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Training Tips

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

30 Day Winning In the Kitchen Challenge

Weight Loss

I talk to athletes all the time about their nutrition and generally everyone does a great job Winning in the Kitchen with their carbohydrate and protein consumption.  Snacks too. What I’ve noticed is that even the most disciplined…

How to Make Indoor Cycling More Fun and Productive

Podcasts

  It’s beginning to become that time of year where the clocks change, the days get shorter and colder, and we inevitably spend more time inside on the bike. We can hear the groans of dread for the…

Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Cycling

Coaching Advice

If you ride bikes long enough you’ll make plans to do a ride or event that scares you a little bit. Like the Haute Route or a Gran Fondo.  100 miles? Let’s go. 8,000 feet of climbing? Sure,…

The Cyclist’s Guide to Holiday Survival

Weight Loss

“Everybody has the will to win but few have the will to prepare to win” – Bobby Knight.  What kind of will do you have this holiday season? At FasCat we have the will and we’re prepared to…

How to Make Indoor Cycling more Fun and Productive

Off-Season Training

Here are 5 training tips from Coach Jake to make indoor cycling more fun and productive: Set up a dedicated indoor trainer space with a fan! Select fun, diverse and short workouts with variable power outputs Be Consistent: 1…

Top 4 Ways to Use Your Powermeter

Podcasts

Training with power has become the norm in the sport of cycling. Objectively speaking, it’s probably the most beneficial tool we have at our disposal for quantifying our training so that we may train smarter. But as Uncle…

What to Eat for Breakfast

Weight Loss

If you want to Win in the Kitchen, here is what I recommend you eat for breakfast: 3 eggs 1 cup white rice red & green onions 1/2 avocado stalk of steamed broccoli 1 cup spinach or kale…

How to Peak for Cyclocross Nationals

Cyclocross, Races, Training with Power

US Cyclocross Nationals is about 8 weeks away (depending on when you are reading this) and there is still time to train ‘get faster’ for the State and National Championships.  I like to use the Performance Manager Chart…

How to Plan Your Races For 2019

Podcasts

On this week’s podcast, we sit down to discuss how to plan your races for 2019. We break down all the races we are thinking about into A, B & C races and talk about what factors to…

Resistance Training for Cycling

Podcasts

Lifting weights this winter will make you faster! More strength = more power = higher FTP =  riding our bikes faster. However this is not your high school weight lifting plan; its designed for cyclists! “Speeds specific to cycling” is…

Weight Loss for Cyclists

Podcasts, Weight Loss

On a follow up episode from our extremely popular Winning in the Kitchen podcast, it’s time to dive into the world of nutrition and weight loss yet again. It may sound counterintuitive, but the time to lose weight…

How to Warm Up for Cyclocross Racing

Cyclocross

At the start of every cyclocross season, athletes ask us how to warm-up for cyclocross racing. It’s a great question, and we’ve seen very few athletes be able to get up off the couch and perform a great…

Weight Loss for Cyclists

Weight Loss

Between September and February is the best time for bike racers to lose weight.  As an aspiring cat 4 bike racer I lost 12 lbs  in the off season to get my  Cat 1 upgrade.  Consequently nutrition and…

Tour of Utah Review + Offseason Tips with Coach Isaiah Newkirk

Podcasts

Following up after our last podcast with FasCat coach and professional cyclist Isaiah Newkirk, we bring him back to the show to discuss how Tour of Utah panned out, the major lessons learned, and what his favorite late…

Off Season Training for Cyclists

Off-Season Training

This Fall,  for those of your with big goals and aspirations, NOW is the time to develop a game plan and start training.  Right now cyclists have a huge opportunity to begin their off season training to take…

Post-Season Break and Figuring Out Goals for 2019

Off-Season Training, Podcasts

It’s that time of year when the racing starts winding down and all of our excitement and energy for the season begins to dwindle. Fall is nearing and we start thinking about other things than training and racing…

Cyclocross Cornering to Carry Your Momentum and Save Your Energy

Podcasts

Cyclocross season is upon us, so it’s time to start thinking about sharpening our ‘cross swords and getting dialed for the races. Cornering is a HUGE skill that can take your cyclocross racing to the next level. Think…

Taking a “Proper” Post Season Break

Off-Season Training

by Frank Overton, September 2018 A proper post season break is 100% individual and should be a collaboration between the coach and athlete.  At the very least, the topic of not following a training plan (yes, I wrote that) warrants…

How to Train with WHOOP — the Power Meter for Recovery

Podcasts

In this podcast we are talking about the wearable Whoop device.  We consider the Whoop to be like a power meter for your recovery. The WHOOP is wearable designed for athletes that measures your sleep, strain, and cardiovascular parameters…

Three Ways to Improve Functional Threshold Power

Training with Power

FTP is the maximum wattage an athlete can sustain for 60 minutes and according to Dr. Andrew Coggan, “the single greatest determinant of cycling performance”1.   FTP has recently come under attack on ‘the internet’ but I can assure…

Ep. 13: Breaking Down the Crusher in the Tushar Experience

Podcasts

The Crusher in the Tushar brings the pain. We’ve had some time to process the pain and suffering of the 2018 Crusher in the Tushar gravel race, which was both Frank and Jackson’s target race for the season.…

TSS Training

Training with Power

TSS Training is a precise way of training in a flexible, fun and productive manner. Its a combination of old school ‘just ride’ and new school power based metrics.  TSS or Training Stress Score is a metric that…

Ep. 12: The Nike Breaking2 Project with Robby Ketchell and Brett Kirby

Podcasts

  On May 6, 2017, Nike and a team of runners attempted to break the elusive 2 hour marathon barrier, which has never been done before. This was known as the Breaking2 Project, and Robby Ketchell played an…

Ep. 11: Coach Isaiah on Racing Tour of Utah!

Podcasts

This week, Frank and Jackson sit down with FasCat coach Isaiah Newkirk, a seasoned performance coach and professional cyclist for the 303 Project Cycling Team, to talk about his training leading up to next week’s Tour of Utah.…

Ep. 10: Race Tactics – TdF Rest Day Show!

Podcasts

It’s the third rest day of the Tour, so we’re back for the final installment of our Tour de France podcast series with Coach Robby Ketchell! This time, we’re talking race tactics and how to apply the race…

Ep. 9: Tour de France Rest Day Show with Coach Robby!

Podcasts

It’s Recovery Monday here at the FasCat HQ and a rest day in the Tour de France, so what better to do than record a podcast? We’re joined once again by Coach Robby Ketchell, who has spent time…

Cyclocross Interval Workout for the Pre-Season

Cyclocross, Intervals

Here is an introductory cyclocross interval workout you can perform before the racing starts  that’s just the right amount of cyclocross specificity and volume: Zone 6, Over / Unders: 4 x 2.5 min On 2.5 min OFF with…

Ep. 8: How to CRUSH the Crusher in the Tushar

Podcasts

The Crusher in the Tushar, one of the premier mixed terrain bike races in the country, is a cruel, brutal yet beautiful event. It covers 70 miles and 10,000 feet of elevation gain in the Tushar mountain range…

Ep. 7: Tour de France Preview Show with Coach Robby Ketchell!

Podcasts

  We’re excited to bring a bonus episode this week to your ears! We bring on a special guest, FasCat’s new coach, Robby Ketchell to talk all things Tour de France. Robby has worked at the highest level…

Ep. 6: Follow a Cycling Training Plan to Go Faster!

Podcasts

This week we’re diving into the rationale behind using a well-designed cycling training plan to pursue your goals as a cyclist. Training is both an art and a science, and having a professionally curated plan will ensure that…

Interval Training for Cycling

Intervals

Let’s talk about getting faster! If there was a nutritional supplement out there guaranteed to make you a faster cyclist (there’s not), you’d take it right? In this training tip I’ll describe ways perform cycling workouts to make…

Ep. 5: How to Perform Intervals for Your Races and Rides

Podcasts

This week we’re going an inch deep and a mile wide on the science of intervals for each of the primary disciplines of cycling so you can train smarter! Intervals are an essential component of a well-designed training…

Cyclocross Run Training Preparation

Cyclocross

Walk Before you Run.  Coaches love this expression and never could it be more true and beneficial for cyclocross athletes.  Send any cyclist out on their first run since the last cyclocross race and I guarantee they come…

Ep. 4: Recovery Tips for Cyclists

Podcasts

  This week on the podcast, we’re diving deep into recovery for cyclists. Have you ever heard the mantra, “Train hard, recovery harder”? It’s true; recovery is an absolute cornerstone for performing as an athlete, and it must…

Recovery for Cycling

Coaching Advice

Sleeping, eating and following a well designed training plan are the three best recovery techniques for cyclists. From beginners to pros, sleeping longer, following a plan and eating better will improve your overall training and racing. These three recovery activities…

Ep. 3: Gravel Training and Racing

Podcasts

Welcome to the third installment of the FasCat Training Tips Podcast! This week we’re pumped to bring you an episode on all things GRAVEL. Gravel cycling is so hot right now, and we felt like it would be…