Coaching Q&A – Ways to Boost Your Training Outcomes (Podcast #58)

Boosting Training Outcomes - Podcast 58This time of year, the focus of your questions has turned from how to get strong and fit for upcoming events to wringing the most out of your training time.  If you are anything like the 99% of cyclists for whom riding a bike isn’t a job, you have limited time to train and need to get the most out of each hour. I’ll wager that these questions that I’m getting will apply to many of you out there.  It’s true that no question is a stupid one, and since there’s a lot of valuable information in each of the topics I’ll talk about, I’ve put them together into a podcast intended to help you boost your training outcomes.

In this episode of the Tailwind Coaching Podcast, I’ll explain how you can boost your fitness and increase your training outcomes with some simple techniques.  After the jump, you’ll be able to peruse the show notes and read a synopsis of what’s talked about in this episode.

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Now, learn how to boost your training outcomes with these simple tips:

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Ride Stronger: VO2 Max Repeatability Workouts

20090906000556_bicycle-racerAmong the many weapons in the armament of the cyclist who wants to ride stronger, one of the least practiced and most important is VO2 max repeatability.  The ability to accelerate and push your body to the limits, recover at threshold and repeat that process over and over is one of the most versatile and important skills for a cyclist to possess.  It’s also the one that’s almost always lacking in the cyclists that I consult with or coach, and it’s one I drill home in my training plans.

The real question most people follow up with is “why?”

Before I answer, first let’s delve into VO2 max a little bit.  For our purposes, a VO2 max level effort (or a Zone 5/Z5 effort) is a suprathreshold effort that is sustainable for around 3-8 minutes (depending on the intensity of the effort.)  It is a mixture of aerobic and anaerobic energy production and is most often used in pursuits, attacks, bridging small gaps and short climbs.  By the numbers, it’s an 8 to an 8.5/10 on an RPE scale, 105%-120% of Functional Threshold Power and >105% Lactate Threshold Heart Rate.

After the jump, I’ll give you some more detailed information and a couple workouts to help you build your Zone 5 Repeatability (Z5R) ability.

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By |June 1st, 2015|climbing, Coaching, Training|Comments Off on Ride Stronger: VO2 Max Repeatability Workouts

Effective Build Phase Training (Podcast #55)

Build phase training graphDo you wish you could get more cycling prowess out of your build training?

So do a lot of riders.

Here’s a short backstory: A while back I released a podcast discussing how you can get the most out of your base training by throwing out much of the old school rhetoric and focusing on new school science.  That podcast has become one of my most popular podcasts to date, sparking questions about everything from workout frequency to using High Intensity Training to rocket your fitness up during the base phase.  It didn’t stop with the base phase either: people started asking how to turbocharge their build phase training too.

So by popular demand, this time, I’m going to tackle the build phase of your training plan.  Again, the name of the phase sort of gives away the goal behind it: to build fitness in an exponential way.  However, fitness is a tricky thing: there’s general fitness (for you power meter users, that’s the CTL on the performance management chart) and there’s situation specific fitness such as climbing ability, sprinting ability, 3 minute power, etc etc (which can all be tracked if you’re training with power).  Many athletes are happy with going out and doing the same old rides, watching their “fitness” (really, they’re seeing an increase in CTL) steadily climb.  Then they register for a fondo, race or event and fail to meet their expectations.


Because they didn’t train their weaknesses, nor did they build specific fitness to conquer their goals.

In this episode of the Tailwind Coaching Podcast, we’ll cover that and more.  Show notes and links are available after the jump:

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By |May 6th, 2015|Coaching, physiology, podcast, Training|0 Comments

Tailwind Coaching E-Bootcamp (March 16th – April 26th)

The Group rideIf you looked at the calendar recently and wondered where the “(Not so) off season” went, you’re not alone.  If you’re starting to sweat your fitness level a little bit because you’ve been lacking motivation to get on the indoor trainer and hammer out some miles, you’re DEFINITELY not alone.  If you’re thinking you have about 8 weeks until you should be riding with your buddies, racing or setting PRs in gran fondos, well, I’m right there with you.

That’s why I’m running a six week e-Bootcamp to kick your fitness up a notch or two.

Each week, you’ll receive an email with your weekly training plan, some relevant tips to help you achieve the week’s goals and my expert guidance.  Here’s what to expect:

  • A 6 week training plan, delivered each week of the camp.
  • Coaching support (just respond to your weekly email with questions)
  • Nutritional advice, training physiology concepts, mental toughness tips, recovery advice, and more delivered each week.

How much?  A few hundred dollars for 6 weeks of training plans, coaching support and training advice?  How about $60?  That’s ten dollars per week.

Sorry, The Tailwind Coaching E-Bootcamp is closed!

Check out the e-Bootcamp information page for more detailed information.

Entry deadline is March 13th.  Expect your first email on March 14th with your first week’s training plan and further details.

By |March 5th, 2015|nutrition, physiology, Training|0 Comments

Recover Like A Pro (Podcast #50)

Cyclist quad and hamstring massageHave you ever heard that your body doesn’t get stronger through training?  It’s an odd thing to think about, but it’s inherently true.  Training is the overloading stimulus that (hopefully) pushes your body beyond it’s comfort zone.  Once you’ve pushed beyond the constraints of your fitness you need to allow the body to repair the damage that has been done to it and build it stronger for the next challenge.  But the recovery phase is something that many cyclists completely ignore, opting instead to sit on the sofa or worse, go for a recovery ride that turns into a workout.

In today’s 50th episode of the Tailwind Coaching Podcast, I’ll detail some of the do’s and don’ts of recovery, including:

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By |January 16th, 2015|Biohacking, Coaching, nutrition, physiology, podcast, Training|0 Comments