5-minute-power

Training to Increase 5-minute Power for Cycling

For performance-oriented cyclists, five-minute power is an important metric because staying with the group – or leaving them behind – often depends on these shorter efforts. Improving your 5-minute requires strenuous training, but the rewards are absolutely worth the work. Here’s what you need to know about training for 5-minute power. Components of 5-minute power …

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Top 5 Reasons Cyclists Don’t Reach Fitness Goals

We’ve arrived at the time of the year when athletes are wrapping up their summer seasons and looking forward to the next steps in their training and competition calendars. For most coached athletes, these are great conversations about victories, personal bests, and great personal achievements. But there are also some tough conversations about DNFs, mid-pack …

Cyclocross Training for The Time-Crunched Cyclist

Of all the disciplines within cycling, cyclocross is exceptionally well suited to Time-Crunched Cyclists. The events are intense but short, and the season is relatively short as well. This means a Time-Crunched Cyclist can use the cyclocross training plan and principles described in “The Time-Crunched Cyclist, 3rd Edition” to create race-winning fitness for the upcoming ‘cross …

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How Many Hours Should Cyclists Ride for Fitness and Performance?

The cheeky answer to, “How many hours should I ride my bike?” is, of course, “As many as possible.” But that really isn’t true. More hours on the bike doesn’t automatically lead to improved fitness, greater weight loss, improved cardiovascular health, reduced chronic disease risk, improved mental health, or any of the other potential benefits …

Top 5 Cyclocross Training Mistakes

Forget #crossiscoming because #crossishere! Cyclocross season is in full swing, but training doesn’t stop when the season starts. There is still time to improve your performance, increase your speed, and race up to your potential. As coaches my colleagues and I work with a mixture of elite cyclocross racers and time-crunched athletes who race cyclocross …

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Training for Cyclists Over 65

CTS Coach Tracey Drews coaches cyclists of all ages, but over time has specialized in coaching senior cyclists, especially cyclists over 65. Many of the athletes she coaches range in age from 70-90 years old, and several compete – and win – age group events and USA Cycling National Championships. Cycling and strength training are …

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Reggie Miller: My 100-Mile Gravel Race Training and Racing Journal

By Reggie Miller, NBA Hall of Fame, Olympian, MTB Racer, CTS Contributing Editor I don’t mind doing things outside my comfort zone. I think that’s how you grow as a person. And that’s how I found my way to Steamboat Springs for the SBT GRVL event on August 14. I certainly didn’t mind doing things …

Beginner Cyclocross Tips and Workouts

Cyclocross might just be the most fun you can have on two wheels, and the culture and community of the sport is perfect for beginners! If you have been curious about getting started, here is a guide to beginner cyclocross tips and workouts. Reasons to Start Cyclocross Racing It’s fun! CX has a slightly more …

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How to Ride Faster at Your Favorite Repeat Cycling Events

Almost as soon as riders wipe the sweat and grime off their faces, they ask how they can go faster at the same event next year. This is part of the appeal for events that feature the same course year after year (i.e. Leadville 100, SBT GRVL, most gran fondos and road races). No matter …

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Trainright Guide to Heart Rate Training for Cycling

Although cycling power meters are widely available, heart rate is still valuable and useful as a training tool. If you don’t have a power meter, you can use heart rate training zones to target specific aspects of fitness and performance. And if you do train with power, heart rate provides important context to your workouts. …