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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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Road Race Training and Racing Tips

A cycling road race is one of the purest forms of head-to-head competition there is.  It's a test of strength, cunning, endurance and a little bit of luck.  It's also one of the most rewarding aspects of riding a bicycle that you can find.  But what should you do if you want to start road racing?  Do you need to buy a fancy bike and spend your life training?  Or can you just pin on a number and take your chances?

Well, you can do either.

In this episode of the Tailwind Coaching Podcast, I'll teach you what the essential components of a road race training plan are.  You'll learn what different kinds of races are and what kind of training you need to handle the physical demands of a variety of road races.  I'll even give you some road race tips to help improve your odds of landing on the podium.

Are you ready to learn how to make the most out of your road race training?  If so, click through the jump and listen for tips on dominating your next road race.

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Criterium Training and Racing Tips

Call it a criterium, a crit, or a short circuit race.  Whatever you call it, it's a tough race for sure.  It's also one of the most common races on most racing calendars.  What makes it so tough to succeed at and what training do you need to perform well in these races?

In this episode of the Tailwind Coaching Podcast, I'll tell you how to build the perfect criterium training plan.  I'll show you what specific training needs to be included in your crit training plan to help you crush the field and hit the line first.  There are also a few tips, tricks and secrets to help you make the most out of your training and races.

So if you're ready to tune up your crit fitness, click through the jump and listen for tips on dominating your next criterium.

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Time Trial Training and Racing Tips

The time trial is an integral part of racing a bicycle.  It's the race of truth, the race against the clock and one of the truest tests of who is a stronger cyclist.  To ride a time trial efficiently is an amazing skill and watching a well executed time trial is a beautiful thing indeed.  With the racing season in full swing, I've been getting a lot of questions from athletes about time trial training and racing tips.

In this episode of the Tailwind Coaching Podcast, I'll explain some of the nuances of time trialing and give you the tips you need to race a better time trial.  I'll cover the key aspects of a time trial training plan and how to squeeze more fitness out of your body.  You'll also get some of my favorite tips, tricks, and marginal gains to help you ride stronger.

So if you're ready to turn the pedals in anger, click through the jump to listen to my best time trial training and racing tips!

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Quick Tips For Maintaining Cycling Motivation

How do you maintain cycling motivation through a season?  What about those people who seem to race season after season and still have the drive to compete?  It seems like some people are able to keep going out and riding for years on end.  Those cyclists never get tired of training and they always have an infectious enthusiasm about the sport.  Riders like that have a unique kind of cycling motivation that we all envy a little bit.

How do you grow that kind of cycling motivation?  How do you keep climbing on your bike every week and have enthusiasm about flogging yourself for a couple of hours of training?  Wouldn't it be nice to wake up every morning and be excited about the day's workout?

Just like you, I struggle with motivation sometimes.  When the mercury hits triple digits or it's drizzling outside, it's easy to sit in front of the TV with a coffee and watch racing on TV.  But if you want to become a beast, you have to train like one.  That means having the motivation to get off your sofa and onto your saddle.

Here are a few tips to help you keep your motivation levels up.

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