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The Golden Rules of Bike Racing As a Team

Coaches on Couches

Release Date: 09/03/2019

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Coaches on Couches

This episode is less on performance enhancement and more on enhancing the experience of training and racing. We recently purchased a couple of adventure vans build by the good people at VanDOit in Blue Springs, MO. The truth is we did a ton of research before pulling the trigger and spending our hard earned dollars with VanDOit. But for every cyclist, runner, or triathlete, a camper van or adventure van can make an otherwise awesome adventure, epic. We talk about why we wanted adventure vans, why we chose VanDOit, some of the must have items in the build, and some places we are excited about...

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Coaches on Couches

In this episode we chat about the pros and cons of choosing to coach yourself, versus choosing a free or paid training plan, versus hiring a coach. There are a lot of factors that go into choosing which is best for you. Things like budget, spare time, and the learning curve of each will play a big role on the route you should go. So if you are a cyclist, triathlete, or runner staring down a big season with big goals, and don't have a road map yet, join us for another round of Coaches on Couches.

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Some cyclist, runners, and triathletes just are not morning people. Which is odd, because most races start at the butt crack of dawn. But generally speaking, if you don't knock out some training in the early morning, the chances of it happening diminish with every hour that passes. So on this episode we are going to give you some tips and methods on how you can change and create new routines that can lead to the incredibly efficient and productive habit of....getting your butt out of bed.

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Back by popular demand we are dropping our 2019 holiday gifts for the cyclist, runner, or triathlete in your life. Or just something nice for yourself. We all know that's why you'll listen. We break the gifts down by price point starting at the sub $20 mark. Each coach gives their recommendations for things they personally use and love so you are sure to score brownie points with any of these ideas. We threw in a few shameless plugs so forgive us. So if you are looking for last minute gifts for the fitness enthusiast in your life, join us for another episode of Coaches on Couches! Shout Outs:...

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In this episode we are going to guide you cyclists, runners, and triathletes through the most difficult time of year for consistent training and decent nutrition. Lend us your ears and we'll prepare you for battle. No, we can't help you with your family. Control the controllables people! We're breaking it up into the two major sides that can go wrong over these busy holiday months, training and nutrition. We'll break down our top tips for maximizing both during the holidays, or at bare minimum, not totally falling off the wagon. So if you are keen on not tarnishing your coveted power to weight...

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Big Winter Cycling Gains By Maximizing Indoor Training show art Big Winter Cycling Gains By Maximizing Indoor Training

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Today on the couch we are going to give you our exact recipe for making massive gains on the bike over the winter. This usually means a decent amount of indoor training due to colder weather and less daylight. But that's not an excuse to hibernate! Nobody wants to revive their base fitness every single spring. On the contrary, a lot of athletes commit to do the work, and when group rides and racing start back up in March they are ripping people's legs off! If you are one of those cyclists or triathletes who poo poo the trainer, we'll give some tips on how to learn to love...well at least...

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The Magic of Layering for Cold Weather Training show art The Magic of Layering for Cold Weather Training

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It's that time of the year. Long sleeves, short sleeves, no sleeves. Shorts, tights, thermals. Thick gloves, or just the liners. If I overdo it I'll be soaking wet. If I under do it I'll freeze, or at best be the person with the bloody nipple kit. Fear not, we're here to walk you through the magic of layering...yes, via some simple layering techniques you too can survive almost any training and racing conditions Mother Nature can conjure up. So grab your balaclava, find your quiet spot, and join us for another episode of Coaches on Couches. Shout Outs: House of Pain Athletes Good Luck: BRX...

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Fire fighter, soon to be father, master movie quoter. We're going to talk about Bobby' Weakley's transition...ummm...from mountain bike specialist to ironman finisher. And yes, we start off with WHY. Then the HOW. It wasn't an easy road to travel. Ridicule from his co-workers and mountain bike buddies. Learning to swim as an adult. Running on road when there's a perfectly good trail nearby. Tough stuff. But ultimately it culminated to a great performance at Ironman Chattanooga in 2019.

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The Cyclist's Guide to Running show art The Cyclist's Guide to Running

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Today on the couch we are going to chat about how a cyclist can incorporate running into their training regimen without completely demolishing themselves and losing fitness due to injury. The aerobic engine is there, but the durability is not...just yet.

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Since so many people are closing out their seasons (while others continue to race anything they can find) we are going to talk about the importance of the off season. First we will define what an off season actually is, then we'll chat about what it should be geared toward, and why what you do in the off season is what really moves the performance needle for the following year. If you are a fall and winter hibernator, but have real goals for next year, you won't want to miss this! Shout Outs: Ironman Chattanooga Adrian Hall Bobby Weakley Wayne Ogorzale Augusta 70.3 John Zinn Chris Watts...

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If you race your bike with a group of other people in the same clothing as you, be it a road race, criterium, or on gravel, there are a set of commandments thou shalt follow 95% of the time to insure you all race as a team. Why? A team is stronger than any one individual 95% of the time. It's true that overall team strategies work about 5% of the time in amateur racing, but if you follow these simple rules your squad will increase those odds tremendously and hopefully put one of your riders on the top step of the podium.

Team glory first! Personal glory 2nd. Don't trip when you read that. You want to be a good teammate right!? Well then gather with your squad, grab a soft surface, and join us for another episode of Coaches on Couches.

Shout Outs Coach B-Fun - Cat 1 TN Criterium State Champ! Taylor Herron - Cat 2 TN Criterium State Champ! TBRA Cat 2 Overall Jersey Winner Tim Linn - 1st Overall Elite - Yeoju Half Distance Tri Chris Watts - 1st AG Dragonfly Tri Heather Nichols - 1st AG Dragonfly Tri Jamie Bailey - 3rd Overall Female Dragonfly Tri Grayson Edwards - 1st overall Dragonfly Tri Leigh Ruston - Most Aggressive Rider Award!

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