What's Zone 3??...I asked one day. Learn some useful insights into what the Zones are, why each are important, and why I asked such a silly question to start with...
RESTING is when the body repairs and builds muscle: not in the middle of a workout. This concept took many, many years to finally sink in to my thick skull.
Sorry guys - size does matter. At least, when it comes to wattage output vs. speed.
One day I woke up and realized that I had become what is known in the cycling world as a ‘Sprinter’. “Surprise!” Did the magic cycle fairy visit me the night before and sprinkle ‘sprint dust’ on my quads? No, sorry to dampen any dreams there. This did not occur by focused design or conscious training on my part either. By the time it dawned upon me that I had unintentionally achieved something quite good – I then had to figure out how it happened.
I have come to realize over the years that there is value in scoping out a regularly occurring competitive event (like a seasonal Criterium Race or a Cyclocross Race) before you Go for the Gold. If you do happen to win a regularly scheduled repetitive race the first time you ride it: awesome. But that is not a normal expectation because there are some dynamics at work that, even after all this time, I have only recently come to consciously realize about learning the flow.
Contrary to the popular norm, I ride my bike completely without electronics. This shocking state of affairs is the product of a happy accident - much like most genuine breakthroughs in mankind's history... Only much, much less significant. I tend to raise eyebrows on the rare occasions when I ask: "How many miles have we done?" Or, to the bewilderment of all - I have no idea what my mph average is; I just ride my bike.
The big day is here! Any competitive event comes with a certain amount of nervousness and proper preparation is vital the day of a race. Here's a handy list of items to consider...
Even as unstructured as I tend to be in regards to race training, there are a few things that I do my best to adhere to when it comes to the days before a competitive event.
Ride somewhere new to find out when the roads less traveled will take us. It was in the spirit of adventure that I tried out something that I haven’t tried yet: Track Cycling: and here's my take on the first time on fixed - no brakes.
Boys Beware! This is about to get knee-deep in girly talk, so consider yourself forewarned! For years I would periodically worry that, for some unknown reason; all my strength had gone, maybe I was sick, over-trained, or that I was suddenly and mysteriously out of shape. I would FREAK out! Because I’m ‘type A’ and … Continue reading Training Tips: Cycling with your Cycle