The myth of being in “starvation mode”

I was speaking with an athlete recently and I may have contributed to a myth. The idea that you can restrict calories and not lose weight is a myth. Instead what is likely is one of two other issues. One, the athlete’s metabolic rate may be slowing or two, the athlete has been gaining muscle. How can you tell the … Read More

Are You Training Enough

There are no perfect ways to determine if you are training right or training enough. Besides, perfect is often the enemy of good or even great results. I have tried several methods to determine the appropriate amount of volume when building training plans. I have used simple formulas from only increasing training volume by 20% every few weeks, to published … Read More

Power data can tell you what type of cyclist you are

Power data can tell you what type of cyclist you are In our last article we discussed the various ways to measure your power. Did you know that not only can you use those measures to determine what your Functional Threshold Power is but also that you could use the other data you have been collecting to determine what kind … Read More

You Can’t Improve What You Don’t Measure

Having a power meter, learning about the different power terms/jargon and watching the wattage numbers wiz by on your bike computer is going to loose it’s appeal shortly after you get your power meter installed. So what is a cyclist to do?   Test and test regularly!  Why?  You can’t improve what you Don’t Measure Dr. H. James Harrington , … Read More

Improving Your FTP NOW

Welcome to the first article of many this season in what I am calling the Season of Power at Positive Performance Coaching. These articles will also be posted at our partner’s site Power Meter City.  You will find some fantastic offers at the bottom of this article on purchasing a power meter and even how to get a free training plan … Read More

10 habits of successful competitive runners

In my time coaching competitive endurance athletes I have learned some truths about what it takes to develop a successful athlete. These are not hard and fast rules or even magic workouts. Instead I would classify these as athletic mentality, habits or even traits.  The mentality, habits or traits that I have found that benefit my runners the most are … Read More