For many cyclists, winter is the least wonderful time of the year to ride. A mixture of sick kids, holiday commitments, and fewer daylight hours often conspire to ruin the best-laid training plans.
In today’s post, we’ll put on the coaching hat and examine how best to utilize periodization when planning for an upcoming season. We’ll begin by defining our primary term.
While reviewing a paper titled “The Best Lifestyle Changes in Retirement for Fat Loss and Muscle Maintenance” I came across an incredible graphic.
The data in this graph comes from a paper titled “Skeletal muscle mass and distribution in 468 men and women aged 18-88 yr” .
Buy, install, ride faster: aero wheels promise off-the-shelf speed for any cyclist with a credit card.
When it comes to improving the human machine, cyclists are prone to looking at strength training like an aero wheel purchase; choose exercises, lift heavy, then reap the rewards of greater strength.
We’re kicking off a new series on the blog called Coaching Hat, where I answer a specific training-related question while detailing the thought process that got me to the answer.
One question I’ve heard with greater frequency is some variation of this: Should I start tracking “_“?
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’ll be on your bike.