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Here you can find all the back editions of the Tailwind Coaching Cycling Podcast.  Feel free to peruse these archives or head over to iTunes to find and rate the show.  Each rating helps to move the Tailwind Coaching Podcast up through the ratings, improving it's reach.  The more people I can reach, the more people can get these free tips on riding stronger and faster, and having more fun doing it.

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How To Use Endurance Training Effectively

When you hear the phrase endurance training you probably think of the pros going out on 6-hour long rides with their teammates.  To you, instead of 6 hours in the saddle, it might be 2 hours in the cold and wind of the late winter.  You're probably plodding along at zone 2.  The goal is just “putting in miles” and preparing for your interval work that's scheduled a month from now.

I'm here to tell you there's a better way.  There's a way that will net you bigger gains in the same amount of time.  You don't need traditional base training.  All you need to do is a little extra planning.

In this episode of the Tailwind Coaching Podcast, I'll show you how to use endurance training effectively.  When you implement these five tips, your base training will never be easier or more effective.

Click through the jump to listen and learn how to turn your base training into an endurance masterpiece.

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The Best Time Of Day To Train For Massive Fitness Gains

Most people don't think about what time of day they train and how that can affect their fitness gains.  In fact, a lot of people simply look at their training plan, jump on their bike and go when they have some free time.  And that's fine if you're looking to make some improvements from baseline.  But what if you're looking for that extra few percentage points to help get you onto the podium?  What if you're pushing for that big century goal and you need to shave off a few more minutes?

If you're a pro, you plan life around training, but if you're a Joe, you plan training around life.  When you have to plan training around life, time of day can make a big difference in the fitness gains you see.

On this episode of the Tailwind Coaching Podcast, I'll explain to you how the time of day can affect your training.  We'll go over how to determine the best time of day for your body to train and what you gain by figuring that out. You'll also get a few tips and tricks to help you minimize the impact of training off your “peak” time of day.

So if you're ready to biohack your training time and get bigger fitness gains out of the hours you spend on the bike, click through the jump and listen to this episode of the  Tailwind Coaching Podcast.  Don't forget to share with your friends and rate the podcast on iTunes!

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By |December 28th, 2017|Categories: Biohacking and performance hacks, Coaching discussion, Cycling Physiology, Tailwind Coaching Podcast, Training discussion|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on The Best Time Of Day To Train For Massive Fitness Gains

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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By |December 12th, 2017|Categories: Coaching discussion, Power training and discussion, Tailwind Coaching Podcast, Training discussion|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on How to Measure Cycling Training Improvements

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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By |October 17th, 2017|Categories: Coaching discussion, Tailwind Coaching Podcast, Training discussion|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on How to Build Your Own Cycling Training Camp

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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By |September 21st, 2017|Categories: Coaching discussion, Cycling and training tips and tricks, Tailwind Coaching Podcast, Training discussion|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Road Race Training and Racing Tips