I Guess You Had to Be There: What you need to know about bike racing but can’t learn from a book

Riders take certain things for granted. We believe the bike will go where we steer it, that we’ll pedal harder when we want to go faster and if we pedal hard enough, we’ll be able to catch the group or breakaway.

We don’t expect back soreness, while we do expect that we’ll pedal a little easier to clear leg pain when it shows up.

How to Train for Your First XTERRA Triathlon

Ever thought of riding a triathlon on a mountain bike or running a rocky trail instead of pounding pavement? When I tell people I’ve raced triathlons for the past 10 years, many of them imagine the Hawaiian Ironman and an inspirational TV broadcast.

Coach Toolbox: When an Athlete Reaches a Performance Plateau

Wenzel Coaching works to help our athletes and coaches find the best resources for their overall fitness and competitive games, no matter their level. This month we feature mental skills expert and therapist Melinda Halpern of Grit Performance as she talks about helping athletes through performance plateaus.

Quadricep, Hamstring, and Calf Stretches for Cycling Performance

The Quadriceps, Hamstrings, and Calves are the major muscle groups that directly power the pedals of a bicycle. When Quads and Hams are not in balance (one group is tighter than the other), a number of bio-mechanical problems can occur, including chronic back pain, changes in pelvic alignment affecting posture, and joint imbalance affecting Range of Motion (ROM).

Core Strength for Cycling

Core strength is the tie that links the arms stabilizing the handlebars with the power going into the pedals on the bike. When your core is strong, both everyday and dynamic movements feel more natural and empowered.

Does Your Coach Make You Angry?

Most people are averse to change. That is, in part, why so many people knowingly continue unhealthy habits. Rare is the person who likes to hear that he or she is making self-defeating choices and needs to think or act differently. Change means confronting the unknown. It brings anxiety. Knowing that a coach will suggest changes is enough to stop some riders from even seeking coaching.

What It’s Like to Do Your First Cyclocross Race

Though we first posted this video earlier this year shortly after it premiered Outside Explorer, now is a great time to revisit it as many cyclists take that first step and consider entering their first cyclocross race!
A cyclocross race can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.

Hip Flexor and Low Back Stretches for Cycling

The positions and movements of cycling stress certain muscle groups, which can create muscular imbalances and dysfunction. The hip flexors (iliacus and psoas, sometimes together called iliopsoas) are muscles responsible for pulling the thigh towards the abdomen and are used for both core stability and power production.

Do You Need a Cycling Coach? — A Testimonial for Coaching

We always welcome testimonials and honest feedback from our clients, and we often post them on our coach profile pages. Sometimes a review is just so helpful and thought provoking that we like to share the whole thing as a blog posting. This testimonial from client Mark Vojtko is one of those special ones. If you have been considering getting a coach, you may relate to Mark’s experience. Read on..

Returning from a Major Cycling Accident

On April 2nd of 2011, I was racing the criterium stage of a regional stage race in The Dalles, Oregon. It was a nighttime criterium, and I was feeling positive about my chances of achieving my goal of winning the race. I had won all the primes with ease and was feeling strong. As I attacked into the last corner of the final lap, my pedal struck the pavement, taking me out.