The following is an excerpt from an upcoming book on technology, distraction, and why training “basic” is the most effective way to improve your cycling. You can check out previous excerpts at this link, or to get updates and follow the progress of the book please sign up for our newsletter.
Everyone knows warming up is essential; or is it?
Most cyclists feel a responsibility to warm-up but many are uncertain of how to do it.
In this guide I’ll lay out the evidence-based foundation of the warm-up, while offering specific suggestions for how you might tailor a warm-up to the specific demands of your event. Let’s jump in.
If you’re a cyclist committed to strength training, commuting back and forth to a gym can be a massive waste of time.
Work pressure, family commitments, and the challenge of setting aside enough time to ride, has me convinced that for most cyclists, the best way to make strength training a season-long habit, is to do it at home.
If you ride anywhere in the western states, contending with poor air quality during the summer months is a training reality. Emissions, wood smoke, and ozone; they all contribute to a less than ideal environment for riding.
I’ve never met a cyclist excited about getting slower, especially in a finishing sprint, but as hard and as smart as you train, getting older means getting slower.
So why exactly does your sprint get slower as you age, and is there anything you can do about it?
Do you love riding in the blazing heat? Me neither. If races were only held in cool temperatures, avoiding the heat when training would be simple; only ride in the morning. But cycling doesn’t work that way. Inevitably it’s going to be hot, and you’re going to be on your bike.
In today’s Journal Club we’ll check out a fascinating new study that examines whether looking at too much feedback during a time trial makes you slower on the bike. Is it possible to improve your cycling performance by limiting the amount of data you focus on during a race? Let’s find out.
I spent a lot of time thinking about motivation last year.
For most of the cyclists I worked with during 2020, motivation was in short supply. Perhaps that’s why this small video made such an outsized impact on me.
Whatever you’re doing right now, stop and check it out: unless you’re driving. Why are you on your phone when you’re driving? Anyways, check it out.