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How To Strive For Perfection

TOOLBOX: If you love cycling, then you may have come to love many of the behaviors, habits, and goals that come along with enjoying and improving in the sport. Better. Optimal. Perfect? Is that drive always the best thing for performance or happiness?

Motivate Your Mind When Your Body Isn’t

TOOLBOX: The loss of events due to the pandemic can have a big impact on our motivation to train. You may have noticed changes in your motivation to put in mileage, strength train, get on your trainer, eat right, or even get off the couch and go to bed on time. Here's how to use exercise to bust out of that de-motivational funk.

Cycling Psychology: What It Takes to Make a Champion

Many serious cyclists dream of their children finding fame and fortune on a bike, following in the footsteps of other great young riders including Mathieu van der Poel and Remco Evenepoel. But the question to ask is what does it take to become a great cyclist? There are three components (pun intended)…

Build Resilience and Thrive in Adversity

TOOLBOX: Prior to the pandemic, many of us may not have described ourselves as being “resilient” – or have even thought about our own resilience, for that matter. Regardless of whether or not this character strength and its corresponding coping skills were on your radar before early 2020, its definitely on your mind now… Or at least, it should be. 

How To Build & Use Self-Control For Better Cycling

TOOLBOX: After the first few years of cycling, we learn that the best gear, the fanciest supplements, and the most favorable weather will only get us so far. In order to take performance from good to great, the resources, skills, and extra juice we need to improve comes from the inside, not out. 

Training: Why Process Goals Matter

TOOLBOX: Goals and outcomes from our hard work in training are great, but an over-reliance on the end result can make for an all-or-nothing experience for some competitive cyclists. Focusing on the process to get there can be even more important. Here's how to break down the steps to make your process a more effective way to reach your long term goals.

Mental Coping in a Pandemic

Solitary cycling on trainers in the garage, basement, or back-of-the-dining room may be a far cry from a morning ride with your cycling friends through your favorite route.  How do we mentally cope with this drastic change in our lifestyle?