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Meghan Kelley is a writer, XC MTB racer, and an all-around fan of trails, rocks, dirt, and the desert. She's passionate about helping cyclists get faster and finding the best mid-ride snacks.


How to Improve Cycling Economy for Increased Performance

Raising your functional threshold power and VO2 max capacity aren’t the only ways to get faster. Improvements in your cycling economy are also on the table and can come with major performance benefits. Here’s how you can actively target your cycling economy with additions to your training and adjustments to your form.


Qualifying for the Ironman World Championships With Ray Brenkus

For full-distance triathletes, crossing the finish line at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, is the ultimate accomplishment. Getting to the event can be just as challenging as racing it, though. In this episode of the Successful Athletes Podcast, Ray Brunker shares what he did to earn a Kona qualification and his recommendations for other athletes who want to do the same.


Timing Your Recovery Drink
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Timing Your Recovery Drink: What and When to Drink

No matter what workout you’re doing, you should always plan on some recovery nutrition afterward. There are numerous benefits to recovery drinks, and timing them correctly will help you feel confident that your glycogen stores are replenished for your next workout.


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Tips for Riding in Hot Conditions

Hot weather’s adverse physical impact on endurance performance can elevate the difficulty of any workout, race, or ride. Fortunately, you can improve your execution in the heat through heat acclimatization and mitigate its adverse effects with additional preparation.


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Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Mid Volume Plan

Mid-volume training plans are best for athletes who can handle a higher training load but still want flexibility in their training schedules. You can determine if mid-volume is right for you by looking at your current training volume, goals, fitness, and schedule.


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How to Choose the Best Mid-Ride Nutrition

The longer and more intense a training session is, the more crucial your mid-ride nutrition becomes. Knowing when to consume liquids, gels, and solids can help you make an on-the-bike nutrition plan that includes the best fuels for you and your ride.


5 Best Workouts for Criterium Racers

Target the power fundamental to criterium racing with these five workouts for crit racers. Use them to fine-tune your established fitness, build essential skills, or introduce criterium-specific interval training to your schedule.


Tips for Junior Mountain Bikers with Jr. Athlete Dylan Schlageter

When Dylan Schlageter joined his middle school mountain bike team, he didn’t anticipate just how far he’d progress as an XC cyclist. Now with several years of training and racing under his belt, Dylan shares his improvements and what he would recommend to other junior athletes who want to take their training to the next level.


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Low Volume Training: Is It the Right Volume for You?

The flexibility of a low-volume training plan makes it an excellent fit for a variety of schedules, goals, and abilities. If you’re considering a low-volume plan, here are the advantages of low-volume training and how to know if it’s the best volume for you.


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Racing: New Season Checklist

An upcoming season of racing means it’s time to run through your pre-season checklist. Here are five things you can do before the first race of the year to round out your preparation and increase your confidence on race day.



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