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Training While Injured – Jono’s ERGO Sanity Tip

I know a few people who have crashed pretty hard in the past couple months and have had to deal with nasty broken collarbones. Unfortunately last Tuesday Jono Lovelock was one of the casualties.  Like any top notch motivated athlete Jono has jumped back on the bike as quickly as possible to keep his form […]

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Top Reasons To Train With a Powermeter

A powermeter may be on the expensive side, but with all the other stuff we justify spending $1500 on (i.e. a set of carbon wheels), you cannot find a better training tool.  If you use it to even half it’s potential, it’ll completely change your outlook on training and racing.  You’ll gain so much more […]

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Test Your Lactic Threshold

The reason coaches enjoy talking about Lactic Threshold (LT) is because it is so highly trainable. The key to everything in cycling is the balance between the rate of lactate production and lactate absorption. During light and moderate exercise, concentration of lactate in the blood remains low. The body is able to absorb lactate faster […]

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Training Partners

I find having a regular training partner(s) with similar goals as myself extremely helpful.  It provides everyone with motivation in our downtimes and pushes each other harder when needed.  It also forces that accountability to be at your meeting place so you don’t miss that 5am ride.  It’s a bonus if your training partner has […]

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Rest Periods

Here in Australia we’re lucky enough to be able to cycle all year round.  The winter here is road season and the summer is track and crit season.  What more could you ask for??? The downside of this is that if you’re motivated enough to jump from season to season of never ending cycling heaven, […]

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Our Friend Lactic Acid

Lactic acid often gets a bad rap. We’re always cursing it when we put in too big an effort and are suffering the consequences. You know what? It is actually our friend. Lactic acid is a fuel, not a caustic waste product. It’s responsible for creating more ATP (ATP transports chemical energy within cells for […]

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ICE

A couple years back when a fellow cyclist in Melbourne got hit by a car there was this campaign to have an "ICE" number programmed into your mobile phone.  ICE means "In Case Of Emergency".  This is the number for emergency response workers to call from your mobile if you’ve been seriously injured in an […]

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Building A Training Plan

You can train haphazardly and hope to have top form on race day or you can follow an organized training plan building up to your peak event. With a proper training plan your probability of success is far greater. The difference between these two training methods is not motivation or amount of work.  It’s all […]

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Race Conservatively, Train Aggressively

Success in road racing is all about being ready for brief explosive efforts lasting only a few minutes or seconds. Break-aways, cross winds, sprints, gaps and climbs will determine the race outcome. You have to be ready for these moments by having enough energy left to initiate or respond to the best of your ability. […]

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Hammer Head Syndrome

The best way to train is by going as hard as you can on every ride you do, right? Even though we’re in the age of HR, power monitoring and training periodization, it remains difficult for many to understand what smart training really means. People think that periodization is great for people who have time […]

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