Category: Training

Good weather is here but with the pandemic still raging or at least flickering all around the world, and the health authorities telling us to avoid each other’s slipstreams, bike racing is not starting soon in most places, and group …

Indoor Cycling Doesn’t Have to Suck [Enduring the Extended “Covid Winter”] Read More »

Many if not most cyclists develop painful knees at some time in their cycling careers. You may be experiencing sore knees currently when you ride. If you are, make a change before riding again! If you ride with the same …

Knee Pain & the Cyclist [How to Prevent & Solve Knee Pain on the Bike] Read More »

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 …

Cycling in the Era of COVID-19 Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 …

The Power of Group Training Read More »

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 »

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 …

Improve Your Cadence for Faster Gran Fondo Finishes Read More »

It’s pretty hard these days to escape the concept of Functional Threshold Power, or FTP.  A quick Google search will produce statements such as: “FTP is the single most important physiological determinant of performance in events” “FTP has become the …

The Myth of FTP Read More »

Cold, wet weather in late fall drives athletes indoors, making it easy to decide when to start weight training. Knowing when to end regular lifting in the late winter or spring can be more of a challenge. Following a weight-training …

Putting Down the Weights — When to Transition from Off-Season Weight Training Read More »

A coach once told me, “You are not just a cyclist, you are an athlete, and fitness goes a long way.” Having come from skiing, I always liked that idea because it gave me an excuse to use skiing as …

Creative Cross-Training for Cyclists in Winter in Snow Country Read More »