Every year my training remains fairly similar in terms of types of training and also how it is periodized. Not this year. This winter, I am resolving to try something quite different for me, namely altering my training blocks by concentrating the bulk of the hard efforts at the start of each block.
It is rare that we get to see the true physiological data of elite athletes at the very physical peaks of their careers. After his second Tour victory in 2015, scientists got to independently put Chris Froome through a battery of physiological testing, and the results have now been officially published.
The technology for indoor cycling training systems is constantly evolving, and while most non-trackies are opting for fixed-mount trainers, TruTrainer has reconverted me to the fun of rollers with their top-end quality and ride feel.
Pro riders have a unique and graceful style that clearly distinguishes them from amateurs and recreational cyclists. Is this difference something to do with their pedaling stroke and technique? And if so, is it something that we can train to improve our own cycling?
It’s a razor-thin line that we as athletes walk between being extremely lean and fit on the one edge, and the precipice of overtraining and increased risk of infections and illness on the other. With flu season upon us, what should we be considering about maintaining our off-season health?
“Analytics” is the buzzword in many sports today, involved new ways of analyzing player effectiveness and team performance in dynamic team sports like baseball, football, and hockey. While power analysis now dominates training ideas in cycling, can we use analytics in cycling and especially in sprinting?
Summer is the season of big rides for both pros and amateur cyclists alike. How does one fuel these big efforts, and how good are we at maintaining energy balance throughout multiple days of hard riding?
With the mega sporting festival that is the Olympics upon us, it is an unfortunate reality that doping stories are fighting for equal time with actual sporting stories. "Spitting in the Soup" is a hard-hitting, comprehensive, and highly readable analysis of the varying societal and historical forces driving our love-hate relationship with sports and doping.
It has been a very hot summer so far, and the Tour de France is also heating up geographically with its move southwards into the Pyrenees. What is the process of adapting the heat, and how much can it help improve your tolerance and performance in hot weather?
I had the good fortune to join the Trek-Segafredo team for a warm-up ride before the Tour of California in May. It was a great lesson in reinforcing solid riding habits, whether solo or in a group.
How do you go about making a scientific comparison of cycling training over time? Every parent, at some time or another, probably has given the “when I was your age” speech to their kids. And within any sport, an ageless argument is always how the current generation of stars match up to the titans of the sport’s history.
PowerTap was one of the first players in the world of power meters, setting an early standard for innovation with their hub-based design in the late 1990s. Their new C1 and P1 meters expand that same level of performance to the chainrings and pedal, greatly enhancing versatility and options for cyclists.
How deep can you go and how much do you have left in the tank? Part of it is how much you are willing to suffer, but the bigger picture is how much energy you still have to spare during the ride. What if there was a way to model and monitor that in your training?
We hear so much in the media about ergogenic aids and dietary supplements that lots of misconceptions can arise. We might think everybody is taking lots of cycling supplements, but is that reality? A Canadian study is one of the first to explore dietary supplement use across a wide range of athletes.
You can learn a lot about yourself and your training priorities from your power profile, primarily your average maximal power over 5 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minute, and 60 minutes (functional threshold power). But dig deeper and you can better understand your fatigue profile, giving even more insight into yourself as a rider.
Toolbox: Last week, we gave a general overview of a valuable set of basic testing to perform in order to obtain your general power profile. The next step, of course, is to dissect that data further to gain deeper insight into out strengths and limitations. From there, we also need to develop a plan to move forward and achieve our cycling goals.
Toolbox: As we take a well-deserved break over the holidays, it is also a perfect time to start planning for making 2016 your fittest year yet. The first step is to comprehensively understand your strengths and limiters through testing your power profile.
Toolbox: Cycling fatigue, like love, is a many-splendoured thing. We have all been drop-dead tired at the end of a race, hard climb, or interval workout. But are all these types of fatigue the same thing, or do they affect your body in different ways?
ErgVideo has seen a bonanza of upgrades for 2015, including the new ErgVideo 4.0 software, Wahoo Kickr and Snap trainers compatibility, and new 1080p HD videos featuring famous climbs and cycling legend Scott Moninger.
One of the hallmarks of cycling overtraining and non-functional overreaching is that our performance suffers. Here's a case study of how to diagnose overtraining, and figure out the best recovery strategy when it happens.