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.
In today’s video presentation, we take a closer look at how your training choices can impact your recovery, the multi-dimensional nature of fatigue, the role of RPE, methods to quantify recovery, and a handful of the most popular modalities used to improve recovery. Do me a favor, and please watch it in 4K!
The following is an excerpt from our free eBook titled How to Leverage Data and Science to Improve Your Cycling. Sign up for our newsletter and grab it for free.
In the last decade, I’ve learned that prescribing workouts (the “what” of training) is likely the easiest part of coaching.
Sure, programming, planning, and periodizing take some level of knowledge and skill, but quality differences between training plans never matter more than a cyclist’s ability to nail the number one objective in training: consistency.
Mindfulness meditation has always kind of wigged me out. The act of meditating seemed more like a method to cede control of my mind rather than a reliable strategy to strengthen it.
How exactly do you race better? Coach Sam Bassetti and myself have put together this flow chart to highlight a few nuggets that might just get you over the hump and in the win column in your next race.