Part 2: Figure out what is actually going on.

Let’s be honest, cycling eSports is a cycling inspired video game. It is NOT (at least so far) a cycling simulator. This means that while you do ride a bike to play the game, the bike is just a controller for something quite different from racing a bike. First and foremost, you can’t crash and you can’t cross wheels with others. This lack of basic physical realism means you can just go mashing around full gas without being concerned for others’ or your own safety. The cascade of affects on the racing goes deep — to the point that cycling…

Part 1: Stay humble and learn to play the game.

I upped my fan game and set up a nice cycling eSports cockpit.

As you can read in detail in My 2020 Cycling Tale, some goals were achieved, others forgotten in the haze of anxious days of COVID quarantine. The year started with my wife and I expecting a child — which lead me to put in big days, taking advantage of the last few months without a second kid. As the heat of summer and reality of COVID hit home, my riding went to six or less easy hours a week and my fitness dropped to the lowest level it’s been for a long long time.

Early in the fall, a friend…

Ambition, motivation, and rolling with what’s going

Let’s rewind about a year. I was getting psyched for my 2020 cycling season. Aiming for some gravel racing, some road stuff, and generally beating up on the local fast guys.

I wrote a series of blogs to get amped. I trained myself into race shape by March. I got registered for the spring events and was ready to rip it up.

Then…

Wahh! 😭

Building a foundation for success.

This post is part of a series I’ve been working on this winter. Writing this is part of my personal training strategy but I hope you find it helpful too!

The weather’s getting nice. Your summer goals are in sight. Maybe you’ve been getting fit this winter — maybe you haven’t. It’s time to get serious and build into the spring.

Long Slow Base? Sweet Spot Training? High Intensity Interval Training?

I mean, sure. But let’s understand what you need functionally. If you haven’t read it, this would be a good time to review my article on “what works”.

Regardless…

Understanding how to use a performance model to plan and track your training.

In my last “Edge of the Envelope” post, I discussed the parameter that governs performance models — Threshold. In my post on training plans, I allude to performance models as a tool for weekly planning. “Use a Performance Model” was number three on the list in my “what works” post after ride your bike and get a coach. In this post, I explore the question what is a performance model and how can we use it in planning and tracking our training?

While this post is primarily targeted at cyclists, the same concepts hold for runners.

An example performance model showing one spring of training.

A performance model attempts…

It’s a one-parameter model that most of us use, so it’s worth understanding the parameter.

As soon as you start reading about training, you can’t get away from this notion of “threshold”. There are a number of physiological and performance-oriented definitions of it. Some people would have you believe that the nuances matter. Unless you are a researcher, they kind of don’t. In this post, I dig into this idea of a threshold — what it is, why it matters, and how you can use it.

Threshold: the point at which you stop caring that you are drooling on yourself.

“the point at which a physiological or psychological effect begins to be produced” — Merriam-Webster

I like this definition because it helps make the point that a threshold might…

Start searching the internet for ideas of what will make you fast and you are in for a bewildering mish-mash of overly-specific ideas that will do little to help you focus on getting fast. In this post, I break down some basics to think about and discuss some guidelines to help make your training affective.

This is the second in a series I’ll be writing this winter. See the first, on training plans here.

Uphill shot of Mounds Park Road, Blue Mounds, WI
Uphill shot of Mounds Park Road, Blue Mounds, WI
Training is a long uphill grind, know what actually works to keep motivated and ensure the work pays off.

Just ride your bike

There, post done. That’s what works. Or just run the miles if that’s your jam. If you don’t do the time, you’ve…

Strategies for long term training plans for Endurance Sport

This is the first in what will be a series I am writing while planning and executing my 2020 training year. Let me know what you think or if you have questions down in the comments!

steep downhill ahead sign with grassy field
steep downhill ahead sign with grassy field
Not every ride will be downhill, so prepare for the uphills!

It’s November. Events for next year are being announced. Your friends are saying let’s do this… let’s do that. How do you chart a successful path from now till then?

You look back and think about what went well and what didn’t. You start to think about setting goals for next year. How do you keep this year’s strength while improving on your weaknesses?

David Blodgett

Recovering coached athlete focused on road and cyclocross racing for a decade. Father, cyclist, hydrologic information specialist. My opinions are my own.

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