Category: Performance Tips

The Complete Pre-Race Checklist for a Competition-Ready Bicycle

A man checks the handlebar bolts where it meets the stem on the bicycle.

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

Overreaching During a Peak and Taper May Make It Worthless

A cyclist pushes a mountain bike over rocks and mud

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

How to Avoid Dead Legs on Race Day Forever

“My legs felt like lead!” I told my dad. It didn’t make any sense at all. I had been training for a full year for the Junior National Cycling Championships. I hadn’t missed a single day of training and had

Opener & Tune-up Rides for Cycling

Opener/Tune-up rides are essential preparation for race days. There are many possible Opener/Tune-up exercises. Not everyone needs quite as much intensity as some athletes may. Either way, this method will provide an adequate challenge to prepare anyone: You will need

Improve Your Cadence for Faster Gran Fondo Finishes

Whether you have a lot of time to train on the bike or just a little, optimizing your pedaling cadence1 will help you to finish gran gondos both faster and stronger. This is because the main moment-by-moment determinant of fatigue

Learning to Win – Waiting to Upgrade Your Road Racing Category May Pay Off Later

For some racers, the upgrade from Category 4 to Cat 3 on the road, for instance, may happen as quickly as a few months. For others the challenge to break out of the same category may take years. It may seem

Poker Face at Threshold

It’s certainly not necessary to be playing high-stakes at the card table to benefit from a poker face. The ability to mask one’s reactions from the competition is useful outside of gambling – in sport. We often hear about athletes

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

Recovery Tips for Stage Races, Omniums & Multi-Race Weekends

When racing twice or more over a weekend, your between-race recovery activities will determine how well you feel and perform in the later races. Follow this guidance to improve both. During each stage or race, eat and drink generously and

How to Throw Your Bike

Wenzel Coaching client Micheal Frennet throws his bike across the line in a win at the Florida State Criterium Championships 2016

How to Execute a Bike Throw: Let the final pedal stroke lift your butt barely off the saddle if you are not already standing Drop the shoulders Straighten the arms forcefully Push the butt off the back of the saddle

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

How to Equip to Ride a Fat Bike in the Snow

A Wenzel Coaching fat bike rider enjoys a snowy trail.

Preparation is Key for Keeping it Fun in the Cold on a Snow Bike Baby, it’s cold outside; but I want to ride. Those of us living in environments where the earth is white for several months and the pavement

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

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.

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