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Pro Shop: Good Stuff From the Girls!

First, let me wish everyone out there who reads our articles a Happy Holidays from AthletiCamps! 2012 has been a great year and we are looking forward to an even better 2013. It’s been a while since I wrote a Pro Shop article. I have recently had the pleasure of working with both Alison Tetrick (Exergy TWENTY16) and Robin Farina (NOW/Novartis.)

Toolbox: Re-Defining Periodization

T.S. Eliot hit the nail on the head when he said, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” And so it goes with training goals, the planted seeds of accomplishment. Turning dreams into solid athletic achievements takes a well thought out program with training goals to guide you through your course.

Toolbox: Training Plan Simplicity

The fun of being a sport scientist is to dig deep into the science and minutiae of scientific training. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that of course, just like it’s also fun to think through every bike component or upgrade purchase. However, you can also overthink yourself, and sometimes it’s best to just go with the basics and trust your judgement.

Toolbox: Cycling Confidence

Confidence is the single most important mental factor in cycling. I define it as how strongly you believe in your ability to achieve your cycling goals. Confidence is so important because you may have the fitness to ride well, but if you don’t believe in that fitness, then you won’t ride up to your capabilities.

Toolbox: Visual Affirmations

Throughout my racing career I was always looking to add a visual, tangible element to my mental training program. I would listen to The Ultimate Cyclist hypnosis CD and repeat affirmations but I never figured out a method for reinforcing those positive audio suggestions with visual and tactile stimulation.

Toolbox: Lessons from the Road

Cycling is a big business and pro cyclists are rolling billboards for their sponsors. However, to a sport scientist or a discerning coach or athlete, top cyclists are also rolling labs on two wheels. That is, by analyzing their training and racing data, we can gain valuable insight into what contributes to their elite performance.

Toolbox: What’s In The BOX?

In a perfect world we would have time to cook and eat whole foods at every meal. However, that’s not always a reality for many athletes, especially when working full time and training. Often athletes who are on the road and looking for a bit more convenience, choose BOXED CEREAL for breakfast. It’s simple, it’s crunchy and it’s tasty. But what’s really in it and should it be in you?

Toolbox: Cyclocross Skill & Drills

‘Cross! Yea, I know…lots of the roadie readers are rolling their eyes right now, but I don’t care. Cyclocross is a fun and frenzied way to extend your racing season or simply keep some of the high intensity fitness that defined your race season. For the hardcore ‘crosser, this is their Nirvana! Let’s look at some skills and drills that will help you whichever side of the cyclocross conundrum you fall on…

Toolbox: Transition Time

October, and racers are working to put that final exclamation point on their season. For some this means they are on the cusp of a well deserved break from the arduous training and structure that has defined their summer. For others it is the start of the fitness ramp towards cyclocross! Either way your season is in transition, so what should you do to make the most of the coming weeks?