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Q&A – Maf going slow to get fast + more!

The latest Q & A episode from the Consummate Athlete Podcast answers some common questions – see below for the player and link to your favorite podcast apps/downloads. RPE – this is the rating of perceived exertion. Many of the workouts I use with clients reference this idea that you are gauging your effort and […]

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HRV, Off-season, Changes in Training Load

Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and resting heart rate are great ways to monitor your body and get objective feedback on how your body is handling the training you are putting in. It is important (and valuable) as a gauge of your ‘fitness’ because it also does not discriminate between training stress, work stress, bad sleep […]

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New Pre-Made Training Plan Page

I have added a new page that details the Smart Athlete ‘Stock’ or Pre-Made Training Plans. These plans are great to get workout ideas, get a plan instantly and/or for athletes with very regular schedules who have experience moving workouts around to fit into their lives. Check out the page here

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Podcast Q&A: Pan Am Cross, Indoor Trainer, Nutrition at College, Fueling early runs

The latest Consummate Athlete covers your questions including: Cyclocross Pan-American championships in Milton Ontario – The recent press around The Mary Cain Op-Ed regarding the troubling focus on body composition in elite sport. – Riding and training indoors – boredom and technology – College Nutrition Challenges – Fueling for early workouts and races – Training […]

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Off-Season – When Racing is Done

Sometime between August and December cyclists will finish a competitive season … or it will just snow a lot and make cycling in your main-discipline all but impossible. The off-season happens in around that period of time and how you handle that off-season can set the stage for your next season.

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Getting Back on the Trainer

The latest Episode of the Candian Cycling Magazine Podcast is a big one and worth checking out Top Pros discuss the 2 upcoming big weekends of Cyclocross Racing in Ontario, Canada In the “Ask a Coach” Segment: I discuss getting back on the trainer in the fall (and maybe even earlier) and how to use […]

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How is your IT band? + Leg Pain

This is a new, updated version of an old post responding to the below question about IT-Band Pain. I have adjusted the content to be more general to leg pain common to cyclists and endurance athletes generally.  It is OK to get Help!  Try some of these modifications and ideas but it is rarely a […]

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Off-Season, Goals and Reflecting on the season

In the below episode of the Consummate Athlete Podcast we discuss how to come to terms with the end of your racing and training season when to take an off-season, off-week and what that means. We also hear from a couple of listeners who asked questions in previous episodes. How do you choose what to […]

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New Indoor Cycling Studio – Toronto

**Note that I have no affiliation with this cycling studio but think they are doing a great job and this service may be of use to Smart Athlete clients and newsletter subscribers** T Train Cycling Centre is a cycling studio in Leaside Toronto that offers group cycling classes that are power-based and coach-led for cyclists […]

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