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#SecretTraining Tips

Training Tips for Cycling with Coaching Advice and Expertise from the FasCat Coaches.

#secrettraining: To race or not to race

#SecretTraining, Coaching Advice, Cyclocross, Off-Season Training

The spring bike racing season is upon us. If you’re a cyclocross racer this can be a tough time of year. While your buddies are hitting peak form and looking to mix it up at the front of…

#SECRETTRAINING FOR APRIL 2021: #crossiscoming


I don’t gamble, but if I was bettin’ man I’d throw in all my chips on seeing a green light for the 2021 cyclocross season. As you’ve likely seen, there are local races popping up around the country…



As a cyclocross racer, or any bike racer for that matter, if you live in a part of the world that has a true winter, February can be tough.

#secrettraining for January 2021: How To Have Your Best Cyclocross Season Ever


The past is the past. You can’t change it. You can only learn from it. But what can you do when you don’t have a recent cyclocross race season to reflect back on? That’s a tough question and…

#secrettraining: How to have a Cyclocross Race Season

#SecretTraining, Cyclocross, Podcasts

Perhaps #crossiscoming. Perhaps #crossisnotcoming. Regardless, we are going to have some fun with this one. We’ve created a 6 week Strava CX challenge to keep you motivated, inspired and ready to race just in case it’s necessary. Here’s…


#SecretTraining, Cyclocross

Quite often we are asked how to make a practice cyclocross course so one can use it as part of their weekly training program. If you live in a typical suburban area this might be fairly easy to…



It’s still unclear when cyclocross season is going to start. I have no facts to back this up, but my prediction is we will have a late start to the season and Nationals might move to January. I…

#secrettraining Cyclocross Tips for June (COVID-19 EDITION)


Our fingers are crossed (no pun intendeed) that ‘cross season is just three months away! It’s time to do some work! The effort you put out during these next three months is critical and if done properly will…

#secrettraining Cyclocross Tips for May (COVID-19 EDITION)


May is here and Spring has sprung. With days getting longer and temperatures warming up, there are no more excuses….wait, yes there is: Covid-19. I know it’s tough to stay motivated and focused right now. The future is…



#crossiscoming. Well, at least I hope it is. I know it’s extremely tough to stay motivated during these challenging times, but there are some things you can control and others you can not. One thing you can control…

#secrettraining Cyclocross Tips for April (COVID-19 Edition)


Here are our Ten #secretrraining Cyclocross Training Tips for April (COVID-19 Edition) 1) Ride your bike more. Daylight savings is here. Temperatures are heating up. You’re working from home. Maybe you got furloughed. There are no more excuses. If…



The #secrettraining tip for this article is if the temperature is 68 degrees or less you should be wearing leg warmers. I used to say 70 degrees or less was leg warmer weather, but 68 seems like a…

#secrettraining: One stretch to rule them all


If you start a simple daily stretching routine and stick with it you will feel better. I am 100% confident in this. A stretching routine does not have to be long and complex. In fact, if you only…

#secrettraining: 10 Tips To Win The Morning


Unless you’re a paid professional racer or lucky enough to avoid the ole’ nine-to-five, chances are you have to get up at the crack of dawn to train. Even if you’re a morning person, getting up before the…

#secrettraining: How to do a 5 minute Plank


If you are are cyclocross racer, or any athlete for that matter, your core needs to be stronger. One of the best ways to increase core strength is by doing plank exercises. What are planks? Google it. There…

#secrettraining Cyclocross Tips for January and February


TIME TO DO WORK It’s January. The holidays are over. Your New Year resolutions are set in stone and your 2020 cyclocross racing goals are written down, too*. Cross season has been over for while and chances are…


#SecretTraining, Cyclocross

It’s November and the cyclocross season is nearly over! Hard to believe. I always loved this time of year because I knew the weather was getting worse and my competitors were starting to crack. The more harsh the…



We are several weeks away from the 2019 Cyclocross Nationals in Tacoma, Washington and by now you have heard the news. If not, I can sum it up with this quote from one of my local resources who…

#SECRETTRAINING: The Perfect Pre-Race Routine    


I get asked quite often, “What is the best pre-cyclocross race routine?” Trying to figure out what to eat, when to eat, how to warm up and what to wear can be an overwhelming task. The take home…

#secrettraining: What to eat before a cyclocross race


As a former professional and now a coach I am often asked, “What should I eat before a cyclocross race?” In the past I would always default to what worked best for me, which is as follows. I…

#secrettraining Cyclocross Tips for March


Is this the year you are going to try cyclocross? Was that a, “yes?” If so, or even if you are currently at “maybe” status, follow along with us and we will guide you all the way through…

#secrettraining Cyclocross Tips for August


In my part of the world the sun is setting a bit earlier and the nights are getting chilly. I’ve seen a few leaves that have changed color, too. Yep, it’s August and fall is almost here. That…

#secrettraining Cyclocross Tips for October (& Early November)


Cyclocross season is in full swing! Depending on where you live, you have the opportunity to race nearly every weekend. Sure, it’s fun to compete every weekend and if your goal is to race as much as possible,…

#secrettraining Cyclocross Tips for September


The wait over. Cyclocross season is here. If you’ve been doing all the #secrettraining homework I have suggested you are now fit, flexible, hydrated, a few pounds lighter and have the core strength of an Instagram fitness model.…

#secrettraining: It’s Time for a New Cyclocross Bike


Spring is in the air and the cyclocross season is a just six months away. I know, I know…six months is a long ways away, but it’s not too early to start thinking about your new (or new…

#secrettraining: Drink More Water


You are not drinking enough water. I can pretty much guarantee it. If there is one easy thing you can start today to make you a better bike racer (and person) is to drink more water. How much…

#secrettraining: Cyclocross Season is Over: Now What?!


The first item on your postseason agenda is to take a break. A real break…like a two week with no bike kind of break. A break to do and eat what you want, when you want, how you…

What is #secrettraining?


  What the heck is Secret Training, you ask? Well, I’m not exactly sure who first coined the phrase, but I’ll bet it wasn’t me. Anyway, the story goes like this: Several years ago a friend and I…