HUB Life - Triathlon and Endurance Lifestyle

#28 Cycling into Spring: Secrets of Effective Training

March 17, 2024 Dr. Marion Herring and Dr. Rob Green
HUB Life - Triathlon and Endurance Lifestyle
#28 Cycling into Spring: Secrets of Effective Training
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Episode Description: 

Gear up and pedal into the season of renewal with "CycleSpring," the podcast where we unlock the secrets of optimal cycling training. Just like that exhilarating moment when you first rode solo on your two-wheeler, cycling offers boundless freedom, exploration, and a path to fitness. As the days grow longer with the springtime sun, it's time to swap out space heaters for fans in our riding studios and embrace the imminent race season.

Whether you've been spinning through the winter or dusting off your bike for a fresh start, spring heralds a perfect opportunity for progress. Similar to running, cycling holds immense potential for fitness gains when approached methodically. Join us as we delve into the intricacies of building a structured cycling program, led by seasoned coaches and experts in the field.

From understanding key terms like VO2 max, lactate threshold, and Functional Threshold Power (FTP), to mastering power-based training zones, we'll guide you through the essentials of optimizing your cycling performance. Discover how to use data from power meters to identify strengths, weaknesses, and track your progress effectively.

But it's not just about the numbers – we'll also explore the importance of building a solid base through steady-state training, the cornerstone of cycling fitness. Learn how to balance intensity, rest, and endurance to tailor your training plan to your goals and lifestyle. Plus, we'll share tips on incorporating strength training, improving bike handling skills, and staying safe on the roads.

For time-strapped cyclists juggling multiple disciplines, we'll offer practical advice on maximizing training hours and maintaining progression. From setting realistic goals to fueling your rides with proper nutrition and hydration, we'll equip you with the tools you need to thrive in the saddle.

As you transition into spring, tune in to "CycleSpring" for expert insights, training strategies, and inspiration to elevate your cycling game. Whether you're aiming for podium finishes or simply seeking the joy of the open road, let's pedal into the season ahead with confidence and determination.