Blog Articles

Should You Use Heart Rate or Power? (or RPE?)

The Take-A-Way: Use Heart Rate to control/limit Aerobic or low-intensity focused intervals or sessions and Wattage (and feeling/RPE) to guide your Intensity. Having a session goal (low intensity or high-intensity day?) and the feeling the ‘correct’ intensity are your main concerns. Heart Rate or Power? Why choose? There was a push years ago to throw […]

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Big Goal Got Cancelled. What now?

At the present time (March 2020) we have a worldwide pandemic that has canceled pretty much everything for…well…for a long time. Things are very serious and no one really knows what will happen next. We are lucky to even be thinking about sport and how it fits into our day. Beyond our present situation, races […]

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What is Your Workout?

This is a fairly specific post about doing a workout exactly as written versus doing the general idea of the workout (or even tweaking it!) More precisely, I am trying to head off confusion about what I am asking you to do when you get a workout through training peaks. With new clients always coming […]

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Free 2 Month Maintenance Plan for When Life Gets Crazy

I am Sharing this plan in hopes it helps anyone looking for training ideas It’s a general idea of what I am doing w/ clients to add fun, flexibility, maintenance & to be conservative given the stress of ‘everything’ FREE Code= MAINTAIN2020 trainingpeaks.com/training-plans…

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Event for Gravel Endurance

Have you checked out the Weekender Ride in Ontario on May 2nd/3rd 2020? My long-time friend Mike Garrigan and Blacksmith Cycles are putting on this event for the second year. I will be riding Day-1 on one of the longer routes so it might be a good chance for us to connect on the road […]

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Is Your Goal too Big?

Each year I have a few clients that come to me with goals they have signed up for that are pretty big. Perhaps too big to do for there current abilities/lifestyle and/or too big for the time-line that has been established Now I did write ‘Pick a big Crazy goal‘ but I also wrote “Can […]

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Female Physiology in Sport

This latest episode of the Consummate Athlete with Researcher, Masters Student and Cross-Country Ski Coach Anneke Winegarden gives some great insights into the world of Sports Physiology and some perspectives specific to female athletes. Anneke also gives some great tips for those wanting to try cross-country skiing or improve their Nordic performance! See the full […]

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2020 Leadville MTB Training Plan

The popular Leadville 100 Mile Mountain Bike Race announced its lottery winners (and losers … who then became winners due to some mistaken charges) this past week. So you may be now past the stress of getting in and now considering … how the heck will I prepare for this? The big questions … Can […]

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2020 Clinics w. Smart Athlete

The 2020 season is already underway with winter training camps and early bookings for spring and summer (and even for the fall Cyclocross preparation!) Get something booked! Joyride April – Get Ready for the trails Already open for booking are 3 April Joyride150 Bike Park sessions to help you get ready for the outdoor riding […]

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Road Pedals, MTB Pedals, or Flat Pedals

Pedal choice may not seem like something that should be contentious but there is something about using clipless pedals over flat pedals (and vice-versa) that sparkes polarizing discussions and screaming matches. There is also enough ‘cross’ over thanks to disciplines like Cyclocross, Gravel, and Enduro or ‘Trail’ oriented (non-racing) mountain biking that there can be […]

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