VQ & You: Alan Pollack

I joined Vision Quest Coaching in fall 2005 with the intent of learning the art of group riding. I had previously been a runner for a number of years and gave it up in the mid-90s (too many Advils for too few miles). I started to attend spin classes and ultimately bought a hybrid bike […]

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OH NO! I Crashed my Bike…Now What?

When the arrival of spring means you haven’t ridden your bike outside for several months, which is probably the case for a good portion of the Midwest cycling community, it’s likely that it will take you a few rides to get your handling skills back in order. Little things that you’ve ceased thinking about as […]

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March is National Nutrition Month!

When it comes to choosing what to eat, nutrition is important, but flavor is likely the true motivator and also the key to eating right, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This March, during National Nutrition Month®, experiment with new flavors and flavor combinations in healthy meals and “Enjoy the Taste of Eating […]

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In Honor of President’s Day, Raise A Glass of Red Alert or Try A Red Recharger Smoothie!

After all, cherries are a powerful package of antioxidants & phytonutrients delivers: Antioxidants – with at least 17 antioxidants, cherries may work like common pain medications to reduce post-exercise muscle soreness, and offer anti-inflammatory benefits.  Antioxidants are also known to help boost immunity…keeping your training schedule on track, and reducing the chances of ‘catching’ the winter […]

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Did you know February is National Cherry Month AND Potato Lover’s Month?

Try this recipe after your Saturday morning intensity ride this weekend. It includes both cherries, which are loaded with valuable vitamins & antioxidants and potatoes, which are excellent sources of carbohydrates, potassium, and fiber. Homefries can be a healthy addition to a recovery meal – such as scrambled eggs loaded wilted spinach, sundried tomatoes and […]

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VQ & You: Priscilla Swenson

I joined Vision Quest Coaching in September 2009, shortly after my first century ride. I am very thankful to have discovered this one-of-a-kind training center! The training has improved my cycling, inspired me to push my limits, led to feelings of accomplishment and produced epic moments. I have always enjoyed sports and exercise and managed […]

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Training Tips from the Heart: Learn to Listen to Your Body

“Learn to listen to your body.” This is an important training concept at Vision Quest Coaching. What does it mean and in what context is it meant to be used? Training requires the introduction of a stimulus to the energy system or systems being trained. Generally, this is in the form of an interval of […]

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How Hard is “Hard”?

Physiological rules guide training prescriptions. Different energy systems relate to each other in a predictable way. Training is designed to strengthen those energy systems and tailored to maximize the ones that are specific and necessary for success in your chosen events. But as in most of life, there are exceptions to the rules. Individual athletes […]

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Quick Nutrition Tip: Begin Creating New Habits

If it takes 3 weeks to break a habit and just one week to make a habit, why not start now? Some tips to help you begin creating new habits, or to break those old ones include: 1. Avoid quick fixes, like crash diets or those ‘too good to be true’ solutions. For these temporary […]

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Race Recap By John Williams, Jr.

John Rides El Tour I’m sitting in the hotel room with my bike packed away for travel and ice on my sore shin. So, somewhat immobile, I thought it might be wise to record my experience at the 2013 El Tour de Tucson for future reference. I doubt words can give the physical element the […]

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