By: Heather Nielson I love to cook and experiment with recipes. I think it’s because I enjoy making healthy food taste really good and also because I have a severe gluten intolerance and so making recipes gluten free adds another layer of challenge and artistic expression for me. A side effect of experimenting with recipes […]
By: Heather Nielson In keeping with the holiday theme, I decided to use ‘Virginia’ as the heroine of my story. Just like believing you can climb can be as difficult as believing in a ‘Santa Clause’, I want to help you believe in yourself for 2016. Climbing is one of those skills that a lot […]
Cyclocross brings out the best in me.
2 hour a week training plan. How to win on 2 hours of training a week.
By: Heather Nielson The person who wins the race is the one who can turn the biggest gear the fastest Cycling is an endurance sport. This means that to get better at it, you generally need to just ride your bike more. More can mean more time, more intensity &/or both. A lot of cyclists […]
By: Heather Nielson One of the most common, not so ideal, habits that everyone who is trying to push themselves physically; whether professional or not, is they don’t go easy enough when they should nor do they push themselves as hard as they should when they need to. Whether you feel that your fitness has […]
I have been coaching racers for a long time to great success, but I have had a couple clients who didn’t respond to my coaching because they were trying to race events that didn’t suit their talents. This story is about one such racer, and Cycle U as a bike shop and how we had […]
By: Heather Nielson Taking breaks is essential to growth. One of the most annoying things I read or hear is ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead!’ Something always has to give. Always. Whether it’s a natural law of the universe or our biology, it’s just the way it is. The sooner you recognize that truth, learn […]
By: Heather Nielson “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” ~Albert Einstein This quote has become a large part of the bicycle culture memography and appears with frequency both on the walls of many a bike shop and bicycle loving home. but is also pervasive on the internet […]
By: Heather Nielson Did you know that the first verifiable ‘bicycle machine’ was invented in 1817 by the German Baron Karl von Drais, commonly called a Velocipede. The era after the invention of the first bicycle saw the first Tri and Quadcycles in the late 1800’s before the 2-wheeler came back into popularity in the […]