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Blood Donation and Training Impact

This January marked a big personal milestone for me. I was finally able to donate blood after 25+ years. Let’s take a look at my training response before and after blood donation to see how it impacted my training.

Are You Ready to Train?

As you continue to put in weeks of solid training, you might be finding it difficult to understand when you can keep pushing yourself, or when you need to back off and allow your body to recover. 

ToolBox: Understanding Heart Rate Variability

With the increased availability of usable power measuring devices, heart rate (HR) as a tool for measuring intensity may seem demoted to “option #2.” However, heart rate remains the financial and practical mainstay for most cyclists today, so it’s important to understand its strengths and limitations. One thing to keep in mind is how to deal with the potential variability in day-to-day heart rate response…