The Mt. Everesting Challenge

The Mt. Everesting Challenge was a trending challenge for many pros and amateurs who are stuck in quarantine since racing is canceled. It’s a given that all athletes who attempt and complete this challenge are complete masochist who find enjoyment out of enduring. What is the Mt. Everesting Challenge? It’s climbing 29,029 ft or 8848 meters, which is the same height as Mt. Everest. Cyclist will find and choose a road and they will climb the same road until they reach the same amount of elevation as Mt. Everest. The rules can be found on https://everesting.cc/the-rules/. The link goes further in depth with how long of a break you can have and the rules of the road you must climb. This ride will gain some attention as it is an impressive flex.
Here are some tips we have gathered if you’re interested in tackling your first Mt. Everest Challenge.

Support
If you’re going to be riding on the same climb repeatedly, bring out your crew for the last half of the challenge. If you can complete a century, you can probably ride the first half on your own. After that halfway mark, you may need some social support to get you motivated and pumped. Plus, knowing that they drove all the way down and came out to support you, you’ll be even more motivated to finish.

Eat early, eat often
Be sure not to go too crazy with the gels and caffeine. Eat early and eat as much as you can because it’ll become more difficult to digest food later in the challenge. Gels consist of so much carbohydrate in the packet that it is important to also pair it with plenty of water. Too many Gels without enough water will cause an upset stomach and can potentially ruin your entire challenge. You don’t want an upset stomach for the Everesting challenge.
Caffeine
Use caffeine sparingly and appropriately. It is probably best at the very start of ride sparingly to get you going and towards the end of the ride. Too much caffeine during an event like this can cause a caffeine crash. What you may experience is extreme tiredness from the buildup of adenosine which are flooding your brand cells. In addition, you don’t want to be feeling more tired after consuming caffeine prior to first starting the challenge because you would feel worse than you should be.

Pace Yourself
Don’t start off too fast. At the start, make sure you go a bit slower than you think you need to. Overexerting yourself too early can cost you hours at the end. It’s a lot easier to go faster at the last half than it is to go fast at the start and recover from it. If you have access to a power meter, that will be incredibly more powerful. With a power meter, you can pace the climb and all its sections accordingly by making sure you stay within the proper zone. With the addition of the Heart Rate Monitor, you can also make sure you don’t spike your heart rate and keep that well-managed.
With this resource, continue to gather enough information so you can tackle your next Everesting Challenge!

The Perfect Indoor Set Up At Home

Looking to train indoors and self-quarantine yourself? Already bought a bike, but don’t want to ride outside? Indoor Training has never been better during this day and age with platforms like Zwift and modern equipment to improve your very own indoor gym training. Here are a list of equipment that will improve your training experience.

  • A Direct Drive Trainer.
    • With a direct drive trainer you can really enjoy the feeling of versatile terrain. Whether you use Zwift or Trainer Road you will be able to experience the virtual climbing or resistance the direct drive train has to offer with erg mode.
  • Your Indoor Trainer Bike.
    • Whether or not you want to use your original bike. Why not have a specific bike for your indoor training? Now you don’t have to take your wheel on and off the bike and just leave it on the trainer. However, a bike that fit’s you properly is the most important aspect when approaching your indoor training. We recommend that comfort is going to allow you to perform your best. So make your check out our Union Sport Saddles or consider a bike fit to optimize your performance.
  • A global industrial 24inch fan.
    • What you want is the cool air continuing to circulate around your body. When your riding outside what happens is the wind is keeping you cool. While riding hard indoors your body temperature can really jump up because there is less air flowing against your skin. With a large industrial 24inch fan you will have every inch of your body covered to make sure your body is staying cool.
  • Soft Cushion Trainer Floor Mat
    • You want a mat where you can accumulate every drip of sweat from your hard sessions.
  • Flat Screen TV with Apple TV or Roku
    • The bigger the screen the more it will feel like as if you were riding outside. Rather than squinting your eyes on a laptop or ipad screen you’ll be able to stay relaxed to look at the large pixels in front of you. Focusing on the watts your Coach had prescribed you.
  • Training Peaks Workout, Trainer Road or Zwift Software
    • Riding on a trainer without any software is old school. Back in the day the Russians would have their athletes stare at a wall and train for 2-4hours. All in the efforts of building mental toughness. That’s pretty badass however, nowadays with training software you can entertain yourself while having effective training.
  • Sweat Resistant HeadPhones
    • You want the ability to focus and tune out the world. Your training is the most important thing in the world and you don’t want anyone or thing to bother you. Enhance your ability to focus by focusing on the sound of your breath and 150bpm pump up music.

If you don’t mind spending some cash on a nice training environment and tools. Having all of these things can certainly put a pep in your step when it comes to getting on the bike and getting in a great workout.

If you think we missed anything let us know!

How to Influence your Family or Friends into Riding

Riding a bike provides wonderful set of feelings and a lifestyle to live by. This lifestyle is one that is focused on performance wherein you get the appropriate amount of rest, healthy eating, and get stronger every day. In addition, you receive the feelings of freedom and adventure as you are coasting with the wind on your face, smelling your surroundings, and seeing the view in front of you.

However, what is the point of life if you can’t share it? In this post, we are going to be describing 3 ways on how you can influence your family and friends into riding a bike.

  • Live by Example

Day to day intensity and week to week consistencies are magnets that bring people to a call of action. Everyone wants to be the better version of themselves than they were yesterday. Through you, they will see that riding a bike is healthy. This will subconsciously influence how they think, behave, and act within their own lives. For instance, if you practice going to bed early so you could wake up early for some Saturday morning training, sooner or later, your family will admire your discipline and will want to also be better. By doing this, you practically “walk the talk”.

  • Have a Different Approach

It’s easy to tell someone what to do, especially your own family or friends. However, it is hypocritical if your words don’t inspire action or have meaning. Are you true to your word and actually do what you say do? How can you tell them that training on a bike is a healthy lifestyle if you’re not a living proof of it? Speak from experience instead of giving your opinions and making comments. Take your opinions and ask them questions. For example, instead of saying “you should buy a bike so you can train and become healthy”, you should really say “do you think buying a bike would help improve your overall health?”. Practice this kind of dialogue to better influence others.

  • Start Them Off Easy

Let’s face it. You are beyond their level of fitness. Most especially if you’re competitive, you probably train instead of exercise. Now training is much different than exercise. Don’t let your ego get in the way and destroy them on their first ride just so you can prove them that you are better. They are already aware that you are fit and that is why they are inspired to ride in the first place. There is no need to rub your fitness in their faces. Instead, encourage them by keeping it fun and easy. Creating a fun experience for them will give them a shot of dopamine and will want to come back again. On the other hand, making it too difficult will not allow them to experience that dopamine hit. As a result, they will then be turned off by the idea because it’s just too difficult. Remember to keep it fun and light since they are just starting out.

Successfully influencing your family or friends in riding bikes can have its benefits for you too. They will have a better understanding of what you are experiencing and your need to go out and train for so long. In addition, you’ll now have a common hobby to bond over, and perhaps even a training partner during your recovery rides. Lastly, you will impact their life by improving their health.

How cycling benefits your practical life

SEND IT!

This is what any mtn biker or Cyclist going downhill navigating at speed would say. However, let’s be real. Other than the adrenaline rush and the healthy lifestyle of training. Riding a bike benefits your practical life and will give you 4 reasons why.

  • Looking for a place to settle.

Riding your bike you have the ability to go on long rides around your neighborhood. You will have excuses to ride in a different direction than you would have if you were in your car. You will develop the ability to know which neighborhoods are obviously a low, middle or high-end income. Cyclist know this because they’ll naturally flock towards less busy streets, and wider road bike lanes.

  • Shortcuts

Mtn Bikers and Cyclist will always be able to find the alternate route. All to often we’ve over extended ourselves out training or riding and have completely bonked. Avoiding the emergency call to the wife or Mom and Dad to come pick you up. You quickly think to yourself the fastest and most efficient way to make it back home.

  • Sense of Direction

Being out on the roads or trail you can intuitively figure out how to make your way back home or to your car. With no cell service out in the mountains you’ll have no choice, but to figure it out. Nowadays with Google Maps and Waze we all to often rely on our phones for a sense of direction. However if your friend or significant other rides bike. Best believe that they’ll have a sense direction to always get you back home. Did I mention they’re decent drivers too?

 

  • 6th Sense

This brings us to my last point of having a 6th sense. Dodging traffic, descending canyons and riding technical single track gives bike riders the ability to understand speed and the distance of an object. Will be able to see from afar whether a car is going to fast and has to break hard.

Other than the pure fun, joy, adrenaline rush and competition that bike riding gives us. Hopefully this gives you enough of a reason on why you need to get out and ride. Riding benefits your practical in so many ways and these are just four of them.

What Type of Bike Should I Buy?

Any new rider looking for a new bike can cause analysis paralysis. With so many different options and types, it’s difficult to even know where to begin. However, you’re in luck because you’ve come to the right place. Union Sport is here to ease the burden and will help narrow down your bike choices so that you can find the right bike that fits your needs.

Where do I want to ride? 

First and foremost, you must figure out what you’re trying to achieve with your new bike. By identifying what your goals are, you will be able to find the best bike that fits your needs. These are some of the basic questions you could ask yourself in trying to figure out what you are looking for:

  • Do I want to buy a bike because I live right near the mountains where I can go riding on some technical single track?
  • Do I want to buy a bike to train indoors using a trainer for Zwift?
  • Do I want to buy a bike to ride around the lake?
  • Are the mountains where I ride have wide dirt fire roads?

Chances are, if you live near the mountains and have a lot of technical single track, you may want to consider a Cross Country Mountain Bike. Either a Hardtail or Full Suspension will be great for this.  Consider a downhill bike if you live in some high mountainous areas or near a place where you can get a ski lift for some downhill mountain track.

If you live near the mountains, but on wide fire roads, a gravel bike may really suit you and may even get you through some technical terrain. The speed and distance you’ll be able to cover on the fire road with your gravel bike will be so much more than a Mountain Bike.

 

Fast, Comfortable, and Light Weight Road Bikes

If you are looking to take it to the streets and enjoy the café group rides or even the competitive nature of fit cyclists battling out at the Wednesday night world championships, that’s the bike for you. However, even road bikes have their own deep subcategories such as Enduro, Aero, and Lightweight.

These are the three categories bike manufactures will be producing and they just may be labeled differently among each brand. You just need to decide which best suits you.

The Enduro Road Bikes are focused on the performance of a smooth ride. A ride that will allow you to feel comfortable and cover long distances.

The Aero Road Bikes are the fast-looking bikes engineered for performance in aerodynamics and speed. They are fast because the bike frames are designed to cut through the wind.

The Lightweight Bikes are focused on different quality grades of carbon. The more you can spend, the lighter you can get. Note that it is a great bike for all around performance in climbing the hills and canyons.

However, in this day and age, road bikes have developed so much with R&D (Research and Development) that your lightweight bike can also be aero and comfortable. Even your Aero bikes can be lightweight if you are willing to spend some coin on it.

 

The Commuter 

If you’re a commuter looking to ride to and from work, opt for the road bike because you can cover more mileage comfortably and faster.

A road bike may be overkill if you are looking to ride on the beach bike paths. Consider the commuter city bike if you’re looking to ride with your kids or family at the beach bike path. A city bike will be a nice ride because of its comfortability and easy bike handling. Riding your flashy road bike on 25mm road tires may be a bit hard to handle because you’ll be going faster than anyone on the beach’s bike path. In addition, with the pavement having sand, you’ll experience less traction. The city bike is the perfect bike that will allow you to travel at a decent speed, but still have all the traction on the sandy bike paths.

Hopefully all of that answers your questions on What Type of Bike Should I Buy?  If you are still unsure after reading this, shoot us a comment and will answer your questions.

Honorable Mentions: 

Fat Tire Bike – Great for riding on snow or sand because of its wider surface area.

Beach Cruiser – The name says it all. Great for cruising on the beach.

Time Trial Bike/Triathlon – Great for someone who is looking to race for individual pursuit or participate in a triathlon. These bikes are engineered for pure speed.

Fixed Gear – No Breaks! Popular bike for Bike Messengers because of the low maintenance. It’s also the bike that you’ll be using for the track.

Ride on!

The Tuna Tortilla, Lettuce Sandwich Wrap

Off on a Mountain Bike Adventure and tired of the Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich Snack? We are too and that’s why we want to push for a great alternative for Cyclist and Mtn Bikers could enjoy. In this post we are going to be discussing why you should like eating the Tuna Sandwich, how to make it and the best way to eat it!

Other than tasting great the Tuna Sandwich contains great sources of protein, omega fatty acids, and is low in fat. “Fatty fish are a good source of long chain n-3 FA, which are believed to have health benefits for the prevention and treatment of these non-communicable diseases.” (Maqbool, A., Strandvik 2011) With the addition of fresh premium vegetables and herbs such as cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, chives, celery and almonds, this sandwich can really pack a punch in its nutritional to calorie ratio. This Sandwich can really pack a punch in its nutritional to calorie ratio.

What you’ll need

Materials

  • Food Processor & Fork
  • Ice Cream Scooper for your Tuna Mix
  • Large Bowl
  • Small Bowls to hold your Veggies


Main Ingredients

  • Red Onion
  • Spinach
  • Romania tomatoes
  • Fresh Cucumber
  • Canned Albacore Tuna
  • Organic Celery
  • Butter Lettuce
  • Honey Oats Wheat Bread
  • Whole Wheat Tortilla

Spread

  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon Honey Mustard
  • Basil Pesto

 Nuts

  • Sliced Almonds

 Herbs

  • Chives
  • Parsley

 Other

  • Extra Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Lemon Juice

How to make it:

  • Slice your vegetables
  • Celery Stalk, Red Onion, Cucumbers, Parsley, Chives, Sliced Almonds
  • Add these vegetables to your Food Processor for a nice refined texture.
  • Now mix and all of these ingredients in a large bowl until it’s thoroughly mixed.
  • Add in a few Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, and Mayonnaise!
  • Open Up and add into your bowl the wild albacore tuna.
  • Mix and season it to your personal liking.

Preparation:

  • You can either use your Honey Oat Bread, Whole Wheat Tortilla, or Butter Lettuce for this. For this case will be using the Honey Oat Bread.
  • Have two slices of Honey Oat Bread prepared and add a in a Tbsp of Basil Pesto on one side of the bread. On the other slice of bread add the Dijon Mustard and spread both evenly.
  • Place your spinach and lettuce wrap on the bread. With a Ice Cream scooper or spoon add your Tuna Mix.

We find the Tuna Sandwich with Honey Oat Wheat Bread absolutely taste the best. It’s a sandwich after all and can be treated like a meal. However, for a hungry athlete we’d say it’s more of a snack!

Personally, we find the best way to eat the Tuna Sandwich for Athletes on the go is the Tuna Sandwich Tortilla Wrap. It’s clean, easy to pack and you can even it while riding if you need too!

Feeling healthy? Go for the Butter Lettuce Tuna Wrap for less carb’s and calories from the bread. With fresh butter lettuce this sandwich can really help in keeping the calories low.

 

Reference:

Maqbool, A., Strandvik, B., & Stallings, V. A. (2011, November). The skinny on tuna fat: health implications. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4675452/