I was recently asked to write an article for http://www.ride-fit.com. I decided to write and article on Testing and Cycling performance Simplified.
I chose to write an article about Testing and Cycling Performance because this is a topic that seems to arise with confusion through many blogs, articles, and books. To me, it seems that when it comes to Testing and Cycling Performance, coaches and other professional make it harder that it really is.
Basically, you perform a hard training session under controlled conditions, record your performance numbers and plug it in with some basic math to find your training zones. That is all there is to it. Its not hard and should not be complicated. But is should be repeatable.
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REMEMBER, YOU CAN’T TRAIN TO HARD YOU JUST NEED TO REST HARDER!
Tempo training is one aspect of training that becomes extremely important not only for the competitive athlete looking to win a race or qualify for a championship, it is also important when you are looking to PR your next race or have an Epic race season.
Tempo sessions are simple, you set yourself at a designated pace, speed, power, etc for a specific duration of time.
So how do you determine the pace, power, speed? Its simple! Its the pace, power, speed that you are looking to achieve in a race situation that will allow you to reach your goal. For instance, if you are looking for a Kona spot and you see that last years athletes in the top 5 put in a bike split equivalent to 250 watts average or 23 mph, that is you goal pace or slightly above.
Then you schedule your training intervals around that goal pace, wattage, etc.
It’s that simple. If you want to be able to achieve a certain pace, wattage, time. You have to train at or above that number at least one session per week.
There is a new product on the market by Oxygen4Energy that is called VO2 Advantage. I inquired about this new product and they sent me a 30 day bottle.
One the label it states:
It states Increase VO2 Max
Enhance Oxygen Utilization
Enhance Exercise Capacity
Improve Athletic Performance
Since I had a free bottle in my hand I gave it a try. Two pills in the morning and two at night.
In the begining as with any supplement, there was really not change in any of the above. But as time progressed and you entered the second and third week I started to realize the muscular fatigue as taking longer to achieve, I was able to push slightly harder during my training sessions and I recovered faster.
So if you are in endurance sports, give it a try. IT IS WORTH IT.
This is a video that I can across the other day while looking through YouTube. I search YouTube often for motivational videos that will motivate not only you but also myself. This is an amazing video. Enjoy it and share it.
I signed up with Coach Greg to tackle my first Ironman. I had been racing for 2 years but had hit a wall with speed and distance. My program and the constant coaching got me through that wall, and brought me to exactly where I needed to be on race day. I finished IM Lake Placid and met my goals thanks to Coach Greg..
My goal for my first Ironman was to finish under the 17 hour limit. I finished in 13:46:08. That could not have been done without a proper training plan that ramped me up appropriately and ended with a perfectly timed taper. If I ever do an Ironman again, I would definitely work with Greg again.
Just wanted to say Thank You once again for all your helpful tips and advice, as they were invaluable to me today. For me to participate in my 1st Tri and finish in 2:31:44 despite meeting you less than 2 weeks ago & spending over 9 minutes in 'transition' is very encouraging ! I am thrilled with the way things went this morning, esp the swim, which I completed in 17 minutes... my new wetsuit and the fast current proved to be a powerful combination. Overall, it was a wonderful experience that clearly would not have been possible without me heeding sound advice from guys like yourself who have been there before. Looking forward to connecting soon.
I've dreamed of doing an Ironman since the days of Dave Scott and Mark Allen, when I did my first triathlon back in the 80s. Unfortunately, things went downhill from my first triathlon and I spent the next 20 years trying to meet that goal - not knowing that the reason I constantly felt so sick was due to severe overtraining.
Fast forward to today - my overtraining was identified and then I found Coach Greg. He caught my attention online through his insightful responses to various training questions posted on different training websites.
Coach Greg helped me continue my recovery from overtraining and train for an Ironman safely and intelligently. He reassured me when I was afraid I was again overtraining and held me back when I was pushing too hard. His workouts were fun throughout the entire season. I can honestly say that I enjoyed 95% of the training. The workouts were challenging while still being achievable.
I am an Ironman!! One thing that I was never warned about? Ironman is addictive. I cannot wait to do my next one, and I have faith that Coach Greg will guide me to significant improvements in my time