Category: Mental Skills

Identifying Perceived Effort: Choosing the Right Words & Thoughts to Improve Performance

A jumble of words that a cyclist may think about while racing

How you talk to yourself about your training and racing performance, especially with regard to exercise intensity, matters more than you might think. There’s a number for everything these days: ride time, cadence, distance, heart rate, power, you name it.

Posted in Mental Skills, Performance Tips

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

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

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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

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

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

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The Big Picture: Today’s Performance Reflects Years of Diet and Training

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In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.- Johann Wolfgang von Goeth Several years ago, the training blogosphere was atwitter with posts from

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

Do You NEED to Win?

A strong drive to win is a necessity for bike racing success. Something has to make one keep training, keep eating right and keep pedaling no matter what happens. Some riders have plenty of motivation, while drive is a limiter

Posted in Mental Skills, Racing, Training

Overcoming Fear of Descending on the Bike

Road riding and racing season is here, and with this may come some anxiety. Many riders, already nervous descending on the road bike, are really frightened by the prospect of descending in a peloton or group. Use these tips to

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Hey Kid! Wanna Get Lucky? – Defending Against Misfortune in Bike Racing

This article has been updated from an article previously published in ROAD Magazine. Coaches often say that racing success requires genetic talent, hard work and luck. You get the talent from your parents and there’s not much you can do

Posted in Mental Skills, Philosophical Musings, Racing

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

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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

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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

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Preparing to Improve Your Descending on the Bicycle

This is a pretty straightforward exercise that can be done in front of your computer, laptop, or smaller device. It’s most effective if you can pay uninterrupted attention to the screen and sounds, so if possible find a place where

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