Articles and info from Bell Lap's coaches and contributors.
As endurance athletes with a mind towards pushing our limits in training as we reach for the next ambitious goal, the occasional ache and pain comes with the territory. But instead of reaching for a bottle of Aleve or Advil after your next tough training or race day, there’s a more natural route towards taking the edge off that exercise-induced ache we all know so well.
Whenever we train for a goal or an "A" event, we inevitably have expectations for ourselves, how the race will go and what our result will be. Sometimes when the race is done and dusted the result doesn't match the goal you had for yourself going into it. Coach Crystal draws on some recent experience to offer really valuable insight into how to process that result, and move forward.
Taking on a challenge like a marathon, a century or even just a long, tough climb can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task. Coach Ian guides you through a powerful technique for tackling monumental efforts, giving you the confidence to take on any challenge, and to climb every mountain.
"Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie." —Jim Davis
Jim’s quote may have been facetious, but he’s onto something brilliant. All of us run the gamut from hiding, highlighting, to just having vegetables in order to meet what we “know we should eat.” Even the most avid vegetable lovers among us probably struggle with either the cost, hassle, or taste of meeting the USOC and UCCS guidelines for an athlete’s plate.
Learn Crystal's top tricks for sneaking fruits and vegetables into your diet
Your mind can be you best friend or your worst enemy during a long or hard ride. The harder things get, the more important it is to be able to count on your mind to be your ally and not the voice inside you screaming "It's too hard," Or "You can't do it." Ian takes us through a look at mindfully engaging in your ride or your next interval.
When thinking about your diet sometimes how you eat matters just as much as what you eat. Crystal gives a thorough overview of engaging in mindful eating practices along with a couple of great recipes to try
As you get ready for spring race season, make sure your preparation includes these 10 things!
It’s often around this time of year that many of us find our motivation waning: cold weather and short daylight hours mean a lot more time on the trainer. Which is why having clear goals can really help us stay focused and hungry through this time of year. Coach Ian gives us a clear process for setting goals that helps to guide the entire training process, and helps make sure you achieve those goals.
The winter and base period of training is the perfect time for athlete's to evaluate their diets and make changes. Crystal checks in with some detailed tips for helping guide your diet at this time of year, and a delicious recipe.