Topic: Training

How to Boost Your Old Man or Woman Speed

When it comes to pure speed and power, younger athletes usually beat out us older athletes, but that doesn’t mean they always come out on top. Many young cyclists don’t have the experience to put all that power to good use.  I’m going to share with you a few of the lessons I’ve learned over…

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Busting the Myth of Winter Aerobic Base Training

By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach and co-author of “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” Traditional aerobic base training needs to go the way of the dodo. Long, moderate intensity rides are fun and good to incorporate into training, but even if you’re a pro it is a fool’s errand to devote the winter to low-intensity training in…

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How to Eat and Drink for Cold Weather Workouts

  This is a great time of year to focus on the rider you want to be next season. We’ve already given you some advice on how to prep your bike for a harsh winter and how to dress for every condition, and now we are turning the focus to nutrition. However, in an effort…

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Will Strength Training Weigh Down a Cyclist or Triathlete?

Whenever you suggest weight training to a cyclist or triathlete, one of the athlete’s first concerns is whether putting on additional muscle mass will hurt their sport-specific performance. Will more muscle make you slower by increasing you total bodyweight, or make you faster by increasing your strength and resilience? There are a few ways to…

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4 Things Cyclists Need to Do in December To Be Fit in January

January is traditionally when endurance athletes in the Northern Hemisphere dig in and recommit themselves to goal-oriented training. The months of November and December are often less structured, even for time-crunched athletes who rely more heavily on shorter, higher-intensity workouts to maintain and improve fitness. It’s a smart idea to think of the next three…

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5 Things Cyclists Don’t Understand About Strength Training

In a recent blog post I made the case for why endurance athletes, particularly cyclists, should incorporate strength training into an active lifestyle. I got a lot of great feedback from readers, and a common theme I took from those comments and emails was that endurance athletes have very disparate ideas about what is required…

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Do Cyclists Benefit From Strength Training?

  This is the time of year when a lot of athletes ask about strength training. Should they? Shouldn’t they? Should they lift heavy or light? Free weights or machines? And what about Crossfit? Coaches have been debating the effectiveness and necessity of strength training for endurance athletes for many years, and even my own…

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