‘Merica, The Tour de France, and Optimal Cadence

What is the optimal cycling cadence? This post takes a look at the cadence preference of professional riders, briefly examines how muscle fiber is impacted by cadence, then follows up with some practical suggestions for how to incorporate a wider range of cadences in your training.

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Designing The Perfect Training Plan

November is a great time to begin sketching out a master plan.  We’re a few months removed from the intensity of the road season but quickly approaching the New Year.  Whether your goals include competing at nationals or surviving your first century, now’s the time to take an objective look at the calendar and create a road map for the upcoming season.

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Overtraining, Overreaching, and Planning For Next Season

The end of the road-racing season is around the corner, bringing with it burnout and symptoms of overtraining. Most of the NorCal contingent is attempting to wrestle every bit of fitness out of their bodies before they march into the bitterly cold, and inhospitable Northern California winter.

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Training In The Heat

It’s that time of year when hot weather begins to drastically change your experience on the bike. Targets easily nailed while riding in mild 65-degree weather feel completely different at 95. While the body is masterful at regulating skin blood flow and sweat rate to control your core temperature [1], high heat environments present an immense challenge to the endurance athlete.

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