18 09, 2015

Hydration Up High – Altitude Training/Racing Nutrition

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Many of you have already experienced training and racing at moderate to high altitudes (less than 5000m). Why might you do this? To achieve potential performance benefits… I’ll start with a reminder about how “training high and racing low” works.

The higher in elevation you go, the lower level of oxygen is in the air that you breathe. When you spend time at moderately high altitudes, physiological acclimatization to the area occurs with an increase in red blood cell production, blood flow, and oxygen binding capacity*. With more blood and oxygen delivered to your muscles and throughout the body, there’s a greater circulation of nutrients and oxygen, which may result in better performance.
This adaptation can be hard on the body when rushed and/or done improperly. Some adverse effects can include a weakened immune system, reduced training intensity, dehydration, loss of appetite, and reduced muscle adaptation. Don’t let this happen to you! This is completely avoidable with a few key nutritional strategies…. This month, I will focus on hydration at altitude since it’s easy to forget about when in a new environment.

How can my hydration assist with the body’s adaptation to promote the best results? I’m so glad you asked….
At higher altitudes, your respiration and ventilation increase, which leads to a greater loss of water from your body into the air. This happens both rest and during submaximal exercise. It is not uncommon to see a loss of ~200 – 1500mL/day of water! That’s about 1 – 6 fluid cups, or up to 1.5 large Nalgene bottles! Therefore, it’s essential to hydrate properly before, during, and after your training/racing- especially [...]

15 09, 2015

K3 Offers Discount on Custom WCA Number Plate Holders to WCA Members

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WCA Members Get 25% Off 2015 K3 Number Plate Holders

Sport your support for the WCA! K3 and the WCA have teamed up to extend a discount to WCA Members on Custom WCA Geo and La Cal K3 Number Plate Holders. Get 25% off WCA Custom 2015 K3 number plate holders. Order as many as you need for you or your team.

WCA Members to access your discount code, log onto your WCA account and visit the WCA Member Benefits page.

NOT a WCA Member? Click HERE to Join and take advantage of this great offer while supporting women’s cycling!

*Discount does not apply to sale or close-out items. Discount code is not transferable to non WCA members.

12 09, 2015

KOM Financial Planning

By |September 12th, 2015|Financial Planning, News|Comments Off on KOM Financial Planning|

The WCA is pleased to welcome new partner, Jack Standa and KOM Financial Planning!

“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” ~ Eddy Merckx

I founded KOM Financial Planning because I believe everyone has the ability to take control of their financial future, and I use the Eddy Merckx quote as an analogy. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you have to start with, the most important thing is to start saving now. My role as a Financial Advisor is to coach and teach my clients how to create a financial plan that meets their goals and matches their risk appetite.
Unlike traditional investment firms that are product focused, KOM Financial Planning is a client focused, fee only advisory that believes peak performance is best achieved with the help of a coach. In much the same way world class athletes continue to use coaches to improve performance, KOM provides financial coaching to help individuals achieve their savings and retirement goals.

At KOM Financial Planning, we believe the attributes that make great climbers also make great investors. That is, the ability to think long term, having a strategic plan that suits your abilities, and not panicking if you struggle in certain segments. I also believe that having a good coach, especially in difficult times, is critical to long term success.

My love affair with the bike came at an early age. I am a natural introvert, so my normal routine in elementary school was to come home and read JRR Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Arthur C Clarke novels. After an hour or so I would go out and hop on my [...]

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