What's Cool In Road Cycling

TOOLBOX: Ten Power Training Lessons

Get out your party hats, it’s my tenth anniversary! Ten years of coaching and training with power, that is. In celebration, what are the top ten things I’ve learned about power in that time?

Toolbox: Building VO2max Capacity

Cycling is an aerobic sport. Sure, it’s nice to have a strong sprint, but climbing with the pack, riding in the break, and getting to the finish line with the leaders are all crucial to success. How do we go about building the aerobic…

Toolbox: Optimized Interval Design

In WKO4, iLevels are individualized training intensities and durations at levels above Functional Threshold Power. These are based on a rider’s own prior performance and capacity. How might we turn them into optimized intervals?

Toolbox: Optimizing Intervals Part 1

Interval training involves high-intensity periods of work followed by lower intensity periods of work or rest that are repeated for a specific number of repetitions, determined by the fitness level of the individual. What are the things we…

Toolbox: Three Common Racing Mistakes

One of my favorite yet most frustrating things about racing is how hard it is to win. There are so few sports that rank with cycling as far as all the things that must align to capture that elusive victory. It is crucial that when cyclists…

Toolbox: Building Aerobic Fitness

With January giving way to February, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about final phases of building aerobic fitness before moving on to more intensive work in the spring. This is a good and timely topic.

Toolbox: Base Training In 10 Hours A Week

What is base building? In the 1960s, legendary New Zealand coach Arthur Lydiard famously prescribed high mileage for all of his runners and effectively founded the idea of base training for endurance athletes. His system was based on a…

Toolbox: Off-Season Masters Training

I’m 50 years old, and I wanna go faster! There, I said it. This happens to me every fall; it’s something about the cool night air, changing colors, and Sunday night football. I start thinking about next year and planning ways to get faster.…

Toolbox: Season Training Review

An annual season review process builds consistency in identifying performance limiters and reveals areas of improvement needed in an annual training plan. The first step is to analyze your racing data. The second step is to go through your…

Toolbox: Racing Data Review

A season review is a vital learning tool for athletes who want to consistently improve their performance. Why? When you know and can access the strengths and weaknesses of your annual racing performance and the training that supported it,…