What muscle fiber type is best for cycling, how do you influence it, and how much of it is genetic? We’ll cover this as well as pro cyclist data and why many athletes don’t share it, how to race in dangerous circumstances and manage crashes and much more in Episode 316 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!
More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.
Topics covered in this episode
- Jonathan’s learnings from National MTB National Championships 5:41
- Nate is racing again! 39:04
- Why pro cyclists don’t share data 42:47
- A deep dive on muscle fiber composition for cyclists 54:11
- Race-day focus tips 1:20:33
- Publishing data insights from TrainerRoad’s data-set 1:23:52
- Do gels replace aid stations? 1:29:16
- Do recovery shakes get nullified by post-ride meals? 1:31:55
- How to mitigate risk in criterium racing 1:46:08
- How to avoid crashes in a criterium 1:52:23
- Why are cyclists so susceptible to broken collarbones? 1:55:21
- How to learn to crash safely 1:57:46
Resources mentioned in this episode
- The muscle fiber type-fiber size paradox: hypertrophy or oxidative metabolism?
- Plasticity of human skeletal muscle: gene expression to in vivo function
- Human soleus muscle: A comparison of fiber composition and enzyme activities with other leg muscles
- Adaptations of skeletal muscle to prolonged, intense endurance training
- Mechanical Plasticity: Skeletal Muscle Adaptations
- Strength and muscle adaptations in heavy-resistance-trained women after detraining and retraining
- Human single muscle fibre function with 84 day bed-rest and resistance exercise
- Muscle fiber typology substantially influences time to recover from high-intensity exercise
- Muscle fiber typology is associated with the incidence of overreaching in response to overload training
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