How did you two meet: rides and PT for Abby, from Annalisa!
Cycling backgrounds: Abby is a Rapha ambassador, cyclist and runner (not a triathlete!); Annalisa is a former basketball player who moved to Austin and found a cycling club
Why start the “we got to hang out” podcast? Annalisa has a “pop culture void” and Abby was writing recommendations for her (in spreadsheet form!); and wanted to hang out and laugh together
Sea Otter: how has it been? So much amateur racing, racing PTSD
Annalisa, PT to podcast—balancing all that? “It’s hard. There’s a lot of editing that goes in with it, but I’m still so stoked, and you prioritize things that you’re stoked about.”
We’re all obviously heavily in the women’s cycling scene—how has it grown/changed since you started riding? how are we doing? Getting more women into cycling? “I don’t feel like it’s growing.” Is there a plateau in recruiting and maintaining racers?
ANNALISA FISH (PT, Bike Fitter) ON FIT:
Men’s versus women’s bike fits: what are primary considerations? Getting glutes to fire properly; that leads to hip issues (impingment, SI joint, low back pain, hamstring cramping issues). Not engaging glute means you get quad dominant
signs of a bad bike fit: discomfort, primarily!
Things you wish clients told you right away RE their bike fits? any place that’s uncomfortable! Discomfort can come from a lot of different interactions
People crash on one side more often than the other!!
Most common problems women have with their fit? underwear with the chamois! Or ignoring discomfort
Adjustments people should try on their own / shouldn’t try on their own? A guy was sitting off the saddle to one side and had some major pain.
Leg length discrepancy: function and true. Functional is most common because of pelvic misalignment. (She won’t add shims to shoes until she sees an Xray. And will always give people exercises to help become more symmetrical.)
Best exercises: GLUTE BRIDGES to get the glutes firing! Single leg version is really telling. (You don’t need fancy exercises. Simple!)
When is a bike just not the right size? People are on too big bikes ALL THE TIME.
Bike style: matching versus unmatched, high-vis and bright shoe covers as best safety features
Best advice for beginner women: get a bike fit,