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How to Measure Cycling Training Improvements

When a cyclist starts on a training program, there's an expectation that their training will yield improvements.  They should get faster, climb better, become more efficient, or finish higher in the standings.  But other than those end goals, how do you measure cycling training improvements in the middle of a training block?  And more than that, why would you want to measure cycling training improvements during a training block?

Evaluating your training performance during a training block is hugely important to planning your next blocks of training.  If you don't know how your current program is affecting your fitness, how can you adjust it to make further improvements?  If you're not improving enough or worse, detraining due to lack of volume or intensity, you need to know that as soon as possible.

Additionally, measuring your improvement during a training block will give you a good idea where you stand in relation to your goals.  If your power numbers are way down or your aerobic decoupling is poor, you know there's work to do before you can be competitive.  It's sort of a benchmark on the path to your benchmark.

With the “why” out of the way, let's get down to the “how”.  Click through the jump to listen to this episode of the Tailwind Coaching Podcast and learn how to measure cycling training improvements in a ton of different ways.

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Training With the Zwift Mayan Expansion

Zwift continues to expand their offerings with the new Mayan expansion to Watopia.  Yes, the south pacific island wonderland just got a little bit bigger and unlocked yet another set of training options.  With the mountain, the volcano, and now the Mayan expansion, Watopia has a huge variety of training possibilities.  You can do a little bit of everything in a single 26 mile loop or you can focus on smaller loops and more specific training goals.

For more information about Zwift training, check out these links first:

Once you're up to speed on the different training options Zwift offers you, click through the jump and get the low down on the new Mayan expansion!

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The Importance of RPE in Cycling Training

You've no doubt heard about an RPE scale in the past.  You may have even done some of your training by RPE.  But in a world where power meters, heart rate monitors, and analysis software rules, is there any room for this subjective measurement?

I'd honestly argue that it's more important now than ever.

In a sport that has become increasingly dependent upon technology, cyclists are losing that “feel” that separates the good from the great.  The best and most successful cyclists are able to instantly tell you how hard they are working.  It doesn't matter if they're at tempo pace or flat out VO2 max level efforts.  They know.  And knowing is the key to performing.

Click on the jump to find out what RPE is and how it can benefit your training.

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3 Awesome 1 Hour Cycling Workouts

Imagine you're training for a big event and life starts to get in the way.  You start to get tired, overworked and stressed out.  Your cycling workouts are probably going to be the first thing that suffers, right?

Maybe, but with some clever planning, they don't have to.

There's an old adage that some training is better than nothing at all.  If you've only got an hour to burn among all kinds of other obligations, you can still knock out some effective training.  In some cases, a 1 hour cycling workout can be more effective than hours in the saddle.  You just have to know what intervals to do and how to execute them.

At the end of this post, I'll give you three examples of 1 hour cycling workouts that will boost your fitness and keep you on track to meet your training goals.  So click through the jump and pick up some new workouts for those times when life gets in the way.

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How to Build Your Own Cycling Training Camp

Have you ever wanted to train like a pro?  I know a lot of cyclists read about professional training camps and get a little bit jealous.  They travel to far away places and spend weeks riding together, training and bonding.  But if you're not a pro, a cycling training camp is out of reach, right?

Wrong!

You can build your own cycling training camp.  All you need it a little planning and a little structure to ensure you execute everything properly.  You don't even have to travel if you don't want to: you can hold a training camp in your own backyard.  Of course, having a place to “get away to” for your camp can make all that riding a little easier.  You can choose any place you want to hold your training camp, as long as you follow a couple of simple guidelines when you put it together.

Are you psyched to build some big fitness and feel like a pro?  Then click through the jump and learn more about how to plan and execute your very own cycling training camp.

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