Coach Meredith Nielsen isn’t just a great skills and beginning racing instructor, she’s also a wealth of information on getting started in women’s cycling in Northern California. She was interviewed by the Our Work Works podcast about beginning racing. Have …

Coach Meredith Nielsen Talks the History of Women’s Road Racing in Northern California 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 »

Competitive cyclists are constantly making risk versus reward calculations. Often, these are momentary decisions that have immediate near-term consequences such as making a move in a race or choosing to eat or not eat before a workout. Other times, the …

Surgery and Recovery Around Training – A Coach’s Experience and Analysis 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 »

All living things are driven to avoid pain. Unconscious systems compel them to select – without awareness – choices that have become familiar and proven safe. Human beings are no exception. They are motivated to avoid pain, including psychological pain, …

Even With Motivation, Unconscious Anxiety Blocks Improvement of Habits Read More »

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 …

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

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 …

Poker Face at Threshold Read More »

cyclist on snow track in winter

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 »

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 …

Is Your Relationship with Food Undermining Your Athletic Goals? Read More »

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 – …

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

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 …

Adding a Triathlon or Running Event to Your Cycling Season Read More »

A fit woman looks at herself in a gym mirror.

As coaches and friends of endurance athlete, we need to be aware of the ways in which discussions of weight-optimization can trigger eating disorders in vulnerable individuals. Weight loss can lead to improved performance in some athletes in some disciplines, …

How to Support an Athlete Who May Be Vulnerable to an Eating Disorder Read More »

cyclists staying healthy in winter

Winter continues the cold and flu season. While fitness is associated with strong immune function, actual training and/or dieting can suppress our immune systems, giving opportunistic germs a better shot at both getting established and hanging around longer than they …

Staying Healthy in Winter Read More »

When fitness goals are only one of your many priorities, social eating around the holidays can be a challenge to your ideal training and athletic body weight. Having well-defined, motivating goals can help avoid excess and junk food, but even with …

2017 Holiday Eating Survival Guide for Athletes Read More »