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GO BEYOND FTP, GO INSCYD
You are more than one number.
Find your VO2max, VLamax, FatMax, anaerobic threshold, training zones—and see how to train your weaknesses for big gains this season.
Saddle Sores, Sexual Dysfunction, and Other Female “Saddle Diseases” Jul 31st 2021
Dr. Andy Pruitt leads a frank discussion about saddle sores, sexual dysfunction, and other female-specific saddle/chamois pathologies, addressing both preventative measures and potential long-term consequences.
Saddle Sores and Other Male “Saddle Diseases” Jul 29th 2021
Saddle sores, numbness, and erectile dysfunction are just a few of the issues that can hamper male cyclists. Dr. Andy Pruitt details how to avoid these and other cycling saddle problems.
Coach Connor’s Favorite WKO Features Jul 22nd 2021
TrainingPeaks is popular, but WKO5 is a much more powerful tool. Coach Trevor Connor has extensive experience with WKO and shares his favorite features.
Choosing the Right Bike Saddle for Your Body’s Biomechanics Jul 21st 2021
The saddle you choose to ride, and its proper placement, play huge roles in your comfort and performance on the bike.
The Secret to Concentration and Focus Jul 20th 2021
Coach Grant Holicky reveals how to stay focused and concentrated. It’s all about knowing what is relevant to your goal.
Accepting Feedback and Criticism Jul 14th 2021
Accepting feedback and criticism is a necessary part in every athlete’s development. Coach Holicky details how to create the best mindset so you can achieve your full potential.
An Introduction to Training Metrics, Part 2 Jul 28th 2021
The interrelationship between form, fitness, and fatigue is the basis for quantifying training load. Performance Management Charts help athletes visualize and interpret that balance. Coach Trevor Connor explains the science.
An Introduction to Training Metrics, Part 1 Jul 15th 2021
Physiologists and coaches have attempted to quantify training through both external and internal measures. We review the primary training metrics and detail the benefits and shortcomings of each.
The True Definition of Threshold Jul 13th 2021
Your lactate threshold may not be what you think it is. Coach Trevor Connor explores the true definition of this physiological turn point.
How to be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable Jun 24th 2021
Coach Julie Young explores ways to develop mental skills to embrace discomfort as fuel for growth and performance.
Your Guide to High-Intensity Training Jun 18th 2021
High-intensity training has many proven benefits, and several significant limitations. We explore the science of HIT, and suggest the most effective high-intensity intervals.
How to Maximize Recovery During Multi-Day Events Jun 14th 2021
Stage races and other multi-day events offer special challenges, particularly when it comes to recovery. We explore three of the key elements to maintaining good performances day after day.
Featured on the Forum
Member Larzi asks, “What is the cost of a long, slow, distance ride? They feel harder to me. Am I riding them too hard?”
Dr. Stephen Seiler comments on member questions about 100-110% FTP as “threshold” vs. VO2max training zones.
Listeners react to Dr. Noakes’ appearance on Fast Talk episode 173: Is Weight Management as Simple as Calories In, Calories Out? What is your reaction to this episode?
Member Ilan asks, “I’m a time-crunched cyclist in my mid-40s. What intensity is best for shorter aerobic rides?”
Q&A on Travel and Training, CTL, Race Prep, and Big Gear LSD Rides, with Kendra Wenzel Jul 29th 2021
Coach Kendra Wenzel helps us answer questions on balancing training and travel, final race prep, big gear work on LSD rides, pushing through or pulling the plug, and training races.
Is Weight Management as Simple As Calories In, Calories Out? With Dr. Timothy Noakes Jul 22nd 2021
For decades, weight management has relied on an assumption: that manipulating calorie intake will predict weight gain or loss. But does it actually work?
Sprinting, Overtraining Your Cells, Durability: Rob Pickels & Trevor Connor Nerd Out on Recent Research Jul 15th 2021
Rob Pickels is the Advanced Development Project Manager at PEARL iZUMi, but more importantly, he can out-nerd Trevor as you’ll […]
Environmental Pollution, Health, and Performance, with Dr. Michael Koehle Jul 8th 2021
Should we modify how, where, and when we train based on our potential exposure to pollutants?
Q&A on Returning from Injury, Weight Management, and Fast-Twitch Fibers, with Renee Eastman Jul 1st 2021
With the help of CTS coach Renee Eastman, we field questions on injury, the power of consistency, weight vs. power, and fast-twitch fibers.
Should We Race by Numbers? With Dirk Friel Jun 24th 2021
Should you pay attention to the numbers on your head unit while you’re racing? If so, which ones, and when? We dive in with TrainingPeaks co-founder Dirk Friel.