STAND-ALONE vs. PLUGGED IN

As most of you have seen, there are a wide variety of things you can do on a CompuTrainer. You can jump on and just ride, pre-ride courses from some of your major goals, or perform very structured workouts. Read More

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Holiday Weight

I know I give the same tip every year around the holidays but it is a good one so here goes again. The holidays are a time to enjoy family, friends, the changing of the seasons and to share with others happiness and joy. However all this joy is usually accompanied by large quantities of food. And that is all part of the holiday cheer, I know. My suggestion is to merely watch the volumes you ingest. Try a bit of everything, just keep the portions sizes small and make sure that you eat slow. Read More

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Back to Work

A balanced training, life and work plan is critical for success across the board. Read More

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Off-Season and Out-of-Season Goals

Training for any race or event goal is complex. There are some significant additional factors to consider any time you have a goal on your calendar that falls outside the traditional “season” for endurance sports. Depending on your location... Read More

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Maintain Your Range

We’ve all heard it before: lactate threshold is the best predictor of athletic endurance performance. It’s true that athletes with a higher threshold power (or in many cases higher threshold power-to-weight), will normally outperform those with less threshold fitness, but there’s a little more to it than that. If you have been part of the endurance game for a while, you know that the initial gains you saw in threshold power don’t last forever. With greater experience, you need to focus more on the details and try some new things to keep experiencing growth. Read More

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Over-Racing and Under-Training

At Vision Quest, one of the most important points we emphasize to our athletes is having a goal. Some would say that without a goal, you’re not training, you are just working out... Read More

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Weathering Workouts

A hot environment is one of the most severe stresses an athlete can endure. Just like a car, you need water to cool your engine. When you exercise, muscle contractions cause heat. Every machine needs energy to produce work and that energy produces heat. Read More

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Protect Your Matches

No matter what type of athlete you are, you’re likely familiar with the concept of “matches” or “bullets” available for training and racing. The idea is that as athletes, there are a finite number of hard efforts that we can produce without suffering deleterious effects. Read More

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Are You Training or Just "Working Out"?

Among exercising individuals, there are basically two types of people: those who are training for some defined goal at a designated future time and those who are merely exercising with a focus on fitness and health rather than performance. There is nothing wrong with being... Read More

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How to Fit in on a Group Ride

Depending on the type of rider you are and your training background, group rides may make up a large component of your riding at certain times of the year or they may be something completely foreign to you. In the past, we have talked about the advantages and disadvantages of... Read More

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