If you're like most working cyclists, you're winter workouts are confined to an indoor, stationary trainer, which can lead to mental fatigue over time. Coach Daniel Matheny has some great tips for building fitness by interjecting variety into your workouts to keep you fresh and make you stronger.
It's tough to imagine advanced cycling training without power meters. They are one of the greatest advancements in cycling training technology and have become a standard tool for anyone who wants to maximize performance. The man responsible for developing the first cycling power meter, and arguably influencing all power meters developed since, is Ulrich Schoberer. Also known as Mr. SRM, or as his friends call him, Uli. I was able to capture one of my chats with Uli, so sit back and get ready for his take on cycling, technology, and the latest from SRM.
With offseason still here for most of us and event schedules in the state of flux due to pandemic restrictions, Coach Matheny gives valuable tips on how to best approach your training. Whether preparing for mountain biking, road racing, or triathlon, these recommendations will help you maintain training flexibility when you're not sure when your next event will happen.
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Training only on the bike can bring about structural weaknesses. If we're lucky, these can be inadvertently addressed by activities we chose to do off the bike. If not, they require the eye of a good coach to diagnose and address. Either way, the offseason is the best time address them. Coach Matheny also mentioned that unless you're a pro athlete with virtually unlimited training time, you're usually better served by addressing weaknesses for at least a portion of your off-season, and how it's easy to get addicted to putting in big miles and end up not ever being recovered enough to do quality intensity workouts to really increase your performance.