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Pre-Season Resistance and Base Training for Cycling

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Training: The Off-Season is Where the Successful Cyclist is Made

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Have you ever crashed and hit your head while riding? If you ride, the chances of crashing at some time are relatively high and unfortunately can happen when you least expect it. I received my first and only concussion when I was nine years old after racing down a steep hill on my Schwinn Fair …

So, I’ve been racing my bike longer than some of you have been alive, and I’ve been in more near death situations than I could ever talk about.  I thought I’d seen it all on the roads. I was wrong. Today on the way home from an hour ride in a park I often train …

IT’S HOT and sticky and you feel like you wanna run naked through a cool sprinkler over and over and over. How do you make sure you are taking all of the precautions possible to achieve peak performance in important races coming up like Elite and Junior National Road Championships and Masters Nationals? What if …

As a coach and professional bike fitter I always here this question “should I shim”? The answer to that question depends on what are you trying to accomplish. I would have to say 90% of the time shimming is like putting a band-aid on the problem. Putting a shim in the shoe or on the …

In the last installment of Training Time, we discussed your Off-Season Break and Activities.  In short, upon the end of your racing season (typically August-September in southern California), you should simply rest until your energy levels are up.  When that is accomplished, it is time to do some cross-training and core strengthening activities to retain …

For most of us, the 2006 road cycling season is finally over! Here in Southern California, we have a long racing season indeed. It is typical for a rider to be physically and mentally fried after being competitive from February through September. It definitely pays to take a break, smell the roses, and get that …