The Pro’s Kit: Ian Boswell
In our new series, The Pro’s Kit, we’ll take you behind the scenes with some of the world’s best. Each interview will cover the nuts and bolts of how they do what they do — their favorite gizmos, gadgets, gear, and the hacks and habits behind their mental, physical, and emotional health.
Last week we looked at what’s in the toolbox for pro cyclist @jesscerra. This week we get into it with former world tour pro @ianboswell. Ian was known as one of the world’s best young all-arounders, with a several year run on Team Sky.
Ian announced his move to gravel cycling at the start of 2020 after a string of concussions. He is earning the gentleman farmer title and enjoying a different kind of hard work alongside his wife Gretchen at their Vermont homestead.
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Listening and Watching
Listening to: Ian Tyson and Townes Van Zandt
Watching: The Office
Resources: Go-to apps, gizmos and gadgets that help you do what you do?
Nutrition and Hydration: What’s your strategy?
Always make sure to be hydrated, event or not. When a hard ride/event is coming up adding more electrolytes to your diet is very important. Hydration tabs are a great way to add more important electrolytes to your fluids before and during a long ride.
Nutrition: anything unique about your philosophy?
Balance is key. Eating a wholesome well balanced diet is a lot easier than you think. Always plan ahead so you have good food on hand or in your refrigerator. One of my staple food items is peanut butter, I eat a jar a week.
Mind: Is there anything you do for your mental health?
Riding is most often when I get way from other life stress and find my peaceful place. Having that time to get out and ride and turn my phone and computer off is so important.
Sleep: Any rituals/habits? Naps?
Naps! I have less time for napping these days, but whenever I can I try and take a quick 15-20 minute power nap.
Strength & Mobility: How much, how often and what type?
I have a simple 10-15 minutes core/stretching routine that I do every morning after coffee before breakfast. This is a great way to start your day, get your blood pumping and establish a regular daily routine.
Recovery: Do you have a strategy or ritual?
Washing your bike right when you get home. Not recovery per se, however it concludes the ride and gives me 10 minutes after a hard ride of reflect and unwind.
Anything important about your approach to training and mindset?
Make sure you are having fun and love the entire process.
Favorite items in your Kit?
Dynaplug tire plug. Not a sponsor and and something I use very often, but I am always excited to use it when it’s needed.
Your go-to bike?
Specialized Diverge. A gravel bike on the verge of a mountain bike 20mm of front suspension and can take up to a 47c tire. From the road to the single track, a bike that can do it all.
Tires and Tire size/pressure
Specialized Pathfinder 44c tire for day to day riding and the Tracer 47c for the adventure days. I finally learned how to set up my tires tubeless and I would never go back to putting tubes in my tires.
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