Archive for the ‘Training’ Category

Prepare for Successful Climbing

Turn that mountain into a molehill. Many cyclists mentally increase the size of a climb and let it tower over them, when a few simple processes can make the ascent more pleasant. Mental preparation brings about a toughness that will help you perform better. Having an understanding of the elevation gained over the distance to… Read More

Earn Those Saddle Sores: Longer Duration Cycling

Cyclists are headlong into the spring season with longer daylight hours and more favorable temperatures for outdoor riding, along with fierce headwinds. This combination stokes a strong desire to release our bikes from the constraints of the indoor trainer and let it run free to seek out longer and longer durations. This newly liberated steed… Read More

What’s Strength Have to do With It?

So, what does strength have to do with it? Well, everything when it comes to health. When performed properly and in periodized fashion, strength training can enhance all facets of daily life. These include daily active living and exercise. Daily active living includes a multitude of body movements like: getting in and out of bed,… Read More

Periodized Training for the Triple Bypass: Part 3

Part three of a three part series on training to prepare for the Triple Bypass or any other summer riding event. The last segment of Periodized training to discuss is the taper. This phase is simple, but very important for realization of the goal designed in a training plan. Traditionally when training for an endurance-specific… Read More

Periodized Training for the Triple Bypass: Part 2

Part two of a three part series on training to prepare for the Triple Bypass or any other summer riding event. Preparation and base training were discussed in the March Bike Beat; the next phase of training to promote a stimulus to advance fitness is the build phases. Traditionally when training for an endurance-specific event… Read More

Periodized Training for the Triple Bypass

Part one of a three part series on training to prepare for the Triple Bypass or any other summer riding event. Traditionally when training for an endurance-specific event like the 2009 Triple Bypass, a cyclist will need to go through several phases of training over the months leading up to the event. The physical demand… Read More

Stay on Track

With the change from summer to fall upon us and winter quickly showing up to the party, it seemed like a good time to look at some tips that will help you complete your workouts now and through this winter. Below are ten suggestions to consider when the seasons throw you off track of your… Read More

Pre-Event Warm-Up Strategies for Cyclists

With the season of events for cyclists in Colorado underway, I thought it would be good to present some strategies for preparation. Nutrition, equipment, trip planning, knowledge of the course and warm-up are a few of the items on the top of the list. Each one of the listed items is an important discussion and… Read More

Core Stability and Balance for Cyclists Revisited

This article is an addition to an earlier article titled, Core Stability and Balance for Cyclists. In the previous article I discussed the following core stability moves: planks, hip lifts, hip lift with knee extension, floor back extensions and oblique crunch. I would like to introduce two more core stability moves that increase the intensity… Read More

Core Stability and Balance for Cyclists

Disclaimer: The exercises and drills introduced below are for general illustration purposes only and are not recommended to any athlete not under the clearance of a medical provider and guidance of a qualified coach. If you would like persoanl instruction in these exercises and drills, we recommend you schedule a consultation session with an Optimize… Read More