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Ahh, that explains why I was killing myself to stay with you! We'll have to "race" again some pre-ride if you come down for any races. @RealityMonster

3 years, 2 months ago on The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo: Ready To Race

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An anonymous commenter wanted me to post this, and I think he makes a few great points:

Cycling century rides have 50% (+/-) female participation, running races from 5K to marathon often have more women than men and triathlons have enough female participation to warrant major women-only tri's. So what is it about bike racing that is such a disincentive for female participation compared to these other endurance sports that, on the surface, would seem to appeal to the same type of athlete? Has anybody studied this? If so, I've never seen it. One thing is certain, women are not men -- so treating them as though they are just a slower men's class will frustrate the women, the promoters and even a fair number of the men competitors. I'm on dangerous ground here I know, but women are not generally inspired by the same emotional stimuli as men . THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS, but we all know certain things appeal more to men them women, and vice-versa (how many guys do you know that saw the Mamma Mia or Twilight movies multiple times?). The ultimate problem may be that, for whatever reason, bike racing may only be appealing to the minority of the general female population that are those exceptions. If that's the case, then we need to be asking women endurance athletes who DON"T race bikes how to increase the fields. I'm NOT saying that we need to make the sport cute or pretty (mud runs draw plenty of women competitors). I'm making the point that there are a LOT of women endurance athletes in America, maybe we should find out why THEY aren't racing bikes to better understand what needs to be done.

3 years, 2 months ago on Women’s Wednesdays: The Women Of Cyclocross Speak Up

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Actually, Emma White is a top level amateur. Additionally, Simon Burney and Adam Myerson spoke as coaches, and their opinions are focused on amateur racers! Maybe we will do a follow up with more top level amateurs if people are interested in hearing about more on run training. Personally, I whole-heartedly agree that running will toughen you up- love it! @TravisBook

3 years, 3 months ago on Prepping for the Season: To Run or Not to Run

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I'll look into it! This was just the tip of the iceberg with recent studies. I'll see what's out there! @ryanscotthamilton

3 years, 3 months ago on Women’s Wednesdays: The Gender Gap, Scientifically Explored

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That's really interesting, I'm glad you have more insight than my doctor at the time did... he just saw the numbers, didn't know what they meant. Unfortunately my insurance now is terrible so I can't figure anything more out until it improves a bit... @topherfox

3 years, 3 months ago on The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo: Death Before DNF

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That's a great idea! I'm going to have to try that...

And thanks, I'm so glad you enjoy reading the column!

@Robtgarn

3 years, 4 months ago on The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo: Building a Base for Base

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@nealjsivula

OK, here it is:

Molly's super easy vegan banana bread recipe

4 ripe bananas

1/3 cup hemp protein*

1/3 cup soy protein powder*

1/3 cup brown or raw sugar

4 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup ground flaxseeds

1 teaspoon baking powder

* or some other combination of protein powders. I just like this because hemp is kind of grassy tasting, so I don't want a ton of it, and the soy vanilla protein powder acts like a sweetener.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix ingredients, toss into muffin tins

Bake 40 min (or until you can put a toothpick in and it comes out clean. Underdone banana bread is terrible.)

Makes about 12 muffins.

Awesome for pre/post ride snacks, and I've even stuffed them in my jersey pockets for during long endurance rides.

3 years, 4 months ago on The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo: Building a Base for Base

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