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Workout of the Week: Frequency Hike 

This treadmill incline workout is great for building leg strength, incorporating more hill training, or as an off-season session for cyclists.

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Favorite Workouts—Comparing Different Approaches

We hear from Fast Talk all-star guests like Dr. Stephen Seiler, Frank Overton, and Sonya Looney about their favorite workouts and compare how they fit into different training styles.

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Training

Cycling training is a science and an art. How endurance athletes train, when they train, and the intensity and duration of that training all affect the gains and adaptations they see. Proper interval execution is essential to see the expected progress. How you analyze and interpret all that data is equally valuable. Of course, training needs to be planned so it fits into any given season, race schedule, and lifestyle. Off the bike, the importance of strength and conditioning is often neglected. This is training. This process is what athletes live for.
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A Comparison of Different Training Platforms

While many athletes and coaches rely on TrainingPeaks to analyze and archive their training data, there are several other notable programs worth considering.

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Workouts

Structured Workouts. Strength & Mobility. Core Exercises. Change up your workouts—and understand the how and why—with these Fast Talk Labs workouts. Our coaches and special guests share exercises and workout sessions to help you develop specific fitness adaptations.
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Workout of the Week: Frequency Hike 

This treadmill incline workout is great for building leg strength, incorporating more hill training, or as an off-season session for cyclists.

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The Craft of Coaching

The Craft of Coaching is Joe Friel’s ultimate guide to becoming a better, more successful, and happier coach. Drawing from his 40-year career as the world’s most trusted cycling and triathlon coach, Friel shares the lessons he learned about athlete performance, the athlete-coach relationship, mastering the business side—and how to make coaching more rewarding. Follow The Craft of Coaching to accelerate your practice and save decades honing your craft. Joe Friel's guide for coaches is available to Unlimited Members and FREE to active, licensed USA Cycling Coaches. Please log in or join.
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14 // The Future of Endurance Coaching

The emergence of big data and new tech has already introduced significant changes to endurance sport in recent years, and it’s clear that these changes will only accelerate in the years ahead. Throughout this series, Joe Friel has collaborated with dozens of master coaches, sport psychologists, researchers, and pro athletes to bring to light the […]

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13 // Coaching Elite Athletes

As pro athletes redefine the limits of performance, coaches are continually refining their strategy and leading a collaborative effort.

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The Craft of Coaching Module 12: Coaching Female Athletes

12 // Coaching Female Athletes

Learn how to help female athletes reach their potential with the latest knowledge from a stellar cast of experts and coaches.

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11 // Coaching Masters Athletes

Training mistakes are costly for masters athletes. Coaches who are savvy to aging position their clients for a lifetime of performance.

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Coaching

Coaching endurance athletes is an art, a science, and a craft. We offer this selection of coaching-related articles, videos, workshops, and guides to help coaches begin to explore the support available for coaches through Fast Talk Labs. Contact us with your questions, clarifications, or requests at coaches@fasttalklabs.com.
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Best Practices in Endurance Sport

Over a century of training and racing, coaches and athletes have continually experimented with the balance of volume and intensity. Today’s best practices look to maximize both a high volume of training and a small but potent dose of high-intensity work.

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The History of Run Training

The timely combination of running facilities and stopwatches gave running a leg up on other endurance sports, inviting more structured training and innovation.

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The History of Cycling Training

The early European cycling scene was convinced that more miles and more racing made champions. By the 1980s, a new generation of pros was redefining the goal and the roadmap to get there.

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Sports Nutrition

Eating properly for the demands of endurance sports can be challenging. Without the right fuel, performance and recovery will be compromised. Learn how to master and implement a sports nutrition strategy that works for you, whether that’s during your workouts or races.
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Sport Psychology

Grit. Mental toughness. Resilience. Fitness isn’t what separates the elites. It’s their ability to suffer, to manage their attitude, and to know when to push and when to pull back. See what sport psychology methods high-level athletes use and which we can adopt during our own training and racing.
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Social Media Habits: The Power & Peril of Comparison

It’s natural and at times beneficial to compare yourself to others, but social media can exacerbate the negative aspects that come with too many comparison games.

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With Is Greater Than Against

When female athletes are encouraged to work with their competitors—not against them—it raises everyone’s game, as Coach Lauren Vallee knows only too well.

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What Gets in the Way for Women

Body image, underfueling, negative self-talk, comparison—these are just some of the things that commonly prevent female athletes achieving their best, yet they don’t have to. One coach shares her way of turning this around.

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Physiology

Humans aren't machines—we're much more complicated. Exercise physiology involves changes in the body from exercise and rest. From anaerobic threshold to environmental acclimatization, from FTP to PGC-1 alpha, we explore the science of human performance.
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The Effects of Cycling on Bone Health

A 2023 study claims cycling can cause significant bone density loss in as little as a year. Is there more to the story?

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How to Analyze Running Form

Performing a gait analysis may be necessary to troubleshoot recurring injuries or improve run speed.

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