Ask the Experts: Top 5 Cycling Training Misconceptions

Written by Taylor Thomas of Thomas Endurance Coaching Training is a dynamic process that involves pinpointing individual areas of both strength and weakness, and adapting those areas over time with the correct amount of training dosage. In doing this many athletes find themselves following advice or approaches that may not be the best for...

Building a Base: Step-by-Step

It is known that logging fall and winter miles can help build an athlete’s foundation come spring and summertime racing. The ability to string together consistent weeks of training can help to not only increase endurance, strength, and stamina but also aid in injury prevention. While spring and summer season sessions will focus on...

Late Season Gains: Top Training Tips for Maximizing Fitness

The “race season” hits at different times for many athletes, but regardless of the time of year, this is the time when training, racing, and fitness are at their peak. Typically during this time athletes are highly motivated and excited to tackle upcoming racing. However, as is the case with most things in life,...

What Causes Cramps and How Do You Stop Them?

Many of us have experienced the all too common cramp that causes us to cease exercise immediately and try to walk it off. If you have not experienced it for yourself, you can probably view this occurrence around mile 20 of any marathon. Athletes moving along fine and then all of the sudden being...

Ask the Experts: Beating the Heat

Extreme heat can be an athlete’s worst enemy when it comes to maintaining optimized performance. No matter your discipline or focus, heat makes both exertion and recovery more challenging. Understanding why the body struggles more in the heat can be a valuable tool for helping to cope with higher temperatures. Knowing how to properly...

Ask the Experts: Intelligent Sprinting

If you spend enough time around cyclists, inevitably a story about how someone “lost it in the sprint” will come up. The sprint is a win or lose scenario for many and something that most wish they were better at. Whether you’re a seasoned road racer or trying to push it at your local...

Ask the Experts: Hill Climbing 101

The truth is that most cyclists would like to be better climbers. Even if your natural abilities lend themselves to being strong in the hills, there’s no doubt still room for improvement. With the increased accessibility of performance metrics, it’s easier than ever to hone in on what it takes to be a stronger...

By the Numbers: Distance & Elevation

No matter your focus as a cyclist, odds are you’ll inevitably encounter some big climbing days in the saddle. Whether it’s a self-inflicted Sufferfest in the mountains or an event that touts massive amounts of elevation gain, you’re bound to have to go uphill. Since there’s no escaping it, what can you do to...

The Definitive Guide to Cross-Training for Cyclists

Surely all of the miles and hours you have accumulated on the saddle are enough to make you good at cycling?! The short answer is no. As a cyclist, you are trying to become a multifaceted athlete which includes building systems other than cardiovascular endurance. In order to bring the best out of yourself,...

By the Numbers: Power

Written by Taylor Thomas and Training Peaks Training with a power meter is the absolute best way to get the most out of both your training time and effort. Unlike heart rate-based training, power allows us to measure the muscular demands of the effort instead of just the aerobic. The metrics-based approach to training...

How to Prepare for a Century Ride

Written by O’Brien Forbes for TrainingPeaks What is so special about riding 100 miles? It’s just a number. But when you can say, “I just rode 100 miles!” you can take pride and stand up straight when you say it. Pedaling 100 miles is a “milestone,” pardon the pun, no matter if it’s your first...

Key Workouts for Your Best Century Ride

For many cyclists, completing a century ride is a popular bucket list goal. For new riders, the desire is to just get through the ride feeling as good as possible. That first event is often the hook for the next ride – one century was fun, but how do I get faster? And finally,...

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