6 ways to make your cycling training better

There are many ways to go about training for cycling and I think we all respond in some way to all types of training. I have found that many motivated cyclists experience anxiety about their training. Is it the right kind? Will it work? What about those intervals my buddy does? How much higher can my FTP get? The truth is that it is impossible to predict exactly how we will respond to any training. What worked one season might not work the same for the next. What works best for one individual may not work best for another. I believe using the following tips will lead to improvements regardless of the training strategy. Set goals and make a plan It probably sounds basic, but I rarel

Common Interval Training Mistakes

First off, I think getting out on the bike and accomplishing any ride is a success. Riding consistently, even without any direction, will lead to improved fitness. But why not increase the odds of improving to a higher level and more quickly by using sound training principles? Here are some common things I see when reviewing power files/training history in my initial athlete assessments that I believe are mistakes. Progressive Overload: This is probably the number one mistake I see other than overestimating FTP (future topic). Each week is the same pattern with the same workouts or there is no rhyme or reason to durations of intervals. Maybe an athlete is on the local group ride circuit

What Does It Take To Be A Successful Racer?

I was thinking back to mentoring an Early Bird Racing Series event this winter with many new racers taking the time to learn how to ride in a pack and stay safe in a mass start bike race. After a 75 minute skills clinic, there is a practice race followed by a debrief - my favorite part of the day. The buzz and excitement in the air is special to be a part of and I also noticed that no one is talking about Heart Rate, Power, Functional Threshold Power (FTP) or any other metric that modern cycling technology provides us. I find this very refreshing and it led me to thinking about what I believe it takes to be a successful racer. Don't get me wrong, I love the data and use it extensively as

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