Category: Training

The Basics of Training and Competing at Altitude

A road leads up to a mountain.

Tips for Altitude Training and Racing Preparing for an event or racing an event at altitude can be intimidating to the sea level athlete. Fortunately, the science is quite definitive on the tactics for the best chances of success in

Posted in Performance Tips, Season Planning, Training

Understanding Fitness Peaks and Troughs

Peaking is a cyclist’s nirvana. If training has gone well, you are strong on the bike, riding fast with little effort, recovering quickly enough to attack several times in a race or race several days per week and your head

Posted in Coach tips, Season Planning, Training

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, Weight Optimization

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

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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

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

The Ugly Truth About Training Zones

Exercise physiology textbooks generally devote several chapters to the three energy systems that power muscle contractions and how the three systems interact to support various intensities and durations of exercise. They tell us that adenosine tri-phosphate or ATP is the

Posted in Base Training, High Intensity Training, Training

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

Posted in Racing, Training, Triathlon

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. The exercises in

Posted in Strength, Training

Q & A Coach Forum: Running with a Weighted Vest

“Hey guys, read your articles in ROAD Magazine… nice. I was wondering what you thought of running up stadium stairs with a weight vest on during the winter to build strength in lieu of weight lifting. I lifted for about

Posted in Training

Q & A Coach Forum: Why Have I Stopped Making Progress on the Bike?

Hello, I have stopped making progress despite a regular and highly structured training program supervised by a very well regarded coach. At first (after the first 3-4 months) I made huge progress, now a year and a half later, I

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Gluteal Stretches for Hip Flexibility

Looking to add some effective stretches to your routine? Stretching the gluteal muscle complex allows for greater flexibility of the hip area, a common area of soreness and tightness for cyclist and runners. This progression of stretches is a fluid

Posted in Injury, Training

Practice Makes Perfect? Practicing good athlete habits and avoiding bad ones

There is a widely quoted old adage that says that practice makes perfect, and like most old adages, especially when applied to bike racing, this one is a gross oversimplification. What practice really does is make habits. Practiced habits become

Posted in Performance Tips, Racing, Training

Will You Win Your Races or Your Training Rides? Control Your Competitive Drive!

Joe stomped hard as the light changed. It was supposed to be an easy day, but a few hundred yards ahead he spied prey, another rider. Accelerating, he dropped into an aero position, elbows deeply bent and knees in close

Posted in Base Training, Coach tips, Mental Skills, Performance Tips, Recovery, Training
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