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 »

The dark days of winter are a tough time of the year to stay focused on fitness and nutrition. Holiday activities, end of the year work demands, lousy chilly and gloomy weather, and shorter, darker days all play into this. …

Tips for Athletes for Surviving the Winter and S.A.D. Read More »

Leg Curl Exercise. Neutral start position, by Wenzel Coaching

Lying, Seated or Standing Leg Curl The leg curl that Wenzel Coaching includes in its lifting routine is intended to strengthen muscles, tendons and ligaments of the lower body. The primary muscles that are activated are the hamstrings. Secondary muscles …

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Gym Class for People Who Don’t Like Gym Class This article is a part of Wenzel Coaching’s Wednesday Workout tips: I am not a gym person and am definitely not a group class person because I feel out of step …

Wednesday Workout: Barreless Barre Read More »

Coach Phil Timothee shares his experience of what it’s like to do an Ironman triathlon when the training goes right, all the way up to 10 days to go, when it takes a turn for the south…. race preparation / …

Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Report Read More »