It seems that last month’s article on cycling style has resulted in a firestorm of shout-outs, quizzical head-shaking, moral outrage, righteous indignation, and questions about whether one teensy-weensy exception might be made. Before we return to actually riding our bikes, Josh gives us a final checklist of what’s cool.
You could fill a library with all the rules in the unwritten book of cycling etiquette. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that bike racers don’t hit their prime until their mid 30’s. It takes that long to learn all the rules before you can really concentrate on riding strong! With the summer months and group rides aplenty, it’s time to take a scientifically-proven but tongue-in-cheek look at looking good on the bike…
The options and opinions concerning off-season training are almost as numerous as there are coaches and athletes. Based on the principle of specificity, at the heart of the off-season remains the need for saddle time on the bike. For those braving the outdoors, the debate remains: what kind of winter beast will serve best for training in the cold and dark? What equipment will be both durable and bring about the biggest return for the training effort?
This weekend I watched a few minutes of the Triathlon World Championship Series on the Universal Sports Network. I sometimes like to watch these draft legal events because frankly they crack me up. It also makes me reflect on different skills and drills to improve bike handling for everyone who rides a bike.
The number of Masters athletes has dramatically increased over the past two decades in many sports. And right up there in popularity are the cyclists, both racers and recreational riders. As far as I know, there are few longitudinal studies that measure physiological systems with a focus on performance of athletes as they age, but what are some ways for masters cyclists to get older and faster at the same time?.
I’ve started and stopped this article several times and I’ve even come up with a number of titles: Run Red Lights and 15 other great ways to induce homicidal road rage, Don’t Be an Idiot (quoting my favorite TV doctor), and Riding Etiquette (as if it was a follow up to my Style Etiquette articles).
The best way to train is by going as hard as you can for as long as you can on every ride you do, right? As we begin the off-season in the northern hemisphere, let’s start a periodic series on the idea of base training. First up, we discuss the dreaded “Zone 3 Plateau” and how to begin getting out of the cycle of constant hammering.
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?
It’s one week before the first race of the season (at least it is here in sunny Southern California) and your training has been good, but not great. You’ve missed some important workouts and you haven’t quite lost all that holiday weight. What’s the prescription for a one-week, best ride of your life, last minute training program?
Due to popular demand stemming from last month’s Pistachio Diet article, I have decided to write a follow up piece with specific dietary recommendations for cyclists looking to get the most out of the food they eat.
In my ever lasting quest to seamlessly merge mental training with physical training, I’ve created a concept I call Zone 6. Cyclists who are serious about their training are sticklers for their training zones so I figured what better way to assign a mental workout on a structured training plan than to give it a zone of its own.
There is such a thing as being a bad client or a good client, even if you don’t have a coach who you pay to train you. I’m going to use the word “client” to refer to anyone who has ever read a training article or book and tried to follow the advice. For the purposes of this article, you are a client of whichever coach’s advice you are attempting to follow.
One of the problems in coaching and sport science is that a lot of specific terms have become mistakenly used interchangeably. Some of the most common misuses revolve around the terms “strength”, “speed”, and “power.” What are they and how do they interact? How do we train them, why and when?
In April, Toolbox contributor Josh Horowitz argued for the relevance of indoor training even during the prime outdoor riding and racing season, with the main benefit being control over specific workouts. That leads to the obvious question of what are some key in-season indoor workouts for the time-crunched athlete?
Last weekend at the team’s winter training camp, we hosted Wonderful Pistachios employees for a weekend of skills clinics and training. It was an exciting weekend with some great riding and bonding and everyone left in high spirits, motivated to ride more and become better all around cyclists. The problem with these camps is that in the weeks after it is over, a lot of the adrenaline and excitement wears off and the whole thing fades to a distant memory.
Endings often turn out to be beginnings. For instance, waking up in the hospital after stage two of the 2004 Redlands Classic with no memory of how I got there seemed to be the end of my racing career. In fact, it ended up being the beginning of my journey into the world of sports psychology.
I was at the coffee shop the other day answering questions about those funny gold cranks on my bike (which, during the winter when I am riding my PowerCranks, is how I spend most of my coffee shop time) when someone made a comment along the lines of, I remember those. They were popular a few years back. Right away I knew it was time for another Pez article.
I learned a lot from the sport of cycling but the greatest lesson didn’t come until after I stopped racing last August. It was actually in the team van on the way back from the 2010 Tour of Utah that it happened. I gained something that had eluded me for my entire 23-year racing career - I gained perspective.
If it works for the gang at Discovery Channel (the actual TV company, not the former cycling team), then it’s good enough for us here at Pez. Since we’re on the off-season theme, Josh has decided to tackle some of his pet peeve off-season training myths and give his perspective. The truth or old-school bahooey? Read and decide for yourself.