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Stuff That Works

I was in the enviable position of doing a 4x2km workout with my wife the other day and this is the song I had in my head . Probably not the kind of song you would expect to have stuck in your head during a really hard run workout (though I tend to get Guy Clark songs stuck in my head quite often) but the refrain from this song was ringing ever true for me. “Stuff that works” […]

By |January 23rd, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Stuff That Works

How Failure can Propel you to Success

Everyone wants to be successful; it’s human nature. We are taught from a young age that if we work hard enough at something, commit to a goal, we will eventually succeed. We eagerly believe in the mantra ‘Anything is Possible’ and while we  know that may not entirely be true, it gives us all hope […]

By |November 15th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How Failure can Propel you to Success

Weight Training for Bone Health: Necessary or not?

In the past month or two I have seen a handful of articles written in cycling publications and coaches in the cycling community advocating the use of strength training in the “off season” (off season is a very poor choice of words, you’re either getting better or you’re not, I will use non competitive season hereafter) to combat bone loss. While there is not a body of evidence to suggest that strength training can improve endurance performance, it continues to be debated by cyclists, coaches and physiologists as to whether there is any cross over benefit. In my experience and through the research I have done I feel like the effects of weight training are very individual and must be considered on a case by case basis contingent upon each athletes goals, time commitments, pre-existing conditions, injury history, athletic development and extenuating factors. Additionally many reports suggest that low bone mass density (BMD) is a cause for a greater increase in fractures among cyclists, however this may not all together be true.

The goal of this post is not to go round and round on weight training and performance for cyclists, that’s a detailed discussion you should have with your coach or consulting physiologist/doctor, this post has a more specific goal.  With that we would like to analytically address the concept that cyclists should weight train during their non competitive season in order to improve bone density or attenuate bone loss. The reason this is important is that it must be weighed by the athlete/coach if time away from sport specific training is the most beneficial use of training time and if weight training is being done for the right reasons. […]

By |November 6th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Considerations for Training and Racing in the Heat

Physiological changes occur as we train and race in the heat and some considerations should be made. Many Durata athletes’ have been bringing this up with their coaches here in the first real week of hot Texas weather and if you’re not in TX don’t worry it’ll be hot where you are or are racing soon enough, so read up

Fatigue has been shown to develop in an athlete once a core temperature of ~40deg Celsius is reached. Interestingly it does not matter how well trained the athlete is, what there acclimatization is like, body size, starting temperature or relative intensity. The only thing that these variables may influence is the amount of time it takes to reach the 40deg mark. For example someone that is acclimatized to TX summers or has better fitness may be able to go longer at a relative workload before reaching 40deg core temperature than someone that is not acclimatized. Unfortunately the larger the athlete the more heat seems to negatively affect their performance. The good and bad news is that heat affects everyone, so if you have properly prepared for it and can tolerate it more effectively then you will triumph over your competition.

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By |May 7th, 2010|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Considerations for Training and Racing in the Heat

Demonstration of Competence, risk taking and the willingness to suffer

I was driving back from a race with a couple of friends recently and the conversation turned to what the difference was between success in an event and disappointment. In the context of this conversation we acknowledged that success can take on many forms. For some success is as black or white as a win, for others it’s improving upon a personal best, beating an age group rival or simply making it to the finish line. And while many conversations I have about success in endurance sports has to do with fundamental training and physiological principles, this chat quickly graduated to the intangibles. How some athletes seem to embrace the heat of battle, can suffer innumerable small defeats in a race while continuing to subject themselves to pain comparable to a non-anesthetized root canal, and, even more these are the athletes that find themselves successful more often than not. What’s going on in the head of these athletes that drives them to suffer an extra 4 seconds to bridge that gap or hold that wheel, stave off a charging sprint or fight tooth and nail for every last second over the last few kilometers of a run? What is it they are channeling and what can we all learn from them? […]

By |February 4th, 2010|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Demonstration of Competence, risk taking and the willingness to suffer