Tag: training

Zwift Racing – Tips & Workouts to Improve your Results

Zwift & FTP

Don’t sandbag! Now that we’ve got that out of the way.. racing on Zwift is fun, motivating, and exhausting. Sure there are lots of folks who have the it’s-just-a-game mentality but it’s hard not to take Zwift racing seriously if you’re at all competitive; especially after that first race. You either crush it or you […]

5 Tips for Kickstarting Your 2018 Triathlon Goals

Penticton ITU

Triathlon events are more popular than ever –especially long course events! And that means triathletes need to plan their season almost a year in advance. If half or full distance Iron events are on your radar for next year, you’ve likely already registered for one! With just over 8 months to the end of next […]

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 Without science we would still be relying on outdated and at times dangerous training methods.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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Heart Rate in a World of Watts – Four reasons HR is still a valuable metric

Power has undoubtedly taken over the cycling world as the must-have metric. What started out as an expensive wired contraption that could only be used on a stationary bike has developed into a wide range of increasingly more affordable and portable wireless units with connectivity to multiple devices. Stages was arguably the first to produce […]

Rethinking Distance-based Training Plans

  While some runners have taken to heart-rate training and more structured plans which involve periodization with focussed workouts, most of the thousands of participants lining the start lines of events all over North America have followed some variant of the basic distance-based plan. These consist of a weekly plan that gradually builds up distance […]

Is Strava Useful in the Winter?

While this year has been warmer than most and has allowed for road riding much later into the year, by now the trainer has seen its share of miles and for the vast majority of riders will be the only way to log miles until the snow departs. For devoted Strava users this means several […]

The Importance of Testing

Regardless of what type of training plan you follow testing is an integral part of the training cycle. Before starting a new training season testing is done to determine base fitness, which can then be compared to previous years to determine how much you have developed and whether your yearly training plan is effective in […]

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