Cycling http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/2258/%2A en Triathletes: Prepare to Crush Your Bike Leg http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/triathletes-prepare-to-crush-your-bike-leg <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/triathletes-prepare-to-crush-your-bike-leg" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201609/triathleteshl.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">When it comes to the bike leg, the devil's in the details. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Love it or hate, <strong>the bike leg is the biggest chunk of the triathlon.</strong> It&rsquo;s an area where hard work can really pay off, or mistakes can really set you back. Simply put, it is worth doing well, and there are a handful of things you can do to get the most out of your time in the saddle. It starts with showing up and doing the work.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/triathletes-prepare-to-crush-your-bike-leg" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bike breakingmuscle cycling ironman pre race race triathlon Cycling Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:00:00 +0000 167901 at http://breakingmuscle.com 7 Reasons That Other Cyclist Is Faster Than You http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/7-reasons-that-other-cyclist-is-faster-than-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/7-reasons-that-other-cyclist-is-faster-than-you" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201604/racingcyclistshl2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Address your weaknesses and put together a game plan to beat your closest rival on race day. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><b>Tell me if this sounds familiar. </b>You&#39;re pedalling at a fair rate of knots and feel you&rsquo;re riding well. Then a fellow cyclist of a similar age and build comes flying past, leaving you for dust as he overtakes you with apparent ease.</p> <p> If this&nbsp;seems to be happening to you a lot lately, it&#39;s time to do something about it.&nbsp;<strong>Read on for the seven most likely reasons that other rider is faster than you.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/7-reasons-that-other-cyclist-is-faster-than-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling pedal stroke road racing Strength Strength Cycling Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000 164231 at http://breakingmuscle.com 7 Reasons That Other Cyclist Is Faster Than You http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/7-reasons-that-other-cyclist-is-faster-than-you-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/7-reasons-that-other-cyclist-is-faster-than-you-0" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201604/racingcyclistshl2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Address your weaknesses and put together a game plan to beat your closest rival on race day. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><b>Tell me if this sounds familiar. </b>You&#39;re pedalling at a fair rate of knots and feel you&rsquo;re riding well. Then a fellow cyclist of a similar age and build comes flying past, leaving you for dust as he overtakes you with apparent ease.</p> <p> If this&nbsp;seems to be happening to you a lot lately, it&#39;s time to do something about it.&nbsp;<strong>Read on for the seven most likely reasons that other rider is faster than you.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/7-reasons-that-other-cyclist-is-faster-than-you-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling pedal stroke road racing Strength Strength Cycling Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000 164236 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Handle the Hill: A Physics Lesson for Cyclists http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-handle-the-hill-a-physics-lesson-for-cyclists <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/how-to-handle-the-hill-a-physics-lesson-for-cyclists" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201602/cyclistsascendingahillheadline.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Ramp up your power output and train your central nervous system to fly up the inclines. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Race organisers always include some cheeky climbs at this time of year. <strong>If you want to survive the hillier sportives, you need to learn how to produce power effectively on them</strong>. We&rsquo;re going to start with a bit of high school physics to illustrate how energy is produced on the road bike.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-handle-the-hill-a-physics-lesson-for-cyclists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bikes breakingmuscle cns cycling Endurance Endurance Endurance pedal stroke Cycling Tue, 01 Mar 2016 11:00:00 +0000 163186 at http://breakingmuscle.com Should Cyclists Run? http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/should-cyclists-run <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/should-cyclists-run" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201510/simonheader.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">What are the pros and cons of running for cyclists? More cycling isn't always the answer to better cycling. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Should you run? If you are a triathlete then the answer is most surely yes.</strong> But what if you are a recreational or amateur cyclist? This week I&rsquo;m exploring the pros and cons of running for cyclists. If you cycle for general fitness and fun, taking up running could be a good way to support your cycling.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>I know what you are thinking &ndash; why not just cycle more?</strong> There are some specific aspects of running to consider.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/should-cyclists-run" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bone density breakingmuscle cycling proprioception running training plan Cycling Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000 155876 at http://breakingmuscle.com Why Serious Cyclists Should Eat Their Greens http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/why-serious-cyclists-should-eat-their-greens <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/why-serious-cyclists-should-eat-their-greens" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201509/simonspinachheader.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">You're not doing yourself any favors by skipping out on eating your leafy greens. Supplementation alone doesn't cut it. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>I am sometimes surprised by my fellow cyclists who are prepared to work hard in their training sessions and are happy to consume numerous supplements, but don&rsquo;t like to eat their greens. <strong>By doing so they miss out on an important part of their performance strategy. In particular, I am thinking of the B vitamins and vitamin C.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="greens, vitamin c, vitamin b" class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201509/spinachsimon.jpg" /></p> <p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/why-serious-cyclists-should-eat-their-greens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling fitness greens nutrition nutrition vitamins Cycling Thu, 24 Sep 2015 11:00:00 +0000 155371 at http://breakingmuscle.com Dominate Your Next Event: Replicate Race Demands in Training http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/dominate-your-next-event-replicate-race-demands-in-training <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/dominate-your-next-event-replicate-race-demands-in-training" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201509/shutterstock162102332crop2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Here's a simple way to create an interval-based turbo session that will simulate your favorite (or least favorite) race course. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>You may well be familiar with training regimes that mix a timetable of lower intensity endurance sessions with higher intensity intervals.<strong> But how do you choose what length intervals and rest periods you should use?</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I will show you a very simple way of creating an interval-based turbo session that will simulate your favorite (or least favorite) race course.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/dominate-your-next-event-replicate-race-demands-in-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling endurance endurance sports endurance training racing strength endurance Cycling Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:00:00 +0000 155121 at http://breakingmuscle.com Cycling: 4 Ways to Test Your Progress http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/cycling-4-ways-to-test-your-progress <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/cycling-4-ways-to-test-your-progress" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201508/simonheader.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Gauge where you are with your cycling progress by using one, or all, of these testing methods. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>I am fanatical about numbers</strong>. I guess that comes with an engineering science background. I find that measuring things helps to keep training focused and gives you an understanding of where you are in your performance or fitness journey. I am a firm believer in the maxim, &ldquo;What gets measured get done.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There are <strong>many ways you can measure your cycling progress</strong> and here are a few, ranging from the simple to the more complex.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/cycling-4-ways-to-test-your-progress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling efficiency ergometer fitness test time trial Cycling Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000 154836 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Get Your Best Time Trial Performance Yet http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-get-your-best-time-trial-performance-yet <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/how-to-get-your-best-time-trial-performance-yet" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201507/simonheader.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Knowing your numbers, proper hydration, and proper gear, among other factors, are all things to help you reach your time goal come race day. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>I think it&rsquo;s always worth reviewing how you did after an event to see how you might improve.</strong> How else can you determine what worked and what didn&rsquo;t work? Or what course to follow from here forward for different results?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This is how I prepared for a 25-mile time trial last weekend and <strong>what I found made a difference.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-get-your-best-time-trial-performance-yet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling event preparation hydration time trial Cycling Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000 154211 at http://breakingmuscle.com 4 Ways to Improve Cycling Times Without Breaking the Bank http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/4-ways-to-improve-cycling-times-without-breaking-the-bank <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/4-ways-to-improve-cycling-times-without-breaking-the-bank" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201506/shutterstock239321740.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">New toys are fun, but they're not always necessary. Here are some simple tips to try before you invest in new gear. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Have you ever worked out how much per second all those shiny new bike bits actually cost?</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A few weeks ago I entered a classic bike event and as part of the preparation I took a 1950s steel-framed racing bike down to my local club time trial for a test run. It was the most comfortable time trial I had ever completed thanks to the leather seat and 27-inch wheels and tires that just soaked up the bumps.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/4-ways-to-improve-cycling-times-without-breaking-the-bank" target="_blank">read more</a></p> beginning cyclist bike bikes breakingmuscle cycling endurance sports gear Cycling Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:00:00 +0000 153481 at http://breakingmuscle.com Gearing Up for the Next Phase: Training for Advanced Cycling http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/gearing-up-for-the-next-phase-training-for-advanced-cycling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/gearing-up-for-the-next-phase-training-for-advanced-cycling" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201506/shutterstock280197503.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Take charge of your RPE to push your training to the next level. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>In two previous articles, I introduced training programs for <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/beginner-cyclists-a-program-to-get-you-started" target="_blank">beginner cyclists</a> and <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/switch-gears-a-4-week-plan-for-intermediate-cyclists" target="_blank">intermediate-level cyclists</a>.</strong> This month, we raise the bar for the advanced program. This training cycle will take you well out of your comfort zone, and if you stay with it you should reap the rewards.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/gearing-up-for-the-next-phase-training-for-advanced-cycling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling endurance Training training plans triathlon Cycling Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000 153181 at http://breakingmuscle.com Stay Safe and Avoid Chafe: 5 Things Not to Wear on Your Bike http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/stay-safe-and-avoid-chafe-5-things-not-to-wear-on-your-bike <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/stay-safe-and-avoid-chafe-5-things-not-to-wear-on-your-bike" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201506/simonheader.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Don't learn by trial and error when it comes to your cycling gear, instead be prepared. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">If you&rsquo;ve just taken cycling back up for the first time since you were younger, <strong>you may quickly discover it is not such a comfortable experience as you recall.</strong> And there are few things worse than being in pain when far way from home. Not to mention we are more likely to stick with a fitness plan that we enjoy.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/stay-safe-and-avoid-chafe-5-things-not-to-wear-on-your-bike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bicycles breakingmuscle cycling equipment gear Cycling Fri, 05 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000 152821 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Best Cross-Training Exercise for Serious Cyclists http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/the-best-cross-training-exercise-for-serious-cyclists <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/the-best-cross-training-exercise-for-serious-cyclists" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201505/shutterstock208240300.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Cycling is a great activity for recreation and sport, but it does have its drawbacks. Cross-training can help restore balance. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Cycling is a great activity for recreation and sport.</strong> It doesn&rsquo;t require much equipment and you can get a good cardiovascular workout, develop strength by going up hills, become more adept at balancing, and improve reaction time - as well as changing your mental and visual focus from near to far field.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201505/shutterstock208240300.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/the-best-cross-training-exercise-for-serious-cyclists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> beginning cyclist bike breakingmuscle cross training cycling hill sprints sprinting Cycling Fri, 22 May 2015 09:00:00 +0000 152201 at http://breakingmuscle.com Switch Gears: A 4-Week Plan for Intermediate Cyclists http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/switch-gears-a-4-week-plan-for-intermediate-cyclists <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/switch-gears-a-4-week-plan-for-intermediate-cyclists" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201505/shutterstock228056434.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Move beyond the beginner's program and focus on the technique needed to improve your cycling performance. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Last month, I introduced <a href="http://beginner-cyclists-a-program-to-get-you-started" target="_blank">a beginner cycling program</a>&nbsp;</strong>that included tips for checking your bike over and some initial training sessions to start you on your fitness journey (or get you restarted after a long, cold winter).</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="cycling, cyclist" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201505/shutterstock228056434.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/switch-gears-a-4-week-plan-for-intermediate-cyclists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cardiovascular fitness conditioning cycling endurance intensity RPE Cycling Thu, 07 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000 151766 at http://breakingmuscle.com Fitness Relevancy and Your Sport: Are You On Form? http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/fitness-relevancy-and-your-sport-are-you-on-form <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/fitness-relevancy-and-your-sport-are-you-on-form" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201504/simonheader_0.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">From your training program to your recovery, there are tools to track your progress. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Television race commentators frequently use the term &ldquo;on form&rdquo; to describe the race worthiness of a particular athlete.</strong> This week, I am exploring what it means to be on form and how to create a simple spreadsheet tool to help see if you are on form for your events and applying the right level of intensity to your training sessions.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/fitness-relevancy-and-your-sport-are-you-on-form" target="_blank">read more</a></p> base fitness breakingmuscle fitness progress rest and recovery training programs Cycling Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000 151336 at http://breakingmuscle.com