“Cycling in Alignment” is the brainchild of Colby Pearce, a U.S. Olympic track cyclist and Hour Record holder. Colby has been a Steve Hogg Certified expert bike fitter for the past 10 years, and has worked with elite athletes and WorldTour teams, including EF Education First. He is also an elite coach and has been passing along his wisdom to the riders he coaches for decades. Now he’s bringing that insight to you! When he says he’s the world’s biggest cycling dork, he means it, and he has the resume to back that claim: Pearces’ repertoire of knowledge spans 30 years, five continents, hundreds of races, and countless miles in the saddle. The minutiae of cycling and riding technique are just part of the story that Colby shares. Alignment with nature, foundational principles of health, and treating the sport as a practice are some of the philosophies that will be discussed. The show will feature a diverse guest list, including those who may or may not be familiar names in the cycling world. Prepare to have your belief systems shattered. Welcome to “Cycling in Alignment.”
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Science Does Not Provide Certainty with Jeff Winkler
Colby and Jeff reminisce about the glories of racing days in the past. With over 30 years in the sport himself, Jeff's knowledge and deep understanding of training and racing is layered in this comprehensive conversation. Knowing your numbers, and the numbers you want, speed, heart rate, power, etc is one thing that Jeff will help you find as an athlete, but more importantly, Jeff knows the greater significance of your perceived rate of exertion. How do you feel? It's not always just about graphs and numbers this week with Coach Winkler.
The Most Effective Recovery Strategies
We are framing the discussion on endurance training recovery around Paul Chek's, Six Foundational principles: sleeping, breathing, eating, thinking, drinking, and moving. This a perfect framework to discuss the essence of recovery.
There are many things we can do to facilitate the recovery of our muscles. Some popular techniques include massage. cryotube therapy, Norma Tech compression, ice baths, inversion table hanging, electromagnetic pulses, etc., but none are more effective than the basics.
Matt Maruka and the Light Diet: https://chekinstitute.com/podcast-episode-notes/ep-99-matt-maruca/
Soma breath: https://home.somabreath.com/lessons/day-1-correct-your-breathing/
Follow with each subsequent day [7 days total] NOTE: To find the link for the subsequent day, you must page all the way down to the bottom [past the comments] and you will see days 2-7.
Paleo Diet for Athletes: https://thepaleodiet.com/lifestyle/for-athletes
Belissa Vranich: https://www.thebreathingclass.com/breathe-usa
Metabolic Typing Diet: http://www.metabolictyping.com
Failures in Cycling
Failure is uncomfortable and unwanted but it comes across our lives in often unexpected ways. Learning how to deal with it and most importantly, learn from it is an invaluable ability. Colby the stories of a few of his biggest failures and the lessons he learned from each.
False Beliefs About Cycling
Back for a solo episode to demystify some common false beliefs about cycling. I will clarify some falsehoods related to cadence and some common misconceptions about suffering in the saddle. I expand on the idea that poor breathing is a systemic problem in our culture and outline the correct technique. Finally, I'll share some ideas around expanding your movement practice to other activities or functions outside of riding. More time in the saddle doesn't always lead to growing as a cyclist. Ride in flow.
Paul Chek - breathing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KZlCI2QmWE&t=2s
Ed Harrold - https://www.edharrold.com/breathwork-wellness-retreats
Soma Breath - https://www.somabreath.com
Jason Williams on Retül and Bike Fitting Philosophies
Jason Williams, Retül fitter at the Specialized Experience Center in Boulder, is here to discuss the methodology of Retül fitting and how the technology is used to help fitters make decisions during their fit process. We delve into the strengths and potential pitfalls of using comparative data. We also discuss the current trend of road riders slamming the saddle forward. If you have comments or questions about this episode, please post them on the Fast Talk Labs forum, there is a page for this episode. Make sure to @colby so I get the post. Thanks to Jason for making time to talk shop with me today.
Specialized Experience: https://specializedboulder.com
Keith Bontrager K.O.P.S. https://sheldonbrown.com/kops.html
Much much more than cycling
Colby is a learner a teacher and his understanding of the subject and the world makes it one of the best podcast and btw he is sharing it. Somebody who can joke that light equals matter and can go into fractals- be ready for a special treat.
A literal font of knowledge
Love Colby’s podcasts. I have learned so much about bike fit, technique, anatomy, and training. He is one of the best deep divers. Keep up the great work!
Absolute must listen
Colby’s message and his insight is so deep. He has the talent to deliver it in an inspiring, balanced way.
If you ride a bike, listen to Cycling in Alignment.
If you don’t ride a bike, listen to Cycling in Alignment!