A very common site of pain in cyclists is the front of the knee. This video explains the reasons why and gives you the steps to take to resolve the knee pain.
It’s 6pm on the first Thursday of the Covid-19 lockdown. My wife is back home with the past hour and a half from her job at the Cork University hospital. That’s 90 minutes where I could take my eyes off the ball. For anyone with kids, you will understand how that ball can get into a world of trouble if left unattended. Our ball of joy is Roisin, a spritely one who has been recently promoted to a position of management three weeks ago. She bosses me around my own home, except for nap time and after 5pm!
I had to stop to think there about my introduction to adventure racing and how many races I’ve entered over the years. The answer to that is 13, and unfortunately no one knows the answer to when the next one will be. The purpose of this piece of writing is simply to applaud the people behind Quest for bringing their top quality events to the fore front of adventure racing here in Ireland and not only that, they continue to add and improve their collection.
On the eve of the famous Quest Glendalough, I speak for all of the adventure racing community in saying that both Boris Yeltsin and Joni Mitchell were absolutely spot on with their statements. I’ll leave you to google the Joni Mitchell song and let you in on the Boris quote; “We don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone. Freedom is like that. It’s like air, when you have it, you don’t notice it.”
Ah yes, that very much applies to both our current life situation and the adventure racing calendar. We are going to miss the buzz of Quest Glendalough this weekend. We’ll miss the drive over the sally gap to get to Laragh on the day before. The registration and its electric atmosphere brimming with athletes and nervous excitement for the following day. Then you have race day and the big green field. The field always has more characters in it then the movie itself! You’ll see every square meter of it teeming with life on the morning of the race. Look closely and you’ll notice the sneaky urinator who thinks he’s well-hidden between two vans, or the desperate Dan asking around for a spare helmet. You’ll hear the cries of concern and the denial of training from the group of friends who now feel just like they did all those years ago on the morning of their leaving cert. Then there’s always the character who is a bit behind schedule and fumbling over their bike trying to remove the Quest sticker from its paperback. Is there any way you can make this process a little easier Quest committee??!
I personally love the way each wave is fenced off in the top bit of the field, making us feel like a pack of bulls about to be let loose on the streets of Pamplona. Don’t change a thing, it’s a great feeling.
The race itself has many faces. Of course, it depends on what route you’ve picked that day. Whichever one, if all goes accordingly, you will get to experience the truly amazing kayak around the upper lake at Glendalough. Your face is guaranteed to smile, even if it has grimaced the majority of the time on your way to this point in the race. To make another movie reference, two is not too many, the sport route passes Glenmalure lodge pub, the same pub used in “The Stag”. A classic Irish version of “The Hangover”. I’m watching more TV then ever with the past few weeks. Stuck into “The Mandalorian Star Wars” episodes at the moment, quality. I’ll stop now!
Quest Glendalough, like all of the other Quest races, is superbly organised in order to make it consistent, yet it is never consistently the same. Each time you race this race, it will always throw something new at you. Whether it be the weather, or maybe your competition/friends have switched tactics and made a run for it early on in the race and you have to play catch-up or the extra few pints the night before have allowed you to descend hills quicker than normal and ascend them slower than usual!
I can’t help but feel this blog reads like I am lamenting the loss of Quest Glendo forever. I’m not. With a bit of luck, it might be rescheduled for another date later this year. All is not lost, we, the adventure racing community, are getting the opportunity to gather for a virtual bike ride this Saturday morning. The good people at Kayathlon are organising a turbo trainer session for any adventure racers looking to spin their legs for a good cause. While the good people at Elite Events have set up a social and emotional movement called The Green Wave. So far, they have delivered over 3,000 cups of coffee and gratitude to our healthcare workers around the country. Give them what you can through their go fund me page, www.gofundme.com/f/the-green-wave
Long live Quest Glendalough!
John Phelan aka The BikeFit Physio
Common cycling injuries: treatment and prevention. Here's a few videos showing the most common cycling injuries and how to manage them.
The video looks at the reasons for developing iliotibial band pain with regards to cycling and how to treat it.
This interactive workshop will be ideal for people who have been participating in adventure racing with a while and wish to enhance their performance and improve their results. The workshop will better your understanding and performance of the two disciplines; biking and trail running, and at the same time, have the opportunity to ask the expert some questions and share some laughs about past experiences on the roads and mountains!SIGN UP BY CLICKING : HERE
ABOUT THE VENUE: Our new clinic, the Life Fit Studio is in upper Ballygarvan and has plenty of space for groups like this. There are some lovely cycle routes on our doorstep making this a perfect choice for such a workshop. We’re proud of our cosy coffee corner too. Look forward to regular breaks to chill out on the couch and meet fellow Questies over coffee and cake.
COST: 85 EURO PER PERSON
CAPACITY: 15 PEOPLE
PARKING: FREE PARKING AVAILABLE ON THE GROUNDS OF THE CLINIC
9 – 9:30am : Registration and greeting
9:30am : Welcoming and intro to the day’s activities
09:45am: Group presentation on bike fit, bike safety check, posture on the bike and cycling technique
10:45am : Gathering and prepping bikes for cycle
11:00am : Group ride (60-70mins) A relaxed and guided cycle with The Bike Fit Physio. This is a chance for you to practice what you have learned from the previous presentation. You will also get feedback on your cycling posture and an opportunity to ask for tips on bike handling or anything cycling related.
IMPORTANT: PLEASE BRING HIGH-VIS AND HELMET WITH YOU FOR THE CYCLE.
YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO HOLD A 20KM/HR AVERAGE SPEED FOR THE ROUTE
12:15pm: Gather for lunch at the clinic. Lunch will be included in the price. Tips on kayaking to be one of the lunch topics.
1:30pm: Interactive talk on running and how to avoid common running injuries. This will include a running gait analysis on someone from the audience!
2:30pm: Gather and car share to Tracton Woods (15mins away) for a guided group trail running session. Again, another chance for you to practice what is preached! Lovely setting with some nice trails.
4:30pm: Back at the studio for a Q&A, and cake!
The workshop will be lead by myself, John Phelan
Please note, due to the nature of the workshop including two outdoor sessions, the timing may not be kept to a tee, please give yourself extra time at the end of the day to allow for this.
Do I need to have entered an adventure race in the past in order to attend this workshop?
Not at all. However please note this workshop is aimed at the intermediate athlete. You should be confident in your ability to cycle in a group and run forest trails.
Should I bring my own bike to the workshop?
Yes, It is a requirement that you have your own bike and that you are confident in cycling it and able to maintain an average speed of at least 20km/hr
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Best to drive as public transport does not stop at our clinic. Free parking on site.
What should I bring with me to the event?
Your clothes that you cycle in, including your helmet and high-vis. You will also need clothes to wear when trail running (trail runners, spare leggings or shorts, few layers). Spare socks and change of shoes is a must. You can bring your lunch if you wish, otherwise lunch will be included. (selection of soup and sambos)
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Email John at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 086-2451430
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Yes, please email to say you are transferring it to someone else
What if I do not want to go on the cycle?
You can use the facilities at the clinic. There is plenty of space to stretch and move with a coffee corner for refreshments.
Will there be light refreshments available?
Coffee and cake will be readily available on the day!
What’s the refund policy?
Full refund once 48 hours notice is given.
Will there be a waiting list?
Yes, a waiting list will be set up. If the event has reached capacity, email email@example.com to be put on the waiting list.
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We are specialists in Sport and Exercise Medicine and offer cycling camps with professional elite level medical and coaching support for all levels of cyclists.
Our corporate camps are held in a stunning location and utilise relaxing exclusive accommodation in the world renowned cycling destinations of the Tuscan Hills, Italy.
Simply put they contain the key ingredients of the perfect corporate event or team building exercise.
A Christmas special and second video in the Ring of Beara cycle series that looks at how to keep tabs on your chain. Includes how to check the length of the chain, keep it clean and use the best gear ratios for efficiency and longevity of the chain. All done in a Christmas Fairy Outfit :)