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Monday, August 20, 2012

Smart Athlete Training + Chico Racing Support Exceptional Youth


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Smart Athlete Training and Chico Racing Support Haliburton Youth at Crank The Shield 2012

August 16, 2012Smart Athlete founder Peter Glassford has partnered with Chico Racing to enable local Haliburton rider Owen Flood the chance to ride Crank The Shield 2012.


In support of the next generation of mountain bikers and in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the sport and the 4th edition of Crank the Shield, Smart Athlete Training has teamed up with Chico Racing to support youth rider Owen Flood on his quest to conquer the 3 day race through the rugged Canadian Shield. Owen has been instrumental in growing the sport of mountain biking in the Haliburton community as well as a key contributor to the 2012 edition of Crank. Together, Smart Athlete and Chico Racing will provide financial support and event preparation services to allow Owen to tackle the demanding 3 day race solo.


Smart Athlete Training is once again the official training partner for Crank The Shield.  Founded by Peter Glassford in 2010, Smart Athlete Training specializes in endurance coaching, technical skill development and nutritional optimization for 'everyday' athletes. Peter has built his experience through a degree in Kinesiology, apprenticeship with Steve Neal (Crossfit Orangeville) and his personal experience as an elite mountain bike racer for Trek Canada.  Smart Athlete is the official training partner of Crank The Shield providing participants with a free training plan and weekly email newsletter focused on getting the most out of the Crank experience. For more information, visit www.smartathlete.ca.


Taking place September 14 – 16, Crank The Shield is a 3 day point-to-point adventure through some of Ontario's most rugged terrain. Combining amazing trails, awesome food, and top notch accommodations, Crank has grown to become one of North America's most popular stage races attracting riders from across Canada and the United Stated. The 2012 edition will see the participation of Olympian Geoff Kabush and teammate Derek Zandstra (Scott-3 Rox Racing) as well as over 300 riders of varying abilities and experience. For more information, visit www.cranktheshield.com.

Courtesy Matt Paziuk, Chico Racing


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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

How is your IT band ?

In regards to this older post I got the following question. Please let me know your thoughts.

hey i was just googling duck feet and IT band problems when running. I run as well, and throughout High school the IT band was always stiff and i had to stretch it alot. my knee hurts mostly my right and i sat down with my legs hanging down like you demenstrated and my right one goes outward more then the other. My HS Coach told me to try and stand stright as often as possible. how can i fix this probablem?
you can see all the muscles attaching to the ITB
 they are the first place to start reducing ITB issues along with movement patterns

My thoughts:
Hey Eric Thanks for question and visiting the site. 

*** here are some places to start looking if I had ITB issues, I would recommend you see your local kinesiologist and/or physio-chiro-osteo to get a more focused idea of what is most tight and causing your ITB pain … this will help maximize your time spent mobilizing ***

Remember the IT band is a fairly stiff (not elastic) structure connecting bones/muscles. Since it is not a muscle it is not really the focus of our stretching/rolling(smr). So the issue tends to be tight hip flexor/glutes or issues at ankle/knee or even low back NOT SOMETHING ON SIDE OF LEG TO BE STRETCHED AND ROLLED EXCESSIVELY. 

Right legs tend to be commonly affected and I think a lot of this has to do with our seated postures through the day. Most easy to implicate would be our driving posture where we sit more on our right glute(butt cheek) and use our right leg (ankle/knee/hip flexion-extension) to push/release the gas/brake pedals. 

So obvious things to try to minimize and/or change are your seated posture. 
- avoid being the driver if you can. 
- take frequent breaks from driving
- modify position frequently
- try to sit more square on seat (both butt cheeks) ... some cars are tougher due to offset of steering wheel/pedals. 
- use cruise control whenever possible to limit contractions in right leg. 

- in general minimize seated postures, use standing work stations. 

-> get out your roller (ideally TP therapy products and/or lacrosse or hard tennis balls) and roll butt cheeks/hamstrings and quads. Don't ignore the quads, making sure to roll inside, middle and outside the quad. 
-> ensure your bike allows for your feet to sit in their natural way (ie. for you toe out / duck footed) as this could cause stress on ITB. 
-> try to roll before any activity to help 'loosen' things up 
→ lower bike seat slightly for a bit to decrease strain a bit further. 
→ make stretching post ride and/or during the day ( many of my athletes do as separate workout) this should be full body and looking always for change/improvement from the stretch/smr. 
→ try to avoid painful ranges / sports / movements but also try to push the range of moment you can function in with rolling/stretching/movement. 
 -> watch knee dropping in during pedaling, walking, running, box jumping etc.   keep those knees out !  mobilitywod video discussing this knees out in stair climbing

Keep me posted and best of luck

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