Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcome to Faster Cyclist

Faster Cyclist is a competitive cycling team driven to build a community of cyclists with a shared passion for racing. Based out of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, we believe in allowing all kinds of cycling enthusiasts join our team, regardless of their discipline of choice, gender, age, or abilities. This also means we open our doors to cyclists from all over the country. With this said, we welcome you to our website and our community. Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Get Started on the 2012 Season

It's January and the 2012 race season will be getting under way soon. For most of us, this means getting ready for races starting in March. It is also a time to, if you haven't already, create or update your annual training plan. This process will allow you to identify where you have been and where you need to go based on your major goals for the season. I believe the development and management of an effective training plan is an iterative process, with the plan undergoing regular adjustments and refinements. So many factors affect our adaptations from training/racing and this cyclic process of training plan refinement can make the difference between attaining your season goals or not. This is the time to start that process.

Another important activity at this time of the year is identifying your current fitness level. As much as we try not to let it happen, the holiday season can be a difficult time to stay on track with your training. That makes January a good time to assess your current fitness and establish training levels accordingly. Whether you train by power, heart rate, or both, it is important that you test and establish the parameters for your upcoming training blocks. Remember that you are where you are and the only direction to go is up, so don't get stressed about the results from your testing. It is important to train based on your current fitness and not what you think your fitness should be. Don't worry, you'll get to where you want to be if you train smart and adapt based on accurate feedback during the season.

More detailed articles to come.

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