Since I often get asked what I personally use for bikes and setup, I figured I’d make a permanent post detailing everything and why I choose it. First up, no I’m not sponsored by Specialized. I don’t have any sponsors really, other than Maple, but that doesn’t even count since I own the company.
There’s no shortage of power meters on the market, and it can be a little bit of a hassle to sort through all the options. Besides the link on this page about power meters, there is a lot of great information available at PowerMeterCity.com. There they have buyers guides, reviews, and tons of options for picking your new power meter. Plus they offer head units and trainers too.
A lot of people ask me what I use for road training, what my cross set up is, and why I chose it… so here you go.
Most of us don’t have the luxury of having a personal sougneir, but an inexpensive foam roller will do the trick. Rolling back and forth on a roller will break down adhesions and increase circulation to the muscle. Additionally, rolling will warm and stretch your muscles which will alleviate soreness. Anytime you come across a tender area, pause until the pressure subsides. The next time your watching Seinfeld reruns perform the following exercises:
You’ve been training all winter long and you’re at the peak of your fitness, then bam, you’re sick. There are a bunch of ways to avoid getting sidelined by sickness. It’s all about knowing when you’re vulnerable and what to do when you do get sick.
Recovery is one aspect of training that is often over looked and done incorrectly. To gain from your hard workouts you need to recover. Recovery is where the adaption occurs. Recovery should be built into your training plan and there should be 4 recovery aspects that should be hit: recovery that occurs each week, recovery weeks after hard training blocks, a midseason break, and end of the season time off.
You’ve been training and recovering for weeks, now it’s time for race day. This article isn’t about what training to do to prep for a race, but rather the things you should do to help ease tension and stress the day before a race.
Too many mountain bike racers don’t spend enough time on the dirt, and roadies would benefit from a little trail riding every now and then. Besides the monotony of training on the road, there are countless benefits to training off road.
More times than not, riders show up to training races just to “sit in” with the pack. This may be a good way to get comfortable in the peloton for first timers, but it’s not going to be very beneficial to someone looking to become a better racer. There are so many ways to better utilize a training race than just hanging on, and it doesn’t matter what category you race.
Before reading the article, I want to point out a few thoughts. First, don’t confuse caffeine with coffee. Yes coffee has caffeine, but so do many other drinks and foods. Caffeine can also be added to many sports nutrition products. Remember, that the article is about caffeine, not coffee.