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Tuesday August 6, 2019
Toolbox: The physical and mental challenges of late-season events can be significant. Season fatigue, burnout, and loss of focus often become real challenges in the late summer and fall. The mind and body yearn for rest and rejuvenation even as you have to get ready to go for it one more time! How do we prepare for these one-more-time events?
Tuesday March 19, 2019
TOOLBOX: When it comes to breathing many of us think “Hey, if I'm not dead, I’m certainly doing it right!” Unfortunately this is not the case, and our poor breathing can keep us from unlocking our full potential and speed, as well as unnecessarily prolonging our recovery.
Tuesday January 15, 2019
Toolbox: Cycle sport is intricately mythologized with the heroism and agony of suffering. We watch and marvel not just at the speed and power of the pros, but for the thrill (for us) and suffering (for them) inherent in racing over cobbles, high mountains rain, extreme heat, and even snow. Does being fitter also make you tougher? Does improved fitness actually alter pain tolerance?
Tuesday November 6, 2018
There are numerous ways to brighten up your fall training. So far this series has covered a number of novel approaches and training metrics including using Intensity Factor (IF), kilojoules (KJ) and perceived exertion (RPE). We’ve also looked at simply ignoring your power meter as an option. In this final post, let’s think outside the training sandbox a little bit farther.
Tuesday October 9, 2018
Toolbox: There are three things that impact how well you ride in training and races: your innate ability, the difficulty of the race (course, weather, field), and your motivation. Motivation is the only one of these that you can control, so that is where you should direct your focus and energy.
Tuesday September 4, 2018
Toolbox: With so many PEZ-Fans above the age of 45 years, off season training for masters cyclists is a hot topic right now. Fall is a time of change: weather, foliage, and of course our training. The fall has traditionally been seen as a time for cyclists to get off the bike, rest, and recover from a long season of training, but is this really a good idea for the masters cyclist?
Tuesday March 27, 2018
Toolbox: We all know that pros are different from the average cyclist. But it's extremely rare that we get a full view of a cyclist’s training diary and progression. A long term study tracking Thibaut Pinot's training is a rare find as we get to see the development of a top Grand Tour rider from the junior ranks through to top GC rides in the Tour and Vuelta…
Tuesday February 13, 2018
Calpe - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -Wout Van Aert of Crelan Charles team and Stephen Hyde pictured during training camp in Calpe, Spain, 01/12/2017 - photo GvG/PN/Cor Vos © 2017
Whoever said "slow and steady wins the race" obviously never raced a bike. So what's the best way to win a bike race? Interval training. Training with cycling intervals is simply alternating bursts of intense activity with intervals of lighter activity. Here's how to make yours count.
Tuesday January 30, 2018
Xert software continues to roll out a wide range of innovations to make it a comprehensive fitness monitoring, tracking, and planning ecosystem. Its latest advance is the Xert Adaptive Training Advisor, an adaptive technology that can guide you day to day with your training leading up to a target date and Focus.
Tuesday December 19, 2017
TOOLBOX: Can what you look at when riding affect you performance? Is improving physical capacity and performance strictly physiological, or are there psychological or motor learning aspects to training?
Tuesday November 14, 2017
TOOLBOX: Despite some inevitable physical diminishment, age can truly be an arbitrary number and a state of mind. We've previously profiled Chris Froome’s lab testing data along with Miguel Indurain’s data during retirement, but what about the really elite age-group athletes, like Robert Marchand of France, who broke the 100+ hour record not once but twice?
Monday May 22, 2017
Xert is a new software system that models fitness based on multiple parameters beyond the traditional single parameter of functional threshold power. Its potential for a higher level of individuality in training analysis, tracking and workout planning is well suited to cyclists.
Tuesday April 11, 2017
Xert is a new software system that tracks and predicts in real-time how much power you can generate at any point during a ride. Last April I explored the concept of MPA in broad terms. After a year of playing with the system, let’s explore the science underlying this concept and where it might take the world of power-based training.
Tuesday November 4, 2014
Does being fitter also make you tougher? Does improved fitness actually alter pain tolerance? Cycle sport is intricately mythologized with the heroism and agony of suffering. We watch and marvel not just at the speed and power of the pros, but for the thrill (for us) and suffering (for them) inherent in racing over cobbles, high mountains rain, extreme heat, and even snow.
Tuesday May 14, 2013
Marketing and advertising has been honed into an incredibly precise science through both trial and error along with psychological studies into what makes us tick. Why not use it to our advantage and adapt marketing ideas to make us better cyclists?
Monday April 8, 2013
Long ago when dinosaurs still walked the earth (OK, the early 20th Century) and derailleurs were only sketches on paper napkins, cyclists rode fixed gears everywhere including the Alps and Pyrenees. The bikes were all made of steel tubing, aligned on a marble table and silver soldered together entirely by hand. Today, such bikes are considered objects of art, but should we look further at what they might do for us in the 21st Century?
Wednesday April 3, 2013
Speed is built on a lot of things. Wheels, aerodynamic frames, nutrition, threshold workouts – you know the list. After all of these have been addressed, what’s left? Just the little stuff. Finding that one percent. At the upper echelons of the sport, and to some degree in amateur racing as well, the little stuff is everything. For example have you considered the role and importance of the foot in performance?
Wednesday April 3, 2013
Now seems like a good time to come clean. All the cool kids are doing it, so here it goes. I apologize in advance for any embarrassment this may cause my family and sponsors. In my 25-year career, I never took performance-enhancing drugs…
Wednesday April 3, 2013
It’s RACE DAY. It’s 90 minutes to race time and you ate your breakfast 1-2 hours ago (allowing 3-4 hours post breakfast for digestion). You’ve been following a sound nutrition plan and you have rested and fueled properly in the last 48 hours to assure your glycogen reserves are full. So what to do in the last 90 minutes before go time?
Wednesday April 3, 2013
Some of you may have seen a recent commercial on television from an investment company that poses a question like “….what can a hula hoop teach us about investing…”. I want to take a page out of their book and ask a similar question, “What can the stock market teach us about training and competition?” One answer, of course, is to make a fortune on Wall Street, quit your job, retire, and train all the time. Unfortunately, although that may be a correct answer, it’s not exactly the answer I’m looking for.