As a physician I have been getting a lot of questions about training in this strange new world that we bike riders find ourselves in. As of March, 24, 2020 in western Colorado where I live, there are five confirmed …

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A Wenzel Coaching client got back his positive COVID-19 test a few days ago. This is a strong, healthy 40-something guy who crushes the local club ride with regularity. He rides 10+ hours per week, lifts weights, stretches, and eats …

Please Take COVID-19 Seriously [A Cyclist’s Personal Experience with the Corona Virus] Read More »

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As an athlete, you know you dread it: Deep into a training cycle a workout shows up in your plan that you fear you’re probably not going to finish. And you don’t finish. You’ll annotate the file or note in …

The Capacity Workout: When Failure Isn’t Read More »

Aside from saddle sores and knee pain, foot problems are among the most common afflictions of cyclists. In coaching recreational and competitive cyclists for the last three decades, I have found that there are several common reasons for foot pain, …

Six Causes of Foot Pain, Numbness, and Hot-Foot During Bicycling, and How to Solve Them Read More »

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What if we enhanced our efforts by visualizing how we want our bodies to move and perform? I don’t mean just picturing yourself lifting a goal weight, but mentally practicing the form you want?

Living and riding in the Pacific Northwest wet winter weather, my family sets up trainers in the sun room to start indoor spin season. I catch up on watching race coverage while turning the cranks. While watching professional road races, I …

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When fitness goals are balanced with family and work priorities, social eating around the holidays can be a challenge to your ideal training plan. Having well-defined, motivating goals can help avoid excess and junk food, but even with the best …

Holiday Eating for Athletes [A Survival Guide] Read More »

Cyclists tend to develop certain postural abnormalities that can cause problems both on and off the bike: Slumped shoulders, head dropped forward on the neck and the classic upper-back hump are common and often become painful if they are not …

Get Stacked: Correct the Cyclist Posture to Get the Most from Strength Training Read More »

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You’re just getting over an illness, feeling maybe 80% healthy, but you are more than desperate to start training again. You fear losing fitness and you want to make up for lost time, so you head out for your first …

How to Avoid the Post-Illness Over-Training Death Spiral Read More »

Race day can be stressful. Be prepared. Having a cyclocross packing list means you don’t have to rely on your memory to prepare. Cut your stress level in half by following these steps. First, start by packing the night before …

How to Pack for a Cyclocross Race [The Ready-to-Race Packing Checklist] Read More »

Nutrition can make or break an athlete’s performance. For the best chance of success in cycling and other endurance activities, different eating regimens are appropriate at different times. Athletes will utilize the following four basic eating plans:   Different foods …

Diet Tips for Cyclists & Endurance Athletes [Four Complete Fueling Plans for Success] Read More »

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Races can be decided by a dropped chain. Just ask Andy Schleck after the 2010 Tour de France. Some folks are more excited about the mechanical aspect of bicycle racing than others, but the fact is that maintenance is part …

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Cyclists and triathletes want to be ready for a peak performance at their ‘A’ race. It’s common practice to attempt that by doing a period of “overload” or extra hard training ending 1-3 weeks before the race, and then a period of …

Overreaching During a Peak and Taper May Make It Worthless Read More »

Take Advantage of Group Dynamics to Better Your Strength Workouts It’s 6:45 AM on November 21st several years ago. Snow and ice blow over the sidewalks as early-risers pour their first cup of coffee. Most people will be on their …

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This year, admittedly bored with a Virginia/Maryland road racing calendar featuring a dozen races I had done at least a dozen times already, I decided to focus on a gravel grinder. The 72-mile Gravel Race Up Spruce Knob (GRUSK) over …

Notes for the Gravel-Curious Cyclist Read More »