A sound pacing strategy will pull the most out of you but a proper warm up process is also critical for short/fast events.
There is clean, and there is spotless. When it comes to my bicycle I prefer the later...
A successful athlete is like Teflon; they do not let negativity stick to them.
A good foot-strike involves brief, forceful contraction under or slightly in front of the center of gravity.
Knowing how much fluid you need to take in is very valuable for athletic performance. In order to calculate this you must estimate how much your body will loose in a given condition.
Even the best, most efficient training plan is useless without the determination and desire to follow it.
of the more common issues I see with cyclists is bow-legged or knees-out pedaling. This is almost never efficient and often causes discomfort (or worse) in the knees.
It is very important to provide a level of training and teaching that is commensurate with the junior athlete’s age, experience, and interest.
The presentation he gave the club was very informative and some of the more common rule violations were surprising.
If you have a full time job it is probably most difficult to find the hours to train on week days.
Triathlon coaches recommend you spend your majority of the time developing your cycling because you spend the most time in a triathlon on the bike; right?
Reducing this wind resistance is a key consideration in increasing speed. The more upright your riding position, the more aerodynamic drag you create.
If you consider yourself a competitive athlete you may only have a window of so many years to achieve your best results.
A common assumption is that a day or two allows full recovery from training or racing. For the most part this level of rest will allow you to resume training...
Many athletes (and some coaches) insist on throwing massive amounts of training volume at themselves with the idea that more volume equals more speed.
It is therefore important for athletes to rely on foods rather than vitamin and mineral supplements for obtaining needed nutrients.
In many cases, the mental aspects of competing are overshadowing all the hard work athletes spend on the physical aspects of their sport. While you might not be competing at the Olympic level, all athletes can improve their performance by training their mind...
It is the rider not the bike that determines speed correct?
We may wake up in a dehydrated state and begin our work outs with a strike against us.
�I will try" is not a positive affirmation. To try is to simply make an attempt and then leave the rest to chance.
This should be your wake up call; you are not training at intensities or durations that mimic that of your races.
Do not despair, here are a few tips that will help you keep your winter training on-track, so you'll be ready to go when spring arrives!
With the use of a flotation belt and a good program you can use water running as an effective means of run training while you let your body heal.
Because carbon composite is comprised of a fabric and epoxy matrix, it’s strength lies along the surface and is more susceptible to abrasive damage and cracking when abused or crashed.
Many athletes do not practice transitions and end up fumbling on race day, wasting valuable seconds.
H aving an equipment failure during a race is probably the most frustrating thing that can happen to an athlete.
Like all cycling skills there is a specific way to keep your self on the bike when faced with an obstacle in your path.
Once a cramp or pull occurs it will probably get progressively worse. By using these techniques you will adopt a smooth and injury free transition from the bike to the run.
You can shave a considerable amount of time off of your bike split by knowing when to change your riding position in a race.
The impact forces and eccentric contractions associated with running stress muscles, ligaments, and tendons to a point that requires greater recovery than the other sports.
Doing this exercise, and incorporating lateral movements into your strength training regularly, will help to prevent some of the overuse injuries mentioned above.
The problem with athletes is that they often do not listen to their bodies. We are trained to ignore pain and persevere; this is the nature of endurance.
The peaking process dictates that the closer you get to a goal race, the more specific and race-like your training must become.
I am often asked where the “best” or most effective place to invest in triathlon equipment lies. Although the answer to this question is individualized, there are definitely better places to spend your money when compared to others...
If you are a cyclist, power to weight ratio is the golden ratio.
Mentally these efforts are the hardest to focus for and require the most fortitude to complete, but they may be the necessary stimulus to prepare you for your next race.
...it does demonstrate how important efficiency is, and that the most fit athlete does not always win.
When is it time to take a break? How do we decide when to step away from the training and racing that has driven us all year?
A fairly typical mistake athletes make is that they focus too much of their training time on what they are good at.
We all learned at least one lesson the hard way. Here are some of our favorites.
You don't want to forget anything on race day. This checklist makes sure you won't.