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The Power of Group Training

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

Is Your Relationship with Food Undermining Your Athletic Goals?

Relationships with food are complex, particularly for athletes. Adequate and ideal nutrition for health, appearance, and performance can suffer when the focus primarily is on reaching a fixed “ideal” body weight. While a high power-to-weight ratio is essential for success

Athlete Perspective: Clara Honsinger’s First Trip to the CX World Championship

Watch Clara Honsinger take on the world’s best Under-23 racers in Valkenburg, Netherlands, TOMORROW, Saturday the 3rd! I had been up for 32 hours – only 30 if you count the two quick hours of sleep on the plane –

Adding a Triathlon or Running Event to Your Cycling Season

A female athlete runs through a triathlon transition zone.

By Liz Varner If you are primarily a cyclist, adding a triathlon, duathlon, running or other multisport event to your year is a great way to cross train, refresh a season or just try something a little different. Some coaches

Can You Do These Essential Road and Off-Road Cycling Skills?

Four cyclists descend on a curved road.

How good a cyclist are you? You may or may not be super fit, but skills can make riding more fun and can make you a safer, faster, more victorious cyclist or a better ride buddy no matter how fast

Your 2017 Season Starts Today!  With…Resting?

An athlete rests with her legs up on a chair.

by Jami Min That’s right.  You’re going over your season in your mind, reviewing all those spots where if you’d just been a little stronger, a little faster…if you’d had just a tiny bit more endurance it would have made

How to Train for Your First XTERRA Triathlon

By Rob Butner 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

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

Quadricep, Hamstring, and Calf Stretches for Cycling Performance

The Quadriceps, Hamstrings, and Calves are the major muscle groups that directly power the pedals of a bicycle. When Quads and Hams are not in balance (one group is tighter than the other), a number of bio-mechanical problems can occur, including

What It’s Like to Do Your First Cyclocross Race

Though we first posted this video earlier this year shortly after it premiered Outside Explorer, now is a great time to revisit it as many cyclists take that first step and consider entering their first cyclocross race! A cyclocross race

Hip Flexor and Low Back Stretches for Cycling

The positions and movements of cycling stress certain muscle groups, which can create muscular imbalances and dysfunction. The hip flexors (iliacus and psoas, sometimes together called iliopsoas) are muscles responsible for pulling the thigh towards the abdomen and are used

Do You Need a Cycling Coach? — A Testimonial for Coaching

We always welcome testimonials and honest feedback from our clients, and we often post them on our coach profile pages. Sometimes a review is just so helpful and thought provoking that we like to share the whole thing as a

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

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

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

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