Learning the Hard Way to Focus on Process

When we focus solely on results, we create unsustainable expectations. When we focus on the process, we develop better habits and behaviors for our life.

I learn the hard way. Lessons need to beat me upside my head before they sink in.  And what I have slowly learned over a 35 year career of doing endurance sports is that to focus on process in training our bodies and minds helps us become better people. As a cyclist, runner, cross-country skier, […]

HIIT for Endurance Athletes Gives Big Boost

High-Intensity Interval Training Builds Endurance, Speed, and Power Among all the endurance sport training techniques out there, none have gotten the attention as high-intensity interval training or HIIT. And with good reason. HIIT for endurance athletes works, not only to build speed, power, and snap, but to build endurance. Yes, you increase your aerobic capacity […]

Polarized Training Offers the Best Tool for Endurance Sport Training

There has been a growing body of research shows that polarized training increases: VO2 max, your ability to use oxygen to fuel your efforts; time to exhaustion; adaptation to training stress; velocity and power. With polarized training, endurance athletes do a majority of long, slow distance work at their base aerobic level. And they do […]

Fitness Adaptation Takes Four to Eight Weeks

I wish I had a dollar for every person at my gym who starts a fitness program, then, after a couple of weeks, never shows up again. Fitness adaptation is the reason so many people stop their exercise and training plans after four or six weeks.  People with great intentions don’t much in the way […]

Client Uses Menstrual Cycle, Marathon Training Plan to Improve Time

Several months ago, the daughter of a friend agreed to try out the ideas in Dr. Stacy Sims‘ book Roar, which argues that with nutrition and training, women are not small men, for her marathon training. One major part of Sims’ work is how women can use their menstrual cycles to guide and boost their […]

Bicycling: A Spin Bike Workout Options to Keep Riding

If you’re stuck inside or want to step up your intervals, doing a spin bike workout is a great way to get some solid work in in a short amount of time. Bicycling Magazine posted a story about three good spin bike workouts if you are riding solo inside. They could also be used for […]

A Gym Cycle Class Can Be a Great Tool to Gain Fitness

An indoor cycle class at the Wisconsin Athletic Club, LLC was a great option to try to maintain some fitness after I broke my arm right before cyclocross season.

In Praise of Cycle Class An indoor cycle class at my gym was turned out to be a great option to try to maintain some fitness after I broke my arm right before final training for cyclocross season. I broke my arm July 29 and needed two surgeries to get all the bones back in […]

Using Menstrual Cycles to Boost Performance

I’m a man. We’ll acknowledge that right away. So the topic of using menstrual cycles to boost performance is not something I have personal experience with. All I know about women’s menstrual cycles comes from research – except that I live with a female wife and a female teenager.  And we’ll acknowledge that anything I say […]