Cardio Training for Mountain Biking

July
6

Sports training is a delicate balancing act between several opposing factors. For example, specificity and health – while you need your training to be specific to your sport, being too specific all of the time can actually decrease your performance. You also have high and low intensity training – you need high intensity training to […]

March
8

One of the things that gets lost in the “cardio training” conversation is that cardio is very specific to how you train it. This is why tri-athletes need to run, ride and swim – the cardio from one isn’t going to help in the other areas. They need to spend time training their cardio system […]

February
7

One of the things that gets lost in the “cardio training” conversation is that cardio is very specific to how you train it. This is why tri-athletes need to run, ride and swim – the cardio from one isn’t going to help in the other areas. They need to spend time training their cardio system […]

January
11

I love Legos. I loved them as a kid and I love playing with them now (of course, I use the excuse that they are for the kids).  Like most people, I first follow the instructions and build whatever is shown on the front of the box. And then the real fun starts. That’s when […]

November
25

Getting better at mountain biking is one of the harder things to do in the sports world. Unlike most sports that only require one or two skills or fitness qualities, riding a bike on dirt requires a lot more. Riding faster, longer and with more confidence on the trail requires you to juggle not only […]

November
16

What if I told you that I had a training tool that was guaranteed to improve the efficiency of your pedal stroke and trail skills? Better yet, what if this training tool costs less than $150, could easily be installed in less than 5 minutes and started to deliver noticeable results in just a few […]

November
2

I have a confession to make…this may surprise you to hear but the truth is that I am kind of lazy. It has taken me over 10 years of helping riders at all levels to come up with these tips and strategies. I mean, I’m not wanting to just sit on the couch watching television […]

October
26

You are at the end of a hard ride at your local trails. Your muscles are burning and you’re breathing hard but you only have one more tough climb before you can cruise it back to the trailhead. As you get set for this climb you also get ready for the moment of truth – […]

September
21

Cardio is one of those topics that I could write about every day and some people still couldn’t get enough. To say that mountain bikers are obsessed with cardio training would be an understatement and every rider I’ve ever talked to wants to know how to best improve it. From intervals to base miles the […]

May
11

While it doesn’t happen very often, sometimes the sports science world turns its eye on real mountain biking. Most studies for “cyclists” – which is really just a code word for road riding –are conducted in labs and on the road. This makes their application to the realities of trail riding somewhat limited, which is […]

April
20

Everyone knows that in order to keep riding strong all season long you need to have a good in-season training strategy. Many of us have watched in frustration as our performance started to decline towards the end of the riding season due to a bad in-season training strategy. The end goal of any in-season mountain […]

April
13

Last week I sent out an email linking to an article I had written about why I thought that mountain biking can be a terrible way to “get in shape”. I got a lot of great feedback on the article and it sparked some good discussion on Facebook. Everyone who read the article seemed to […]

November
19

Endurance Training is by far the favorite subject of mountain bikers everywhere. No matter what they ride or where they are from, more riders want to know how to improve their endurance than just about anything else. And for good reason. Endurance Training is the most specific of all of the physical qualities you can […]

October
6

Every rider I’ve ever talked to wants better cardio and endurance on the trail. It seems like one of those things that you can never have enough of – the more cardio and endurance you have the faster you can push the pace and the longer you can ride. Improving your cardio and endurance takes […]

July
30

I recently read a book called The Science of Running and it had a lot of great cutting edge info about how the running world is using science to drive their training. If you don’t know, track/ running coaches are usually at the head of the pack when it comes to innovative training ideas and […]

June
23

One of the things I try to get across to riders who are looking to improve their cardio and endurance is that the human body is a complex organism with a lot of inter-related parts. This means that it is very hard to isolate a quality and try to train it in isolation. What this […]

June
11

Riding season is in full swing and so this week I wanted to share some insights into an in-season training plan that can help you ride strong all season long. Being able to balance Cardio, Strength and Mobility training in a way that supports your riding is the idea but can be tough to do […]

June
9

Everyone knows that in order to keep riding strong all season long you need to have a good in-season training strategy. Many of us have watched in frustration as our performance started to decline towards the end of the riding season due to a bad in-season training strategy. The end goal of any in-season mountain […]

May
28

Last week I posted an article sharing a couple of the lessons I took away from my experience as a track athlete. I brought these views on training with me when I started mountain biking and I feel that they have helped shape my rather unique view on improving your performance as a mountain biker. […]

May
19

One of the reasons that I have a different view on how to approach mountain biking training is because I do not come from a typical cycling background. While I rode bikes as a kid, I didn’t pick up mountain biking until I was 24 and I luckily never had any formal training in “this […]

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