Fix Your Flaws in Fall

Make fitness gains now to improve your cycling performance next year. by Chris Carmichael / Bicycling.com I found the following quote in a very interesting story about the science of “choking” at crucial moments of big competitions. The whole article is worth reading, and you can find it here. But in particular, the quote below about baseball players jumped out at me because it illustrates a very important point for endurance athletes at this time of…

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Workouts and Drills to Prepare for Cyclocross Season

Are you prepared for cyclocross season? Mike Schultz / TrainingPeaks.com A Cyclocross race takes place on man-made courses through neighborhood parks and open fields, and involves maneuvering over barriers, through the mud, snow and rain. This style of racing requires a special set of skills that stem from racing mountain bikes, road bikes and, to some extent, running. Athletes are preparing themselves for the unique demands required of this sport. As with any sport, it’s…

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Training Sessions to Build Form For Summer – Part 2

  [This article originally appeared on Dig Deep Coaching and is a follow-up to a previous article.] We continue on our theme of essential training sessions to maintain your fitness over the summer period and how this is best done when limited to time and wanting to continue the progress after a hard spring building fitness. Coaches James Spragg and Stephen Gallagher give another 3 sessions on what to focus on and explain why you need to…

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10 Ways to Lose Weight Through Cycling

Cyclists seem to always be fretting about their weight... Maybe it's the skin tight clothing. Or, maybe it's watching as a rider half your size bombs past on an intense mountain climb--as if you were standing still. Either way, if you're reading this article you must be at least mildly interested in shedding a few pounds. Here's 10 ways to effectively lose weight through cycling: 1) Ride Before Breakfast When you get up in the…

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Training Sessions To Build Form For Summer – Part 1

  [This article originally appeared on Dig Deep Coaching.] We all have ambitions of riding fast this summer and, after a long winter of training, where slow and steady base miles are largely the order of the day to build endurance, now is the time to up the intensity. There’s something for everyone, depending on your objectives this summer: hill repeats for riders training for a sportive with lots of short sharp climbs, threshold intervals to…

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Which Nuun Is Right For You?

Did you know that hydration is important? As a cyclist, we’re betting the answer is “yes.” But did you know that without electrolytes your body can’t use the water you’re drinking to the fullest? Or that a measly 2% drop in your hydration status can harm your performance significantly? And that your hydration strategy is arguably more important than your fueling strategy? That’s where Nuun, pronounced “noon”, comes in, and why we’re excited to be…

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3 Steps to Recovery

  [This article originally appeared on Dig Deep Coaching.] A frequent challenge as a coach is when clients come up against periods of illness. The need to manipulate training and lifestyle to allow for a return back to full health and training routine without hindrance to further progress takes precedence. A trusting relationship with a coach is crucial at this point. Poor advice or over enthusiastic training can either send the athlete back into a…

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When Post-Workout Fueling Matters Most

[This article originally appeared on the Nuun.com blog.] If you’re like a lot of people, you might not feel like eating soon after an especially long or hard workout. And then you might well find yourself struggling on a much easier workout a day or two later, and wondering how you suddenly got so out of shape. That’s because you didn’t take advantage of the recovery window—the period immediately after a workout when your body…

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