Year: 2008

By Dr. Kathryn C. Wilder You may have a rival in your area whom you are focused on beating.  When you beat your rival you may be pumped up, even if you didn’t win the race. On the other hand, …

Healthy Rivalry versus Obsessive Rivalry: Where do You Draw the Line? Read More »

By Coach MC Jenni T’was the week before Christmas and all through the castle Not a wheel was spinning, it seemed such a hassle The trainer sat all alone by the tv It’s so cold outside, “I’d freeze” thought the …

Extreme Cold. What’s Your Limit? Read More »

This month rather than expound for several pages on a single topic, I’ll present short responses to some frequent questions in winter training. If you race you probably have thought of some of these yourself and applying these answers will …

Winter Base Training Q & A Read More »

By Associate Coach Jenni Gaertner Every year in November and December I mourn the waning daylight hours. Motivation gets harder to maintain when I find myself driving to work in the dark and returning home the same way. Unfortunately, the …

Riding at Night Read More »

Little things matter. Bike races are won or lost by fractions of an inch or almost immeasurably small differences in average speed. Cyclists focus on training and tactics, but small changes in equipment, body weight, clothing, position, cadence and even …

The Importance of Little Things Read More »

by Wenzel Coaching Experts Heather D’Eliso Gordon, RD, CSSD and K.C. Wilder PhD Q:  Help! I’m addicted to diet soda, the bubbles and the taste. I know it’s bad for me, but it’s become a crutch during my workday. Any …

Nutrition Q & A: The addictive powers of diet soda Read More »

Racers must ride quality miles and avoid junk miles to succeed in competition, but how can one distinguish junk from quality on a given ride? Many racers do junk training thinking they are doing quality, and then avoid riding that …

Oh No! Not Junk Miles! – Understanding what makes a quality training ride Read More »

Just as there’s power in training your body, there’s power in training your mind. Having clear intent for each and every ride in your training plan is an important part of becoming the rider you are aiming to be. You …

Conscious Training Read More »

Bike racing is an extremely demanding and unforgiving sport. Unlike baseball, soccer or football in which half of the few dozen players in any given game will win, only one rider gets to take the top step on the podium …

Is Your Lifestyle Consistent with Your Goals? You Must Live Like a Racer to Ride Like a Racer Read More »

Bike racing at the professional level is very much a team sport. While individuals get credit for winning races and tours, they cannot do so without the support of a strong team. Sometimes the support is obvious, such as when …

There’s no “We” in “Team” Read More »

by Brian Forbes For every action in the race by a competitor or teammate, there is always a choice of reactions by every other rider in the race. In the excitement of being in a racing pack, it is important …

Tactics 101 – Road Racing Strategy Read More »

By Lee Shuemake We have all had those long or tough days on the bike when our body is telling us it would rather be sitting on the couch watching cycling videos. I’m not talking about the normal pain in …

Back Pain – Is It About the Bike? Read More »

Picture this: It’s summer and races are frequent and fast. You’ve been training consistently since the fall and have been racing strong for the last several months. You have been feeling particularly strong and have had several good races in …

Enough Already! How to make a mid-season break work for you Read More »

Q:  Now that I am in full swing with my racing season, I am noticing that I am not recovering well after races or hard training days. My legs are heavy and I just don’t have that edge I need …

Eat Like a Pro — Eating enough carbohydrates is a key to success Read More »

The single most powerful concept in training plan development for all sports is the “Law of Specificity.” This rule says that the greater the similarity between practice and the desired performance, the more effective it is. Training exercises should resemble …

Breaking the Law of Specificity Read More »