Coach’s Column – This One Thing Will Make You Faster at Your Next Endurance Event

Question: What is the most important ability to work on for endurance racing?  What is the focus for training and why?   Answer: This is the second part of our discussion on important abilities to train for various mountain bike race … (read more)

Coach’s Column – Getting the Best Start to Your 2016 Training

Question: After having a couple months off from structured training, I now am starting to get back at it.  My season starts in April with mostly XC races and some endurance races later in the year.  What should my first … (read more)

Coach’s Column – Maintain Fitness Over Short Winter Days

Question: I’m a Cat1, 40+ racer.  Now that it is the off-season and daylight is dwindling, what is the ‘minimum’ amount of riding/training, I can do in a week without suffering too much fitness loss?  Should I still be doing … (read more)

Coach’s Column – Off-Season Recovery: What you need to know

Question: Now that it’s the off season, I’m thinking about what changes I can make to have a better race season next year and not just in terms of specific interval training.  I found that I am getting fatigued too … (read more)

Coach’s Column – MTB Training with Power

Question: I want to start training and racing with a power meter on my mountain bike.  What do you recommend for a power meter and how do I establish my training zones using the power meter?  Will I need a separate … (read more)

Coach’s Column – Secrets to XC Racing

As mountain bike racing becomes more diversified it has become increasingly more difficult to excel at multiple disciplines throughout the course of a season. So we asked elite Carmichael Training Systems coach Andy Applegate to break down four of our … (read more)

Coach’s Column with Sarah Kaufmann – Training for 50 Milers

Question:  “A month out from the beginning of my race season as an expert/open rider focusing mostly on XC and some 50miler/100k races, what should I be aiming to achieve in my workouts?”    Answer:  Sounds like you are in for a … (read more)

Coach’s Column with Alison Dunlap – Maximize Your Busy Racing Schedule

Question: My race season is stacked with great races early on that I want to do but it would mean racing 9-10 weekends in a row.  Is that doable or just stupid?  If I do race that many weekends in … (read more)

Coach’s Column with Andy Applegate: Build a Training Plan Around Your Busy Work Schedule

Question: I work four 10 hour days, Mon-Thursday, and find it hard to get good workouts in on my work days.  How can I structure a training plan to get me race ready for XC and 50 miler races next season? … (read more)

Coach’s Column with Lynda Wallenfels: 10 Tips for the Perfect Training Camp

Question: How will attending a mountain bike training camp help me for my race season?  How should I time attending a training camp to get the maximum benefit? Answer: Training camps are great fun. Along with fitness improvements, the motivation building effects … (read more)