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Ask The Expert. The importance of Strength and Conditioning for endurance athletes

The demands of endurance races and events have increased steadily throughout time. Coaches and athletes continue to identify and improve the elements of training that allow athletes to deliver faster times over longer distances and in more extreme conditions. As a result, Strength and Conditioning (S&C) has developed into a vital component for today’s competitive athlete. The 3 reasons every athlete should include S&C in their weekly training schedule, whether competing seriously or simply riding for fun are outlined below.
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Fuelling your ride: learning how to apply the principles of nutrition to your Lab sessions, long rides and other training

Fuelling your ride: learning how to apply the principles of nutrition to your Lab sessions, long rides and other training Knowing what, how much and when to eat are key aspects of nutritional support for training. Appreciating the complexity of energy production and the effect different foods have on the body can make a huge difference to how you perform, to your body composition and to the maintenance of good health.
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HOW TO PLAN YOUR WINTER TRAINING

The key aim of base training is to build a good endurance base and build strength so that later in the season you have a solid base on which to fine tune your racing speed. Imagine you have two engines, one engine is for speed and the other engine is for endurance. It’s great to have speed on your bike but do you have the endurance to maintain that speed through a race or sportive? You need both engines to be both strong and efficient.
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Understanding your Ride Reports and applying the data to your training

Understanding your Ride Reports and applying the data to your training The Ride Reports allows convenient tracking of data from each and provides a powerful tool for analyzing the enormous amount of data gathered by training with a power meter. The results of such analyses can then serve as the springboard for improvements in training and, ultimately, race performance.
Paris-Roubaix Legend Tom Boonen Leading The Peleton up Arenberg

Spring Classics - How Winning Is Done

Spring is upon us and cycling fans will be all over the news updates about the professional cycling calender's 'Spring Classics' - one-day bike races that often take place in volatile spring weather. Combine nasty riding conditions (dust, wind, mud, rain), tough terrain (short, rolling hills, the ubiquitous cobblestones), and massive distances (upwards of 200km) and you get a special breed of cycle races that can be won only by a special breed of cyclists.
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Ride Smart

Here are some typical things to look out for so that your next event is not only done strong but smart as well - whether you are a time-trialist, a roadie, a triathlete, or even a mountain biker.
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Sprint Training!

Very simply put, sprint training is concerned with improving the generation of speed on the bike via anaerobic energy systems.
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Ironman Kona 2014

Athlete Lab Sydney member Debi Hazelden recently completed Ironman…
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How to Ace your FTP Test

You dread it. Yet, you know you need to do it. To see where you stand in terms of fitness, the Functional Threshold Power (FTP) Test is the benchmark fitness test we use to gauge your fitness. From your final result, all workouts are scaled, typically as a percentage of your FTP value - measured in watts.