Training Articles

An Athlete’s Chemical Affair: Lactate as a Fuel

As the science of sport evolves, coaches like me must learn to adapt to the new thoughts on how the human body reacts to exercise. In the not so distant past it was believed that lactate caused the muscles to stop working…brought on fatigue…and an athlete wouldn’t be able to do anymore work once they… Read More

Presentation of a Shift in Lactate Threshold over a Training Season

In the current state of endurance training and technology, data is a major factor to assist with performance improvements. For future analysis of performance gains, a coach should consider getting a starting point or baseline of the client. The information gathered can set the tone for where to focus the bulk of heart rate and/or… Read More

Structured Training

Riding and riding and riding but not getting faster? Have you considered training instead of riding? Bear with me, as this may sound like a simple exercise in semantics but, once you understand the difference between the two you will be on your way to your best season yet. Riding is simply that, riding. It… Read More

Future Aspirations

For an endurance athlete, whether recreational or seasoned racer, to aspire from season to season and year to year, they must aim at achieving something. That something for most stamina based competitors is to have a faster time or finish ‘on the podium’. To accomplish any of these desires, a process of goal setting will… Read More

Nutrition Basics

As a coach, the questions I’m asked most (other than “How do I get faster at X”) revolve around nutrition. Some questions revolve around weight loss but most often folks just want to know what to eat in order to be stronger on the bike and avoid the dreaded “bonk”. Often the answers boil down… Read More

‘Cross Training: Preparing for Cyclocross Season

With temperatures continuing to hover in the 90s, it’s hard to imagine that the Colorado road racing season is nearing its end. For some, this means a transition away from the rigors of structured training and racing and some well needed rest. But, for an ever increasing group of die-hards, the slow creep towards fall… Read More

Get Back to Peak Performance for the Fall!

As the racing season is in full swing for just a few more months, you may be finding yourself just plugging away. However, planning for the off season can be a huge part of ensuring a proper recovery, setting you up for an even better season next year and addressing any issues or concerns you… Read More

Be Well…Fed

Not only can you be fit, well trained, healthy and ready for an event, you can also be prepared in how to supply your body with the correct nutrition for life and activity. Many event participants show up only two-thirds prepared for the days adventure, thinking about food for the event just the day before…. Read More

Prepare for the Altitude

“Don’t buy upgrades, ride upgrades”—Anonymous This quote seems to beckon the goal for most cycling events. Ascend, ascend, and ascend. So, to provide this for the participants, a large number of cycling events have their routes at an elevation greater than what most folks live at. The aspect of training for an event that not… Read More