Winter Base Miles? Do Them or Not?

Conventional wisdom holds that winter is the season of base training, also known as Long Steady Distance (LSD). This means countless hours riding at a steady mellow pace for weeks on end in order to lay a ‘foundation’ for the more intense training sessions in the spring and summer. Without all those base miles, the thinking...

How to Get and Keep that Winter Motivation

Motivation. It’s almost self-generating during long, mid-summer days. Wake up to Vitamin D flowing right in the bedroom window, a fresh cycling kit waiting for you on the dresser, and the sight of the training rides is almost ambrosial. We’re set…we’re connected pushing towards our goals. But motivation gets whacky when things get cold...

How to Build a Personal Cycling Training Camp

When most people hear the term “Cycling Training Camp,” they think of escaping to locations with warm weather, breathtaking scenery, and monumental climbs. Really the goal of any training camp is to get faster and fitter, and while that nice weather, beautiful sights, and long climbs can help, they are by no means necessary....

KICKR: Changing the Injury Recovery Game

For many of us, cycling isn’t just about the pursuit of performance or fitness – it’s our social fabric, our motivation, and our coping mechanism to decompress from a busy life while trying to maintain some semblance of balance. When we get injured, whether it’s from a high-speed crit crash, a run-in with traffic,...

KICKR BIKE: How to Use the Smart Fit System

An indoor smart bike with a world-leading realism, blurring the line between virtual and reality. The KICKR BIKE is designed to fit your body like your outdoor bike.  Made with maximum comfort and performance in mind, the KICKR BIKE has five points of adjustment – standover height, saddle height, setback, reach and stack height. Its...

Maintaining Fitness and Motivation During Injury

Words by Taylor Thomas at Thomas Endurance Coaching Injury, no matter how hard we try to avoid it, is often an inevitable part of endurance sports. It’s an experience that most athletes will have to go through and learn how to navigate as they attempt to maintain their drive, ambition, and fitness. Once injured, the...

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...

ERG Mode: Does Gear Selection Matter?

Indoor turbo sessions over the course of the last few years have had a complete makeover. At one time it was standard procedure to wear out bike tires and withstand hours in a fixed position. With the addition of smart trainers to the market, cyclists and triathletes alike are moving many of their outdoor...

5 High Energy Foods for Endurance Cycling

It’s no secret that the key to long-term endurance is keeping your body fueled for the workout ahead. During longer exercise regimens, your body needs an input of calories to keep moving. If it doesn’t get that necessary fuel, your performance will plummet, and your ride will ultimately suffer. Here is where the importance...

Rest and Recovery, We All Need It.

A few years ago, I was training for a marathon. It was a dream of mine – a huge bucket list goal. I was so focused on achieving that 26.2 miles that I totally forgot to plan for adequate rest and recovery.  This was a recipe for disaster.  The week I hit mile 18...

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