Training

“Ride to the numbers, not to fatigue – our programmes are about training wisely,” super fit 63yo Altin said, as we discussed training and preparation for South Australia’s Clare Classic on April 8.

In this third article, I'll be discussing how to benchmark and measure your power data to provide feedback on the efficacy of your training. Also the type of training to focus on, for your preferred discipline, so that you can be more efficient and effective when training with a power meter.

If you think that maybe you cut some corners with your base training over the past few months then just stick at it a little bit longer, then begin the next phase of your training when you know you’re ready.

Hamish Gorman explains exactly what you're doing when you train with a power meter and the benefits of analysing your power output.

Training with power is technical, but does bring results. David Heatley dives in the deep end, explaining the difference between heart rate and power training, and how to set up your power zones.

We all know riders who relish it when the road begins to tilt skyward. They may not necessarily be built like whippets, and in some cases they may not even be that great at climbing, but they seem to enjoy it nonetheless.

Ok so you have built up your fitness to be able to cover 100km on the bike. This is a great start but what does it take to go to the next level?Here are a couple of my tips to help you out.

Pilates may have a less than strenuous reputation but adapting some moves from the pilates workbook can help increase your pedalling power.

Am I training hard enough? How do I set my training zones and intensities? How do I measure my performance, get feedback from my data and tune my training? Coaching guru David Heatley sets out to answer the first of these three important training questions.

Cross training is a useful way of keeping in shape. For cyclists stressing your body in ways that a tough ride doesn't, encourages a wider range of movement and increased overall fitness. Here is FTP Training's Sarah Hunter to give us the drum.

There are now about two months to go until the Bowral Classic is held. In this third instalment Michael Hanslip runs through some things anyone can do to assist getting through their chosen distance on the day with less stress and more fun.

Resistance bands are a great bit of kit to have in you training ‘arsenal’. They can be used to train all aspects of fitness including strength, power, core stabilisation and flexibility. Sarah Hunter explains.

A little structure in your training can make a big difference to your results. Michael Hanslip has devised a four month plan for rides of around 90km.

The great Eddy Merckx was once asked “Eddy; to win races, is it better to push a big gear slowly or a small gear fast?” Smiling, Eddy replied “I think it is better 
to push a big gear fast!”

Mark Fenner, coaching guru, knows about training riders of all ages. Here he discusses training for masters aged riders. Should it be different to the sort of training you would do in your early twenties? And if so, why?