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Avoiding two Key Triggers of Injury and Overtraining

“A vein of either good or bad form can strike unexpectedly at any time, but a proper reaction will avoid key mistakes that lead to overtraining and injury”
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The Iron Man

On the occasion of the death of ‘The Iron Man’ – Mick Murphy – I am making available this chapter from my book The Rás: The Story of Ireland’s Unique Bike Race (Collins Press 2003).

Some background to this story, along with a reflection on the wider character that was Mick Murphy, is also available here ….

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Mick Murphy – a Reflection

I wrote this reflection on the death of the legendary Kerry cyclist, Mick Murphy, at the time of his death in Sept. 2005.  It gives some background to the story that I wrote about him in my book about the Rás , along with a reflection on the wider character that was Mick Murphy.

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Time to Assess the Sunday Group Ride?

“The Sunday morning group spin is one of the undervalued cornerstones of cycling development but, with many new clubs, they are sometimes occurring without the benefits of tradition and long-experienced riders”
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Going the Distance part 4 – Recovery, the Secret Ingredient

“Recovery is even more important for older athletes – for our performance, overall health and enjoyment of the sport in general”
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Going the Distance part 3 – Performance and Training

“It is a mistake to think of physiological ageing as a linear progression, with the various elements of fitness declining in tandem with each other”
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Going the Distance part 2 – A Solid Foundation

“To retain as much muscle and bone density as possible from our mid-40s, we have to prioritise load-bearing, strength-type training”
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Going the Distance – Introduction

“With appropriate training, the physiological impact of ageing can be hugely reduced and older cyclists can achieve levels of performance beyond their imaginations”

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