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Excuse Makers and Improvisers

6th December 2017
When it comes to your training, not everything will go to plan, sometimes it may seem like hardly anything is going to plan, but don’t think that’s any different for everyone else. Everyone has problems, everyone has set-backs. Some are small, some are huge, but EVERYONE has set-backs. Sometimes it…

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Drink?

Drink?

22nd November 2017
We are often told we need to drink more water, but less often told why. I’ll keep this short and to the point. Basically, we’re made of the stuff, it accounts for approx. 60% of our body weight. Our blood is made up of approx. 50% water, and our brain…

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Don’t try to play the violin while driving

Don’t try to play the violin while driving

14th November 2017
I’ve got a sore throat, should I train today?I think I’m coming down with a cold but I don’t want to miss training as I’ve got a big race coming up. What should I do?These are just a couple of examples of the questions my riders ask me when they’re…

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Energy Gels For Cyclo-Cross?

Energy Gels For Cyclo-Cross?

7th November 2017
Do you ever take an energy gel either on the start line or just before you line up for a cyclo-cross race? If you answered yes, do you know why?I was prompted to write this post after one of the riders I work with told me they forgot to take…

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An Early Struggle can be a Long-Term Advantage

An Early Struggle can be a Long-Term Advantage

1st November 2017
Physical development within the youth age categories varies massively and this can obviously have a huge impact on race results. If not managed carefully, winning too many races when new to the sport can work against a young rider later in their career.Problems can start from when a young rider…

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How Much Time Do You Really Need?

How Much Time Do You Really Need?

31st October 2017
Don’t have enough time to train? The reality is most people are in the same situation, or at least think they are. 90% of the cyclists I work with train for between 5 and 8 hours per week, very few do more than that. The reality is that unless you’re…

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Building Your Gran Fondo Engine

Building Your Gran Fondo Engine

30th October 2017
Building Your Gran Fondo EngineIn my last post I talked about the 4 most important components of fitness you need for a Gran Fondo/Sportive. If you missed it, check that out first here. In this post I’m going to build on that and give you a few pointers on how…

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The 4 Most Important Components of Fitness for your 2018 Gran Fondo/Sportive

The 4 Most Important Components of Fitness for your 2018 Gran Fondo/Sportive

19th October 2017
Before starting to write any cycling training plan, the number one place to start is looking at the specific demands of the event you are training for. The demands of different types of cycling events vary massively, and whilst some of your training will be transferrable, others parts won't be.…

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The Bigger Picture of Reviewing Training Data

The Bigger Picture of Reviewing Training Data

9th October 2017
“… three days of being called out during the middle of the night for a wrestling match with half a dozen angry cattle.”With the amount of “metrics” available to us today it’s all too easy to get led by the numbers, and while this huge amount of available data is…

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How to Avoid 3 Common Mistakes Made When Using Power Training Zones

How to Avoid 3 Common Mistakes Made When Using Power Training Zones

4th October 2017
Training with power has revolutionised the way many people train in cycling, but whilst there are many advantages to training with power, there are some big mistakes to be avoided when following a cycling training plan. In this post, I’ll be explaining three of the biggest mistakes people make when…

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