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Are most cyclists doing their base training wrong?


It’s traditional thinking that during winter when you’re doing base training you should be doing as long of rides as you can and at a very low intensity. This is the correct intention if you have enough time to bring about the type of adaptations you want. But there’s a catch. The majority of cyclists…


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Base Training: How to Decide Your Best Approach


Variables like your cycling experience level, schedule and type of event you’re training for determine the approach you should take to base training. Take a look at these three rider-type scenarios to help you decide which approach works best for you. Triathlete Experience: Moderate Availability: Minimal time to train (6 hours/week on the bike) Recommended base…


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How to Create a Winter Cycling Training Plan


Your winter cycling training plan should be created based off the demands of your goal event, also known as an A-priority race. After you’ve determined what and when your goal event is, the next step is to pick all the B- and C-priority races you’ll do between now and then to help you prepare for…


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How to Adjust Your Training Plan When You Miss Workouts


Every cyclist will miss prescribed workouts in their training plan at some point, but it’s not the end of the world. The key is knowing how to adjust your training plan to keep your training on track. Training Interruptions Whether you’ve become sick or found yourself on vacation during the middle of a training plan, it’s…


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How to Stay Motivated to Train Indoors


There’s no question training indoors is the most effective way to train. Zero distractions mean you’re able to focus on specific skills and nail your intervals with precision. But, despite how effective indoor training may be, the transition that happens predominately before winter from outdoor to indoor training can be a challenge at times. To help…


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How Often Should I Take An FTP Test?


The objective of an FTP (Functional Threshold Power) test is to get an accurate indication of your current fitness level. As you progress through your training plan, your fitness will improve. Since your FTP is used to adjust the intensity of your power-based training to your needs, it’s extremely important that you have an accurate measurement…


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Winter Training Guide: 11 Ways to Become a Faster Cyclist


A successful spring/summer racing season hinges mainly on one thing: the type of work you put in right now to prepare for it. Did you catch that? I said the type of work you put in — not how much work you put in. For most cyclists, the brisk air coupled with shorter days are…


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New Triathlon Base Training Plans


Our triathlon training plans have been used to prepare athletes around the globe for their winning performances, but up until now they have only focused on one-third of the triathlon equation: cycling. This is all changing, starting with our new Base triathlon training plans, which include comprehensive swim, bike and run instructions. Overview Our original Triathlon Specialty…


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How to Prioritize Your Races and Build a Seasonal Race Plan


Prioritizing your races throughout the year is a necessary part of building an annual training plan. By strategically planning your events, you can build fitness, confidence and experience that will give you the best chance at success for your big race day. Why Prioritize Your Events? Cyclists and triathletes tend to be very competitive people who…


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Can I Skip Base Training?


The purpose of base training is to establish a foundation of fitness that will allow cyclists to build towards their physiological potential for a goal event. It may seem counterintuitive to revert to base training every year after reaching new heights of performance, but this strategy pays dividends come race season. Why Base Training is Important Much like a pyramid,…


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