Professional endurance athlete, Hillary Allen, on dealing with uncertainty.
Rooted Vermont co-founder and cyclist, Laura King, on how she readied herself for the identity shift that is parenthood.
How to find the right training set-up for you and your goals.
Coach and former pro, Melanie McQuaid, shares tips and workouts to help up the endurance ante.
Help celebrate by putting more bikes into the hands of people who need them.
Eric Beach, Co-Founder of Project Echelon, shares his story.
Leomo motion analysis comparing indoor riding between the two surfaces.
Accessory recommendations to get the most out of your cargo carrier.
Professional endurance athlete, Hillary Allen, on balance, recovery & the off-season.
A guide to find the best bike rack for your two-wheeled ride.
The first installment of a five-part series focused on all aspects of gravel spearheaded by the King of Gravel, Ted King.
How professional endurance athlete, Hillary Allen, became a cyclist and reclaimed her running career.
Failure happens - it's what you do with it that matters.
Looking toward the next 100 years - and we're going by bike.
George and his dad won entries to DK200, and the experience did not disappoint.
For the Founders of the Gateway Devo Cycling Team, athlete development is about so much more than the sport of cycling
A New Take on a Classic Trunk Rack
The popular SuperClamp family of hitch racks welcomes a new cargo-compatible addition.
A fresh take on the modular hitch rack.
Our friends at Rouvy share how to make the most of your time indoors with their training application.
From nutrition to rest to bike fit, Lindsay Goldman shares wisdom from life as a pro-athlete.
One handle handles it all.
Pro-cyclist, Lindsay Goldman, shares her pointers from the inaugural Zwift KISS Super League race.
We’re excited to be sponsoring the following teams and advocacy organizations.
By: Lindsay Goldman, professional cyclist for Hagens Berman | Supermint.
Lindsay Goldman, pro-cyclist, on what to do when ambition wanes.
Find out if there’s one near you.
But the payoff is worth the pain.
By: Lindsay Goldman, professional cyclist for Hagens Berman | Supermint.
Pro-cyclist, Lindsay Goldman, interviews her coach for tips on how to maximize trainer miles.
Pro-cyclist, Lindsay Goldman, shares why she opts for time on the trainer.
As part of our Made in the USA blog series, we are exploring why manufacturing in the United States is good for our products.
Dietitian and performance coach, Bob Seebohar, digs deeper into two common conceptions of cycling nutrition.
Sometimes it's difficult to find the motivation to hop on the trainer. Luckily, technology has figured out how to make riding indoors fun, intelligent, and focused.
These sessions are sure to keep you fit all winter long.
Most of us give little thought to putting our bikes on our bike racks, but your rack will work better and longer when you commit to giving it periodic love and attention.
Coach Gordy Paulson lays out some tips to try when your FTP seems stuck in a rut.
Perform well in endurance sports and life with nutrition and daily energy management advice from Coach Matt Dixon.
Get ready for the demands of ‘cross with these strength training exercises.
In the final installment of the series, Cindy Abbott looks back at her podium at Enduro Nationals.
Two new trainers join the CycleOps evolution of smart trainers.
Stay connected to nature with these family-friendly outdoor activities.
Elite coach, Matt Dixon, weighs in on how to thrive – and not fatigue – in the back half of the race calendar.
Learn all about this key power training metric from powerhouse coach and expert, Hunter Allen.
Advice from experienced bicycle explorers on how to travel with your bike.
Pro cyclist Lindsay Goldman reflects on her post-pregnancy journey thus far.
Cycling coach and engineer, Casey Lamers, weighs in on which data to display on your cycling computer.
Two triathletes hit the highway with their trainers in pursuit of the open road and good racing.
You bought a power meter, and you're ready to start riding - but now what? Coach Jim Lubinski weighs in.
Catch up with Brand Advocate, Mike Bauler, along Iowa’s most famous bike ride and you might be in for a surprise.
Expert power training coach, Hunter Allen, weighs in on “no-go” power zones.
We’re celebrating American pride the entire month of July, thanks to a little help from our employees, advocates and retailers.
Coach Matt Dixon focuses on the importance of recovery in this final series installment for athletes seeking a sport/life balance.
Pro-triathlete turned pro-cyclist, Jen Luebke, on what it’s like to switch sports and offers up tips that helped her make the change.
Takeaways from our brand advocates from their first season of riding with a smart trainer.
In part three of this four-part series, elite endurance coach Matt Dixon discusses the role of strength within a larger endurance training lens.
If you’re considering riding with a new power meter, this is why you should consider PowerTap.
Dietitian and performance coach, Bob Seebohar, examines some new nutritional concepts for training and racing.
In part two of this series, Cindy chronicles the trials of being a female pro-enduro racer – plus, a look back at her inaugural race at Sea Otter.
A calendar of bike-lovin’ events around Madison this summer.
In part two of this four-part series, elite endurance coach Matt Dixon addresses key elements in fueling for sports performance and daily energy in work and life.
This Earth Day we’re taking a closer look at the sustainability benefits of American manufacturing.
In this multi-part series we’ll follow pro-rider Cindy on her journey to the 2018 Enduro World Series.
Insights from Master Coach, Tim Cusick, on how to decide if you should train with a power meter.
Find out if there’s one in your neighborhood.
Prepare for the season with this 52-minute FTP-boosting trainer session.
In this four-part series, elite endurance coach Matt Dixon weighs in how to map your training.
Five steps to help you find a new car rack for you and your family of bikes.
An insider’s look at how the casting for the Hammer smart trainer is made here in Madison.
Forget reps and sets - train key cycling muscles by performing these movements for time.
A spotlight on the Magnolia State’s great outdoors.
Winter riding recommendations from our community of cyclists.
Share a photo of your training setup for a chance to win.
Coach Tim Cusick dives into the data of our Product Manager at a recent base training camp.
Our in-house bike rack fitter and test engineer, Todd, shows you the ropes.
From adjusting power to bike position, coach Matt Dixon discusses how to get ready for indoor training.
An excerpt from Fast-Track Triathlete, a new book by endurance coach Matt Dixon.
Find out what makes smart bike trainers the choice of the future.
Why racing all winter long may not be as beneficial as you think.
Get the fundamentals to help integrate yoga alongside your bike training.
Join us in our support for World Bicycle Relief.
Unlock a new way to train on a yellow bike trainer with Zwift.
Employees and advocates share their gift choices for this holiday season.
This trail blazing hitch rack makes its debut on an unique stage: Kickstarter.
An up-close and personal look at testing a new bike rack.
Insights on where to pitch your tent this autumn.
Insights from elite triathlete coach, Matt Dixon, of purplepatch Fitness.
Your car will take you and your bike where you want to go.
A picnic for those on the Project Hero Great Lakes Challenge Ride.
The 2017 CrossFit Games welcomed a new sport into its programming.
Trails, tents and swimming holes. What more could you ask for?
Coach Gordy Paulson weighs in on the watts vs. heart rate debate.
Using CycleOps’ Hammer smart trainer and Zwift as a solution to Seattle’s dreary winters.
What you need for a weekend bike-cation.
Coach Hunter Allen weighs on two common causes and solutions for the dreaded mid-season slump.
Dr. Stephen Cheung shares Chapter 11 from "The Ultimate Nexus of Knowledge and Performance."
Explore America’s great outdoors in a new way this holiday weekend.
This workout helps to develop different tools required to manage the terrain and physical resources on race day.
How to explore America’s great outdoors on two-wheels.
Indoor training has had a reputation it just couldn’t shake – until now.
Coach Joe Friel discusses some early signs of overtraining.
A #bratcakes event for the history books.
The SuperClamp and Freedom Family (2- and 4-Bike Models) are Better Than Ever
How to make the most of every mile on your bike this summer.
Camping + Biking = The best weekend ever.
Did you buy a new car in 2016? Let’s find the perfect bike rack for your new wheels.
Bike through the brat-thru and your first brat is free, on us!
The heart of power accuracy lay in calibration.
Shining the spotlight on other great cycling apps.
Focuses on Advocacy Efforts at Local, State and National Level
Announcing the inaugural Brat Fest Memorial Ride.
Drive somewhere new and bring your bike along for the ride.
Coach Matt Dixon discusses the value of riding on an indoor bike trainer versus riding outside.
Tips to help you transition to the great outdoors.
Quality sleep can help bring your cycling and triathlon performance to the next level.
Coach and dietitian Bob Seebohar helps breakdown the important aspects of daily and sport nutrition.
The ultimate trunk rack wins prestigious design award.
Maximize your time for a successful season ahead with the help of purplepatch Fitness coach and founder, Matt Dixon.
The why, when and how of performance testing as laid out by CTS Coach, Jim Rutberg.
Tips to help your bike rack stay in tip-top shape all winter long.
What it takes to build best-in-class bike trainers in Madison, Wisconsin.
Coach Bob Seebohar highlights the nutritional differences between riding indoors and out.
Coach Bob Seebohar weighs in on how to boost resolution success in the New Year.
Things to consider before making your purchase.
This 30-min workout focuses on speed.
Acting Locally, Thinking Globally
Prepare for next season’s ascents with this climbing-specific bike trainer workout.
Find the bicycle storage that matches your personality.
Tackle 3 intervals in 30-mins and test your VO2 max.
Including a recipe for homemade red pepper oil.
One coach shares what it’s like to be part of the high school MTB movement.
Monitor your training and improvements with this 30-minute workout.
This 30-minute session focuses on high end power.
Cross is coming. Here’s how to prepare for this favorite fall sport.
Kiss pre-packaged waffles good-bye.
A look at some common life changes that may warrant a new bike rack for your car.
Why fall is the best time to make sure you’ve got everything you need.
Science helps explain the strength of our bike racks.
A More Affordable Way to Train with Controlled Resistance
The sky’s the limit with this incredibly customizable meal.
Because success is 80% mental, 20% physical.
What’s in a name, really?
A question asked so frequently, we turned it into a blog post.
Take your waffles to go with this recipe from Feed Zone Portables.
A look back at this year’s Honor Ride Madison.
It all boils down to one thing: a passionate, long-held commitment to American manufacturing.
A favorite for lunch at the Skratch Labs HQ, this recipe from Feed Zone Table is sure to please.
Ways to ensure your bike rack is as ready for summer riding as your bike.
From brake bleeding to basic maintenance, a local scholarship winner shares her experience at UBI’s workshop in Oregon.
Including this weekend’s Dirty Kanza 200.
With every new product, we strive to hit the sweet spot where it performs better than intended. The SuperClamp is one of those examples.
If you bike to the kick-off event of Brat Fest, we’ll buy you up to 6 brats.
From bikes to clothing to transport, these pointers will ensure you're ready for ride on gravel.
Turn that leftover rice into a tasty pre-ride breakfast.
Chef Biju Thomas and Dr. Allen Lim are back in the kitchen with their new cookbook, Feed Zone Table.
Adds the Hammer Direct Drive to Product Line
Exercise, bonding, a sense of freedom – the list goes on and on.
A look at how we observe the best month of the year.
Breakfast, side dish or dessert – whatever you're craving this dish from Feed Zone Table has you covered.
A look at the past, present and future of indoor bike training.
Our product manager describes the final step in product development and what it means when we say "made for cyclists, by cyclists."
Prepare for your next event like the riders in the pro-peloton.
Join us Saturday, May 21st for the 5th Annual Madison Honor Ride.
Into our new 18,375 square foot expansion.
Trade-in your used bike rack at this year’s Sea Otter Classic in Salinas, CA.
Substitute your gelled nutrition with these bites from Skratch Labs.
Dietitian Bob Seebohar takes a closer look at a study examining carbs and time-trials.
Happy Bike, Happy Life. Let us help you find the right fit for your vehicle.
The training possibilities are endless with this accessory.
A protein-packed snack from dietician to the Olympians, Bob Seebohar.
Tips to help emerge from the off-season as a stronger cyclist.
Emerge from winter stronger than ever with these tips and workouts from USA cycling coach, Casey Lamers.
A series of tongue-in-cheek training videos.
Sports, TV and movie recommendations from cyclists just like you. Take a look.
There's no one better equipped to talk about our most innovative products than our owner, Chris Fortune.
Biju Thomas and Dr. Allen Lim are back in the kitchen with a new cookbook, Feed Zone Table.
Tips for those brave enough to face winter race conditions on their fat bikes.
As awarded by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.
All-around yogi guy here at CycleOps leads a 14 minute session aimed at those tight, cycling muscles.
Prepare to sweat with this short indoor bike trainer session.
The National Winner of the 2015 Poster Contest is...
We're excited to announce that Caleb of Somerville, Massachusetts, is the 2015 National Poster Contest Winner!
These bike trainer workouts are sure keep you warm this winter.
An indoor training playlist put together by riders just like you. Listen in.
Juniors cycling coach, Michael Lovegren, weighs in on how power training can help create the next wave of pro riders.
Dave's commitment to riding and community won the New Brunswick Bike Exchange $1,000. Read his story.
Trick-or-treat with your favorite ride this Halloween.
Carmichael Training Systems coach, Jim Lehman, gives some tips on how to dominate your cyclocross season.
Coach Adnan focuses on the key to cycling efficiency: cadence.
It doesn’t matter if you're riding outside or in, tire pressure can make a big impact on your ride.
Leave no one behind, that’s Camille’s motto. Her passion for cycling just earned Bike Hutto $1,000. Read on for her story.
If you want to ride your bike indoors, there are two basic options: a bike trainer or rollers. Read on to learn the difference.
This isn't your usual back-to-school shopping list.
Three ways riding inside can help with the work-school-life-exercise balance.
Seven years ago Ken Ballard of Aubrey, Texas, wouldn't have called himself much of a cyclist. Now he’s an active advocate for the sport. Read on for his story.
If you are planning on spending some time on the bike trainer indoors, remember it should come with a bit of a paradigm shift in your approach to nutrition. Dietitian and coach, Bob Seebohar, explains.
Every rider has their preference on how to best ride inside, especially when it comes to training software and bike trainer of choice. Find which combination works best for you.
Helping support cancer research one pink Bones rack at a time.
This month's winner hails from our hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. You cannot attend a bike-related event in this town without running into Peter. His enthusiasm for all things cycling is down right contagious.
These 10 vehicles account for one out of every four new vehicles sold. We want to help you find the perfect fit for these popular cars.
Training with power will help you train smarter on the bike by carefully monitoring your body's performance and stress over time. Read on to find out how to apply that training on your Ironman race day.
Wisconsin has a proud and long history with the bicycle and the Shifting Gears exhibit showcases just that.
So, how light is the Axis Aluminum? Read on to find out.
One orange bones rack = $15 for Bike MS.
Father's Day is the perfect time of year to spend time with your family on two wheels.
The second monthly winner for the #LongForTheRide campaign celebrates youth cycling with Kinetic Loop Training Systems Junior Cycling Foundation.
Once the products have passed our rigorous standards in the laboratory tests and the theoretical analysis, the last step in our development process is to conduct a user test. And we're looking for some new user testers to help us make our car racks the best they can be. Find out more.
This year Brad vowed to actually rely on the sophisticated electronics and his analytical brain for a strong finish.
A pre-race warm-up is one of the most important things you can do, but what is the best way to do it?
Some dream of sugarplums and candy. Three years ago we had a different kind of vision, a vision of the most incredible, perfect union that could not be resisted. Yes, we’re talking about the bratcake.
Daniel had no idea just how profoundly bicycles would change his life. How could he? He was only 11 years old.
What do bicycle advocacy, a bratcake and professional cyclist Tim Johnson have in common? They'll all be a part of the Ride On Chicago Madison Departure.
We've developed this guide to help you find the right rack for you, your bike and your lifestyle.
Madisonians have risen early to buy an AM bratwurst or two (or twelve) for over a decade at the World’s Largest Brat Fest kick-off event: Take Your Brat to Work Day.
The first monthly winner of the #LongForTheRide campaign celebrates the freedom of the bicycle and the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition in Bellingham, Washington.
Each year cyclists ditch their car from May 1 – 31st. Here’s what we're doing in May to make the best of this awesome, bike-centric month.
Saris Test Engineer, Todd, explains the importance of the TÜV GS certification.
Here at Saris we believe strongly in the power of the bicycle, and no one understands that better than World Bicycle Relief.
Inspired by people using a CycleOps indoor bike trainer to make their lives a little easier, we put together six things we've learned from their stories.
We’re proud to be headquartered in a state with a rich cycling history and are honored to be part of the story.
Join us at Saris for the Honor Ride Madison on Saturday, June 20th, to honor our healing heroes.
The connection between a person’s personality and their car has existed since the invention of the car. Just as your car says a lot about you, so does the rack you choose to put on your car.
Review your favorite car rack or bike storage solution and we'll send you a pair of Saris socks!
Advance your power training knowledge with this in-depth overview.
Whether you're new to power training or just looking for a refresher, we've got you covered with this introduction to power.
Recently we've taken a breath to acknowledge that our position is due to the strong grounding and years of investment and innovation that have come out of these walls for the past forty years.
This week we're taking a closer look at resistance curves and what makes ours so special.
Home to Lambeau Field (aka: The Frozen Tundra) the state of Wisconsin is known for its harsh winters. The upside? A unique, real-time test environment.
Ever wonder how our CycleOps indoor bike trainers work? What makes them unique over other brands like Kurt Kinetic, Tacx or Wahoo Fitness? Easy. It all comes down to science.
And this week we're taking a closer look at flywheels.
Expert Bob Seebohar lays out five tips will help you achieve great success in 2015.
Ever wonder how our CycleOps indoor bike trainers work? What makes them unique over other brands like Kurt Kinetic, Tacx or Wahoo Fitness? Easy. It all comes down to science.
One 300 Pro Indoor Cycle has found a home in a Biology classroom in Berlin, Wisconsin.
For athletes who have been in their sports for a long time, as in several decades, performance declines as they move north of 50 years of age. The research tells us that there are two reasons for this.
A recent article by Outside Magazine suggests that riding inside may be the best way to train. We think so, too.
PurplePatch Fitness coach, Matt Dixon, discusses how critical good habits are to athlete success.
Winter roared back into Madison last week with snow, wind chills worthy of warnings, and near-record low temps. And yet, our winter commuters continued to arrive by bike. So we decided to ask our Saris fat bike enthusiasts what gear they recommended for a fun-filled, tundra-exploring adventure.
We always knew there was something special about the Bones®. Its iconic design has become synonymous with "bike rack" and since its introduction to the market in 1966, we've produced and sold over 1 million.
One of my favorite sessions right now is my Friday morning trainer session, which focuses on neuromuscular firing.
'Twas the day before Holiday vacation, when all through SCG,
Employees left the old farmhouse, and headed home with glee.
It's common for us to receive emails from customers, dealers or reps with various types of product feedback. And with that comes a handful that stand out among the rest, and we wanted to share one of them with you today.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way...to the fridge! The holidays are here and with that comes another article about nutrition for the holidays. But this isn't your typical article telling you to avoid this and that. I want to introduce you to the concept of Nutrition Periodization and how it relates to this time of the year for cyclists.
As I write this post, the snow is quietly falling in our hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. Thanksgiving was last week, and will quickly be followed by Christmas and a plethora of holidays.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way...to the fridge! The holidays are here and with that comes another article about nutrition for the holidays.
It's coming to that time of year when athletes living in cooler climates tend to become very well acquainted with their indoor trainers — and even those of us lucky enough to live in the sunshine hit the trainer more often for off season strength workouts.
What's your dream cycling studio? Let us help you create yours. With #MyCycleOpsStudio we want you get the most out of your cycling experience. Because we believe that if you've got the right equipment — any goal is possible.
This past summer, Saris celebrated its 40th year of existence. Like all companies, we have our own inside stories, or lore. These are the stories that give our company its personality, it charisma, its spirit. In honor of Halloween, we want to share one from the archives. This is a real live ghost story...
Looking to improve your functional threshold power? How about edging
out your competition at the finish line sprint or attacking on the run
up of a cyclocross race? All of these require specific training in
certain power zones but this type of training is hard. Enter nutrition
science and the supplement beta-alanine.
Last week we launched a partnership with Uber Seattle called UberPEDAL, where customers can select an Uber car equipped with a Saris bike rack
I'm a lawyer. My profession — generally speaking — prides itself on the 80-hour workweek or the mega-billable hour year.
Looking for a homemade recovery bar that tastes fantastic? Try this delicious recipe by Sport Dietitian Bob Seebohar.
Our #BikeAsArt photo contest has ended but the movement continues. The photos we received showed dedication toward the bike, its beauty and the beauty the bike brings to its surroundings.
As most of us are likely training year round and do not have the ability to escape the summer heat, we all recognize that it is harder to train when it is HOT!
We are giving away six pieces of our designer bike furniture to people who enter the #BikeAsArt Photo Contest.
From Virginia to the Tour de France, these winning routes took us all over the world. Each route proved to be the best-of-the-best during the week it was submitted during our Route Creation Contest and we think they’re worth queuing up in your riding schedule.
Most people purchase a PowerTap to help them reach new levels in their training. It is an amazing tool for that. Just like pacing on the track, or stroke rate in the pool, it can be a wonderful way to monitor progress and push you to reach higher thresholds. Similarly, power can also help you maximize what your body can offer during those sessions of high intensity when used as a tool to facilitate proper recovery during periods of active rest — a very critical component of training with power.
Ever wondered what a professional triathlete eats in the days leading up to a race? How do they ensure their bodies are ready to perform optimally? PowerTap sponsored athlete, Emma-Kate Lidbury, gives us an insight into what she typically eats — and why — in the days leading into a race.
The widespread availability of reliable power measuring and feedback devices has provided a great toolset for more focused training in endurance sports like cycling and triathlon. However these tools can also be utilized to give advantages during competition.
Since the invention of the bicycle, it has proven to be one of the most ingenious, unfettered forms. Even though trends have come and gone in terms of the shape of the top tube, width of the handle bars, height, wheel size, the basic shape of the bicycle has not changed. It's a classic. It's iconic. And, now it's hip. And hot.
Most of us who lead active lives also lead healthy lives. That includes striving to get enough sleep, have balance, be physically fit and eat well.
Born from all the best features of our top-selling Freedom, we added in your bike's biggest request: no frame contact.
Whether you are a fulltime professional who trains 30 hours a week, we all want to use our training time as effectively as possible.
This coming Friday marks the start of the Giro d'Italia, the first of the Grand Tours that occur every summer.
We challenged a select number of dealers to submit a 30 second video featuring our Solo Glow. With this challenge came an added twist.
Technology for race training has come a long way since the day bikes were built with more than one gear. Today there are spin classes offered in pools, a computer that can track your power and GPS coordinates, and there's even a way to pressurize an entire house in a house so that you're always at a high altitude. So what's a rider to do when preparing for a race that will be held in much warmer climate?
Nutrition and fueling for training is one of the most confusing components of endurance performance, with not only plenty of conflicting and poor information on the subject, but also plenty of data found in the labs of scientists that don’t necessarily translate to the real world.
Winter can be tough. Dark evenings, cold temperatures and often a high risk of sickness and injury between those months of late Autumn and end of Winter.
Cyclocross season is certainly here, with almost a month of racing past already. Oregon and Washington seem to get started earlier and earlier each year, and the team I run and race for during 'cross season went out to our first race back on August 31st.
I asked my little nephew the other day if he knew what a calorie was and he quickly replied, "It's what makes you fat." I didn't know if I wanted to laugh or cry.
As athletes we develop our "North Star" goal early on. From there, with the help and collaboration of coaches and/or advisers, a long-term plan is put in place to achieve that dream. It may be to compete in the Tour de France, to represent your country in the Olympic Games, to win an Ironman, or even just get in shape or ride 100 miles.
Even many of the elite athletes seem to greatly under-prepare for the rigors of competition, limiting any warm up to a gentle jog and a few arm circles, before launching into a high intensity effort.
by Melanie McQuaid, professional triathlete
This active recovery workout is one of my favorites. I like to use this protocol on an easy day or after a hard run workout to find my legs again on the bike. I find that the technique drills are key to reminding my body to recruit the right muscles for cycling, especially when I am switching from running to cycling constantly.
From The Feed Zone Cookbook by Chef Biju Thomas and Dr. Allen Lim
Of course, you can easily and affordably purchase rotisserie chicken at your local market, but there's something special about roasting your own. And the leftovers are great when used in other recipes.
An Interview with Todd Mader, Saris Cycling Group Test Engineer
What does a Test Engineer do at Saris?
In a nutshell, break stuff! I help develop our internal test standards and ensure our products can take the abuse they'll see over their lifetime in the field.
The off season? I don't think there really should be such a thing for amateur athletes. To me, the off season is about keeping your fitness, not losing it. After I finished my career as a pro cyclist, I still trained pretty hard in the spring and summer and thought I needed to take time off in the winter like I did when I raced professionally.