20 kilometers in 20 minutes part 2

We last left Mr. X at the beginning of his journey to carry out a tough off-season performance goal of riding his rollers 20 kilometers in 20 minutes. In our previous article we described the equipment and parameters of Mr. X’s goal. So what has Mr. X been doing since the last article? Well Mr. X has been living life, … Read More

Avoiding illness this season

I hate getting sick! I am pretty sure I am not alone. We endurance athletes are a funny bunch. We are more than willing to hammer for hours on end on the bike, run mile after mile, complete brick after brick and strength train like Olympic weight lifters without a complaint. Inevitably we all push our luck, get sick and … Read More

Enduring Performance and Age Related Declines Part 2

In part one of this article, I brought up my thoughts about age and declining performance and answered a couple of my own nagging questions this season by seeing the performance of masters’ age groupers performing very well in a major Duathlon. I still have a few more questions that I am curious to get answered so let’s get started. … Read More

Secrets of climbing specialists

Welcome back to another article! I hope you found the last article on Pacing Strategies helpful in thinking about how you can ride smarter and more efficiently. Hope you enjoy the photo taken by DENIS BALIBOUSE / REUTERS during the 12th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Cugnaux to Luz-Ardiden on July 14, 2011. One of … Read More

Tip: Redefining fast

I get asked all the time, “How can I ride faster?” Over the years I have given all sorts of tips for new and experienced recreational riders. Thought I would share some of these tried and true tips and some new ones. My usual response to new recreational and competitive cyclists: Hire a coach Loose Weight Learn to eat right … Read More