Training

How to recover after hitting the deck

Crashing hurts. And unfortunately it’s a part of cycling. And while broken skin is easily patched up and covered, the next day your bruised and battered body can feel like it’s been hit by a truck. Here are some recovery tips by ALP Coach Alison Powers who has had her share of run ins with …

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‘Time to suck it up, Princess’: Loren Rowney on dealing with post-tour depression and disappointment

Post Tour Depression. It’s a thing, at least for me. When you’ve been on the road for a while, you become this walking, talking robot, reliant on being told where to be and what to do. A typical tour day goes a little something like this: – Wake up Wake up around one hour before …

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Minimal time, maximum reward: two 45-minute interval sessions to fit into your busy life

Summer is here. The weather is good, the days are long and we’re itching to ride our bikes. However, summer also means there is a lot of things going on, things to do, places to take people, etc. Because of this busy-ness, the time on our bike can be limited. But limited time does not …

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Do try this at home: Excalibur sprints to increase speed and power

After his initial post on becoming a better sprinter (like his fiancé Dani King!), coach Matt Rowe was keen to share another speed drill you can try on your own. If you try them, let us know how it went! Being powerful and fast is a desirable attribute for cyclists of all abilities. Whether it’s …

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The Olympic Dream that may never come true

I had a sobering moment yesterday that I may never realise my Olympic Dream. I know I’m not alone on this one. The Olympic buzz is everywhere around me. Living at the AIS base in Italy I’m surrounded by the heavy hitters not only from Australia but other countries as well, all chasing that dream. …

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Emotion into execution: my path to resilience

I’m sitting here trying to study for Uni, not getting far, because all I can think about right now is how much I want to be racing instead of sitting here on my balcony staring into space (more about that later). My teammate advised me to use this time to be productive in other areas…so …

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Top five apps to improve your training

These days there are applications (‘apps’) for everything. Apps to style your boyfriend because he dresses like he’s stuck in the eighth grade, apps to find your soulmate, apps to translate your baby’s cries (yes, this exists), apps to face swap your face with your dog’s…what a time to be alive! The possibilities are endless. …

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How to become a faster sprinter

British track and road cyclists Danielle “Dani” King (Wiggle High5) is showing good form on the road this season. She kicked off her road season early with impressive results in Australia’s Santos Women’s Tour and Cadel Evan’s Great Ocean Road Race. She was always among the top contestants, especially in a sprint finish. King’s got …

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How to sleep well after a hard training session

We received the following question for #AskALP on twitter: “@ellacyclingtips Pls help me sleep better after I ride in your #weeklywisdom column! What can I do to stop waking up in the night?” This is a good question. While a lot of us use exercise to improve our sleep, for many of us, after a hard training …

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Avoid hitting the wall: ways to improve your pacing

Everyone has done it. You get so excited about the ride that you start out too hard only to pay for it later. It is a bit like the old story of the frog that won’t jump out of a pot if the water temperature is gradually increased to boiling – by the time you realise …

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