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New Triathlon Training Plans: How We Made Them Better Than Ever

More than any other endurance sport, training for a triathlon is tough. Sure, it’s demanding on the body, but more than that, it’s complex, requires research and a heavy-duty strategy if you want your time in the pool, on the bike and on the pavement to be well spent. Finding a solid triathlon training plan…

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The Best Cycling Recovery Techniques: 5 Cyclists Discuss Their Thoughts

“How do you like to recover after training hard or an event?,” is the lone question that caused an avalanche of deeply thoughtful and unique responses. Before I go any further, let me give you some back history. Prior to sitting down to write this post, I asked this question on Slack, a messaging platform…

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How to Recognize Burnout and What to Do About It

Burnout is a common problem with serious cyclists, but recognizing burnout and differentiating it from common fatigue is necessary if your goal is to get faster. Here’s our guide to burnout — how to recognize it and what to do about it. What Is Burnout? Training hard makes you faster, but only when it’s structured appropriately. Every time…

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How to Program Your Body to Burn Fat Instead of Store It with Fasted Training

If you want to lose weight to get faster on the bike, training when your body is in a low glycemic state is one of the most beneficial habits you can implement into your daily or weekly schedule. This practice is known as fasted training. What if you could re-engineer your body to function at…

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10 Cycling Books to Help You Achieve Your Biggest Training Goals

Reading a hundred online articles sometimes doesn’t provide the same benefit as reading one great book — at least that’s what I’ve found in my 10+ years of researching cycling topics including power-based training, nutrition, strength training and more. On my office bookshelf alone I have upwards of 250 books. This list of ten are…

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How to Break Away and Make it Stick

Although not every race is won by a solo breakaway, multiple breakaways or breakaway attempts always form the outcome of a race. To make sure you’re at the pointy end of the race in the final kilometer, you need to have a specific type of fitness that allows you more than one shot at a…

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Are Smart Trainers Bad for Training and Can They Cause Injuries?

Lately, we’ve been getting an influx in questions about whether smart trainers are bad for your training. Our straightforward answer is no — we’ve actually found the opposite to be true. For athletes who might have concerns about using a smart trainer, in today’s post we’re addressing five questions we’ve been asked recently. Question #1:…

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516 Workouts in 519 Days — This is What Dedication Looks Like

Mitchell Quinn never misses a workout. Rather, he rarely — very rarely —misses a workout. Nearly 50 days into 2016 and the multi-disciplinary rider hasn’t gone a single day without getting on the trainer — that’s not even the most impressive part of his story. Since September of 2014, Mitchell has been riding consistently every…

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When Is It Okay to Bail Out of a Workout?

Every interval of our training plans is intentionally placed and structured to make you faster. So what should you do if you can’t complete an interval? Here’s our simple guide to teach you how to know when it’s okay to bail out of an interval workout, plus tips for bailing out smartly. Interval workouts are meant…

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Does Bike Geometry Affect Power Output? We Asked An Expert

We’re commonly asked, “Does bike geometry affect power output?” Or more specific questions like, “Does my saddle position affect my power output?” To get to the truth of the matter, we interviewed an expert. Overview Brian Gordon is a kinesiologist, certified Body Geometry Fit Specialist and Mountain Bike Product Developer for Specialized. Over the past…

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