Positive thinking for COVID-19 lockdown. Negative thinking, especially during difficult rides, will certainly hurt your cycling confidence and prevent you from riding your best and achieving your cycling goals. Your goal is to retrain your negative thinking into positive thinking and high confidence that propels you to your very best rides.
Toolbox: The occasional or seasonal use of virtual cycling training such as Zwift is now our normal routine and as such, nutrition and hydration may need to be adapted accordingly. Should we be drinking and eating as we would outdoors?
TOOLBOX: Static Stretching doesn’t resolve muscle tightness, and neither does strength training alone. Soft Tissue work is the missing linchpin, but you don’t need your own personal soigneur, using a foam roller can have significant benefits for warm-up, flexibility, recovery and better overall cycling performance.
This is the time of year when we should be reveling in the spring classics. Nothing beats these races for pure spectacle, with its 'there's no tomorrow' ethos of all-out racing. One of the best examples of great racing tactics and sport psych was Luca Paolini's masterclass at Gent-Wevelgem in 2015.
Toolbox: For many of us, cycling is going to be at done home for the next few weeks. Even though riding on a trainer seems about as simple a task as is possible, there are still important basics to master in order to get the most out of your indoor riding.
Toolbox: As the grip of the new COVID-19 outbreak begins to reach unexpected proportions. The internet gets once again filled with false claims and hype around supplements to boost your immunity. And as good followers of pseudoscience, we succumb.
Toolbox: Since the invention of the power meter, and the advancement of technologies to help us "dial in" our performance, we've seen a steady sharp rise in professional and amateur rider performances. But low-tech tools can also be an important part of your training toolbox.
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)…