You can build a strong aerobic base, in a time efficient and effective manner, with a structured base training plan. Here’s why base training and aerobic fitness are important for every cyclist and how you can make sure you’re building your base properly for the season and goals that you have.
Muscle Fiber Composition, Pro Cyclist Data, Crashing and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 316
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!
Heart Rate Deep Dive, Tulsa Tough, FTP and VO2Max and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 313
Coach Chad is back! This week we dig into how VO2max affects FTP, why heart rate may be lower or higher for different people at different times, and discussions about positioning in aggressive groups, heat, crashing and more inspired by Tulsa Tough.
New Training Plans, Pro Racing, Left/Right Balance and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 308
Get an inside look into why and how we updated all of our training plans with data from Adaptive Training, a question from a pro cyclist on how World Tour racing differs from amateur racing, how to best use Left/Right Balance and more in Episode 308 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!
Best Way to Raise FTP, Pro Nutrition, Strava Segments and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 296
Santa Cruz Bicycles’ Keegan Swenson joins us to discuss what type of training best raises FTP, what pro athletes eat on and off the bike, the world’s most aspirational Strava segments and much more in Episode 296 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!
Base Training: Goals and Myths
Time and time again, we return to base training. But why? Is it possible to skip base training when you’re fit? Can you derail your progression with early season racing or even too much base? Here’s the answer to these common base training questions and the goals behind base training.
How Strength Training can Improve Endurance For Cyclists
Cyclists ask a lot of their muscles, but not all muscle is the same and different muscle types function in different ways. Let’s examine muscle types and consider how building muscular strength can make you faster.
The Aerobic Energy System: What it is, Why it’s Important, and How to Train it
The aerobic energy system is the most important way a cyclist’s body utilizes energy. How does it work and how can you train it?
Energy Systems Used for Cycling
Energy production and management are the core of endurance sports. Your body has three main energy systems that enable you to put power to the pedals—aerobic, anaerobic, and neuromuscular. In this introduction to the different energy systems, we’ll cover how they produce energy, how they are different, and why they are essential.
Blood Plasma Volume and Your Performance
Blood Plasma volume is critical for performance in endurance athletes. Taking a break from training can rapidly decrease it. But the good news is that you can get back on track in just a few days.