And after trying many others, Bausch, who suffered from chronic back pain, settled on SpiderTech, which was a constant aid in her training for the London games where she medaled. “Track cycling starts from a dead stop, so you have to have a tremendous amount of power since you're on a fixed gear bike. You can't build into it,” she told us.
The natural, drug-free pain relief ultimately won her over. Bausch, who's training for Rio in 2016, was able to cut OTC painkillers out completely. “You look into the future and that much ibuprofen use could have done some permanent, irreparable damage. You're only an athlete for so many years.”