Just to set the record straight from the beginning of this series.  These posts on training will not describe in detail how YOU should train.  The best I can do is report what the current science says about training.  But I want you to view the research from a critics point of view.  Most of the studies conducted have a very small sample sizes (8 to 10 subjects) and there is usually no control group.  There are vast differences between studies with the laboratory equipment used to test the training effect.  There is always a question of how well laboratory tests translate to real world effects.  There are vast differences in the athletic level of the subject used to test the training effect.  Some studies report the results of a specific training protocol in pro peloton athletes while other studies use novice college age adults making it difficult to extrapolate to other study populations.  I’ve yet to read a study where the tested subjects are fortysomething weekend warriors. 

But that said, current research can point us in the general direction and using critical thinking and some trial an error you can adapt the concepts presented here to YOUR particular goal.  I’m going to state some obvious concepts but I think they are worth discussing.  The first is your training needs to be specific.  For example, if your goal is to be a better climber, doing lots (or even a few) dumbbell curls wont help at all.  Obvious right?  Muscle specificity is important.  The question is, how specific do you need to be.  Does only climbing work to improve climbing or can other exercises work? Think lunges or squats, or even wall squats, (a static exercise).  How specific does the intensity and volume need to be?  The answer is, the closer is better.  But close counts.  Specificity also applies to the cellular metabolic system being used.  I think we are all familiar with the motions used in cycling so the next blog will focus on metabolic systems.

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With the recent changes to our menus came opportunities to use some great vendors, The Fish Guys is one of them.  The Fish Guys prides themselves in sustainable practices, and meticulous whole fish processing, two things we found especially appealing about working with them.  Because of their ability to get whole fish in fresh and process themselves, they offer the very freshest and best in seafood!  You will find their products in our Tuna Melt, which is made with Ahi Grade tuna poached in EVOO, on our small plates menu you will find PEI Mussels and this week Chef Ben will also be using those mussels in an Arrabiata.  So please come and try some of these amazing dishes and know that you are getting the best quality fish from a great place.  

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As you may or may not know, we work to get as much of our products as possible from Local Vendors.  We believe as a small business it is important to invest in community and other small businesses within our community.  We have recently been introduced to a new meat provider, Red Table Meat Co., a new company based in NE Minneapolis that also prides itself in local biodiversity and "believes in crafting the highest quality products to honor all of the people and animals in our food system."  Red Table buys whole pigs from local farmers who practice sustainable farming, and also practice humane methods of slaughter.  We are currently using some of their amazing cured meats as the base of our Meat and Cheese Board for dinner service, they are also the meats stacked on our Super Hero at lunch, or you can have one of their amazing sausages with your Brass Tacks during breakfast!  To learn more about Red Table Meat Co. you can find them here: 

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It would appear that the key to any blog is to finish your thought prior to posting.  What I meant the say at the end of the last blog was: it’s our belief that the correct geometry, individually fit to the rider makes all the difference in the ride experience.  And that’s what we constantly strive for.

But this blog is meant to be more that just a promo for the shop.  What I am attempting to do is give sound and thoughtful advice on fitting, nutrition, training and other cycling related topics.  There is a fairly large biking community on this side of the twin cities and I have certainly heard my share of bias and dogma.  It’s not that I have all the answers, far from it.  Even though I have a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology, definitive answers are few and far between.  Mark Twain said it best, “there is something fascinating about science.  One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment in fact”.  And it is facts that I will be trying to convey, where they end and where conjecture begins.  In the coming months since the snow is about to fly I thought it best to discuss training during the off season and ride that fine line between fact and conjecture, but facts always first.  And as Mark Twain also said, “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please”.

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