This year’s Tour de France will record a DNF next to major players such as Cavendish, Froome, and Contador. While injuries and crashes are a part of the sport, facing the choice to ‘abandon’ mid race or mid stage can be demoralizing. Without proper support this decision can haunt an athlete, undermining self-confidence and ultimately hurt performance.
Sprinters are a special breed, whether they’re track sprinters like Chris Hoy or road sprinters like Cavendish and Kittel. Some feel that they’re born sprinters or not, and there is a bit of truth to that. However, sprinting is also important to train no matter what your natural racing style, because the truth is that most races end up in small or large groups dashing for the line. What are some ways to improve your sprint to increase your odds of podium placings?
“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. Being wattages and power analysis, can we use analytics in cycling and especially in sprinting?
While power-based training and dissecting every micro-watt in multiple permutations appears to be the dominant “new wave,” do not forget that there are other ways to monitor fatigue and predict performance that have been around for a long time and that can be much simpler, cheaper, and potentially just as effective…
Whether you are preparing for your first metric century, a favorite criterium, a long stage race, or whatever it is, the tendency to “push, push, push” can, overwhelm common sense and lead your summer plans astray. Let’s look at how we can manage our fitness and preparation during this pivotal time of year.
The word “safety” when applied to the word “cycling” is a combination that draws a mix of general disdain from most serious cyclists. Boredom, and outright unconcern can be the typical responses. However, crashes are the dark side of cycling, and it's our duty to decrease the odds of it happening for ourselves and our families.
Bike racing is an interesting sport, unique from the perspective that a team is established to help set up an individual to win. Every person has a specific role designed to help the leader win. Certainly the team and sponsors receive accolades, but the focus is typically on an individual, which can create issues when multiple riders have personal ambitions.
Training Advice: Dr Stephen Cheung's recent article on “cramming training load” sure seems to have struck a chord with Pez readers. This week we will follow up on some of the questions we’ve received following the article, along with expanding on the whole idea of block training.
It’s a no-brainer that hard efforts and intervals are the key to improving cycling fitness and performance. However, what is the best way to plan harder efforts and space them out between endurance training? Is it a good idea to cram them into a hard block or is it better to spread them evenly?
As an athlete, your race season is ramping up. Your focus is on performance. Any weight loss you really needed to chip away at should have been achieved by now. It’s the time to keep building, to recover and get stronger, all of which require proper nourishment and carbohydrate intake.
Aging ‘warriors’ have been around since the beginning of time (see Noah…). Older athletes have been performing and competing just about as long; however, our current generation is the first to be involved in such large numbers. What are we truly capable of as we move through the years? And how do we find our path to athletic longevity and personal success?
In my almost 50-year cycling career as a competitor, coach and bike fitter, I have been able to observe cyclists of every level, style and ability. I have boiled all of this experience down to one basic fact: cyclists are athletes in every aspect, no different from swimmers, basketball players or track & field athletes.
You’ve seen a thousand articles on proper warm up technique for cycling. In nearly 20 years of racing I can count the number of times I achieved a full and proper warm up before an event on two or three hands. This article aims to teach you how not to warm up or more specifically, how to not need to warm up.
Much of our training is done solo – that’s the nature of our busy lives, but also our obsession to “optimize” our training by doing our workouts perfectly. That’s fine up to a point, but are we always giving ourselves the best training by going it alone and ignoring the thrill of informal or formal competition?
We ride and race for different reasons, but the baseline is always about riding the bike. Those moments when life responsibilities take a back seat and we just enjoy the road unfolding before us are a form of salvation. Unfortunately, with life running at the pace it does we are often forced to “maximize” our training under shorter time standards than we might otherwise choose, but don’t forget the long ride.
Improve your cycling performance: It's only January, but you're already thinking about the race season ahead, and even if you're not actually engaged in structured cycling training yet, this is a great time to adopt some of the traditions of the baseball world via some Spring Training.
Training preparations for a strong cycling season: As we enter the New Year and rapidly approach the 2014 race season it’s important to ask yourself some guiding questions. These are three questions I ask my cycling athletes every year and are a crucial factor in their performance. Be honest and give them some thought before answering.
Lots of new technologies have emerged in the world of bike fitting that has the potential to alter the language that we use when we are discussing bike fitting. However, the ultimate aim remains the same no matter what tools are or are not used. What does a successful bike fit look like in the end?
Cycling Training: Last week Matt suggested a look back through your 2013 and even earlier to get the big view of your training progression. Let’s take a case study of using SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan) to review and then plan for 2014.
December is the time of renewal. Many cyclists will start their 2014 preparations this month by setting out some goals and plans, but are you getting the full picture as you plan your cycling training for next season?