VQ & You: Mike Bailey

Who I Am I consider myself a medium-serious road cyclist. I have averaged more than 4,000 miles per year for the past three years. I do intervals twice a week when I can ride outside. I have more than one bike that gets compliments from mechanics at the local shop. Two of the bikes have […]

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How Do Gears Work?

Mechanical advantage: the advantage gained by the use of a mechanism in transmitting force; specifically: the ratio of the force that performs the useful work of a machine to the force that is applied to the machine (from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary). The bikes we ride are full of mechanisms designed to increase mechanical advantage. From […]

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VQ & You: Heidi Musser

Ta-Dah! Vision Quest! By Heidi Musser (originally written for a Memoir/Creative Writing Workshop) Today, as every Tuesday and Thursday, I entered the Vision Quest Highland Park hallway at 6:30 am. The life-loving energy of everyone I pass so early in the morning is indescribable. It’s like arriving on a different planet. What is Vision Quest […]

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What Makes VQ Special?

I often hear our athletes, visitors and special guests comment on the unique nature of Vision Quest. Many times it is stated in an almost inquisitive way, as if they know it, but can’t pinpoint exactly what it is that make VQ special. Is it the training philosophy? The classes? Or maybe the people and […]

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How to Prepare for Any Race

One of the great things about endurance sports is there is a flavor for everyone. Do you like going long? No problem. Dirty Kanza, Ride Across Wisconsin and Ironman are probably right up your alley. Love slogging away for infinitesimal gains? Time trials and triathlons provide the outlet you’re looking for. Are you an anaerobic […]

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Amino Acid Deficiency in Athletes

by Dr. David I Minkoff, M.D. As a nutritionally oriented MD and an avid ironman triathlete with over 40 full Ironman finishes plus over 100 half-Ironman finishes, my goal is to help restore and maintain optimum health for everyone I see. An athlete in peak health can enjoy running and can keep their youthful performance […]

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DexaFit: Helping You to Set Goals for Next Season

By Nan Doyal At the end of a long season it is time to rest, recover and regroup. It’s time to transition off the road bike and onto the cross bike. It’s when I go back to the gym to work on strength, start running and skiing again and have more time to hang out […]

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Welcome Dr. Philip Skiba

Introducing the newest member of the VQ advisory team: Dr. Philip Skiba. We’re excited to have him on board! Athletes (and doctors!) are often nervous about doing or recommending high intensity training. The concern is that high intensity exercise might place a person at greater risk of a myocardial infarction (MI) or “heart attack.” However, […]

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Training Camps: What They’re All About

As most of you are currently toiling away on the trainers, something that might be on your mind is a training camp. Maybe you are signed up for one already, are contemplating signing up or have been part of one in the past. There are many reasons to do camps, and they can be a […]

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VQ & You: Nathan Carmon

I was asked for race results and here’s my story…not exactly a “race,” but results for sure. First, a little bit of background: I was extremely sick with various illnesses during the second half of 2014 and knew I needed to do something different. I carried over 228 pounds on my 6’1″ frame with a […]

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