast endless routes and wonderful scenery for a training camp.   The setting in this region is ideal as you can set up a base and bike several excellent routes, experiencing new climbs and scenery each day with great weather. Better yet, you are close to civilization in Santa Barbara and near…

Thoughts on Sweet Spot Training

I have recently been increasing my workout efforts substantially since I turned a corner for the better a couple weeks ago post-surgery. At 13 weeks I had significantly less pain and it seems as though I overcame a “hump” which allowed me to push harder than before in workouts. Since then, I have been trying to rebuild my fitness that I have lost after a year of winding down the training due to injury. I am trying to do at least one workout a week on the trainer where I focus on sweet spot training. Since doing a few of…

7 Tricks to Stay Healthy as a Vegetarian Cyclist

More and more athletes are opting to go vegetarian, due to the great health and environmental benefits. However, it can be tough to stay on top of your nutrition, and maintaining strength while training might feel like more of a hassle. In the past, I’ve struggled with staying in top shape when putting in long hours on the bike. Luckily, I made some changes to keep on top of it.   When you’re highly active, your body needs more protein and more care. Believe it or not, getting your daily requirement of protein is actually quite simple. But, you need to…

From Injury to Ironman: 2 Months Post-Op

I recently posted on my experience with hip arthroscopic surgery for labral tear repair and FAI here. The journey has been tough at times, and my goal has been to stay positive and motivated. Now 2 months has passed, and here is an update on my exercises, progress and tips for recovery. This time around surgery recovery feels like it is progressing quickly, because I was only bound to crutches for 2 weeks instead of 6. This helps you feel stronger and more mobile faster. Things have been going well for the most part. I have been slowly gaining more and…

The Stress-Free Way to Change a Flat Tire

Changing a flat can seem daunting, difficult and intimidating. Here is the simplest way to change a flat on your road bike if you’re stuck in the middle of a ride. Note: this may not be the cheapest way, but it is fast, helps to ensure you will not flat again, and allows you to get back on the bike and keep riding. All you have to do is 1) have the tools on hand and 2) learn the steps. What you will need: 1. A tube (top left). This goes inside your tire and fills with air. It needs to…