I have never met a rider who doesn’t want to be fitter. And given the option, everyone would like it to happen next week, not next month. But what are the realities of getting fit, fast?
I learnt one of my best cycling lessons from a year 5 student at small public school on the fringes of Adelaide. It was 2002 and I had traveled to South Australia and take part in a Cycle Ed instructor’s course being conducted by Bicycle SA.
At a recent training presentation, I challenged the audience to reconsider the way they perceived training and its impact their fitness. To illustrate my point, I drew a simple chart like the one below to represent how I believe the vast majority of people consider fitness. Let’s call it the Linear Perception of Performance. Fancy name for a simple graph, but stay with me.
It was great to see GCCS riders Mike and Hamish come away with wins at Heffron Park this weekend. With Mike’s permission, I've done a quick analysis of his race data to help uncover what it takes to snare top spot on the B Grade podium.
The benefits of consuming beetroot juice has been a hot topic in our bunch since the subject was raised at coffee a while back. Beetroot juice is one of five, Group A performance supplements listed by the Australian Institute of Sport. Group A supplements are legal, have been proven to enhance athletic performance and importantly, won’t kill you. In case you’re wondering, the others members of Group A are caffeine, creatine, bicarbonate and B-alanine.
After completing a major event, many athletes find themselves feeling more than a little lost and directionless. After months of dedicated training and working toward a goal, finding motivation post event can be difficult. The freedom of not having to stick to a training routine can be liberating, but for many, just going for a ride can feel pointless
It’s the start of a new year, and for many cyclists their new year’s resolution will involve the word “more”. “This year I am going to ride my bike more”. “I’m definitely going to train more.” But if you are currently riding 5 or 6 days a week, "more" may not be the most effective way to improve. So here are 5 new year’s resolutions that can make you faster without riding more.
The increasing popularity of power meters and on line analysis tools means more and more riders are training and racing “by the numbers”. With so much data available, does riding by feel still have a place in a training program?