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An Introduction to Training Metrics, Part 2

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

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

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

Coach Julie Young explores ways to develop mental skills to embrace discomfort as fuel for growth and performance.

Your Guide to High-Intensity Training

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

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.

What to Pack for a Mountain Bike Race

These simple, critical tips from a veteran mountain bike coach will help you reduce race-day stress, increase enjoyment, and improve your chances of a great performance at your next off-road event.

The Importance of the Long Ride

Are you tempted to throw out those five-hour rides—not enough time or willpower, or maybe you find them boring? Don’t do it! Trevor Connor explores the adaptations that can only be gained from long, slow miles.

How to Prepare for Events at Altitude

Training and racing at elevation can have a significant impact on performance. We explore some ways to improve your preparation for races at altitude.

Can Ketones Help Fuel Endurance Performance?

Exogenous ketones reached “super fuel” status in 2016. Since then, research hasn’t been so positive. We explore the potential benefits of supplementation with ketone esters.