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When looking for a coach

I’ve seen many athletes make the big mistake of hiring a trainer who in fact has little or no knowledge about the sport they are training for and often turn out to be detrimental to the athlete leaving them worse off than before they went looking for help. Here are […]

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Improving your recovery

Recovery should: Improve the quality of training Prevent overtraining or maladaptive training Decrease the risk of developing an overuse injury Improve performance in competition Sports scientists have been investigating which are the most appropriate techniques and procedures to assist athletes to recover. While the jury is still out on the […]

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Periodisation

The bike rider within each and every one of us would like to become fitter and faster. There is no better way to achieve this than to train intelligently. One of the easiest ways to train intelligently is to structure your training. However, simply having structure and training regularly is […]

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Achieving maximal results with polarised training

Achieving maximal results with polarised training When searching the internet for training advise or even when reading the most popular cycling training books, you will soon realise there is allot of conflicting thoughts about the most affective training strategies. The very traditional school of thought has always advised long hours […]

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The ins and out of altitude training

Altitude / hypoxic (low oxygen) exposure has been proposed to have a significant performance enhancement effect. It has been proposed that altitude exposure results in decreased oxygen availability and thus a lower partial pressure of oxygen in the blood. A decreased partial pressure of oxygen stimulates the kidneys to produce […]

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How to prevent saddle sores

Saddle sores or ischial hygromas as they are known in the medical field, are fluid filled cysts which form under the sit bones in the tissue between the skin and the bone. A combination of pressure and shear forces causes the connective tissue to necrose (die) and form a sac […]

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The first step to training with heart rate

The researchers compared two methods of using heart rate to prescribe exercise intensity. Group 1 trained at percentages of heart rate reserve. Heart rate reserve (HRR) is calculated as follows: HRR = Maximal heart rate – Resting heart rate Obviously the simplicity of this method is appealing to most athletes. […]

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