Zwift Workouts: How to train using Zwift

*Sign up for our mailing list to get 10% off our Spring Cycling and Triathlon Camps in Asheville, NC: Click Here Zwift is an immensely popular game that allows user to simulate outdoor riding while grinding away on the trainer. It’s opened doors for cyclists and allows them to participate in everything from races to group rides. But what about using Zwift as the sole method for training? At HPP we’re big fans of TrainerRoad for serious training because of the options for creating and sharing workouts with our athletes….

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Getting the Facts: How to spot bad information

Athletic performance relies heavily on the continuing advancement of our scientific understanding of physiology. Without science we would still be relying on outdated and at times dangerous training methods. Our understanding of how heart rate is affected by physical activity or how aerobic capacity correlates to a number in watts has greatly improved training techniques and training plan development for both coaches and athletes. Unfortunately we live in a world where there is a growing mistrust of science and expert opinion. Climate change denial, anti-vax movements, mistrust of doctors and…

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Zwift vs Trainer Road

*Sign up for our mailing list to get 10% off our Spring Cycling and Triathlon camp in Asheville, NC: Click Here It’s that time again to dig out the trainer and set up the pain cave. There was a time when trainer riding meant hours in front of the TV on a loud mag trainer with nothing but a heart rate monitor and a speed sensor. While some still prefer the old school approach, power meters, direct drive trainers, and motorized resistance units have opened indoor training world to a…

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Dealing with the Off Season – Part 2

To read the first part of this article click here. In the first part of this article we talked about the importance of the off season and how it affects an athlete’s annual training cycle. In part 2 we’ll examine how an athlete can use the off season to continue to make important gains in their overall fitness and skill level. The gains that can be made in the off season don’t necessarily come in the form of increased speed, power, endurance that we hope to see throughout the rest…

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The Importance of Rest and Recovery

Rest and Recovery. It’s called the most important part of training. Despite this most athletes do not get enough nor do they rest effectively. The primary principle of training is to elicit an adaptation response by shocking your body with rigorous activity. After the activity our bodies begin to repair the cellular damage caused by the activity and in theory we become stronger and faster. When you continually tax the body without giving it adequate rest, it cannot repair itself efficiently and do not receive the benefits of all that…

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How to Get the Most out of your Build Phase

With spring just around the corner most people following a periodization plan will be starting their build phases in the next month or so. We’ve already covered some of the basics of the base phase in a previous post and today we’ll go into some detail about how to get the most out of the build phase. For some the build phase can be a daunting and uncertain period of training. Base training is relatively straight-forward. It requires a lot of aerobic endurance training which is the sort of riding…

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The Best TrainerRoad Workouts

*Sign Up for our Mailing List to get 10% off our Spring 2017 Cycling and Triathlon Camp in Asheville, NC. Click Here Trainer Road is an immensely popular online/software based training suite for indoor cycling (Zwift vs Trainer Road). It offers hundreds of workouts which focus on all areas of cycling performance from aerobic endurance to sprints intervals. With so many workouts to choose from, it’s hard to know which are the most effective for your particular training goals and needs. This post will cover not only the some of…

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How to Get the Most from Base Training

Now that winter is just around the corner and this year’s annual training plan has probably long come to an end, it’s time to start thinking about next year’s goals. And with those goals comes a new annual plan. Some of us may have already started training for next season while many are enjoying some much needed downtime. Whichever phase you’re in right now, inevitably your training plan for next year will have an extensive ‘base’ training period. For many this means long boring hours spent on the trainer (if…

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