Evaluating Ride Data and Race Data

With the huge number of electronic gadgets attached to a bike these days, it’s inevitable that cyclists will be inundated with data.  From speed, cadence and heart rate to power data (and even new technologies such as muscle oxygenation data), there’s a mind-boggling collection of numbers to consider. But why even bother collecting data? Evaluating ride data is one of the biggest reasons most cyclists collect data and it can tell you a lot about your ride if you know how to look at it the right way.

In this video, I’ll walk through evaluating ride data from several race performances.  I’ll describe what I look for and how you can use that information to improve your training and riding.


Put Massive Power and Staggering Snap in your Sprint

In cycling, sprinting is more than just “pedal really hard a bunch of times.”  If you’ve ever watched a professional sprint, you may realize that there’s a certain absolute beauty in the type of activity they excel at.  While they may be boring on TV, field sprints are perhaps the hardest parts of any race.   Yes, a mountaintop finish requires power to weight ratio, the ability to suffer and some amount of tactical prowess, but sprinting well is a combination of massive tactical brainpower as well as leg power.  Cycling sprint training is the bridge between getting strong and actually knowing how to execute a proper sprint out on the road.

Today, we’ll talk about building leg power, neuromuscular fitness and technique and finesse that you’ll need to succeed.  You’ll learn that a sprinter needs more than the ability to go fast.  I’ll explain how cycling sprint training should be broken down into the composite parts so that you can effectively train all parts of the system together.  If you ignore one part of the equation, you may wonder why you’re not getting faster, you may wonder why others are beating you, and you might even end up with an injury.

Click through to the show notes and make your cycling sprint training more effective.  Don’t forget to check out our podcast show sponsor Stages Cycling: any purchases through this link will contribute a few dollars to supporting the show.  You can also rate the podcast on iTunes, share this post and download my free Sprint Training Tune Up plan!


Diagnose Your Climbing Weakness

I can’t tell you how many times cyclists contact me and ask me to help them improve their climbing weakness, but they don’t even know what climbing weakness is holding them back!  Do you climb better in the saddle or out?  Are you more efficient at a lower cadence or higher?  Do you tend to go out too hard and burn out too quickly?  Are you leaving speed on the table by being TOO conservative?  These are all questions you can answer if you’re willing and able to head out, do a couple of laps of your favorite climb and sit down to take a look at your data.

Let’s figure out how to find your climbing weakness and correct it!  Click through for my best tips on determining what’s limiting your climbing capacity and a couple ways to correct it?