Sonya Looney Describes Her Indoor Winter Training

The sound of the coffee grinder interrupts the peace of the quiet morning.  Outside my kitchen window, I’m not surprised to see another thick coating of snow on the driveway innocently weighing down the tree branches in my yard.  Dreary days are not uncommon where I live in Kelowna, BC. I moved here about...

Ask the Experts: Understanding Calories

Words by Taylor Thomas at Thomas Endurance Coaching When it comes to sports nutrition there are a million different formulas being presented to athletes. Whether it’s specific diets, “must have” supplements, or the next performance enhancer, there’s plenty of options for athletes to choose from. While ultimately an athlete’s diet is a personal decision when...

Understand the Cycling Metrics that Matter

In today’s world of endurance sport, there are probably more metrics than one can keep count of! Technology is advancing daily and with that comes increased amounts of data that can be implemented and applied to your own training regimen. The question is, what cycling metrics really matter? Do different metrics matter to different...

Finding Balance: Managing Life and Training

Words by Taylor Thomas        Images by Marco Merati Thomas Endurance Coaching The holiday season can be a tough time of year for many athletes. Between holiday parties, family obligations, and temptations to overeat, it’s not necessarily the most conducive time for impactful training. All of these things are in addition to the...

Ask the Experts: The Best Ways to Improve Cycling Indoors

As the years go by, and technology improves, we have begun to see a shift in training from outdoor to indoor specific riding. With trainer technology allowing you to connect Bluetooth to riders around the world, or syncing specific efforts to your smart trainer, it is hard to argue against the benefits that indoor...

The Perfect Six Month Performance Plan

Words by Taylor Thomas Thomas Endurance Coaching For athletes that are looking to improve year after year, season after season, some sort of plan is typically required. It involves a careful review of past and present goals, as well as the performances and approaches that built up to those goals. Every athlete is different and...

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...

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