Training for bike racing is hard enough. When you add travel, it can feel overwhelming and near impossible. If done right, travel can be perfectly plan to include your rest days and to recharge. It’s pretty difficult to get some of the folks I work with to take a break, so in those cases this […]Read more "Reminder that Travel and Training isn’t Impossible"
I often forget how riding a road bike can both be simple and complicated. The mechanics of riding a bike are pretty instinctual, once you learn. However, entering the world of road riding can be quite complicated. You are out in an uncontrolled environment that leaves little margin for error. You are exposed to the […]Read more "Road Bike Skills Training"
Riding the trainer is simply the worst. So much of what most folks like about the bike is missing from the indoor experience and therefore the indoor experience is extremely lacking. However, there is a light at the end of this tunnel and in many ways we are already there. No longer is the indoor […]Read more "Indoor Trainer"
Group rides are an important part of cycling training. In a culture that doesn’t grow up watching bike racing, the group ride is our way of learning all the dynamics of riding in a group. The early season group ride is always an interesting challenge. Inevitably there is always a wide variety of fitness levels and […]Read more "Early Season Group Rides."
I get a lot of questions about weight training and cycling. Since I come from a football/rugby background and my father was a bodybuilder as a kid, I feel like I have pretty good understanding of weight training. (I’ve been lifting in a gym and studying weight training for 31 years and have watched this too many times, […]Read more "Leg Days"
Winter is here and I am a firm believer in riding right through it. Although, there are days that are simply indoor days (snow, sleet, 60 mph winds, sub-zero temps) there are also a lot of days that are acceptable for training in the cold. The key is two-fold for me: I must be motivated and […]Read more "Cold Weather Cycling"
Unfortunately, as we get older our training demands evolve. I work with a lot of folks that are in their 40s or older and over the years I’ve seen very specific differences in how they need to train versus the younger athletes I work with for cycling. Not so much in the way we train, […]Read more "Training In Your 40s and Beyond"
Gothenburg, Nebraska – the setting for the epic Odin’s Revenge race. Now, this is not your typical USA Cycling sanctioned Category P12, 3, etc. race with support and officials. No, this is more of a race, no not a race but rather a battle, against an enemy that is not totally known. An enemy […]Read more "Odin’s Revenge 2016"
I just finished reading Eat and Run by Scott Jurek and was reminded about the importance of mental toughness in all sports; although keenly important in endurance sports. Scott is an ultra-runner. The International Association of Ultrarunners discusses these events as: The 100 km is our “flagship” since the IAAF officially sanctions this distance […]Read more "Mental Toughness"
As a cyclist, there is a lot offered in Boulder. When I moved here there were a lot less group rides than now and I appreciate the variety of very fast rides to support training. Here is a link to a decent one that I hit up last Wednesday morning that happened to have Tom Danielson […]Read more "Group Rides"