What's Cool In Road Cycling

Toolbox: Analyzing Cyclocross Demands

Face it: cross hurts! Not only does it require strong mental and physical toughness, it also requires a rider to be able to implement both skills and tactics while going full gas. This means we need some highly specific training with lots…

Training For Epic Climbs

Ultra climbing events not only take a specialized fitness, it requires some unique performance “habits”. Here are few tips to help you survive and thrive in an ultra climbing event.

Toolbox: One Watt of Motivation

Life sometimes gives us moments to reflect on who we are and why we do some things. What is your motivation for cycling? When it’s crunch time, what do you hold onto as the reason you are gutting it out rather than dropping off?

Toolbox: Sprint Training

Sprinting is a primary component of cycling for racers and recreational riders alike, but it's often neglected in training programs. Base miles are in the bank and functional threshold power (FTP) has been raised, and with race season…

Toolbox: Building on the Base

If we have been diligent in our offseason training, we have likely done some nice foundational work to build up our base fitness and functional threshold. But now it’s February and those gains might be stagnating. How do we build on this…

Toolbox: Smashing the Fitness Plateau

The New Year often brings new resolutions. For most cyclists, at least one of those resolutions involves reaching higher levels of performance than we’ve ever achieved before. This is easier said than done, but it is possible to push…

Toolbox: Smarter Indoor Training

Power training and indoor trainers simply belong together. The pure efficiency and controlled environment of training indoors partners amazingly well with precise training based on specific targeted power numbers.

Implementing the Annual Training Plan

ToolBox: “If you fail to plan, you may as well plan to fail.” If you want to get the most out of your training program, you need a plan. Jumping on your bike and riding at random will help for a short time, but without a plan, you’ll…

Toolbox: Annual Periodized Planning Part 1

It has been said, “If you fail to plan, you may as well plan to fail.” If you want to get the most out of your training program, you need a plan. Jumping on your bike and riding at random will help for a short time, but without a plan,…

Toolbox: The Practice Race

Practice? Remember when you were young(er) and you went to practice? In team sports like basketball or football, you go to practices and spend upward of 70-80% of your time focused on improving your skills. Now you train, right? What’s the…