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Gran Fondo Goals: Two weeks adapting to a “low-carb” diet
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Gran Fondo Goals: Two weeks adapting to a “low-carb” diet

Winter is on its way and its an ideal time to prepare for next season with new training strategies and nutrition changes.

Now’s the time to start planning for the 2017 Cycling Season.

In part one we introduced the Fat Adaptive Diet or Low Carb Diet, which might work for you.

It takes two weeks to adapt. Here's what happened.

 
The Importance Of Strength Training For Endurance Athletes
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The Importance Of Strength Training For Endurance Athletes

Most non-elite athletes have a hard time understanding how time spent training off of the bike is a productive part of reaching their overall goals. While it seems counter intuitive to many, it’s important to recognize that when training the focus should be on well-rounded athletic development and not a singular strength. This means identifying weaknesses and working to improve those areas in any way possible.

Working on strength and agility allows you to shift your focus towards areas that don’t get proper attention when the focus is 100% on the bike. Here's how.

 
How to Prepare for a Multi-Day Ride
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How to Prepare for a Multi-Day Ride

Before embarking on a multi-day ride there are a few things that you’ll need to consider. One of the biggest and most obvious differences between single day rides and those lasting several days is the amount of riding. This “volume” is what makes the preparation different from most other events.

The wear and tear on your body after many days of riding forces you to think differently about your training.

 

 

 
Aerobic Training – Why It’s Important During Race Season
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Aerobic Training – Why It’s Important During Race Season

Endurance athletes have to balance training along with a myriad of other responsibilities. This can often at times result in pressure to try and pack each workout with high intensity efforts in hopes of yielding big fitness gains.

While there’s no denying that high intensity training will increase your fitness, it must be tempered with aerobic training in order for you to see the best results.

 
Top 10 Cycling Tips for the New Year
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Top 10 New Year Winter Cycling Tips

Happy New Year to all our visitors and subscribers!

Once the calendar ticks over to the New Year, it's like someone turns on a light switch and the focus on next season takes on a sense of urgency. 

This can lead to asking yourself a very important question: When to begin serious training for the road season?

Kickstart your Motivation with our Top Tips to make 2017 your best Cycling Season ever.

 
Buyer's Guide to Smart Turbo Trainers for Zwift
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Buyers Guide to Smart Turbo Trainers for Zwift

Smart trainers offer wireless connectivity in order to pair the trainer with a range of accessories and apps.

These can be used with Zwift, the biggest online Virtual Reality cycling community.In a smart trainer the resistance unit has built-in electronics that, at the very least, transmit your speed to an ANT+-capable device.

Some smart trainers also include power meters so you can train by that metric too. You can use Zwift with just a regular trainer and ANT+ bike sensors, but more and more riders are choosing to go down the smart trainer route.

 
Indoor Smart Training and Zwift
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Indoor

During the off season and winter months indoor training is a necessarily evil but Zwift have transformed the experience into a fun, social experience that’s becoming very addictive across the cycling community.

Zwift is a turbo trainer game that enables you to link you turbo trainer up your computer, your iPad and iPhone, letting you ride with other cyclists in a virtual environment, making riding your turbo trainer much a lot more fun.

Zwift also says that the game can be better than outdoor riding, where “weather, traffic, time constraints and distance from other cyclists can take the fun out of it.

 
9 Top Tips on How to Prepare for a Double Century
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9 Top Tips on How to Prepare for a Double Century

When it comes to double Century rides, California is King.

A double Century is a true test of endurance and skill. Riding for 10-16 hours is a demanding task, even for Pro cyclists.

You've probably ridden some centuries, so have far do you think you could ride?

A Double Metric is 124 miles and a Double Century 200 miles, could you push your limits and go "Ultra Distance"?

Here are 9 tips to follow in the lead up to smashing a double century ride.

 
The Why, When, and How Of Taking A Mental Break
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The Why, When, and How Of Taking A Mental Break

There comes a time in every endurance athlete’s training cycle when it’s time to take a break.

While the word “break” can be scary for many people, invoking thoughts of lost fitness and goals slipping out of sight, it’s vitally important to allow yourself the opportunity to step back mentally and rest.

A mental break, much like a physical break, gives you the chance to press reset and evaluate what it is you’re doing, and why it’s important to you. Not only is it an important time for goal setting and reflection, but it’s also a time to let yourself relax and turn your attention to things other than your athletic endeavors.

 
Preparing For Your First Bike Race
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Preparing For Your First Bike Race

Have you been thinking about signing up for your first bike race, but are unsure where to start?

We see it happen time and time again, newcomers never make it to the start line because choosing an event, preparation, and training overwhelms them.

We’d like to help shed some light on the things that you can do to make it to the start line successfully.

With a little guidance you can break into bike racing, and feel confident and prepared when race day arrives.

 
Proper Hydration: How To Prepare For Summer Activities
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Proper Hydration: How To Prepare For Summer Activities

With the dog days of summer upon us it’s time to take hydration seriously.

We all know that drinking water is important for our everyday health and that staying hydrated is critical for athletes, but what do we need to do when the heat is on?

With a little knowledge you can stay ahead of the game and be prepared to tackle any activity outdoors, no matter what the thermometer says.