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THE ELIXIR OF LIFE
After reading the March issue , I’ve signed up for my first ever tri at the sprightly age of 63. The feature that finally made me bite the bullet was your ‘Build a Winning Triathlon Body’, in particular the fantastic tip to ‘sleep more’! I also enjoyed learning that my age-group needs to eat more protein – I don’t need telling twice to order steak for dinner.
So thank you 220, I feel like a teenager again! Peter Johnson 220 replies: Excellent news, Peter! Welcome to the club, we hope you enjoy the journey.
ALLOY STRIKES BACK
As a cyclist who has yet to commit to the apparent joy of carbon bike frames, I was keen to read your feature on aluminium bikes in the December issue, mostly to see if it vindicated my choice!
Perhaps it’s because I ride a Cannondale CAAD10 and felt a bit left out, but I wondered how this and other such shortlists are drawn up? Cannondale have dedicated significant resource into successfully maintaining and developing their alloy frames, in my opinion, and they appear to be one of, if not the, market leader. The CAAD12 seems to fit the bill for this
“I enjoyed learning that my age-group needs to eat more protein – I don’t need telling twice to order steak!”
article perfectly; it out-specs some of the bikes you chose and comes in at £1,400. While there was no claim that these were the best three alloy bikes available, the assumption is that you’ve presented the best options to compare.
Whatever the reason, thank you for drawing attention to the benefits of alloy bikes – long live alloy! Steven Gill 220 replies: Glad to hear you’re loving the alloy bikes, Steven. The reason for Cannondale’s absence in that test is that they’d already featured in the major bike tests for issues 338 and 342, so it’s a case of us mixing the brands up. As you say, we don’t claim that the Trek, Specialized and Hoy are the best three alloy bikes available, but they’re all noteworthy inclusions with strong pedigree as well.
Just a quick note to say excellent work on this year’s free calendar. I always look forward to receiving that issue, but this year’s is my favourite yet. Can’t wait to start filling it in! James Cluston
NO RUN GAIT ANALYSIS?
In the Reader Rescue page in the January issue [“Help me find the right run technique”] I found it quite alarming that the first thing that was proposed was to try a minimal run shoe. Why was this the first thing to recommend rather than have a run analysis to look at form and mechanics? This is often the cause of injury rather than looking at the actual run technique.
I’ve just had cryosurgery on a Morton’s neuroma [a thickening of the tissue around the nerve between the toes], developed from years of doing sport, and which was made worse when I wore a minimal shoe. Post-surgery, I had 3D gait analysis, pressure tests, run and walk analysis, and custom-made orthotics to distribute the pressure more evenly, and I’m now running pain-free… and, fingers crossed, with better technique. Michelle Donnelly Alex Duncan replies: My answer was based on how to gradually change your footwear to become more minimal rather than the holistic approach. But I couldn’t agree more that run analysis is vital for any runner, whether they’re transferring to minimalist shoes or not. And at our clinic, we perform a detailed biomechanical video analysis on every runner that comes in for treatment. We also see that some people transitioning to minimalist shoes can’t adapt to the change of load. This is where re-educating the movement patterns of running is key rather than expecting it to happen as a result of changing something else.
While thrilled that we highlighted the benefits of alloy bikes in our December issue, alloy fan Steven Gill was surprised not to see Cannondale included