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Amid pandemic, e-cycling flourishes and gets seriously competitive

Amid pandemic, e-cycling flourishes and gets seriously competitive

ADWhen a coaching adviser suggested to professional cyclist and two-time Olympian Ashleigh Moolman that she try e-cycling last March, she balked at the idea. It wasn’t “real cycling,” just a social network or a temporary craze during the pandemic. But she was based in Spain and on strict lockdown, and didn’t have many options for staying in shape.It didn’t take long for Moolman to become a convert. In December, the 35-year-old won the first e-cycling world championships. “Now I’m totally sold on e-cycling,” she says. “It’s exciting and I find the same satisfaction from it as I do racing on...

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More women gain ground in ultramarathons, other long-distance races

More women gain ground in ultramarathons, other long-distance races

The concept is deceptively simple: Every hour, on the hour, runners begin a four-mile loop on an obscure Tennessee farm. The last person standing wins. In 2019 at the Big Dog Backyard Ultra, the last person was Maggie Guterl, running 250 miles in 60 hours, beating everyone who entered, male or female.Scientists have long predicted that eventually women could surpass men in ultradistance running events, those longer than a 26.2-mile marathon and as much as 200-plus miles. While men still edge out women in the marathon by about a 20-minute margin on average, women are now starting to close...

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Managing pain without in-person care

Managing pain without in-person care

Last summer while out on a bike ride, 35-year-old Andrew Bernstein of Boulder, Colo., was hit by a van that knocked him off the road and kept on going. A passing driver spotted Bernstein lying, unmoving, in a ditch and called 911.Bernstein’s injuries were life threatening. After multiple surgeries, 10 weeks recovering in the hospital and more than three weeks in inpatient rehab, Bernstein has spent the better part of every week since then working with a number of practitioners to help him progress to where he is today — in a wheelchair and walking with the assistance of a full-length leg...

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