Pacelines, normalized vs. average power, balancing cravings with race weight, allergies and more.

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Topics covered in this episode

  • Flying vs. driving to races
  • How your warmup affects your race
  • How to manage expectations as a Type A bike racer
  • Why big racers can be successful in hilly bike races
  • Mental illness and endurance athletics
  • How long should you pull in a paceline?
  • Effective ways to organize a paceline
  • How you should change your nutrition for different race durations
  • Why average power is used for PRs instead of Normalized Power
  • How Normalized Power works
  • How to time shifts perfectly when sprinting or out of the saddle
  • How allergies affect performance
  • Do antihistamines make you slower?
  • How to train for TTs if you are a triathlete
  • How to overcome cravings
  • How to find your ideal weight

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Ian Meintjes

Ian Meintjes is a pro enduro racer and the producer of the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast. Ian’s successful track record in cross-country and enduro racing, along with years of experience as a customer support agent have made him an expert on all things training and racing with power.