Weekly Newsletter – August 3

I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Several of you had races and events this past weekend, many more this coming up this weekend, with even more on the horizon. It’s a busy time of year for endurance athletes!

Here’s what’s included this week:

How do I train for an early season cycling event or race?

Those of us who live in the northern part of the country ask ourselves this question each season.  Winter comes and our training changes as our outdoor riding comes to a halt. In MN one of our key early season events is the MN Ironman Bike Ride, this year on Sunday,...

Top 4 Pedaling Drills

Today I’ll share with you 4 of my favorite drills. 1.  Spin-ups — The purpose of spin-ups is to improve the neuromuscular connection.  Basically, you learn how to pedal quickly and smoothly while your upper body is still.  Pedaling fast while avoiding hip...

Why do you ride your bike?

Why do you ride your bike? We each have our own reasons, and probably no two answers are exactly alike. And that’s great.

Outdoor season begins in MN!!

It’s been a long winter here in MN, long, dark and cold.  But we’re finally seeing a hint of spring outside.  Finally! Our indoor training “officially” ended this past week, and now it’s time to move outdoors and put all the hard work in...

The 3 Legs of the Success Stool

In order to be fit, fast and healthy we need to make sure that each of the 3 legs in our Training Stool is in place and solid.  Neglect any of these and we’re out of balance, and our success will suffer as a result. The first leg of the stool is training.  This...

Base Training is NOT Easy Training

Traditional thinkng tells you to spend most or all of your off season riding easy, in order to build your aerobic base.  WRONG! Cycling is an aerobic sport.  Cycling is an endurance sport.  However, riding easy all winter does little to prepare you for the demands of...

Plan Your Cycling Season

One of the most important activities you can do this off-season is plan the events in which you’ll participate. Whether these events are bike races, challenge rides, hill climbs or century rides, it’s important to plan your season.

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