Whoa There! Don’t Skip That Cooldown

Cooling down after a race isn’t cool any more. I mean, when The New York Times has pointed to studies showing that cooling down doesn’t reduce muscle soreness, it’s likely the practice won’t survive for long. If it doesn’t reduce

Posted in Health, Performance Tips, Recovery

Going the Extra Mile: The Costs and Benefits of Supplemental Training

Racing, especially stage racing, favors those willing to train long and hard and to suffer intensely, so serious bike racers exercise in ways that sound crazy to non-racers. Occasionally, some racers train to such an extent that even us cyclists

Posted in Coach tips, High Intensity Training, Mental Skills, Training

Beyond the Intervals: The Deeper Benefits of Power Meters

Power meters are great tools. They assess current physical ability, track training progress and improve performance, but those benefits are only the beginning. These devices allow for comparison of your physical abilities to competitors’ before signing up for a race.

Posted in Coach tips, Training, Uncategorized, Weight Optimization

Improve Mountain Bike Skills through Your Points of Contact

Coach Aaron Oakes climbs on the mountain bike

Your body position on the mountain bike and how you use your points of contact with the bike make a huge difference when you hit the tricky sections of a course: the switchbacks, the dive-bomb descents, the wall-climbs. For inexperienced

Posted in Performance Tips, Skills

The Cutting Edge: When Cycling Technology Can Make a Difference in Winning Performance

Depending on your goals, you may enjoy riding bikes that are heavy and inexpensive or that were modern decades ago. If you want to win races, you need a bike that is close to the cutting edge. Being an early

Posted in Equipment, History

How Was Your Ride? The Importance of Attitude to Recovery and Success

Effective recovery only happens if you relax. Without recovery, training gains are minimal, and you can even weaken despite working hard. The blissful rush felt when sitting calmly after hard training corresponds to a hormonal shift from work mode to

Posted in Life Balance, Mental Skills

What Are You Really Trying to Do? Prioritize Performance

Mike races bikes. He has been getting faster on all sorts of terrain and has become competitive on flats and descents, but not on climbs. A photo of Mike shows beautiful mountains behind a rider cornering aggressively on a long

Posted in Coach tips, Mental Skills

See You Next Year? Knowing When to Stop Racing

The end of the road-racing season has arrived. Even the most serious roadies are relaxing, having the annual beer, and taking a few easy weeks before resuming training. In the coming months, they will connect with teams and coaches as

Posted in Coach tips, Life Balance, Mental Skills, Philosophical Musings, Season Planning

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

new-year-resolution-snow-lined-road

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?

endurance ride on tree lined path - Get Faster - Wenzel Coaching

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

Triathlon transition set-up - Get Faster- Wenzel Coaching

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

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