One of the most overlooked aspect of improving your performance on the trail is breathing and posture. Stuff like heat rate zones, power levels and VO2Max dominate most discussions on ways to improve your ability to pedal harder and longer when, for most riders, it is these two things that are really holding them back.
In fact, I’ve realized that optimal breathing reinforces optimal posture and optimal posture allows for optimal breathing. If you have bad posture you compromise your lung capacity and this, in turn, doesn’t allow your breathing to help with maintaining your posture as you fatigue.
As your posture breaks down your lung capacity and breathing becomes even further compromised, leading to accelerated metabolic fatigue.
But if you can learn to focus on your posture and breathing while training and riding you can prolong how long it is until this happens, keeping your performance levels higher longer into rides. In fact, I’ve found that simply going back to focusing on my breathing and posture has helped me ride faster as I fatigue without trying to ride faster.
In this video I share some more thoughts on this subject. If you aren’t focusing on this stuff when you train and ride then you are really making your job so much harder on the trail.
I know it isn’t as much fun as talking about training zones and cool strength training exercises but the truth is that this stuff will do more for your performance than just about anything else I talk about. Once you know how to use your posture and breathing to drive your movement you’ll find everything you do stronger and more balanced, resulting in less fatigue which improves your endurance.
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Until next time…