Quadrant Analysis: What You Need to Know About the 'Other Quad'

Thursday, October 13, 2011 | By Hunter Allen

This is the first in a three-part series where Hunter Allen discusses Quadrant Analysis and how to apply the theories behind this science to your cycling training. In the first post, he explains what QA actually measures and takes a look at an example of QA for a criterium race. 

Top 10 Reasons Exercise Is Bad For You

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 | By Ben Greenfield

There are people who need to exercise, and who absolutely benefit from exercise.  But exercise also has a dark side - dangerous disadvantages that affect thousands of people each day.

TJ Tollakson's Ironman Lake Placid Winning Race Report and Power Data

Friday, July 29, 2011 | By TrainingPeaks

On Sunday, July 24, over 2,000 athletes competed in the 13th Ironman Lake Placid. Last year's winner, Ben Hoffman, was back to defend his title (coming off several 70.3 wins over the past year, including Branson, Boise and Munice), but he faced a tough men's field, including Luke Bell (Hawaii 70.3 champ), Eduardo Sturla (IM Brazil winner), and TJ Tollakson (coming off a solid race at IM St. George and a win at Eagleman). Tollakson led the race from nearly the get-go.  He came o

10 Ways to Enhance Your Sprint Triathlon Training

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | By Ben Greenfield

Are you thinking about signing up for a sprint triathlon this year? From Ben Greenfield, here are 10 ways to make your sprint triathlon training productive, efficient and enjoyable.

The Development of the Training Stress Score

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 | By Hunter Allen

The advent of the power meter or more specifically, the ability to record every second the wattage, heart rate, cadence, etc. has allowed us to discover more specific details of our training, but as a coach, I really needed to be able to quantify the exact training ‘dose’ more simply than 2 x 20 minute intervals at FTP. I needed a score. 

Interval Workouts for Triathlon Training

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 | By Joe Friel

How would you like to improve your race performance by three percent in four weeks? Three percent isn’t much, you say? Well, that would mean going from a 2:30 Olympic-distance finish time to a 2:25. For an Ironman three percent off of a 12-hour time would put you at the finish line 21 minutes sooner. Intervals are the key to such gains — if you do the workouts correctly.

Brick Workout Alternatives

Friday, February 25, 2011 | By Dr. Rick Kattouf

In the world of multisport athletes, bike-run or “brick” workouts are very common. One of the main reasons behind brick workouts is to get the athlete accustomed to running well while fatigued after coming off the bike. Here are some other brick-type workouts to increase performance.

All About Overtraining

Monday, August 30, 2010 | By Ben Greenfield

While high-intensity and high-volume training is not necessarily harmful, long periods of time spent training in this mode, can lead to inadequate or incomplete recovery.

13 Tips for Running in the Heat from Runner's World

Thursday, June 10, 2010 | By TrainingPeaks

The summer months wear on athlete's as temps soar and days get longer.  We'll give you some tips to make sure you get the most out of your training, no matter how hot it gets.

Tour of California vs. Tour de France

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 | By Dirk Friel

The Tour of California is just as difficult as the hardest week of the Tour de France; coach Dirk Friel explains why.

Load and Performance

Friday, May 14, 2010 | By Alan Couzens

One of the most common requests I receive as a coach is to don my prognosticator hat and answer the question “How fast will I go on race day”. 

Scatter Graphs

Monday, March 22, 2010 | By Hunter Allen

Properly using Scatter Graphs can help you dig deeper into analyzing your power files and plot a variety of metrics against each other. Hunter Allen tells you how to use a Scatter Graph to give you the information you are looking for. 

How to Know if You Are Overtraining

Monday, February 22, 2010 | By Joe Friel

As the days are starting to get longer, now is a great time to be thinking about your upcoming season. Keep in mind this advice from Joe Friel on the dangers of over-training!

What's my Optimal Racing Weight?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | By Matt Fitzgerald

All else being equal, the lighter you are, the better you will perform as a cyclist or runner. But, of course, all else is not equal. As you lose weight, various aspects of your internal physiology change, especially if your weight loss is primarily training induced.

Deliberate Undertraining

Friday, December 11, 2009 | By Matt Fitzgerald

“It’s better to be 10 percent undertrained than 5 percent overtrained.”  I think we can agree that this rule is true in spirit, but not literally true.

Super-Simple Cycling Interval Progressions for Triathletes

Friday, December 11, 2009 | By Matt Fitzgerald

There are a million different ways to do an interval workout on the bike. And that’s just the problem. With so many formats to choose from, how do you decide which workout is the best workout for you?