Month: October 2006

Winter Reminders for All Athletes

Stay warm! It’s definitely arm warmer and leg warmer time now, and full-fledged cold weather clothing time in the mornings. Time for booties, too, on some days. Save the use of oils and other embrocations for race days – rely

Posted in Injury, Life Balance, Training

Simple Diet Tips for Cyclists and Endurance Athletes

If you are heavier than your ideal race weight, this is the time of year to do something about it. When you are racing or doing higher intensity training you need plenty of good quality food to support rapid recovery.

Posted in Nutrition, Weight Optimization

Physiology of Performance and Periodization

Physiology is the science of how the body works: How muscles contract; how the heart, lungs and blood vessels deliver oxygen and fuel to the body; how the energy in food is converted into muscle power; how training affects muscles

Posted in Health, Recovery, Training

Do your homework

If you are reading this article around the time it comes out and you are in the Northern Hemisphere preparing to race next Spring, it’s time to be working on your base. Quoting the old cliché, it is time to

Posted in Base Training, Racing, Skills, Training

Double Reality Check – Identifying a tactical race plan that suits both your talents and the course

There are as many potentially successful strategies for winning bike races as there are courses and categories. However, only a few strategies are likely to be successful in any given race. Strategies that work beautifully on one course or with

Posted in Race Strategy, Racing

Light a Candle, or, Race the Race You’ve Entered

See if you can figure out the common factor in these five situations: Riders are stretched out single file on a wide straight road as the leader weaves back and forth, pedaling furiously, occasionally looking over his shoulder, and frantically

Posted in Race Strategy, Racing

Quiz: Racing is the Best Training (underline the best answer and discuss)

a) Always b) Sometimes c) Never I’m sure you’ve heard or read that racing is the best training. What does that mean? Should you pile on race miles to the exclusion of all else? Is racing really the best training

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

Race Your Strengths

Each rider is more suited to particular aspects of racing and less suited to others. Some riders have tremendous speed for a short distance, some can ride all day at a good clip and some can climb away from a

Posted in Performance Tips, Race Strategy

Your Ride: Dynamic Bike Fit

The fit of the bike is essential to the performance of the rider. A properly chosen frame and properly fitted bike will allow you to ride the drops for many miles in comfort, corner with confidence and lay down the

Posted in Bike Fit
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