Training

Can your period affect your performance?

Bloating, cramping, headaches and crankiness — most of us dread “that time of the month.” We don’t feel our best, and putting on tight lycra to go out and ride or race is perhaps the last thing you want to be doing. Others however credit their period and their “racing ovaries” for good performances, citing …

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The struggle is real: five tips to get back into shape

In my previous blog I spoke about the joys of the off-season. Swapping the protein shake for a beer, and the bike for a kayak. Well, that joyful month off the bike has caught up to me, and now it’s time to get serious. I’m just about to complete week two of pre-season training, and …

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Do’s and Don’ts of the Off Season

Last week, pro cyclist Loren Rowney shared her joie de vivre approach to the off season, filled with drinking, binge eating, adventures and family time before getting back to training. Now, most of us aren’t pro cyclists and we don’t sacrifice nearly as much as they do year-round. There also isn’t a strict program waiting …

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How to embrace riding in the rain

While Aussies are enjoying sunny skies and temperatures in the mid to high 20s, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are digging out our winter riding apparel. While I have been thoroughly enjoying the fall colors, today we got a taste of what most winters in the Pacific Northwest are like: wet. Four-and-a-half hours …

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Digging into the Pain Cave – the psychology of suffering, Part 2

Earlier this year, Alison and I attended the TrainingPeaks Endurance Coaching Summit held at Colorado University in Boulder. The Summit brought together over 150 coaches, physiologists, psychologists, business and thought leaders based in the field of endurance sports. While there, I attended Carrie Cheadle’s The Psychology of Suffering lecture. The following are my observations from …

Criterium racing: the Do’s and Dont’s

For all you Aussies, crit season is here! Earlier this week, Verita Stewart shared her beginner’s guide to prepping for a criterium, now we are following up with a few tips and tricks from the experts at ALP Cycles. Criterium (crit) racing is a lot more than going around in a circle for 45 or …

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Coaching in the off-season

In the northern hemisphere, the 2015 road racing season is coming to an end. A lot of racers start to think about the off-season and look forward to taking a break from training and taking time off the bike. Most do not want to think about racing or doing structured workouts. While taking a break …

Digging into the Pain Cave – Part 1

Last month, Alison and I attended the TrainingPeaks Endurance Coaching Summit held at Colorado University in Boulder. The Summit brought together over 150 coaches, physiologists, psychologists, business and thought leaders based in the field of endurance sports. While there, I attended Carrie Cheadle’s The Psychology of Suffering lecture. The following are my observations from her …

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Stay in the comfort zone or strive to go further?

While coaching the USA Cycling Talent ID Mountain Bike Camp this past June, a young athlete asked me: “So, do I just need to lay it all out there and go faster on the downhills?” We were mountain biking and I thought to myself, “Yeah, pretty much. This is mountain biking, after all.” But I …

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Your training questions answered with Dig Deep Coaching: part eight

Dear Dig Deep, A time-trial training question. Is it better to start with longer intervals (i.e. 2 x 20min) and then progress to doing the ‘more but shorter’ 5 x 6 min. Or is it better to start with the 5 x 6 minutes, and then progress to doing the ‘less but longer’ 2 x …

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