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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.

 
Top 11 Reasons To Cycle Train Early In The Morning
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Top 11 Reasons To Cycle Train Early In The Morning

If we had to pick a single factor that we thought was most important in a successful exercise or weight loss program, it would be to exercise first thing in the morning!

Some mornings, you may just be able to fit in an hour cycle, but as a cyclist it's important to try to do something every morning or every other morning. Ideal for the the time crunched cyclist.

Check out the full benefits and try it for yourself!

 
Top 5 Workouts for the Time Crunched Cyclist
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Top 5 Workouts for the Time Crunched Cyclist

Most people are trying to get 1,000 things done each day. If you’re a cyclist, one of those things is usually to try and ride your bike.

Although, it’s not always as easy as it sounds. Between work, family and other extra curricular activities, finding the time can be difficult. Even more difficult for many athletes is knowing what types of rides to do to maximize their available time. By knowing what specific areas to focus on you’re more likely to get the most out of your miles.

Try integrating these workouts into your routine if you’re one of the many that don’t have enough time in your day.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Free 4-Week Gravel Grinder Training Plan!
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Free 4-Week Gravel Grinder Training Plan!

More and more people are adding Gravel Grinder events to the their calendars. These events are a great way to mix things up and take your fitness to the next level.

As an exclusive offer to all Gran Fondo Guide readers Thomas Endurance Coaching is offering a FREE 4-week Gravel Grinder Specific Training Plan. In the following article you’ll learn some of the science behind specific workouts and understand the principles that guide the training.

Download the Training Plan from Thomas Endurance Coaching's Training Peaks today!

 
Strength, Power, and Speed: Becoming a Better Climber
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Strength, Power, and Speed: Becoming a Better Climber

Climbing is an elusive skill that many want to have, and few seem to have mastered.

It’s often times the key component of many events, touting huge climbs and relentless rolling hills. They can wear even the strongest rider down both mentally and physically, and leave you feeling completely spent. However, if you can understand what makes a great climber, the science behind climbing, and how to alter your training to prepare for the climbs, you can conquer any grade with confidence.

Climbing will never be easy, but you can be prepared armed with the knowledge and workouts necessary to get you up and over your next big climb.

Here's how ...

 
What is a Gravel Grinder?
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What is a Gravel Grinder?

There are a handful of Gravel Grinders that have shaped this new genre of cycling invented in the U.S. Midwest over 10 years ago and is now spreading globally. One of the most obvious indicators of the new genre’s rapid growth is the success of the Dirty Kanza, which kicked off in 2006 with just 34 riders. 10 years later its now the “Worlds Premier Endurance Gravel Road Race” in the Midwest U.S. along with the likes of Trans Iowa and the Almanzo 100.

Dirty Kanza sold out this year for 1,900 riders in less than 3 hours.

 
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.

 

 

 
Beating the Bonk
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Beating the Bonk

Signed up for a longer distance event this Spring? Avoid the Cyclists slump and feed your body.

Bonking - the cyclists slang for Hypoglycaemia. When the body's glycogen stores become exhausted, and blood glucose levels become dangerously low. It leaves the rider weak, hungry and tired.

So its vitally important that you learn how to avoid one, especially when you're training for an endurance cycling event.