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?
Adrenal fatigue can be an underlying cause of the overtraining syndrome, and umbrella term for many causes leading to a decrease in performance and motivation. This week we look at a case study and some things that may be done to maintain adrenal health.
Interactivity is the name of the game now when it comes to indoor training, and one of the latest systems is live on-line racing with Tour de Giro, where you can race your friends anywhere in the world along with a lactate-hungry virtual peloton in real time.
As we move into the offseason, there are two major areas we review as part of last year's season: the training plan and the races. What did we take away that was positive and what needs to be addressed going into 2014?
PEZ-Fans know ERGVideo as one of the premiere training video series, and the originators of power-based training videos using real rides & loads that scale to the user's own level. Just released for this season is their collaboration with training guru Hunter Allen, shot on the fine training roads around the Peaks Coaching Group' headquarters in Virginia.
I’ve participated in this sport for more than two decades and with every passing year, I became more and more precise with my training. Although there are elements of discipline in precision, it is not the same thing.
40+ Guys like Chris Horner and Jens Voigt, along with many riders in their mid- to late-30s, are continuing to tear up the pro circuit. While age inevitably does catch up with all of us, how do we fare in cycling performance over the years?
Cyclocross has started to sneak its way onto the pages of Pez. This annual changing of the guard is often looked at by road racers as the down season or winter break, but nothing will serve your road cycling training better in the run towards 2014 than a stint of cross racing this season.
More than ever with all the controversy in professional cycling the last few years, focusing on a proper environment for younger riders to develop, with strong support and mentorship and a process rather than result-driven philosophy is critical to the future of the sport.
The hardest part of racing can be when the battle to establish the breakaway begins. Suddenly all bets are off and friendships tossed away like discarded water bottles. Exciting to watch, hell to live through, but what are the physiological requirements to make the break?
Working with young developing athletes is, without a doubt, one of the more satisfying areas of the sport to be involved with as a cycling coach. In today's Toolbox Bruce Hendler takes a look at different aspects to look at in a cyclist's development to help them reach their maximum potential.
Why spend months preparing for an event when all you really need is a few weeks? The reason unfortunately is that it takes more than 3 weeks to create significant fitness improvements, but what if you don’t have months? Can any positive change be made in a shorter period of time and if so, what is the shortest possible time frame?