Category: Season Planning

Many factors will affect the effectiveness of your relationship with your coach and your success in reaching your fitness goals. While natural talent and the training itself play important roles in athletic success, many other details can impact how your …

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Many riders enter races for which they are not suited. Skinny little climbers enter flat crits with huge fields. Big-muscled sprinters enter hilly road races. For the most part the results are as expected. One needs powerful legs to win …

Winning – It Could Happen to You Read More »

By Sean Scott You may have heard of the immensely popular music video This Too Shall Pass, which has had nearly 24 million hits on YouTube. Believe it or not, the creation of this video by the group Okay Go …

Season Planning – “Okay Go, Adam Sadowsky, and the Yearly Training Plan” Read More »

All Wenzel cycling and triathlon programs include annual extended recovery periods, usually about a month in length, though cross racers might break the month into two chunks, one before training for cross and one before training for road or MTB. …

How Much Recovery Is Enough In the Rest Period? Read More »

By Head Coach Kendra Wenzel If you’ve been racing consistently since early spring, it’s very likely that you’re reaching some kind of burnout now, especially if you don’t have major late-season goals or don’t plan to race cyclocross this fall. …

Dealing with End-of-Season Burnout, and How to Remedy It Read More »

The racing season is here. Racers are hitting peak fitness and doing their best racing of the year. In some districts there are opportunities to race six or seven days per week including the track, mid-week TTs and twilight criteriums. …

Let’s Get Real: In season training and tactics 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 »

by Associate Coach Melissa Sanborn Goal-setting is a common weakness for struggling athletes and a common strength for successful athletes. Good goal setting will improve your motivation and self confidence, while poor goal setting or avoiding goal setting altogether will …

Plan Your Season Using SMART Goals Read More »

Novice racers working their way up through the amateur ranks are not little professionals. Advice that is appropriate for professional riders is often inappropriate for novices. While developing riders share many characteristics with seasoned pros, they also differ in important …

The Unique Needs of Novice Racers Read More »

Should riders take a break from training after one season before starting to train for the next? Most professional riders do. Some argue that anyone who doesn’t take a post-season break will more or less burst into flames and fall …

Take 5: The Annual Rest Period Read More »

by Laurel Green Most riders will experience a “dry spell” at some time in their athletic careers, and I am not referring to Global Warming here.  A dry spell in athletics is a period of time in which you are …

Maintaining Motivation Through a “Dry Spell” Read More »

a) Always b) Sometimes c) Never I’m sure you’ve heard or read that racing is the best training. What does that mean? Should you pile on race miles to the exclusion of all else? Is racing really the best training …

Quiz: Racing is the Best Training (underline the best answer and discuss) Read More »