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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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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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