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Training Tips

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

Gravel Grinder Training

Gravel

There are 4 key elements to gravel grinder training that I will describe in this training tip.  Many athletes will be relieved to learn that they don’t need to hammer out VO2’s and Tabatas interval workouts to prepare…

Ep. 2: Winning in the Kitchen

Podcasts

  Welcome to Episode 2 of the FasCat Training Tips Podcast! This week we’re talking Winning in the Kitchen. Performing as an athlete extends far beyond training. In order to perform like a Ferrari, you have to put…

Winning in the Kitchen: Performance Nutrition

Coaching Advice, Weight Loss

Winning in the Kitchen is a phrase I coined from my cyclocross mechanic friend’s referencing their meticulous work in the garage in the days leading up to an epic conditions race. Gluing tubulars and fine tuning cyclocross race…

Tapering in Cycling for Peak Performance

Coaching Advice

Have you ever heard of the expression “All the hay is in the barn” ? To many cyclists and farmers alike it has great meaning: the hard work is over and now it is time to reap the…

YouTube Training Tips Channel

Coaching Advice, Intervals

FasCat is turning 15th this Memorial Day (2018) so we decided to start a YouTube Training Tips Channel!  Our goal is to share training tips that you can use on your next ride: Our training tips youtube channel…

How to Train for Strava: Race Day Tips

Intervals

Phil Gaimon and I have been going for Strava KOMs for over a year now, and before that, it was hill climb victories and world tour prowess.  In this training tip we want to tell you how to…

Ep. 1: FasCat’s 15 Year History

Podcasts

Welcome to the first episode of the FasCat Training Tips Podcast! We’re really excited to bring you a more in-depth look at our training tips and cycling experience through the podcast medium. Expect regular content covering everything from…

How to Train for a Strava PR or KOM

Intervals

Phil Gaimon and I have been going for Strava KOMs for over a year now, and before that, it was hill climb victories and world tour prowess.  In this training tip we want to tell you how to…

My Coaching Philosophy

Coaching Advice

Recently, I was called “Mr. Sweet Spot” on the Consummate Athlete Podcast.  It was a compliment for sure but we went on to talk about the many other things I believed in. As I listen again the podcast…

Ardennes Classic Training: VO2 Max Intervals to Improve Your Climbing

Intervals

In mid April the cobbled classics are history and Ardennes week has arrived: Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallonne and Liege Bastogne Liege. These races feature narrow roads littered with numerous short, steep climbs, 30 seconds to 5 minutes in…

“A” Race Preparation: 6 Key Elements

Coaching Advice

Cycling season is in full swing and many riders are lining for a crit or road race almost every weekend. But every rider should pick one or two races to key on and make their season priority. Typically…

How Much Sweet Spot Training Should You Do?

Sweet Spot

How much sweet spot should your daily workouts have? Sweet spot training is a balanced amount of intensity and volume that increases an athlete’s functional threshold power (FTP). In the figure below, the “sweet spot” occurs between a…

The Haute Route San Francisco’s Timed Segments

Races

As a rider ambassador for the Haute Route, one of the biggest questions I get on group rides is, “what is the format for the results?”  In this training tip I will explain the timed segments way of…

How to Perform Time Trial Intervals

Intervals

Time trial intervals are simple yet complicated at the same time.  The simple part is going as hard as you can. The complicated part is at what wattage? We coach athletes to do both simultaneously, with real time power…

Collegiate Road Nationals Training

Races

My experience with collegiate racing is sometimes the races cane be short,  Even if they aren’t short I would look to get more riding before or after the races. Early on this is a great way to build…

Sweet Spot Training for the Triathlete

Sweet Spot, Triathlon

No matter what distance triathlon you’re training for, Sweet Spot training can be a useful addition. The key is timing it correctly to your training phases so it’s optimized for your race distance. If you’ve perused our training…

What to Do When You Feel Sick

Coaching Advice

I’ve been meaning to write about this topic for over ten years because nearly every week I get the: ‘Coach, I’m getting sick, what do I do?” Practicing what I preach, “Always seek the help of a medical…

The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Masters Cyclists

Coaching Advice

You’ve probably heard of the book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”.  I’m a fan and over my coaching years, I’ve noticed how the same principles apply to cyclists: their habits to be successful. Most masters cyclists are…

How to Adjust CTL in Your FasCat Training Plan

TrainingPeaks

Got your training plan loaded up but looking to boost your planned CTL (Chronic Training Load) a little more? You can adjust the projected CTL for your FasCat Training Plan in TrainingPeaks & see how much extra time…

Fatigue Dependent Training Plan Design

Training with Power

by Frank Overton  Fatigue dependent training plan design is a method of prescribing workouts and designing training plans to match an athlete’s expected fatigue in order to optimize training.  The hardest workout with the highest wattage occurs first…

Sweet Spot versus Zone 2 Training Plan Design

Sweet Spot, Training with Power

by Frank Overton The physiological benefits of sweet spot training are illustrated in the table below: As you can see, there are more x’s in the sweet spot column than there are in zone 2 and tempo columns…

FTP is alive and well

Training with Power

Recently I was a guest at VeloNews for their Fast Talk podcast on the subject of FTP (Functional Threshold Power) versus 4DP that the SufferFest recently began marketing.  In that podcast I summarized what I stand for as:…

Export Your Training Plan

TrainingPeaks

With the new era of technology-driven training becoming increasingly more common, we have been getting a lot of inquiries on how best to transfer workouts from our training plans to bike computers and smart trainers. While there are…

How to Perform an Indoor Field Test

Off-Season Training, Training with Power

Performing a 20-minute field test indoors can be a highly effective and repeatable method for establishing your wattage training zones and measuring your improvement. Execution of the test indoors requires details that we’d like to share in this…

Adjusting the Swim Workouts in your Triathlon Plan

TrainingPeaks, Triathlon

I designed the off-season and sweet spot triathlon plans with 3 levels of swimming workouts built into every level of training plan so you can match the workout to your swimming ability- Basic- 2000-2500yds in an hour Intermediate-…

Weight Lifting for Cycling

Off-Season Training

by Frank Overton  Increase your Functional Threshold Power this winter with a resistance training plan. Weight lifting for cycling also known as resistance training ‘works’ and we’ve been coaching cyclists thru the following 4 phase, cycling specific resistance training program…

Nino’s Circuit Training

Off-Season Training

Nino Schurter’s “Secret” Circuit Training is so specialized that most traditional gyms do not have the required equipment. However, in his “Hunt for Glory” youtube series he details what you need and how to do his circuit training.…

Cyclocross Clothing

Cyclocross

Cyclocross clothing for cold weather racing obviously includes your bib-shorts and your jersey…ain’t no one racing ‘cross naked this fall if we have our say in it. Beyond your team kit, things can get tricky when choosing apparel…

Nutrition for Cyclocross Racing

Cyclocross, Weight Loss

Nutrition for cyclocross racing can be challenging given the high-intensity nature of cyclocross races. Nutrition mistakes during and around cyclocross racing are one of the most common ways to sabotage your form on race days this fall. You’ve…

Go Fast Food Choices to Lose Weight and Ride Faster

Weight Loss

Earlier in the year I completed the 14 Day Conscious Cleanse and want to share what I learned with regard to optimal nutrition for training and weight loss.  You may remember my New Year’s transformative blog and 2017…

The Perfect Cyclocross Race Start

Cyclocross

The cyclocross race start is unlike the start of any other discipline of cycling. Cyclocross race starts are unique because athletes need to have their best sprint at the start of the race, rather than the finish. I’ve…

Leadville 100 Training Tips

Races

Leadville. An old mining town turned outdoor mecca. Listen close and you’ll hear whispers of legends past. The likes of Dave Wiens’ win over Lance Armstrong in the Leadville 100 is just one legend of many. Dig deeper…

Training to Win the Colorado State Criterium Championship

Races

We all secretly crave the ability to say “I am the best in the state”, but how do you train for such a specific race like the state criterium championships? Yes VO2 work is needed and you can…

Crusher in Tushar Training

Races

Four years ago this month in May I got divorced and had to move out of my house and away from my kids.  I was wrecked and had no idea what to do. So I rode my bike.…

Training for the Triple

Races

Whether you’re doing one day of the Triple Bypass or going big for the Double Triple challenge, the key to having a successful ride is endurance, endurance, endurance! You’ll need the muscular endurance to grind up the long…

The Effect of Racing at Altitude

Training with Power

by Jake Rytlewski, Associate FasCat Coach Throughout the summer, the western United States plays hosts some of cycling’s hardest races and events. The Leadville 100, FireCracker 50,  Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, the now-defunct USA Pro Challenge,…