Hope you had a great holiday weekend. I had a good one myself, getting some riding in with Aka the Trail Mutt.
Aka is getting a little older - just like his master - but he just refuses to slow down. I joke that he gets me out as much as I get him out but it’s true...without his enthusiasm for getting out on the trail as much as possible I probably would have skipped more than a few rides over the last 7+ years.
But I’m always glad when I do get out. The combination of being in nature, getting the “runners high” from a long, grinding climb and the adrenaline rush of some sweet momentum fueled fun is something that never gets old.
Nothing else provides this combination of soul-recharging elements, which is what makes mountain biking so unique. The struggle it provides and the environment it provides it in are the things that keep me coming back to the trail after almost 2 decades of riding.
That’s also why I love sharing my passion for riding and training with everyone. I know that mountain biking isn’t easy but with a little knowledge you can fast-track you progress and avoid unnecessary frustrations.
Which brings us to this week’s podcast. In this new BikeJames Podcast I cover some topics that I think will help you ride faster, longer and with more confidence on the trail.
This Week’s Podcast Topics
Rider Q & A:Why does my female training partner who can’t deadlift as much as me (load or strength-to-weight ratio) outclimb me? Doesn’t my higher deadlift strength mean I’ll have more power and can outclimb her?
Bro Science: Three studies that tell us the characteristics of a good mountain biker.
Training: Why Crossfit or “Mixed Cardio” isn’t as good as “regular cardio” for MTB specific training.
Skills: Cockpit Control workshop overview and insights.
Equipment Review: Neat Ice Bag
You can stream or download this episode below. Until next time…
MTB Strength Training Systems