Accepted Truths Are Sometimes False

For convenience, riders and coaches accept certain truths regarding bike fit, tactics, training and health. Some popular beliefs include: Athletes need plenty of sleep; they must use the right equipment for the job; set the saddle straight and level; bike

Posted in Coach tips, Philosophical Musings

Ready for the First Races of the Year?: How to know and why not to race too soon

This article is for people who haven’t trained as well as they might have for the new season. It is also for anyone with underprepared friends. Good friends won’t encourage the undertrained to race or do hard club rides. Read

Posted in Coach tips, Performance Tips, Season Planning, Training

It’s Okay to Make a New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution

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So many people approach the New Year with diet resolutions that it often becomes a joke, with the long-term fitness crowd viewing their gyms and classes full of “resolutioners” as a temporary annoyance before those folks give up on their

Posted in Life Balance, Nutrition, Weight Optimization

Holiday Eating Survival Guide for Athletes

Updated for 2015. When your competitive fitness goals are only one of several of your priorities, social eating around the holidays can be a challenge to your training and optimal athletic body weight. Having well-defined goals that you are highly

Posted in Life Balance, Nutrition, Weight Optimization

Endurance Training is Boring? Are You Kidding?

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More and more scientific evidence piles up in favor of training programs that are heavy on high-volume, sub-threshold endurance work and light on harder efforts. Studies of elite and world-champion runners, cyclists and cross-country skiers show that they typically spend

Posted in Coach tips, Indoor Training, Performance Tips, Philosophical Musings, Training

The Art of Triathlon Transitions

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Technically, transitions are the two breaks between the three sports in triathlon when you stop to change clothes and gear. They are an integral and often overlooked aspect of the sport. T1 is the transition between the swim and bike.

Posted in Performance Tips, Racing, Triathlon

The Ready-to-Race Cyclocross Packing List

Race day can be stressful. Be prepared. Do yourself a favor and have a list so you don’t have to rely on your memory to prepare. If you do the following steps, your stress level will be cut in half.

Posted in CycloCross, Equipment, Performance Tips

Discipline: Good and Bad Habits and Why We Mess Up

It’s 9 p.m. on Friday. Mary got home from a long workweek several hours ago, had a quick dinner and showered. She’s ready for bed. She’s also excited about a club ride she’ll be attending for the first time early

Posted in Coach tips, Mental Skills, Nutrition

Optimal Cadence for Cyclocross Obstacles

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Tips for choosing the right cadence within each portion of your cyclocross race Cyclocross courses demand a variety of pedaling styles because of the highly variable terrain. On a flat road, an ideal pedaling cadence would be between 90-105 rpms.

Posted in CycloCross, Racing

How to Team Time Trial

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Tips for making your team time trial a success, with 2015 US National Team Time Trial Gold Medalist Brianna Walle. (Look for a version of this article coming soon as a printable handout.) Optimal performance in a team time trial

Posted in Race Strategy, Skills

Total Preparation: Fitness is Not Enough

What does it mean to prepare as well as possible for a big race? You’ll want to develop your physical abilities such as aerobic and anaerobic endurance along with sprint speed to peak for the event. That means accumulating many

Posted in Mental Skills, Performance Tips, Racing

Bike Racing 102: Tactics to Win With

Each competitor starts a race with unique physiological abilities. Some people are better at sprinting or at climbing, while others ride better in the wind. Some are just plain stronger and better at everything, while others aren’t outstanding at anything

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Seven Steps to Improve Time Trial Performance

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How to Win a Time Trial — or at Least Set a PR! As a pure test of cycling athleticism, little compares with the time-trial. Every roadie will want to have a decent TT in their repertoire if they want

Posted in Race Strategy, Racing

The Vocabulary of Road Racing: A glossary of tactics

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Racing without a fundamental understanding of tactics is like going to a joust without a lance. You’re going to get skewered. In the absence of tactics, the strongest riders would win all bike races. Strategy and tactics are the tricks

Posted in Coach tips, Race Strategy, Racing

Upstart Wins Nationals: How Did Jade get so good so fast?

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On May 25, 2013, Jade Wilcoxson was crowned National Champion at the USA Cycling Pro Road Race in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has been racing only five years altogether, and only two years as a pro. That’s a pretty quick trip

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