Four ways to become a stronger, faster cyclist

After 18 weeks of preparation, it all came down to 3 hours and 46 minutes. That’s the time it took me to find the finish line after 65 grueling miles at the Tour of the Battenkill. I was elated and exhausted by the end. Sure I was ecstatic over my performance, but I was also extremely proud of (and a bit surprised by) the athlete I had become over those four months. I knew when I signed up that I wasn’t going to half-ass it until April. I tend to do things in a big way and this was no different. I planned to carefully follow my training plan and to use my diet and recovery tactics to see just how great I could become. It turns out these strategies paid off big time. Continue reading

How to plan your off-season cycling training

The time to plan for your 2012 cycling season is now. Yes, you heard me right. If you want to experience fitness gains, enter a race or just hang with your local group ride in the spring, you must start that conditioning over the winter. That doesn’t mean you can’t take a break or enjoy some cross-training this winter. After a busy season, some time off or just riding for fun provides the perfect mental break. But then it’s time to get to work.  Continue reading

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

I was too busy yesterday devouring a giant veggie bacon quiche and inhaling Reese’s Eggs to check in here. For me, as a spiritual, but not necessarily religious person, Easter is all about the celebration of Spring. I must admit to enjoying this holiday more than Christmas because Easter brings with it a gift greater than anything found under a tree. It holds the promise of light-filled evenings, days spent poolside and by the grill, bottomless helpings of warm sunshine (though this doesn’t always deliver in the Northeast), and best of all, prime cycling weather.

charcoal grilling, bbq, barbecue grill, grilled veggies, grilled shrimp, grilled steak

Goodbye trainer, you’ve seen your last interval. Go collect some dust while I work on developing my classy jersey, shorts and half-finger tan.

Here’s to 2011 and the new faces we’ll meet and places we’ll discover. Now that I’ve scarfed down an entire bag of peanut buttery goodness, it’s time to work in a few extra hills. I’ll see you out on the road.