Power meters are a great training tool to help improve your cycling and achieve your goals however they can be complicated and daunting when you first get one and suddenly got all this data at your fingertips! After reading a number of books and experiencing it first hand then what I would suggest is that … Continue reading What to do when you first get a power meter?…..
If you are into your cycling then you will appreciate how important fuel is whilst riding but I regularly get asked what should I eat and how much? It is vital to plan your nutrition for any ride over an hour to prevent the dreaded “bonk” which is basically when you’ve hit empty. A big mistake of … Continue reading Cycling nutrition, everything you need to know……
After searching the internet for a simple definition I came up with this quote Sweetspot training gives you the most training value for the time on your bike and therefore balances the exercise intensity and volume of training – hence the term ‘sweetspot’. The actual training intensity is at 88-93% of your Functional Threshold Power … Continue reading SweetSpot, what is it?
1 – Sweet Spot Training This is the zone just below threshold, if you’re new to cycling then try blocks of 10 minutes. Sweet spot is a great way of building your fitness. 20 mins warm up @ Zone2, 10 – 20mins @ sweetspot, 20 mins Zone2, 10 – 20 mins sweet spot then 20 … Continue reading 5 simple turbo sessions
What is a turbo trainer? Basically this is a device that allows you to attach your bike and ride indoors simulating riding on the road. The benefit of this is that its like riding on a very slight incline so there is no rest period hence why using a turbo is a great time saving … Continue reading Why use a turbo trainer and which to buy?
If you’ve been into cycling for some time then I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about the term FTP but what does it mean? Functional Threshold Power, is one of the key training terms in cycling and is effectively the maximum power you can sustain for an hour. As a result, FTP is seen as a crucial figure in … Continue reading What is FTP and how to increase it?
To anybody new to cycling you would think you just jump on and turn the pedals round but if you want to become faster and more efficient then mastering the pedalling technique will give you the edge. Phases of the pedal stroke The pedal stroke can basically be broken done into four zones although the … Continue reading Pedalling technique
Why use power in cycling? We all get to the point in our cycling career where the gains seem to get harder if not impossible to achieve. When we start cycling the more time we spend on the bike the better we get but unfortunately this does not last forever and eventually we need to … Continue reading Why use power in cycling?