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Start Fast or Pace Evenly?

Study suggests that a slightly fast start may pay off.<p>There's a longstanding debate about whether even pacing in always best in long (i.e. more than about four minutes) races. Physiologically, it makes sense -- but when you look at the actual pacing patterns of world records, they almost …

Meanwhile, in Japan...

Last week, while we focused on silly things, Kenichi Ito set a 100m world record. On all fours.<p>Well, readers, this is what happens when you take your eye off the ball. Last week, while we were all in a tizzy over the (fake) 1-year-old who ran a marathon and the (real) angry man who told runners to …

B.A.A. 5K Field Size Increases to 10,000

Race moved to two days before 2014 Boston Marathon.<p>The 2014 B.A.A. 5K will have a larger field cap of 10,000, and the race will be held on April 19, two days before the Boston Marathon, rather than its usual day-before-the-marathon running, the Boston Athletic Association announced on Tuesday.<p>“We …

Aluminum Frames Are Back—And Better than Ever

No longer synonymous with a rough ride, aluminum is back in demand—and the frames are smoother than ever<p>Just 10 years ago, most high-quality bikes sold in the United States were made from aluminum or related alloys. As recently as 2003, our annual Buyer’s Guide featured only a handful of …

This Is the Story of Damian Lopez Alfonso

This is not the story of The Boy Who Survived The Horrible Accident Then Became An Icon Of Courage And Hope<p>The handless cyclist’s coach is not happy.<p>The cyclist is stretched out nearly horizontal, tracing a smooth, swift arc down a hill, on his bicycle, where he is most still and, one suspects, …

The Transcendent Pain

In which we dig deep into the history and the latest research of the revered art of suffering and discover some good news: You can always go harder. Or is that the bad news?<p>“VENGA! VENGA!”<p>I’m on a long climb somewhere in the north of Spain, and my team director is screaming in my earpiece. It’s a …

“The situation is painful and sad, but these types of breakages show how basic structural mechanics are a big part of racing." -Francois Gabart on dismasting in the Transat Jacques Vabre. Read Bruce Gain's blog at http://bit.ly/1cO0C04

New Humphreys Class40

<i>Andreas Hanakamp gives us the guided tour to Christof Petter's new Vaquita</i><p>The Transat Jacques Vabre is providing a good preliminary reference for the …

I’m Grateful…

Unless you’re racing at Ironman Cozumel, Thanksgiving is the time where we all forget we’re supposed to be on a<p>dietnutrition plan. The only race …

Two Simple Tests To Predict Shin Splints

Think you have them? Try these now.<p>The current issue of the <i>British Journal of Sports Medicine</i> has a study by Australian researchers who worked with a group of 384 soldiers during training. At the start of the study, they performed a couple of simple diagnostic tests; then, over the next 16 months, …