If we have been diligent in our offseason training, we have likely done some nice foundational work to build up our base fitness and functional threshold. But now it’s February and those gains might be stagnating. How do we build on this base fitness and also meet the needs of our riding goals?
Mid-winter training can be monotonous. While it is easy to crank up the tunes and tune out as you log the miles, disengaging from your rides can have serious performance consequences come ‘go’ time. Maximize your miles by incorporating focus intervals to your cycling training plan.
The pages of PEZ have been populated with grand tales of pro-team training camps of late. Lucky are the few who get to venture south to bask in the sun, ride the fresh new kits and explore the unexplored roads on offer at camp. Why don’t you plan a camp for you and your team? Here are some suggestions.
The New Year often brings new resolutions. For most cyclists, at least one of those resolutions involves reaching higher levels of performance than we’ve ever achieved before. This is easier said than done, but it is possible to push through the cycling fitness plateau to achieve this lofty resolution.
Another brand-new ErgVideo. This time it's a time trial video that we're offering at a special price. Ride the Gatineau Park TT course to be used for the Canadian Nationals in 2016 & 2017.
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?
Toolbox: Hydration continues to be a hotly debated topic in sport science. That debate extends even to winter when conditions are cool. Equally, it is an issue when training indoors. What are some of the considerations for hydration this winter season?
Power training and indoor trainers simply belong together. The pure efficiency and controlled environment of training indoors partners amazingly well with precise training based on specific targeted power numbers.
The leaves are falling and the air is crisp. Nothing beats sneaking in a wintertime ride and coming back home to something warm. What’s on the menu? SOUP. Hearty, wholesome, nourishing, warm soup.
As with all competitive sports, there is also a risk for injury in competitive bicycling. It is important to understand the pattern and epidemiology of injuries suffered by competitive bicyclists in order to implement appropriate injury prevention and treatment strategies.
ToolBox: “If you fail to plan, you may as well plan to fail.” If you want to get the most out of your training program, you need a plan. Jumping on your bike and riding at random will help for a short time, but without a plan, you’ll eventually plateau out and fail to make gains.
The best ways to regulate your body temperature, ride in more comfort, minimize the risk of injuries, and improve cycling performance during your outdoor riding this winter.
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.
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It has been said, “If you fail to plan, you may as well plan to fail.” If you want to get the most out of your training program, you need a plan. Jumping on your bike and riding at random will help for a short time, but without a plan, you’ll eventually plateau out and fail to make gains.
The societal pressure to be thin & beautiful can be an obsession to minimize body fat at all costs. Just how important is it for cyclists to be so lean, and what tests we can use to measure body fatness?
As with all competitive sports, there is also a risk for injury in competitive bicycling. The patterns of injury in bicycling are unique since exposures include high speed, obstacles like cyclists, pedestrians and motor vehicles, and unpredictable road, environmental and weather conditions.