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Toolbox: Avoiding Common Training Plan Mistakes

November brings early sunsets, cold nights, lots of leaf blowing, and, for most cyclists in the northern hemisphere, the time to focus on their annual plan. Planning is excellent and critical to success, but make sure you avoid these common…

Best Advice For Training Masters Cyclists

TOOLBOX: Training masters cyclists is different from riders of other ages, but can be no less effective.  It does require some different strategies and approaches, which Tim Cusick - as coach to women's masters elite racer & former…

Off-Season Training For Masters Cyclists

Toolbox: With so many PEZ-Fans above the age of 45 years, off season training for masters cyclists is a hot topic right now. Fall is a time of change: weather, foliage, and of course our training. The fall has traditionally been seen as a…

Cycling Training Late Summer Reset

TOOLBOX: It’s hot, it’s humid, and you’re getting tired. Each August I'm reminded that my athletes have been training for eight to nine months now, and August is usually the final, challenging phase. We all face the challenges of heat,…

TOOLBOX: #Crossiscoming Prep Workouts

It's 92 degrees with about 85% humidity, and I have to say I am dreaming about cool Fall afternoons, color changes, and, of course, cyclocross!  Last year I wrote an article on the demands of cyclocross with a strategic view of cyclocross…

Toolbox: Fast Ride Survival Tips

One of the pieces of advice given most often to riders trying to get faster is to ride with people or groups that are faster than they are. And it’s pretty good advice, because faster group rides motivate us to go harder and longer.

Toolbox: Polarized Training Simplified

There are numerous debates over different cycling training philosophies, mainly the “big three” of sweet spot, HIIT (high-intensity interval training), and polarized (80/20). While proponents of each method tend to choose the “side” they…

How To Perfect The Race Taper

TOOLBOX: Tapering is a mysterious notion. Most competitive cyclists know what it is, and that it should be part of their peak performance, and that it can make that peak performance even better. Here's how to perfect the race taper for…

Best Training Intervals For Climbers

Toolbox: If you're preparing for an event with some major climbing this season, or if you simply want to improve your climbing ability in general, you probably already know that you need to build your power-to-weight ratio. The more watts…

How To Build Better Cycling Intervals

Whoever said "slow and steady wins the race" obviously never raced a bike. So what's the best way to win a bike race? Interval training. Training with cycling intervals is simply alternating bursts of intense activity with intervals of…