Which bike is faster? Road or TT

Have you ever wondered which bike is faster, road or TT and if so by how much? Now normally this is an obvious answer and 99% of the time it would be the TT bike however if the course is hilly and technical then this may not be the case. 12 hour time trial I am competing in a 12 hour time trial this weekend and although the majority of the ride is on a fast flat route it ends with a 12 mile finishing circuit. You complete this as [...]

By |2019-08-09T05:33:04+00:00August 8th, 2019|Testing|0 Comments

Training with Heart Rate

In the Zone……. Using your heart rate to fine-tune your training efforts can help you reap big fitness rewards. When starting cycling or any other sport, motivation is high while fitness is low. It’s a combination that means large gains can be made in a relatively short period, which helps with the philosophy that hard work pays dividends. Unfortunately the ‘go hard or go home’ approach might sound productive, but increasing your effort doesn’t automatically translate to increased improvement. The fitter you get, the smaller the margins for improvement become, [...]

By |2019-01-28T17:28:55+00:00July 5th, 2018|Testing, Training|0 Comments

How to maximise your FTP test?

Ok, so you’ve decided to do an FTP test at home, here are some tips to try and help you maximise the results to provide usable and accurate data to train with ! Unsure what an FTP test is ? or why an accurate figure is important ? Read this Blog The FTP test is inherently hard to get right, it's a fine line between going too hard and not going hard enough, between your muscles screaming as they fill with lactate to you feeling too comfortable. All to often [...]

By |2019-11-05T11:06:49+00:00January 3rd, 2018|Testing, Training|Comments Off on How to maximise your FTP test?

What is aerobic decoupling?

To become a successful cyclist it is important to have a good level of base fitness which is basically your body ability to process oxygen and produce energy. Aerobic decoupling is simply a numerical measurement of aerobic efficiency and fitness. The longer you can ride without experiencing a significant decoupling the more fit you are. It is important to monitor this over the base period so that you can be sure that you have reached peak base fitness before moving onto the build phase If you are using software sure [...]

By |2019-01-28T11:50:07+00:00May 27th, 2017|Testing, Training|Comments Off on What is aerobic decoupling?

Test your fitness for Swim, Bike and Run

It is important to regularly test your fitness to monitor your improvements and also provide information about your strength & weaknesses so your training plan can be adapted. The follow tests are great to do at the start of any training plan and serve as a baseline for your training zones/pace. Swim The measurement used in swim training is called Critical Swim Speed (CSS) which refers to the best pace at which you'd currently swim a 1500m time. Like most tests there is a calculation which means you do not [...]

By |2019-01-25T17:53:18+00:00October 11th, 2016|Testing, Training|Comments Off on Test your fitness for Swim, Bike and Run

What to do when you first get a power meter?…..

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 you just fit it on your bike and just display the numbers on your Garmin without worrying about using it as a training tool. Just experience the data that it is showing you and how [...]

By |2019-11-05T11:08:42+00:00September 6th, 2015|Testing, Training|Comments Off on What to do when you first get a power meter?…..

Why use power in cycling?

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 train smarter. Whether you are a triathlete , timetrialist, road racer or just enjoy club riding everybody can benefit from training with power. What is power? On a power meter the numbers displayed through your [...]

By |2015-01-08T20:38:33+00:00January 8th, 2015|Testing, Training|Comments Off on Why use power in cycling?

Winter miles, summer smiles

Although it’s cold outside and you are probably thinking more of sitting in by the fire at the moment this is a great time to start your training for next year. Putting the miles in during the winter months will reap rewards come the start of the season and put you ahead of the competition. So what is base training? Most people have heard about base training but not everybody knows what it is and even less so on how this can improve fitness. Let me explain… Firstly, if you like [...]

By |2015-01-08T20:36:06+00:00January 8th, 2015|Testing|Comments Off on Winter miles, summer smiles
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