Zwift Riding & Racing: How Important is FTP?

We’ve already talked a bit about how to train with Zwift but for folks not accustomed to power training the concept of FTP and training zones is uncharted territory. What does it mean? Do you need to do an FTP test? And how does it affect your Zwift riding? Understanding FTP FTP, or functional threshold power, is theoretically the point at which your body begins to substantially rely less on fat for fuel and more and more on glycogen. Think of your aerobic system like a funnel and the effort you’re…

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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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2017 HPP Training Camps

*Sign up for our mailing list to get 10% off our Spring Cycling and Triathlon Camps in Asheville, NC: Click Here HPP is preparing two training camps this spring (April 2-8) for triathletes and cyclists. Running concurrently, these camps will be targeted to cyclists and triathletes of all levels of experience and ability. Camps are a great way to shake off winter and get a head start on the season by putting in valuable base miles. A training camp has a positive effect on both fitness and psychological readiness. The…

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Fudging the Numbers: A Practical Guide to Increasing FTP

When cycling’s favourite comedian Phil Gaimon retired, he began a quest to push dopers from the top of KOM segments on Strava (at least in his local area). Despite being retired one peculiar thing happened to Phil’s fitness in his hunt for Strava segments; he saw some of the best 20 minute power numbers of his life. It left many wondering whether Phil actually intended to remain retired (certainly many asked whether he should remain retired). The suspicion around his so-called retirement was further exacerbated by the fact he was still…

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Five Ways to Kickstart Your 2017 Training

The new year is just a few days away and many of us are starting to think about our goals and plans for 2017. There’s a reason why resolutions are so popular on the new year. January 1st marks a new year and a new start; a sense of renewal. As athletes most of us will be starting our base training again for this season’s events. But with two months of winter ahead of us, it’s not exactly the best time of year for running and cycling. So what can…

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In Defence of the Sprint Triathlon

There is no question that Iron-distance events carry the most prestige and stand at the pinnacle of triathlon as the toughest challenge. Most triathletes aspire to do at least one full iron distance event and many spend their entire year training for just one iron event. The progression for many triathletes is to start with the shorter easier events and build up over time to the completion of the iron distance event. But why is it so pervasive in the triathlon community to view the long course triathlon with such…

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How to Choose the Right Spin Class

Riding inside is a good way to stay fit and keep active in the winter months. Most athletes are slaves to the trainer in the winter and for most of us there is no way to avoid stationary training. But we all know how boring and how hard it can be to stay motivated training alone in the basement. Spin classes are a good way to break up the monotony, add a social element to your training, and stay motivated through a tough training session. But how do you decide…

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Tips for Setting Up an Indoor Trainer

It’s probably still too nice where you are to think about moving indoors and for many cyclists it’s the beginning of a whole outdoor racing season with cyclocross. As the days get shorter and the weather becomes more unpredictable many will find themselves heading indoors and parking their bike on the trainer in front of the TV, pedaling away the winter months, counting the days until the snow starts to recede and the days once again lengthen out. It takes real dedication and motivation to want to climb on your…

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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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Dealing with the Off Season – Part 1

Depending what your preferred discipline is (and your geographic location) your athletic season is probably getting ready to come to a close. Here in Canada cyclists and triathletes are finishing up their final events and looking forward to some time away from training. While runners may be just getting their groove going for the fall marathon season, there’s no question that there’s an air of closure floating around. The end of summer and the end of racing for most of us go hand in hand and the weeks following our last…

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