Toolbox: “Now is the winter of our discontent” so spoketh Richard III. For cyclists, the mid to late winter doldrums can also set in from too much training with too little competition or tangible goals. Break out of that funk by being highly focused both on the bike and in the gym.
Toolbox: Base training has progressed significantly, and yet many cyclists (& triathletes), are stuck in the mindset of doing Long Slow Distance rides and maybe some random strength training “during base” or “the winter.” However, proper strength training throughout the year can greatly increase your aerobic power.
Toolbox: With the hot, humid days of August drawing to a close and gravel rides and cyclocross upon us, our on-bike demands of our bodies is going to change. Yet many of us don’t. We continue to treat the bike as the bike, one and the same, which often leads us to lower back, hip, and shoulder pain as we change our style of riding.
Toolbox: With the summer getting into full swing, many of us are looking forward to enjoying our top cycling form of the year, whether to stand on the top of a podium, or to finish an annual group ride stronger than last year. With a little bit of effort with some specific strength training for cyclists, we can push your performances just a little bit more. Here’s how!
TOOLBOX: Lifting heavy weights during summer and race season may seem like the antithesis of training for cyclists. But the benefits are real - so let's breakdown how in season strength training will help you stay strong all season long.
TOOLBOX: Training masters cyclists is different from riders of other ages, but can be no less effective. It does require some different strategies and approaches, which Tim Cusick - as coach to women's masters elite racer & former World Champion Amber Neben (and others) - is perfectly positioned to answer. Here's his best advice for masters cyclists.
After a season full of miles built upon miles the body is ready for both a break from arduous training and a re-set of our whole body balance to prepare for more, uh, arduous training. If you are like most racers you want to be better, stronger, and faster next year. The path to improvement is most attainable to the athlete who is best prepared and well balanced.