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FasCat Cycling Training Tips Podcast

English, Sports, 1 season, 288 episodes, 4 days, 11 hours, 26 minutes
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The official podcast of FasCat Coaching, based in Boulder, CO. Coach Frank "Big Cat" Overton shares his extensive experience as a cycling coach to help you ride faster through training and racing tips, nutrition, and beyond.
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Dad Watts! How to train as a busy parent + shout outs to our dads

As a father to five, Coach Jake knows a thing or two about earning and keeping those Dad Watts. On this podcast, he and dad-to-be Coach Christian talk about various strategies for taking care of your family and training when time allows. They discuss how to maximize the benefit from those precious hours on the bike. We also give a few shouts outs to our own fathers. Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there! -- Try FasCat for Free for the 1st Month ➡️ https://tinyurl.com/47rr7em4 - no credit card is required! 😸 Use CoachCat just like you would a real coach for a fraction of the price without having to wait for them to respond or analyze your data. 💥 Receive CUSTOM fueling recommendations per this podcast 📆 Create a Custom Plan using unlimited training plans ⏰ Instant Data Analysis 💥 Custom Workout Recommendations 🧠 Training Plan Revisions 🚀 Auto FTP Detection 🤓 Plus we have connected your activity and wearable data to our AI Coach (CoachCat) to analyze your training-to-recovery balance. 🥦🥕🥗 And don't forget performance nutrition and weight loss meal plans a la Chef CoachCat.  
6/14/202444 minutes, 19 seconds
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Inside Unbound Gravel with Lauren De Crescenzo + her coach & 100mi winner Elliott Baring

Lauren De Crescenzo sent a solo flyer at Unbound Gravel 2024 in hopes of repeating her 2021 victory. How did it work out? What did the chaos of the race look like from her perspective? And what are the takeaways for going forward in racing and training? Lauren speaks with her Coach Elliott Baring all the time, and on this special episode we bring you inside their post-Unbound debrief. Elliott is too humble to brag, so we'll do it for him - the dude won the 100-mile Unbound Gravel! So make sure to ask him about that soon... -- Try FasCat for Free for the 1st Month ➡️ https://tinyurl.com/47rr7em4 - no credit card is required! 😸 Use CoachCat just like you would a real coach for a fraction of the price without having to wait for them to respond or analyze your data. 💥 Receive CUSTOM fueling recommendations per this podcast 📆 Create a Custom Plan using unlimited training plans ⏰ Instant Data Analysis 💥 Custom Workout Recommendations 🧠 Training Plan Revisions 🚀 Auto FTP Detection 🤓 Plus we have connected your activity and wearable data to our AI Coach (CoachCat) to analyze your training-to-recovery balance. 🥦🥕🥗 And don't forget performance nutrition and weight loss meal plans a la Chef CoachCat.
6/5/202444 minutes, 51 seconds
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A new way to train: think different about how you improve on the bike

Fun, flexibile and highly effective — that is the FasCat way to train.  On this special episode, FasCat Founder Frank Overton explains how the FasCat App has incorporated all the most impactful pieces of FasCat training methodology in a customized format that scales to your available time and gives your real-time feedback to every single workout. There are a lot of old and perhaps outdated ways of thinking about training out there. Give this podcast a listen to understand a new way of training - that is fun, flexible and highly effective. -- Try FasCat for Free for the 1st Month ➡️ https://tinyurl.com/47rr7em4 - no credit card is required! 😸 Use CoachCat just like you would a real coach for a fraction of the price without having to wait for them to respond or analyze your data. 💥 Receive CUSTOM fueling recommendations per this podcast 📆 Create a Custom Plan using unlimited training plans ⏰ Instant Data Analysis 💥 Custom Workout Recommendations 🧠 Training Plan Revisions 🚀 Auto FTP Detection 🤓 Plus we have connected your activity and wearable data to our AI Coach (CoachCat) to analyze your training-to-recovery balance. 🥦🥕🥗 And don't forget performance nutrition and weight loss meal plans a la Chef CoachCat.
5/31/202439 minutes, 32 seconds
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Science-based, practical fueling for your big training rides and races

If you want to race well, you gotta pack in the carbs - before, during and after your big race. But exactly how does that work in real-world scenarios? And what exactly does the science say about it? On this podcast, we cover six subjects: -the science of carb loading and pre-ride nutrition -the practicality of that science -the science of how to fuel during an event -the practicality of eating a high volume of calories during an event -the thing of your neutron -fueling examples that work for us and our athletes Coach Christian Parrett and FasCat Founder Frank Overton tee you up with all the info and real-world examples you need to nail your next race - starting days before the event even starts. -- To get your nutrition - and training - dialed in by Coach Christian, hire him as a personal coach: https://fascatcoaching.com/products/christian-parrett Or Try FasCat for Free for the 1st Month ➡️ https://tinyurl.com/47rr7em4 - no credit card is required! 😸 Use CoachCat just like you would a real coach for a fraction of the price without having to wait for them to respond or analyze your data. 💥 Receive CUSTOM fueling recommendations per this podcast 📆 Create a Custom Plan using unlimited training plans ⏰ Instant Data Analysis 💥 Custom Workout Recommendations 🧠 Training Plan Revisions 🚀 Auto FTP Detection 🤓 Plus we have connected your activity and wearable data to our AI Coach (CoachCat) to analyze your training-to-recovery balance. 🥦🥕🥗 And don't forget performance nutrition and weight loss meal plans a la Chef CoachCat.    
5/17/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 21 seconds
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Trick our AI Coaching? CoachCat answers FasCat Athlete submitted training questions

Hello, listeners! We have a very different podcast for you today. We've taken your great questions that we normally answer with Coaches in our popular Ask a FasCat episodes and run them through our AI-powered CoachCat to answer them. Further, the questions are asked by an AI version of FasCat Founder Frank Overton.  The real Frank explains how this experimental podcast will work at the start of the show, and then analyzes how it went along the way and at the end. As you probably know by now, AI can be surprisingly good with a number of things, but it lacks human judgement. At FasCat, we are excited to be using the latest technology alongside our professional Coaching with their real-life experienece, not simply choosing one or the other. Go see what AI-powered Coaching advice does with your own training inside the FasCat app, where the first month is free with no credit card required. https://tinyurl.com/47rr7em4 If you would like to use the same technology you heard in this podcast, visit our website start a free one month trial. No credit card is required and you can synch your ride and wearable data and start training like a pro for a fraction of the cost. 😸 Use CoachCat just like you would a real coach for a fraction of the price without having to wait for them to respond or analyze your data. 📆 Create a Custom Plan using unlimited training plans ⏰ Instant Data Analysis 💥 Custom Workout Recommendations 🧠 Training Plan Revisions 🚀 Auto FTP Detection 🤓 Plus we have connected your activity and wearable data to our AI Coach (CoachCat) to analyze your training-to-recovery balance. 🥦🥕🥗 And don't forget performance nutrition and weight loss meal plans a la Chef CoachCat. Try FasCat for Free for the 1st Month ➡️ https://tinyurl.com/47rr7em4 - no credit card is required!      
5/14/202429 minutes, 2 seconds
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Your gravel training is wrong. Here's what you should be doing

Gravel training is not the same as training for the road, and therefore you should pay attention to different power-based metrics. FTP is not as important nor is your peak 20-minute power. Nor your 5-minute power. So what should you be looking at and trying to improve? In this podcast, we give you the power-based metrics you should pay attention to for your gravel training and racing! What's important is how long you can ride hard. That's way more important than your 60-minute FTP power when it comes to gravel racing.  In fact, you can have a low FTP but great 5-hour power. We can that strength 'diesel watts'. Are you a diesel? If so you are probably good at gravel racing! To see what effective gravel training is like including the new Gravel Power workout described in this podcast, try the FasCat app, where the first month is now free! https://fascatcoaching.com/pages/app 📆 Create a Custom Plan using unlimited training plans ⏰ Instant Data Analysis 💥 Custom Workout Recommendations 🧠 Training Plan Revisions 🚀 Auto FTP Detection 🤓 Plus we have connected your activity and wearable data to our AI Coach (CoachCat) to analyze your training-to-recovery balance. 🥦🥕🥗 And don't forget performance nutrition and weight loss meal plans a la Chef CoachCat.  Hire Coach Andrew ➡️ https://fascatcoaching.com/collections/coaches/products/andrew-giniat Try FasCat for Free ➡️ https://fascatcoaching.com/pages/app  
5/3/20241 hour, 1 minute, 18 seconds
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Lactate Truthers, FTP, Zone 2 & ERG Mode: Myth Busting

Over the years, the internet has twisted the simple definition of FTP.   We are here to bust those myths and set the record straight. Coach Jake and Frank also cover "Lactate Truthers", Zone 2 and finally our favorite the right and wrong usage of ERG mode.  ERG mode is great but it can be harmful to your training so we discuss. -- The first month of the FasCat app is now FREE: https://fascatcoaching.com/pages/app You'll receive a custom trainning plan, unlimited training plan revisisons, custom workouts, Auto FTP detection, daily Optimize training-to-recovery balance technology + meal plans, and of course the new AI-powered technology CoachCat! Ride Faster Now with FasCat Get started with your free month now: https://fascatcoaching.com/pages/app  
4/26/202452 minutes, 8 seconds
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Achieve your best results with consistency. Here's how

For years FasCat has touted 'FTFP' - or follow the f'ing plan! But we realize life often gets in the way of executing a detailed training plan to the T. And that's okay! On this podcast, we talk about how you can adapt to life's winding road, make changes in your training as things come up, but still stay the course to achieving your goals. FasCat is here to help you stay consistent with two great options: you can hire a full-time professional coach or you can use our new FasCat App, which includes unlimited training plans, the Optimize training-to-recovery balance technology, meal plans, and of course the new AI-powered technology CoachCat! Get started with your free month now: https://fascatcoaching.com/app
4/19/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 22 seconds
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Will AI replace human coaches in endurance sports?

Will AI replace human coaches in Endurance Sports? The short answer is YES. The long answer is No. No doubt,  AI will 100% change how humans coach endurance athletes.  Or at least the Coaches who adopt and embrace the technology. Gone are the days of a coach spending most of their time on training plan design, data analysis, custom workouts, scheduling and training plan revisions.  AI automates those tasks, mind blowingly well. In fact, our very own CoachCat performs these tasks NOW. This frees up professional coaches to do what they do best, which is to guide athletes through their experience. On this podcast, FasCat Founder Frank Overton explains what AI is doing now in endurance sports coaching, what it could in the future, and what this means for professional coaches and athletes alike. Find out for yourself with a free month on the FasCat App, which includes unlimited training plans, the Optimize training-to-recovery balance technology, meal plans, and of course the new AI-powered technology CoachCat! Get started with your free month now: https://fascatcoaching.com/app  
4/12/20241 hour, 1 minute, 7 seconds
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How to ace your first gravel race (of the season, or even ever!)

Do you have your first gravel race coming up? Or perhaps you’ve already done a few in years past, but you’ve got your first gravel race of the season in your sights. Well, on this podcast, Coach Justin Bowes and Ben Delaney walk you through five main tips so you will show up ready to have your best race. Coach Justin explains how to: 1 get your body ready 2 get your bike ready 3 plan out your nutrition 4 dial in your equipment and 5 practice, practice, practice everything on the all-important simulation ride -- Be sure to check out Coach Justin's page, where you can learn more about him and hire him as a personal coach: https://fascatcoaching.com/products/justin-bowes To start training for your best year yet, get a free month on the FasCat App, which includes unlimited training plans, the Optimize training-to-recovery balance technology, meal plans, access to FasCat Coaches like Christian and now the new AI-powered technology CoachCat! Get started with your free month now: https://fascatcoaching.com/app  
4/5/20241 hour, 1 minute, 54 seconds
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5 must-know cycling nutrition strategies

If you're interested in going fast, then paying attention to what, when and how much you eat on the bike is of huge importance. And the science and practice of on-bike nutrition has rocketed ahead recently, with the huge amount of carbohydrate consumed in particular being a major change from just a few short years ago. On this podcast, Coach Christian Parrett digs into what you need to know now to fuel your best races and intense training, based on the current science and how it applies to both elite pros and everyday Janes and Joes.  Coach Christian raced professionally for a number of years, and has some funny as well as enlightening stories to tell, comparing what is happening in sports science now with how things worked - or didn't! - back in his day.  We reference three links in the podcast:  -a power-to-speed calculator where you can tweak parameters like your weight and speed and ground surface to see how that affects the amount of power required: https://www.gribble.org/cycling/power_v_speed.html -an energy gel made from Belgian beer beef stew, stoofvlees: https://www.instagram.com/p/C5Dax7yKUwC/?hl=en -Coach Christian's page, where you can learn more about him and hire him as a personal coach: https://fascatcoaching.com/collections/coaches/products/christian-parrett To start training for your best year yet, get a free month on the FasCat App, which includes unlimited training plans, the Optimize training-to-recovery balance technology, meal plans, access to FasCat Coaches like Christian and now the new AI-powered technology CoachCat! Get started with your free month now at https://fascatcoaching.com/app.
3/29/202454 minutes, 10 seconds
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How I won The Mid South-The Lauren De Crescenzo interview

Working with Coach Elliott Baring, FasCat athlete Lauren De Crescenzo won her third Mid South this past weekend in dominant fashion. On this podcast Lauren and Elliott talk about how she trained to win this major 100-mile gravel race, the strategy and tactics and gear she used, what you can learn from her methodology, and what’s next on the calendar for the LDC. To start training for your best year yet, get a free month on the FasCat App, which includes unlimited training plans, the Optimize training-to-recovery balance technology, meal plans, access to FasCat Coaches like Elliott and now the new AI-powered technology CoachCat! Get started with your free month now at https://fascatcoaching.com/app.
3/22/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 51 seconds
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Your best race yet? Try a multi-day event

You know what's better than a great day of racing? Multiple days of racing, all stacked together. Whether a traditional stage race, a multi-day training camp or a race with some additional riding bolted on, there are a few ways to indulge in a big block on the bike, and on this podcast Coaches Sierra Sims and Ricky Arnopol join Ben Delaney to talk about fun and challenging road, mountain and gravel events that they have done and recommend, plus tips and strategies on how to get the most out of them. To start training for your best year yet, get a free month on the FasCat App, which includes unlimited training plans, the Optimize training-to-recovery balance technology, meal plans, access to FasCat Coaches like Sierra and Ricky and now the new AI-powered technology CoachCat! Get started with your free month now at https://fascatcoaching.com/app.    
3/15/202457 minutes, 37 seconds
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5 ways to race at your best

‘Know thyself,’ Plato said. ‘And know thy course,’ Coach Allie says.  With years of professional racing around the glove under her belt plus years of working with all levels of athletes, Coach Allie Legg knows what it takes to have a successful race. Here are her top 5 tips for having your best race. Know the course, make (and use!) a pre-race checklist, prepare your nutrition the night before, be smart with your efforts, and take a chance! To start training for your best year yet, get on the FasCat App, which includes unlimited training plans, the Optimize training-to-recovery balance technology, meal plans, access to FasCat Coaches like Allie Legg and now the new AI-powered technology CoachCat! Use the code IMAFASCAT to get a free month of FasCat at FasCatCoaching.com.  
3/8/202448 minutes, 2 seconds
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Understanding race variables and other top tips from Coach Maddy Ward

Listen to your body, know the variables, don’t treat travel as rest, go with the flow, don’t diet on the bike! Maddy Ward is a UCLA grad, a former pro with Tibco and InstaFund, and a new FasCat Coach who on this episode delivers her Top 5 Training & Racing Tips. To start training for your best year yet, get on the FasCat App, which includes unlimited training plans, the Optimize training-to-recovery balance technology, meal plans, access to FasCat Coaches like Maddy Ward and now the new AI-powered technology CoachCat!  Use the code IMAFASCAT to get a free month of FasCat at FasCatCoaching.com.  
3/1/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 54 seconds
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New CoachCat AI technology delivers instant, interactive workout analysis & guidance

Getting better and faster on the bike just got a whole lot better and a whole lot faster. We are proud to announce CoachCat, an AI technology driven tool inside the FasCat App that delivers interactive workout analysis and guidance immediately upon upload of your workout. Based on decades of our coaching experience and the cutting edge of both sports science and AI technology, CoachCat analyses your workout file and provides detailed, supportive and actionable text feedback - just like a FasCat Coach.  Further, you can ask CoachCat questions about the workout you just did, or a workout you have coming up. Things like, 'I only have an hour tomorrow but am feeling good, what should I do?'  CoachCat provides workout guidance and workout suggestions regardless of whether you are following a plan. Say you want to just ride most days in the week, but then want a suggestion of a workout for one day. CoachCat will offer you a workout based on your parameters and even location, and then once you approve the workout, CoachCat will add it to your calendar so you can view the details and send it to your bike computer. This podcast is all about CoachCat and the future of training. Give it a listen! Better yet, go chat with CoachCat yourself! Use the coach IMAFASCAT to get a free month of the FasCat App, which includes unlimited training plans, the Optimize training-to-recovery balance technology, meal plans, access to FasCat Coaches and, now, CoachCat!    
2/23/202450 minutes, 18 seconds
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How to test and build cycling durability

One of the new hot topics in training is a concept dubbed ‘durability.’ It’s being talked about by WorldTour coaches and being written about in cycling media.  But what is durability really? Is it a new concept? Is it a metric? And most importantly, how do you train durability and test for it so that you can improve as a cyclist?  On this podcast, Coaches Christian Parrett and Andrew Giniat dig into what it is, why it matters, and how you can improve it. -- Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off a subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans, and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast.
2/16/202455 minutes, 30 seconds
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5 Ways To Be A Better Cyclist: Justin Bowes

Be your best. It’s a simple concept, and hard to achieve. So here, we’re going to keep it simple and straightforward, with five easy-to-remember mantras that will help you be your best in tangible ways.  Leading you in this is our new FasCat Coach Justin Bowes, an experienced coaching veteran across various disciplines.  -- Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off a subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans, and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast.  
2/9/202456 minutes, 23 seconds
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3 Ways to Maximize Your Zwift Training & Racing

Following a prescribed training plan is the most effective way to improve as a cyclist, and yet… riding and racing in Zwift can be super fun. Can you do both? Yes, yes you can. Here to help us on our digital and IRL training journey is Coach Jake Rytlewski, our in-house Zwift master and father of five - because you know those two things are related. (Jake also raced professionally for years, so Zwift isn't the only trick in his bag.) Coach Jake breaks down Three Ways to Maximize your Zwift Training and Racing —  with 9 tips for racing, instructions on how to do OTS rides on Zwift, and how to best incorporate Zwift into your training plan, whether you work with a coach or are self-guided. Are you racing on Zwift? How many of these nine things are you doing? 9. Line up early  8. Be ready for a fast start  7. Stay in the draft  6. Don’t coast  5. Know the course  4. Know the Power Ups  3. Know the finish  2. Don’t judge your fitness based on a Zwift result 1. Limit Zwift racing to once a week, twice at the most Coach Jake raced for years as a pro, in Europe, Asia and in the US, before starting his now-12-year career as a Coach. You can learn more and hire him here: https://fascatcoaching.com/collections/coaches/products/jake-rytlewski -- Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off a subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans, and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast.
2/2/202458 minutes, 37 seconds
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Best Cycling Habits Under 10 Minutes

It’s January and many of us are in the thick of new year’s resolutions that may or may not last. Here to help us become better cyclists - with 10 easy-to-form habits that can last and only take 10 minutes or less - is Coach Sierra Sims. Coach Sierra holds a Master's Degree in exercise physiology, and she did graduate work on the physiology of master’s cyclists and bone health in female road cyclists, mountain bikers, and runners. This woman is an expert, folks! Sierra has also won a national MTB championship, and raced at the national level in road and ’cross as well, along with racing in Europe for the USA national team. Suffice it to say, you're in good hands here, folks. Listen in so you can pick up 10 good habits that will improve your cycling in 10 minutes or less. You see what you are looking for - Awareness Test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahg6qcgoay4 *Sierra's 4-way charging cable: http://tinyurl.com/yc25z349* -- Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off a subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans, and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast.
1/26/20241 hour, 1 minute, 38 seconds
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Rack Up Training Load with the OTS Workout: Sweet Spot Series 5 of 8

Sweet Spot training is great for a number of things, and today we’re talking about how it’s highly effective for racking up Training Load - a key metric for any cyclist’s training plan. Training Load is the forest view of your fitness, a weighted 42-day rolling average of your recent workouts. The higher the load, the more potential fitness you have at your disposal. On a daily perspective, you might be familiar with TSS from your Garmin or Wahoo - TSS stands for Training Stress Score. FasCat founder Frank Overton helped create this metric back in the day! Now at FasCat we use OTS, or Optimized Training Score, which is a more refined metric that accounts for things like coasting during a ride or weighting the power output at the end of four-hour rides higher than the same output in hour one. On this podcast, Frank and Ben Delaney talk about doing OTS workouts - where the objective is to rack up a prescribed amount of work, not to follow a bar-graph set of intervals. -- Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off a subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans, and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast.
1/19/202455 minutes
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The 3 Steps to Achieving Your Cycling Goals

Goals are great to have, but a specific plan to reach your goals is where the rubber meets the road - or trail.  In this podcast Coach Elliott Baring walks you through the three steps to achieve your cycling goals: determine your goals determine the demands of your goals build the training timeline to reach your goals As a precursor, the nine talented athletes who comprise the Optimize Collective tell us what they are training for, and how they are working with their coach to get there. Then, Coach Elliott breaks down how you can set your training to achieve your goals, using some examples of two-time Unbound Gravel winner Lauren De Crescenzo, whom he is coaching this year, as well as his own goals, like Belgian Waffle Ride North Carolina and the Leadville Trail 100. -- Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off a subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans, and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast.
1/12/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 11 seconds
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How to Sweet Spot on the Group Ride (4 of 8 in the SST series)

Group Rides and Sweet Spot - two things we love here at FasCat. This podcast puts the two together.  If you’re new to the pod, welcome! And if you’re new to the concept of Sweet Spot, know that it’s a training zone and a training technique. As a zone, it's between 84% to 97% of your functional threshold power.  At FasCat, we have Sweet Spot training baked into many of our training plans, especially at this time of the year. And yes, you can do Sweet Spot workouts on the trainer or by yourself. But cycling is often more fun with others, and the real jedi magic for training is when you can incorporate specific training into either the landscape - like hills or wind - or group rides or even races! So, how to Sweet Spot in the group ride? The answer, as always is: IT DEPENDS. So we discuss a few scenarios: Hard group rides, medium hard group rides, and then the all-important post-ride analysis. This is the fourth episode in an eight-pod series on Sweet Spot. -- Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off a subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans, and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast.  
1/5/202456 minutes, 40 seconds
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40 Hot Races in 2024: road, gravel, MTB, fondo and more!

There are so many rad races available for us in 2024, and here, the FasCat Coaches walk you through 40 events that we're excited about. We’ve got recommendations for road events, gravel events, stages races, mountain bike events, gran fondo events, and more. While most of the races we suggest are in the United States (as this is our area of expertise), we do have a trio of recommendations in Europe. When you’ve picked out an event or events you want to train for, we have two great ways to help you get there: -an Optimize subscription with unlimited training plans -personal coaching with one of the experts you hear on this podcast Happy New Year and all the best in 2024! -- Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off a subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans, and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast.
12/29/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 22 seconds
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Cyclists' 6 Bad Habits - and how to avoid them

Riding too hard, too often. Bonking. Not having fun! As cyclists, we have some bad habits, and this podcast is about a few common ailments, and how to avoid them. Today we have Coach Ricky Arnopol joining us to talk about 6 Bad Habits he often sees in his coached athletes, his pro teammates on the UCI Continental Team Project Echelon, and cyclists in general. --- Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off a subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans, and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast.
12/22/202353 minutes, 28 seconds
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Sweet Spot Series 3 of 8: When TO and When NOT TO Sweet Spot

To sweet spot or not to sweet spot - that is NOT the question! Of course you should sweet spot. Everybody does - whether they are doing so consciously or not. But WHEN to sweet spot, and WHEN NOT to sweet spot,  THAT is the question. And that is the subject of today’s podcast. If you don’t have time to listen to the entire pod, or you get interrupted, the takeaway here is that most of you should be sweetspotting now, during the winter and early spring, and then when you switch from base to race, that’s when you should stop sweet spotting and focus on your intervals. --- Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off your subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast.
12/18/202350 minutes, 41 seconds
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Holiday Gear Guide: Clothing, Tech, Power Meters and More

Training is more fun and effective when you’re comfortable and stoked on your gear.  Sure, you could train like Rocky in cotton sweats in the freezing cold of a Philadelphia winter, or stare at the wall of a basement on a trainer like Graeme Obree, but for most of us, having good gear makes a world of difference, whether in clothing or digital measurement and entertainment. So on this podcast we are talking about gear! We’ve got all the coaches cued up with hot picks, we are talking gear we know and love and recommend, as well as some pieces we do not own but are coveting. We’re talking about clothing. power meters, heart rate monitors, wearables, outside bikes, inside bikes, smart trainers, tires, software and more. And, we’re talking about great products from our partners where you get discounts on everything as a subscriber to Optimize - including Castelli, Stages, Ventum, Hammerhead, and Whoop.   --- Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off your subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast.
12/8/202332 minutes, 17 seconds
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Sweet Spot Series 2 of 8: How much sweet spot should you do?

What, when and how much - those are the three big questions of training.  We dig into that question for our second podcast in an 8-pod series on Sweet Spot: How much Sweet Spot should you do? There is no one-size-fits-all answer, of course, and how much Sweet Spot you should do depends on: Your ability level The time of year The type and duration of the event you are training for Your training progression from week to week In this podcast we break down several scenarios so we can leave you with a good understanding of the what, the when, and the how much. Here is a link to the chart by ability, discipline and time of year that we reference in the pod: https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/how-much-sweet-spot-training --- Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off your subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast.
12/1/202358 minutes, 59 seconds
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Sweet Spot Series 1 of 8: What the heck is Sweet Spot?!

In the spirit of annual training and periodization, now that we have covered weight lifting, the next phase of your training is the base phase. And longtime loyal listeners know we love the sweet spot - the ultimate way to build your base.   This is episode # 1 of an 8 part Series of Sweet Spot Podcasts coming up these next few weeks and months. Today we’ll cover What Sweet Spot is. In the coming weeks we’ll talk about: How Much Sweet Spot Should You Do?  When to Sweet Spot and when NOT to Sweet Spot Sweet Spotting on Group Rides Sweet Spot OTS Rides Sweet Spotting on Zwift Why Sweet Spot is Better than Zone 2 for 40+, 50+ and 60+ cyclists Sweet Spot vs Polarized In the pod we reference a physiological adaptations by training zone chart. You can view that chart here: https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/sweet-spot-versus-zone-2-training-plan-design --- Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off your subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast.
11/24/20231 hour, 1 minute, 14 seconds
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A different kind of intervals - but one that's still backed by science

At FasCat we’re all about helping you get faster and have more fun, with training methods proven by science and our experience with thousands of athletes. One thing the scientific community has proven is that taking time to be grateful makes measurable, positive effects on your life.  Going back 20 years to a study by Dr Robert Emmons, psychologists have consistently found that being grateful can have positive effects on your mental state.  Further studies since then have shown that taking time to be grateful - to count your blessings, as it were - can benefit your physical wellbeing, too. So in the spirit of doing some intervals with the aim of improving, on today’s podcast we are doing some grateful intervals, with the entire coaching staff weighing in from around the country and - in Christian's case in France - around the world. --- Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off your subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast.
11/17/202348 minutes, 6 seconds
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How to set your training plan: road, MTB, gravel and group rides!

From the Flanders Sportive to the Leadville Trail 100 to Unbound Gravel to just being fit for the group ride, riders have a wide variety of cycling goals for 2024. But how do you get there? How do you time and stack up your various training plans and goals to arrive at your event primed and ready to go?  That’s exactly what this podcast is all about. We’ll talk about the three main elements of training you need, and how to work your way backwards from your target to right here, right now.  Those three elements are: Off season training - with weights, or not Base training - with Sweet Spot Interval training / event-specific plans - with long endurance training   On this podcast we walk you through four goal scenarios, to help you understand how to tweak the training process to get where you want to go. And we’re going to tell you about how our Optimize app can automate and simplify this whole process for you - all while tracking your progress and your training-to-recovery balance. --- Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off your subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast.
11/10/202355 minutes, 18 seconds
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Want to ride 1,200km? FasCat Lisa Charlebois did

1,200 kilometers, or 745 miles. That's a long distance for an unsupported event! But that's exactly what Lisa Charlesbois did this year at Paris-Brest-Paris, arguably the oldest bicycle race in the world. She finished in 78 hours and 27 minutes, sleeping 9 hours in total during that time. On this podcast, Lisa chats with her coach Allie Legg and host Ben Delaney about training and preparing for such a monster event — and the excitement and nervousness and motivation for completing such a daunting task in another country.  --- FasCat has a new Zwift racing training plan, centered around racing on Tuesday for all you WTRL and ZRL racers out there. The plan includes the all-important race warm-up protocol on Tuesday. SBT GRVL is one of our favorite gravel events on the calendar, but getting in is tough as spots sell out via lottery in a flash. This year, we have a limited number of guaranteed entries that you can purchase with a one-on-one coaching package. Already a coached athlete? Then you can purchase a guaranteed entry here. Come train with us in April in Santa Ynez! Join the FasCat Coaches for a 5 night, 4 day training camp! Includes lodging, chef-prepared meals, Coach-led rides, airport pickup, sag support and more. --- Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off your subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast.
11/3/202358 minutes, 26 seconds
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Coach Elliott's Top 5 Tips: More... carbs, self awareness, fun, flexibility & learning

Coach and three-time U.S. MTB national champion Elliott Baring has raced all the main cycling disciplines and coaches his athletes in a wide variety of pursuits. On this podcast, he explains his Top 5 Training Tips that apply to athletes of all levels.  More is not always better, but 'more' is a theme for his top tips. Take on more carbs in races and hard training sessions. The optimal amount varies by person, but you're likely underfueling, which compromises not only that day's effort but the next day's as well. Rely on RPE (rate of perceived exertion) and speed instead of power when racing. And practice pacing with RPE in training, too! Keep things fun. Pay attention to motivation and drive, take breaks, and switch things up.  Be flexible. Going with the flow with decrease mental and physical stress, and make you a more effective athlete and a happier person.  Always be learning. Cycling's various categories are constantly evolving, as is our understanding of nutrition, training and equipment. Also, just because a pro or pro team does or uses something doesn't meant that is ideal for you. Study, test and trial new things. Announcements! FasCat has a new Zwift racing training plan, centered around racing on Tuesday for all you WTRL and ZRL racers out there. The plan includes the all-important race warm-up protocol on Tuesday. SBT GRVL is one of our favorite gravel events on the calendar, but getting in is tough as spots sell out via lottery in a flash. This year, we have a limited number of guaranteed entries that you can purchase with a one-on-one coaching package. Already a coached athlete? Then you can purchase a guaranteed entry here. Come train with us in April in Santa Ynez! Join the FasCat Coaches for a 5 night, 4 day training camp! Includes lodging, chef-prepared meals, Coach-led rides, airport pickup, sag support and more.   Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off your subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast.  
10/27/20231 hour, 1 minute, 34 seconds
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Go fast, stay warm: Clothing tips with Castelli's Alvin Nordell

Cycling clothing has come a long way in the last few years, both in terms of comfortable construction and our understanding of how it can speed us up or slow us down. On this podcast, Castelli team liaison Alvin Nordell joins Ben Delaney to talk about what the world's best atheltes use now and when, and also what all of us cyclists can and should do for clothing in various conditions. In warm weather, it's pretty easy: get a snug-fitting jersey and bibs. In cold weather, it's a bit trickier, and Alvin shares some tips from his decade-plus of experience in the clothing industry, including working with teams like Soudal—Quick-Step. Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off your subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans and strength and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast. https://fascatcoaching.com/pages/app  
10/20/202350 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ask a FasCat #26: maintaining strength as we age, balancing fitness gains with losing weight, and more

You've got training questions; we've got answers! In fact, you had so many questions last week that we extended Ask A FasCat into a two-pod series.  On this podcast, Director of Coaching Isaiah Newkirk steps up to filed an array of your questions on subjets like balancing fitness gains with losing weight, maintaining muscle and bone density as we age, rescheduling workouts during the week, indoor racing, and much more. Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off your subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans and strenght and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast. https://fascatcoaching.com/pages/app
10/13/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ask a FasCat #25: lifting weights, losing weight, boosting FTP & the Boogeyman

It's that time again: you ask training questions, and we answer. Since we had well over 100 good questions come in this time, we're breaking this episode of Ask a FasCat into two. On this podcast, FasCat Founder Frank Overton tackles questions on subjets like lifting weights, losing weight, boosting FTP & the Boogeyman. Yes, the Boogeyman. Which listener won the custom Castelli FasCat kit for the best question? Listen in and find out. Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off your subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans and strenght and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast. https://fascatcoaching.com/pages/app    
10/6/20231 hour, 36 minutes, 38 seconds
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Alternative Weightlifting Options for Cyclists

At FasCat, we're big believers in the big three for weightlifting for cyclists: the squat, the leg press, and the leg curl. (Done for a 10-week block during the off-season.) But there are plenty of other great exercises out there that can benefit you as a cyclist, too! In this podcast, we talk about the exercises we recommend throughout the year, plus some alternative to the big three, as we realize that some riders may face obstacles with the squat or leg press. Have you been enjoying the FasCat Podcast? Please leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play. Thanks! You can save 25% off your subscription to Optimize — your year-round training solution with unlimited training plans, meal plans and strenght and conditioning videos — with the code 25podcast. https://fascatcoaching.com/pages/app
9/29/20231 hour, 14 seconds
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Lift weights to get faster on the bike

The off-sesason is a great time to do a cycling-focused weightlifting regiment in order to be stronger and faster next year. Why should cyclists lift weights? How should cyclists lift weights? And how does strength gained in the gym translate to power on the bike? Frank Overton and Ben Delaney address all these issues and more in this podcast, which is #7 in an 8-part Off-Season How-To series. -- We have many off-season training plans - including weightlifting plans - to get you through the fall and winter, all of which are included in a subscription to Optimize. Use the code 25podcast to save 25% off your subscription now.
9/22/20231 hour, 1 minute, 54 seconds
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Having fun and staying fit in the off-season

Coach Isaiah Newkirk shares the ways professional and amateur athletes can switch up their routines in the off-season to take a mental break, have some fun, and still maintain fitness and even gain some strength and mobility. Some of these involve a bike; many do not! We have many off-season training plans to get you through the fall and winter, all of which are included in a subscription to Optimize. Use the code 25podcast to save 25% off your subscription now.
9/15/202357 minutes, 18 seconds
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Off-Season Training Starts Now

If you want to be faster or fitter next year, what should you be doing in the off-season? That is exactly what this podcast is about. Frank Overton and Ben Delaney walk you through when your off-season should start, what it should and shouldn't include, and specifically how you can start building yourself up right now. Use the code 25podcast to save 25% off a subscription to Optimize, your year-round trainining solution that includes unlimited training plans and access to professional FasCat Coaches who can answer your training questions.
9/8/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 4 seconds
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How to take a season break properly

As athletes, we need recovery to rebuild and come back stronger. This applies at the micro and macro levels, and applies to our mental health as well as our physical health. On this podcast, Coach Ricky Arnopol explains when, how and why to take a proper off-season break. Spoiler alert - You can still ride your bike and have fun! As most athletes have wrapped up their season, the fall can be a wonderful time to get out and enjoy being on the bike without any structure. And, yes, we all should take a week or two completely off the bike before ramping it up again. But when? Give this pod a listen. Use the code 25podcast to save 25% off a subscription to Optimize, your year-round trainining solution that includes unlimited training plans and access to professional FasCat Coaches who can answer your training questions.
9/1/202343 minutes, 37 seconds
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How to plan your 2024 season

This is the third podcast in an eight-pod how-to series. Last episode we talked about 14 ways to review your season, and on this podcast we discuss how to map our your 2024 season for maximum results and fun. Coach Jake Rylewski raced as a professional for many years, and he breaks down the full-year planning methodology for three types of athletes: coached riders Optimized subscribers self-coached athletes Ready to take your trainng to the next level? Subscribe to Optimize for unlimited training plans and access to FasCat coaches who can answer your training questions.  Start your free, 14-day trial of Optimize.  
8/25/20231 hour, 1 minute, 20 seconds
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14 ways to review your 2023 season

How did this year go for you? What were the successes? What could you have done better? And how can you build on the momentum next year? In this episode, Frank and Coach Christian walk you through a 14-point checklist of ways you can review your 2023 season with an eye on getting faster and having more fun in 2024. Relatedly, we continue to build on the momentum of our Optimize training solution app. If you haven't downloaded it yet, go check it out on the App Store or Google Play.
8/19/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 29 seconds
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How to finish strong: End-of-season training techniques

If your season is wrapping up or about to wrap up, this podcast is for you. Here, we talk about end-of-season training, and how it differs from training in the early and middle parts of your season. Some phrases and philosophies we tackle: All the Hay is in the Barn  Rest is Best Let CTL/Training Load Go  Sharpen the Sword This podcast is the first of 8 episodes where we will be talking about your training from the end of the season into the off season.  We’ll cover: End of Summer Training (this pod) Reviewing your Season  Setting Goals for 2024 The Post Season Break Off Season Training! Cross Training and Muscle Tension Intervals Weight Lifting for Cycling Alternative Movements to the traditional Squat, Leg press & Leg Curl Use the code 25podcast to save 25% on your Optimize subscription today: https://fascatcoaching.com/pages/app
8/11/202348 minutes, 7 seconds
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How to reset goals: reading the signs and making adjustments

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. This bit of life wisdom, from the inimitable Mike Tyson, certainly applies to racing bikes and our daily lives.  This podcast is all about how to reset goals after life happens.  Coach Allile Legg is a former longtime professional racer and current longtime professional coach who helps athletes of all life situations set up their goals, work towards them, and then reconfigure their goals and their plans when things inevitably… evolve, shall we say. Allie talks about the goal-setting process, signs that things are on track, signs that perhaps your training and/or your goals should be recalibrated, and how to keep moving forward as life evolves. Use the code 25podcast to save 25% on your Optimize subscription today: https://fascatcoaching.com/pages/app
8/4/202336 minutes, 39 seconds
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7 watts per kilo! The Tour, the Women's Tour, and xPower...

Seven watts per kilo. That is the number being thrown around as the new absolute best standard, courtesy Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard battling in this year’s Tour de France. Yesterday we saw Yara Kastelijn win stage 4 of the TdF Femmes with a solo attack out of a breakaway, and she was averaging 5.13w/kg over the final two categorized climbs to the finish. How much can you do? How much are your local competitors doing? How much can you improve this number? And how can we best measure this number? The devil is in the details, and we dig into all of those today - along with our new metric for measuring maximum sustainable power on the road - xPower. xPower is an advanced average of your power output that considers shorter higher-powered efforts for a true physiological representation of your power output. While Normalized Power often overestimates what a rider can do, xPower analyzes highly variable power output to give the true physiological effort. Use the code 25podcast to save 25% on your Optimize subscription today: https://fascatcoaching.com/pages/app
7/28/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 34 seconds
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5 things I wish I knew earlier: Coach Zach Gregg

Zach Gregg has twice won the US time trial national championship and currently races for the UCI Pro Continental team Project Echelon. But getting there took plenty of work and involved a few lessons learned the hard way. On this podcast, Zach shares five lessons that apply to all cyclists, plus plenty of tips on how to constantly improve - even when it feels like you're not improving! Use the code 25podcast to save 25% your subscription to Optimize, your year-round training solution that includes unlimited training plans and data visualizations of your training and recovery.
7/21/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 32 seconds
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2x US champ Travis McCabe on hard-earned lessons & rewards

Travis McCabe didn't want to work manual labor for his dad as a career, so he made a plan to be a bike racer. It took a few years, but through hard work, self-education and coaching, he made his way into the pro ranks, eventually earning two national titles and a spot on the WorldTour. As fate would have it, his entry into the WorldTour came in 2020, the same year Covid rocked the world. On this podcast, McCabe reflects on how he succeeded, the highs and lows of pro racing, and the lessons and fun he enjoys sharing with cyclists today. McCabe now works at Ventum Bikes, which recently partnered with FasCat Coaching to elevate your cycling experience through excellent gear and professional training. Subscribe to the FasCat Optimize app now for unlimited training plans and access to exclusive deals on Ventum Bikes. Use 25podcast here for 25% off your first month or start a FREE 14 day trial from the app or google play stores  
7/14/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ask a FasCat #24: the best power meters, improving sprinting power, riding the Tour de France route, and more

How can I break up big rides into chunks? What power meter do you recommend for gravel? How can I follow a training plan when traveling for work? These and many other listener questions are answered in our 24th installment of Ask A FasCat. Other subjects include improving sprinting and attacking power, periodizing for ultra-endurance events, doing power-based workouts on mountain bike trails, the difference between OTS and TSS, riding the entire Tour de France route as an amateur (!), and more. Tune in for a good one, and don't forget to update your Optimize app for the latest and greatest data visualizations!  
7/7/20231 hour, 40 minutes, 14 seconds
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SBT GRVL training, preparation and special FasCat arrangements

SBT GRVL is one of the biggest and most important gravel races in the world, and FasCat is all in on this beautiful event here in our Colorado backyard. In this episode, FasCat founder Frank Overton is joined by Ben Delaney who won the 2022 SBT GRVL Blue event to talk about all things SBT GRVL - including FasCat's SBT GRVL training plan in Optimize and the SBT GRVL training simulation ride we are hosting August 5th in Boulder, Colorado. Get on Optimize today with your 14-day free trial, and if you're doing SBT GRVL, get on our SBT plan that starts July 10.
6/30/202347 minutes, 44 seconds
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High altitude training: Leadville 100 MTB

The Leadville Trail 100 MTB is — to use an overused but perfectly apt word — epic. 105 miles of racing that starts above 10,000 feet of elevation and climbs nearly 12,000 feet. That much elevation affects and informs so many variables for racing: power, breathing, headaches, weather, recovery, eating, sleeping, and more. Joining Leadville big-buckle owner Ben Delaney on this podcast is double big-buckle owner Coach Isaiah Newkirk to discuss how riders can prepare for the myriad challenges of this special race. (At Leadville, you get a big belt buckle if you finish under nine hours. A finish time of under 12 hours earns you a small belt buckle.) 
6/23/202353 minutes, 18 seconds
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Power alone won't cut it; build your skills!

'Serious training' is sometimes perceived as doing nothing but power-based intervals, and those are important! But being able to drive a bike - in a bunch, over terrain, around corners - is also vital. And just like practicing intervals will build your strength, practicing skills will build your competence and your confidence. On this pod we talk about skills you should practice across road, cyclocross, gravel and mountain bike. Joining Ben Delaney on the podcast to preach about what we should practice is Coach Andrew Giniat, a man who practices what he preaches.
6/16/202354 minutes, 1 second
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Effective self-coaching with data

Everyone wants to improve, and there is more than one way to do so. At FasCat, we have two primary (and time-tested) methods. One-on-one coaching is the gold standard. And our training plans have worked well for thousands of athletes for many years. Plus, now that we have integrated those plans into our Optimize app, you can use your data to track your progress, training stress, recovery, and more… and coach yourself in a fun, flexible, and data-informed manner! The six primary methods of coaching are: Hire a coach Follow a training plan Self-coach Leverage your data Follow a training plan, and self coach by leveraging your data Just ride - sometimes hard, and sometimes easy  Here, we’ll go through the pros and cons of each of these, and then really dig into number 5, how you can coach yourself using our training plan inside the Optimize app that makes your data actionable and gives you access to our coaches! Start your free, 14-day trial of Optimize  
6/9/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 43 seconds
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Zone-based training is dead! ...half of the time.

Training only by zones is a sure-fire way to kill the joy of cycling and your very will to ride. Training by zones is extremely effective, and at FasCat we recommend it for about half your rides.  But for the other half of your rides, zone-based training is dead.  We dig into all the details on this podcast with Ben Delaney and Coach Ricky Arnopol, who knows a thing or two about the right way and the wrong way to train for both maximum physiological adaptations and also for what is mentally sustainable in the long term.  
6/2/202348 minutes, 11 seconds
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How to fuel for training and racing

What and how much should you eat before, during and after training rides and races? It’s a simple question, with a lot of devils in the details. On this podcast we digg into those details with FasCat Coach Sierra Sims, who has ridden and raced all the things on all the bikes - mtb, road, gravel, bikepacking - and like all of us she loves to eat, too. We talk about what your body needs for different durations and intensities, and also practical considerations for what you can actually wolf down during a crit or a long gravel race or a technical mountain bike event. Some rules of thumb for events: 2-5 hours: 30-60g carbohydrates per hour (120 - 240 calories/ hour) 5+ hours: 60-90g carbohydrates per hour (240-360 calories/hour) for long, high intensity efforts, try to eat something every 30 minutes  
5/26/202358 minutes, 58 seconds
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FasCat 20th Anniversary Celebration, Part Two

FasCat is officially 20 years old this month, and on this two-part podcast, we’re taking a long look back at the pivotal moments that formed the FasCat community.   From pioneering work on training with power to discovering that Subway’s microwaves can screw up your indoor training classes, there are all sorts of good stories in the annals of FasCat history. So many stories, in fact, that we are making this a special two-episode series.   The first podcast took you from 2003 to 2013, and this podcast brings you from 2014 to the present day.   Many things have changed in 20 years, but the one constant has been FasCat's dedication to innovating science-based ways to make you faster. Thank you for joining us on this ride.
5/19/20231 hour, 35 minutes, 13 seconds
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Celebrating 20 years of FasCat Coaching

FasCat is officially 20 years old this month, and on this two-part podcast, we’re taking a long look back at the pivotal moments that formed the FasCat community. From pioneering work on training with power to discovering that Subway’s microwaves can screw up your indoor training classes, there are all sorts of good stories in the annals of FasCat history. So many stories, in fact, that we are making this a special two-episode series. This podcast will take you from 2003 to 2013, and next week we’ll talk 2014 to 2023. Many things have changed in 20 years, but the one constant has been FasCat's dedication to innovating science-based ways to make you faster. Thank you for joining us on this ride.  
5/12/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 37 seconds
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How to climb faster with Coach Jake Rytlewski

Like many elements of cycling, climbing is at once so simple and so complex. How can you improve your climbing - especially if you live in a flat area? How should you pace climbs of different lengths? When should you stand, and when should you sit? What is the ideal cadence, and the ideal position on the bike? How should you use your core and arms? For equipment, where is the ideal balance between aerodynamics and light weight? For group tactics, where is the balance of the benefit of the draft behind a stronger rider and the danger of blowing up by going too hard? And, of course, how should one best improve that all-important watts per kilo equation? So many questions. Luckily for you listeners, we have an expert here in Coach Jake Rytlewski to guide you through this maze.  Use the code 25podcast to save 25% on an Optimize subscription now, and you'll get access to professional coaches like Jake for guidance in your training.    
5/5/202356 minutes, 11 seconds
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5 things I wish I knew when I started racing: Coach Suzie Snyder

Coach Suzie Snyder is a five-time Xterra national champion who is still racing at the international level in addition to coaching FasCat athletes of all levels. In this podcast, the veteran racer and professional coach shares five things she wish she knew when she began her professional off-road triathlon career. Listen in as she talks about the parasympethic nervous system, how contraceptives can affect training and recovery, and more. Use the code 25podcast to save 25% on an Optimize subscription now, and you'll get access to professional coaches like Suzie for guidance in your training.
4/28/202346 minutes, 15 seconds
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Gravel racing tips & tricks

Gravel continues to blow up in popularity, and FasCat is all in on helping you prepare for your next big event, whether that’s 40 miles locally or 200 miles in Emporia, Kansas.  On this podcast, Ben Delaney and Elliott Baring give you the lowdown on getting your bike dialed ahead of time, travel tips, course recon tips, hydration and nutrition strategies, pacing and drafting techniques, and more. Ben is just back from Belgian Waffle Ride California, and Coach and national champion Elliott Baring is racing gravel, road & MTB this year. Together, they've got you covered on gravel! Past podcasts for reference:  https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/gravel-skills https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/how-to-travel-to-races-like-a-pro https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/what-to-eat-on-the-bike-during-training-and-racing  
4/21/202356 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Most Important Cycling Workouts

What are the most important workouts? It's a question we get a lot at FasCat, and people ask it for two reasons. One - sometimes athletes following a training plan feel like work or family should take priority over a workout, and they want to know which workouts they should absolutely do and which they could skip. And two - all athletes want to perform at their best, and many wonder if there is some magic workout out there that will deliver them to peak performance. This podcast address that 'most important workouts' question from both angles, as Coach Isaiah Newkirk and co-host Ben Delaney bursty some bubbles and offer some real-world solutions. If you're not already using Optimize, our training solution app, then by all means use code 25podcast to save 25% off your first three months today.
4/14/202356 minutes, 56 seconds
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How and when to peak for top performance

How do you get fast? That is the underlying question behind so much of what we do at FasCat. In today's episode, we talk about how you peak for top performance by applying an overload and then a taper. Many FasCats have noticed the Two Week Taper to Peak plan we have in Optimize, our training subscription solution that includes 100+ training plans and thousands of workouts. Unlike the rest of our training plans, this one is different! One, yes, the duration: it's just two weeks. But two, and perhaps most critically, this plan only works after you have applied an overload. What's an overload? What's a taper? And how much power can you gain when you peak? Well, give this podcast a listen. If you haven't already, head over to the App Store or Google Play and download Optimize to start your training subscription today. You can save 25% off your first three months with the code 25podcast.
4/7/202357 minutes, 4 seconds
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5 things I wish I knew when I was a pro: Coach Christian Parrett

FasCat Coach Christian Parrett raced on the road as a pro for many years and learned many things. Now, with seven years of professional coaching also in the rearview mirror, there are a few things he wishes he could go back and tell his younger self. He can't do that, but on this episode he shares five of those things with you!
3/31/20231 hour, 1 minute, 50 seconds
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Apple Watch Optimize integration is here!

Optimize, our next-generation training and data analytics platform, now works with Apple Watch to balance your recovery data in the form of nightly HRV and Sleep with your training data from your power meter. Optimize balances an athlete’s training and recovery — both now measurable through traditional power meters and modern wearables — to deliver actionable daily insights. "FasCat athletes have been asking for Apple Watch integration, and we are happy to now have this as one more wearable option athletes can use to track their recovery and balance it with their training within Optimize," said FasCat founder Frank Overton.  On this podcast Frank and Ben Delaney discuss Frank's experience beta testing Apple Watch with Optimize - and argue about whether you should put your smartphone on your handlebars...
3/24/202357 minutes, 33 seconds
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Inside the coach/athlete relationship: A live coaching call

So how exactly does one-on-one coaching work? On this episode, we take you inside the weekly call of Coach Jake Rytlewski and Zach Hoover, so you can experience the details that are discussed and the methodology used. While nearly all of our FasCat Coaches are completely booked now for one-on-one coaching, you can access and utilize their knowledge and understanding and love of the sport through an Optimize subscription. Inside the Optimize app, you can ask our coaches training questions, such as which training plan is right for you based on your target event. Our Coaches take turns working shifts inside Optimize to answer your questions, Monday through Friday.  Head over to the App Store or Google Play now to download Optimize and start your free 14-day trial!
3/17/202355 minutes, 34 seconds
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Optimized Coaching delivers personalized training advice and unlimited plans

What’s up FasCat listeners? Chances are, if you listen to our podcast you enjoy the coaching wisdom we share, and maybe you like the idea of working personally with a coach - but that might not be financially feasible. We have a solution for you! Today we are going to describe how an Optimized subscription is like working with a professional coach but at a fraction of the cost.  Our Optimized subscription is an affordable coaching solution at less 80% less than the cost of hiring a 1x1 Coach.  For $35 a month you get access to all our training plans AND personalized coaching advice for which plans to select to achieve your goals. Here’s how it works: Step 1. Download the Optimized App and subscribe. Step 2. Click the ⍰ icon inside Optimize to access our team of professional coaches. Tell us what you are training for, and we’ll respond with personalized coaching advice and tell you which training plans to follow. Step 3. Sync your ride data and wearable data* (FREE Whoop band w/ Optimized Subscription**) . Step 4. Keep asking coaching questions about which training phase to do next. Here’s an example of how it works: Athlete Jane has an event with lots of climbing that’s 12 weeks away. She lets us know her goal in Optimize, and we suggest that she follows our Sweet Spot Part 3 plan for six weeks and then our Climbing Intervals plan for the next six weeks. This will build her base, increase her threshold power, and set her up for success in 12 weeks. Here’s another example: Athlete Joe has started to race and wants to do group rides to balance out the hard days with the easy days. We will recommend that he follows in our In-Season Road Intervals Plan, or that he does our Sweet Spot Part 4 plan to increase FTP with mid-week VO2 intervals balanced with long, fun rides on Saturdays.  Wondering what to do? Which plans to choose? Just ask a FasCat Coach.  In the App hit the ⍰ in the upper right corner or email [email protected] Subscribe HERE and start training for your goals today! *Optimize will tell you to train more or less and help you track your recovery. Don’t have a wearable? No problem, you don’t need one to follow a plan. In fact - all you need to follow a plan and improve is a stopwatch timer!  Simple, effective, and fun.  **But if you want a wearable we’ll give you a Whoop for FREE once subscribed! Good luck with your training and we hope to help you from within Optimize soon. 
3/10/202359 minutes, 12 seconds
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Six reasons to do group rides

At FasCat Coaching, we are big fans of the group ride. They're fun, and they can be very effective training.  In this episode, we detail the six reasons why you should incorporate a group ride or two into your regular training. We talk about the three kinds of group rides. And we explain some 'how to' and some 'how not to' tips and tricks about group rides, including when it's too much (or too little!). For unlimited access to all our training plans and workouts, subscribe now to Optimize. We have a 14-day free trial from the App or Google Play Stores or use 25podcast for 25% off on fascatcoaching.com 
3/3/202358 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ted King on racing with Peter Sagan, bikepacking, and more

Ted King raced as a professional on the road for years, working his way up through the American domestic ranks to join the world's best in Europe, where he raced alongside Peter Sagan for a couple of years with the three-time world champion when Sagan was at the top of his game. Ted King worked with FasCat Coaching for a number of his years racing — including some time undercover! — and on this podcast FasCat Founder Frank Overton and Ted talk about their early forays into training with power, what it was like to be one of two Americans on an Italian-speaking European team, and Ted's upcoming XL'ent Adventures and plan to tackle the Tour Divide.
2/24/20231 hour, 52 seconds
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Which training numbers matter? A special episode from FasCat Camp

Cycling computers have hundreds of potential data field configurations, with scores of variations on power, tss, heart rate, speed, altitude, temperature, time, blood glucose, pace partners, and on and on. But how many data fields can you actually look at while riding? And further, which are actionable on the bike?  On this podcast, we dig into exactly that - the numbers that matter - both for when you are on the bike, and then for post-ride analysis after. We recorded this episode at The Cycling House in Tucson, Arizona, where we are holding FasCat Camp this week. https://thecyclinghouse.com/  
2/17/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 36 seconds
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Wintertime training mistakes to avoid - Don't be the group ride hero!

There are two basic mistakes you can make with your training in the winter. (And yes, it's still winter for many of us!) Mistake #1: doing too much Mistake #2: doing too little But how do you know how much is just right? Coach Ricky Arnopol digs into the details with Ben Delaney on the micro and macro levels.  Ricky and his Project Echelon teammates are just back from racing the Mallorca Challenge in Spain alongside the likes of WorldTour teams like Ineos Grenadiers and Soudal Quick-Step, so Ricky first shares some stories of his adventures there.    
2/10/202344 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ask a FasCat #23

Your questions poured in for Ask a FasCat #23. Listen in as we dive into bike handling, HRV improvement, strength training, and much, much more. One lucky winner gets a Whoop 4.0, and everyone who wrote in with a question will get a discount on a Whoop. Here are a few links to resources we mention in the podcast: How to properly taper for peak performance podcast: https://fascatcoaching.libsyn.com/how-to-properly-taper-for-peak-performance Five Fundamentals for Faster: https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/five-fundamentals-for-faster What does HRV mean and 9 ways to improve it: https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/what-does-my-hrv-mean
2/3/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 34 seconds
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Inside WorldTour Success with Joanne Kiesanowski

Three-time Olympian Joanne Kiesanowksi is team director for Human Powered Health, which just kicked off the WorldTour road racing season with a stage win and a white jersey at the Down Tour Under in Australia. In this episode, Joanne speaks with Ben Delaney about how the team trains for such a long and intense season that spans the globe, as well as how they monitor recovery, how their training numbers compare to racing numbers, and how Joanne herself squeezes in workouts when living out of a suitcase. Frank Overton also joins the pod and invites you to go buy our sweet new Castelli FasCat kit: http://teamorder.serviziocorse.com/index.aspx?pc=C90AFFB6-B152-41AA-8E9F-FC1EF62FFEF2 We have short- and longsleeve jerseys, Free Aero bib shorts, and vests on offer. Order before the store closes on February 8th!
1/27/20231 hour, 1 second
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How to do a DIY training camp with tips from the pros

Training camps come in all shapes and sizes from professional-team operations to destination camps for amateurs to DIY camps that you can do at home simply by taking a couple of days off work. In this podcast, Coaches Allie Legg, Elliott Baring and Suzie Snyder share their experiecne with what works well and what doesn't, and explain how you can create your own camp to build up your fitness, improve your skills, bond with teammates and friends, and just have a heck of a lot of fun. These three coaches have all raced at the professional level and now enjoy helping riders of all abilites get the most out of their training. 
1/20/202349 minutes, 1 second
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The Five Fundamentals of Faster

Improving doesn’t have to be complicated! Coach Isaiah Newkirk and Ben Delaney walk you through five things that can increase your power output, raise your threshold, help you lose some weight, and perhaps even achieve better balance in your life. When we say simple, we mean simple in concept. And, frankly, they aren’t too hard to do in practice, either; you just need to be mindful and commit to them. THE FIVE FUNDAMENTALS FOR GETTING FASTER ARE: Be consistent & flexible  Ride more Do zone-based training Rest Practice good nutrition
1/13/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 51 seconds
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How to train for gravel and other long endurance events

Good news, FasCats! Belgian Waffle Ride announced today that we are the Official Coaching and Training Plan Technology Partner of their excellent series, which includes events from Arizona to Canada this year. We are honored to have Belgian Waffle Ride founder Michael Marckx as a guest on the podcast today. For 2023, we have 6 and 12 Week Training Plans created specifically for the BWR events in Arizona, California, British Columbia, North Carolina, Utah, and Kansas. Hand in hand with this great news, this podcast episode is all about how to train for long gravel and other long endurance events. Plug in and get ready for a great 2023!
1/6/202358 minutes, 25 seconds
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How to prioritize events for optimal training and enjoyment

As much as we'd all like to be Wout van Aert — who is seemingly able to be on flying form year-round — most of us can only peak a couple of times a year. Further, real life prevents us from attending every single event on the calendar that looks fun. So, we need to prioritize. But how? This podcast comes with an interactive homework assignment to walk you through how you can set up your event and training calendar for 2023.
12/30/20221 hour, 1 minute, 25 seconds
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How to plan your 2023 season

The new year is right around the corner, and quality events abound in 2023. Chances are, you already have a few events on your calendar. But do you have your training plan or training plans dialed in? In this episode, we explain how you can set up your training now, going through various timing scenarios for target events that are in the spring, the summer, and the fall. We also explore how you can build some flexibility into your training to maximize both good athletic results and a happy family life. Happy holidays and happy new year! 
12/23/20221 hour, 1 minute, 35 seconds
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9 ways to recover better and get faster with improved HRV

Improving as an endurance athlete requires two things: training and recovery. The better you recover, the more effective training you can do, and the more improvements you can make. But how to recover better? Here are 9 ways. They're all pretty easy to understand; some are easy to do, and some take a bit of work. But all are very effective, and we know this because we are using HRV (heart rate variability) as the metric. A high HRV means you're primed for good training; a low HRV means you might need some more recovery. Similarly, if you have a wearable device like an Oura or a Whoop, you can track how things like alcohol and poor sleep lower your HRV. And you can track how improving your diet, your sleep habits, and your stress level can raise your HRV. Tune in for 9 ways to up your HRV, up your recovery, and up your endurance athletics game.
12/16/202259 minutes, 28 seconds
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Winter outdoor training tips and tricks - have fun and stay warm!

Indoor training has its time and place, particularly in the winter, but riding outside is what we love to do, right? On this episode, Coach Isaiah Newkirk and Ben Delaney talk through what you need to get outside and train comfortably and effectively when it's cold. We talk clothing tips (hats and jackets and booties and fabrics we love), we talk nutrition strategies (hello, hot drinks!), and we talk about what's important and what's not. Put on some hot tea and cue this one up! 
12/9/202254 minutes, 44 seconds
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How and why FasCat created the Optimize training platform

On this podcast, FasCat founder and cohost Ben Delaney talk about the new Optimize training platform - what it is, what it does, and really what drove Frank and the team to create it - which was you, the endurance athlete & podcast listener! We also talk about how we are changing our business from selling single plans to selling subscriptions for unlimited training plans in the Optimize app, which tracks how your training is going with a proprietary algorithm that takes into accounts data from your power meter, your heart rate monitor, and your wearable like a Whoop, Oura, or Garmin watch. Optimize has two three parts: Training shows you each day's prescribed workouts and your completed rides in a calendar. The Optimize section shows your Sleep, HRV, OTS and Load numerically, and then your Optimization score numerically and visually in a color-coded graphic. This is the Needle - the summation of how your training and recovery are balancing. And then the Library is where our entire collection of training plans, workouts, meal plans and recipes is stored, all of which are available to subscribers.  Head to the App Store or Google Play store and download Optimize today!
12/2/20221 hour, 1 minute, 35 seconds
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Grateful FasCats - The Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving, FasCats! We made a special edition this week: In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we dedicated this episode to the people and things for which we are grateful this year. Each of our coaches and even a few FasCat athletes check in on this episode. At FasCat we are all grateful for you, our cycling community. The Big Cat would like to take this time to remimd you to Work Hard, Ride Fast, Enjoy Thanksgiving, and FTFP.  
11/23/202245 minutes, 47 seconds
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Zwift tips and tricks for training and gear

Winter is upon many of us, and Coach Jake Rytlewski and Ben Delaney are in indoor cycling mode. Perhaps you are, too. On this episode, Jake and Ben chat about what works well for them and what doesn't work so well, in terms of training, habits, hardware, and other indoor gear. Coach Jake is a Level 50 Zwifter, former professional racer and longtime professional coach. Ben is a level 48 Zwifter who once did a 500km indoor ride for charity. Both are dads who appreciate the time savings, social elements, and fun and challenge of Zwift. Want to get on a training plan or work directly with Coach Jake? Head on over to FasCatCoaching.com and use the code 25PODCAST to save 25% off your first purchase.   
11/18/202250 minutes, 50 seconds
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Walking the walk: FasCat coaches go UCI pro for 2023

FasCat coaches Ricky Arnopol and Zach Gregg will be racing at the UCI Continental level in 2023 as part of Project Echelon, for which FasCat coach Isaiah Newkirk is the performance director. On this pod, Ricky and Zach talk about how they are training, and how the FasCat athletes they coach are training this winter. A lot of the same principles apply... Zach Gregg also reveals that he is shooting for a spot on Team USA for the 2024 Olympic Games in Team Pursuit. Ready to start training with a plan or a coach like Ricky or Zach? Head on over to FasCatCoaching.com and use the code 25podcast to save 25% off your first plan now.
11/11/202257 minutes, 52 seconds
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How to reinvigorate your training & have more fun

The joy of training. At this point in the year, the words 'training' and 'joy' may not be sounding like chocolate and peanut butter to many of you out there. Which is exactly why we’re talking about it now. We’re at a funny point in time with endurance sports. We can measure and track the minute of so many things that is can be easily to be overwhelmed by it all.  So here's the solution: go have fun. On this episode, FasCat founder Frank Overton and cohost Ben Delaney dig into the roots of coaching and training, and offer some simple solutions to getting faster through having fun on your rides. 
11/4/202248 minutes, 34 seconds
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Whoop vs Oura: The FasCat test + academic studies

Which wearable is better, the Whoop or the Oura? Frank and Ben have been wearing both for month and tracking the daily data. On this podcast, they share their insights on each. Plus, they dig into two academic studies that investigated wearables for their accuracy in measuring sleep, heart rate, heart rate variability, and more. Don't have time to listen right now? Here's the summary: both Whoop and Oura are excellent for tracking HR, HRV, and total sleep time, but aren't yet accurate for tracking stages of sleep.     
10/28/202250 minutes, 9 seconds
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World Cups, World Champ tattoos & fighting cancer: Sunny Gilbert interview

How many people do you know who check one of these three boxes: -has raced UCI World Cup cyclocross this year -has the tattoo from winning the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships -uses their PhD to help people with cancer Not many, right? Well, FasCat athlete Sunny Gilbert checks all three boxes, and on this episode she chats with her longtime Coach Isaiah Newkirk and host Ben Delaney about how she balances everything. As endurance athletes, only the professionals get to focus exclusively on training and racing — and even they stumble on life's twists and turns. Here, Sunny and Isaiah talk about keeping things in perspective, listening to the body and consulting the numbers, and keeping it fun! Want to get on board with a Coach like Isaiah. Head on over to FasCatCoaching.com to meet our Coaches. You can also use the code "25podcast" to get 25% off your first training plan on FasCatCoaching.com, where we have more than 1,000 five-star reviews.
10/21/202246 minutes, 27 seconds
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Strength & Conditioning for Road, MTB, Gravel & Tri

To lift, or not to lift? That is the question. Or, more specifically, how and when should bike riders and endurance athletes lift weights? What should roadies do? What should triathletes do? What about mountain bike and gravel? Here to guide us through the why and the how is Coach Suzie Snyder, just back from the Xterra world championships. Suzie is an NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist and a five-time national Xterra champion. Coach Suzie explains some general principles that apply to all endurance athletes, then breaks down some specific strength and conditioning exercises that each type of athlete should do. Here are five videos with Suzie demonstrating quick and effective strength and conditioning exercises: https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/video-5-quick-effective-strength-conditioning-exercises Be sure to use the code "25podcast" to get 25% off your first training plan on FasCatCoaching.com. All our plans are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee and we have more than 1,000 five-star reviews.    
10/14/202253 minutes, 21 seconds
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Busted! 8 Sweet Spot Myths Debunked

The term Sweet Spot is now used all the time when riders are talking about training. Countless cyclists have improved because of it. But sometimes the term gets used incorrectly — and sometimes the HOW and WHEN To Sweet Spot also gets muddled. So today we are going to clear all that up, by tackling 8 Sweet Spot Myths, and hopefully leaving you with a better understanding of what Sweet Spot is - and ISN’T - so that you can use this knowledge to get faster and stronger, and have more fun Sweet Spotting! Ready to get on the Sweet Spot train for 2023? Head over to fascatcoaching.com and use the code ”25podcast” to receive 25% off your first FasCat training plan. All our plans are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee and we have 1,000 five-star reviews.
10/7/202259 minutes, 48 seconds
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23 hot gravel events for 2023, with Betsy Welch

It's time to start dreamin' and schemin' about your 2023 season, and on this episode we've got 23 suggestions of gravel races you could do. While road and mountain-bike events might be somewhat limited in certain parts of the U.S., gravel events are popping off every weekend in seemingly every state in the country. So, we brought in gravel reporter and gravel racer Betsy Welch to break down 23 of the best gravel races in the lower 48. Betsy and Ben Delaney talk about the what and the why, and Frank Overton breaks down the how, in terms of training and strategy. Ready to get locked and loaded for 2023? Head over to fascatcoaching.com and use the code ”25podcast” to receive 25% off your first FasCat training plan. All our plans are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee and we have 1,000 five-star reviews.
9/30/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 44 seconds
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Which wearables are best? Expert tech reviewer Des Yap of DesFit explains

Apple just launched three new watches with measurements for sleep cycles, HRV, blood oxygen levels, and many other things, and Des Yap of the DesFit YouTube Channel was in California for Apple’s presentation. After testing and posting reviews on all three, Des came and joined Frank and Ben for a chat about what's new and interesting with wearables. Des specializes in wearable technology like smart watches and fitness and recovery trackers. Which is exactly what this episosde is about: tools like Whoop, Oura, Garmin, and Apple that track your sleep, HRV, and other things and how you can use that data to improve your cycling - or running, swimming, nordic skiing — any endurance sport pursuit. Frank and Ben have a lot of questions for Des, chief among them: as someone who has tested all the top wearbles, which wearable do you like best, and why?  First, head over to fascatcoaching.com and be sure to use the code ”25podcast” to receive 25% off your first FasCat training plan. All our plans are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee and we have nearly 1,000 five-star reviews.
9/23/202254 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ask a FasCat #22: HRV, post-event blues, balancing work and training, and more

Our 'Ask a FasCat' episodes are always fun because we take your questions, give them some thought, and FasCat founder Frank Overton delivers advice on a wide range of topics. On this episode, we dig into HRV, weight training, weight loss, overcoming plateaus, dealing with post-event blues, which workouts to prioritize when traveling, and much more. Ready to move forward with your training? Head over to fascatcoaching.com and be sure to use the code”25podcast” to receive 25% off your first FasCat training plan. All our plans are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee and we have nearly 1,000 five-star reviews. Reference links mentioned in show: What to eat before early workouts:  https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/video-effective-fueling-for-early-morning-workouts Using your Powermeter for Weight Loss Training:  https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/using-your-powermeter-for-weight-loss What it takes to be a FasCat Coach, as relates to our Mission Statement and Core Values: https://fascatcoaching.com/pages/our-values What makes a good coach: https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/what-makes-a-good-coach Coach Jake's tip (and demonstration) on using Zwift to FtFP his way to 200 TSS on his training plan: https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/sweet-spot-tss-rides-indoors University of Queensland study 'A Validation of Six Wearable Devices for Estimating Sleep, Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability in Healthy Adults' funded the Austrialian Institute of Sport: https://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/22/16/6317/htm  
9/16/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 54 seconds
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How to Use Power Data to Review Your Season

Top athletes are always looking ahead and planning long term. One of the best ways of doing this is by taking time to look back at how your training went this year: what went right, what went wrong, and what edits might help you improve next year. Using power data to review your season is an invaluable tool. With TrainingPeaks, you can use these charts to lay out some quick metrics to track your season.  On this podcast, coaches Isaiah Newkirk and Frank Overton talk with Ben Delaney about how to do exactly that. Ready to move forward with your training? Head over to fascatcoaching.com and be sure to use the code”25podcast” to receive 25% off your first FasCat training plan. All our plans are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee and we have nearly 1,000 five-star reviews. Other relevant info: Use your power data to find the right training approach (video) Text version of this podcast  
9/9/202258 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Five Pillars of Off-Season Training

Off-season training doesn't mean off the bike! In fact, the time away from competition is the best time to improve and build your body up for racing.  In this podcast, we dig into the five pillars of off-season training: creating the Annual Training Plan, the fall foundation, lifting weights, Sweet Spot base, and adding intervals. Before you get going on your off-season training, take a break! In this pod we touch on OTS - Optimized Training Stress. For a deep-dive on this cutting edge new metric, check out this podcast with Dr. Phil Skiba. Our popular Ask a FasCat podcast is coming up soon, so get your questions in at forum.FasCatCoaching.com, via chat at FasCat Coaching.com or via email at [email protected] by September 8th. We are giving away a new Garmin Forerunner 955 to the listener with the most thoughtful question!  And the ForeRunner 955 measures your sleep and HRV and will be compatible with our new app Optimize! Ready to get on the 30-week Off-Season Training Plan? Head over to fascatcoaching.com and be sure to use the code”25podcast” to receive 25% off your first FasCat training plan. All our plans are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee and we have nearly 1,000 five-star reviews.
9/2/202252 minutes, 43 seconds
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How to improve your cycling through good sleep.

We all know that we need good sleep for optimal recovery and performance on the bike, but many of us still skimp on getting enough quality rest. We break down some simple tips and tricks for improving your nightly rest so you can fully recover and prime yourself for quality training and racing. We also drop some science from recent studies on sleep and athletic performance, as well as some suggestions for natural sleep aids and a list of things to avoid. -- Feeling tired and need a break from the season? We got you. Here are some tips on how to best take an off-season break: https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/post-season-break Ready to move on to the next phase? Here is a 30-week plan for training in the off-season: https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/off-season-training-plan Don’t forget to use the code "25podcast" to receive 25% off your first FasCat training plan. All our plans are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee and we have close to 1,000 five star reviews. https://fascatcoaching.com/pages/reviews-feed
8/26/202248 minutes, 12 seconds
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Euro Road vs US Gravel with Coach Ricky Arnopol

Fresh off pro racing in Europe on the road this summer, Coach Ricky Arnopol joined five of his Project Echelon teammates at SBT GRVL, the big gravel race in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. On this episode, Ricky and show cohost Ben Delaney talk about the similarities and differences between the two styles of racing in terms of tactics, power numbers, stress, and fun. There are four distances at SBT GRVL, and Ben won the 100-mile Blue course in the men's division, with Tiffany Cromwell of Canyon-SRAM taking the women's Blue title. Keegan Swenson and Lauren De Crescenzo won the 140-mile Black race that Ricky participated in. You can see Ben's power file and analysis up on fascatcoaching.com now. The whole FasCat team who attended SBT GRVL had a great time, so much so that we have even bigger plans for 2023, when we hope that you can join us in Steamboat for long weekend. Further, we are cooking up an SBT gravel training camp for next year, likely in June.   Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off.   Follow us on Instagram for training tips: @fascatcoaching
8/19/20221 hour, 2 minutes
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3 U.S. champion FasCats explain how they trained for and achieved their titles

Many racers dream of winning a national title and wearing the jersey, but few achieve it. On this podcast, we talk with not one but three FasCat athletes about how they achieved their goals of winning at the U.S. national championships. FasCat coach Zach Gregg won the amateur U.S. time trial title (after placing fourth in the pro TT), and two athletes he coaches also scored jerseys as Patrick Welch won the U23 TT and Liam Flanagan won the U23 criterium. On this podcast, the three racers talk about the demands of juggling racing, school, and work, and about the dynamics of the coach-athlete relationship. Tune in for some insights about their methodology for success. Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off. Get daily training tips from us weekly over on Instagram: @fascatcoaching.
8/12/20221 hour, 1 minute, 38 seconds
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TdF Femmes W/KG, fatigue, and recovery with Nina Buijsman of Human Powered Health

What sort of watts per kilo does it take to compete in the biggest race in the world? Today we are talking about power-to-weight ratios, the cumulative effects of fatigue, and how training compares to racing. And what better context for these topics than the biggest race in the world, the Tour de France Femmes. Today we are delighted to be talking with Nina Buijsman of Human Powered Health. Nina raced the Tour de France Femmes and seemed to get stronger each day, or at least placed better every day, finishing 21st on the brutally steep Super Planche stage 8 to finish 25th overall. On this podcast we talk about the cumulative effects of fatigue, and how training compares to racing, and what Nina’s experience was in terms of her power data, her sleep data, and how she felt throughout the Tour de France Femmes.
8/5/202253 minutes, 3 seconds
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Four Key Cyclocross Skills to Master

Dig out that cowbell and get your skinsuit ready — cyclocross is coming! Whether you're a beginner or a veteran, FasCat is here to help you fine tune your skills so you can get the most out of this season. Coach Andrew Giniat is an UCI Elite ’cross racer who has honed his chops racing World Cups in Europe, and on this podcast he breaks down the four key skills you need to have. Andrew and host Ben Delaney break down the mechanics of starts, cornering, dismounting & remounting, and dealing with obstacles.  Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off. After digging into the basics of these four skills, Andrew and Ben take another, deeper pass with pro tips for racers for whom this year isn't their first rodeo. No matter if you're planning on your first race or your 91st, these four skills are vital, and can always be refined. Are you ready? Get actionable training tips on Instagram: @fascatcoaching
7/29/20221 hour, 1 minute, 49 seconds
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How Elite Pros and Everyday Athletes Use RPE to Guide Racing and Training

Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off. Power meters, heart-rate monitors and other technology are excellent tools for training and racing. But your body is also an excellent tool for measurement.  On this podcast, Coach Suzie Snyder talks with Ben Delaney about Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) — its history in science and its everyday applications for athletes from beginners to world-class pros. For instance, Coach Suzie just won her fifth Xterra National Championship relying heavily on RPE. Suzie and Ben talk about what you can do with RPE in Avon, Colorado, on site of the Xterra National Championship. Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off. Get daily training tips from us weekly over on Instagram: @fascatcoaching.
7/22/202232 minutes, 7 seconds
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5 Tips to Get Faster Using Accountability in Your Training

Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off. Having a solid, science-based plan is one thing — but following it is another. Having someone — or something — hold you accountable can help you stay on track in multiple ways. On this podcast, FasCat founder Frank Overton and new FasCat content director Ben Delaney talk about how everyone benefits from being held accountable — including the top pros. Ben just joined the FasCat team after 20 years in cycling media. You may have read his stories, listened to his podcasts, or seen his videos on VeloNews, BikeRadar, Cyclingnews, CyclingTips, or other outlets. Frank and Ben talk about how vital accountability is in training, from the perspectives of what they have seen over two decades working with professional athletes and enthusiast racers. Tune in to hear five tips for using accountability to improve as an athlete. Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off. Get daily training tips from us weekly over on Instagram: @fascatcoaching.
7/15/202246 minutes, 32 seconds
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Coaches Roundtable: How To Train/Race in this Summer Heat

Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off. It is HOT outside. We are feeling it and we know you are, too. So, how do we navigate through riding in this heat to continue to progress? More importantly, how do you navigate racing in events that are going to be hotter than what you currently train in? Don't worry, you're about to get all the answers you need! In this episode of the FasCat podcast, we dive into the specifics on how to deal with this heat. It's a coaches round table edition, which means you get advice from not just Coach Frank, but from the entire team. The coaches touch on the science of training in the heat, how exactly the heat affects your performance and power output, practical coaching guidelines, and ways you can become better heat adapted.  Coach Frank is joined by FasCat Coaches, Zach Gregg, Jake Rytlewski, our new multisport Coach Suzie Snyder, as well as new Coach Andrew Giniat and our nutrition coach Dr. Lauren Costantini.  Just a reminder: Our CX Coaching Deal is live but expires July 15th. Get 6 months of cyclocross specific coaching from now all the way through December for the price of 5 months. We even waive the $99 start up fee for a grand total of over $200 in savings. Coach Andrew is leading the charge as a professional cyclocross athlete and he’s wide open to share his knowledge with you through 1x1 custom coaching to help you have a great cyclocross season. Head over to fascatcoaching.com to sign up now. What we discuss: The science of training/racing in heat How heat affects performance and power output Practical coaching cuidelines What you can do to become better heat adapted How to race in heat that is hotter than you've been training Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off. Get daily training tips from us weekly over on Instagram: @fascatcoaching.
7/8/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 49 seconds
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Coach Andrew Giniat: 5 Simple Steps for Overcoming a Plateau

Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off. Are you stuck on a plateau?! Are you struggling with physical gains where you can't seem to increase your power output? Or, are you struggling with performance gains where you can't seem to place higher on the leader board? Whichever plateau you're stuck on, this podcast episode is for you.  Coach Frank is joined by Coach Andrew to discuss the low hanging fruit you can implement in your training right away. Coach Andrew Giniat is our newest FasCat coach. Andrew comes to us from Asheville, NC and is a criterium, cyclocross and road coach. He races for the CS Velo at the professional level on the road and the Pony Shop for cyclocross. Plus, we have a Cyclocross Coaching Deal going on right now that gives you six months of cx coaching with Coach Andrew for the price of five months. Don’t delay because space is limited and this deal expires July 15th. Click here to sign up now:  fascatcoaching.com/collections/cyclocross/products/cyclocross-coaching-deal What Coach Frank and Andrew discuss: 00:00 - Intro/announcements 9:30 - Two types of plateaus 22:00 - When your body needs rest  25:00 - Evaluating your CTL 27:00 - Are you training too much? 28:00 - Changing your stimulus 42:00 - Increasing volume 49:00 - Sleeping more 52:00 - Nutrition 55:00 - Wearables Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off. Get daily training tips from us weekly over on Instagram: @fascatcoaching.
7/1/20221 hour, 42 seconds
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Ask a FasCat #21

Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off. Welcome to our very long overdue episode format: "Ask a FasCat". In this episode, FasCat Mike Dee reads off our athlete submitted questions and FasCat Founder, Coach Frank gives us rapid fire answers. If you're ready to nerd out on the data science of training and how to structure your training based on different scenarios, this episode is for you. At the end of this episode, we give away an Oura Ring to the best asked question, so stay tuned to find out if YOUR answer won! A few questions Coach Frank answers: Should you be moving your power around during sweet spot training?  Is an indoor trainer better for training? Which wearable is most accurate? Good calorie-dense foods that aren’t gels and bars that are GI friendly? How do you psychologically get through a climb when you don’t know how much more you have to go?  How to increase fitness between races during the season?  How to prepare for an event that’s at altitude but live at sea level? How to race while also training for an Iron Man?  Does standard FTP test give you better data than a 20 min FTP test?  Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off. Get daily training tips from us weekly over on Instagram: @fascatcoaching.
6/24/20221 hour, 27 minutes, 13 seconds
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Five In-Season Training Mistakes to Avoid

Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off. Are you making one of thse five in-season training mistakes?! You could be putting in max effort this season, but if you are making one of these mistakes, it doesn't matter how much effort you are putting in, you're going to fail to see the results you want. Don't worry, Coach Frank explains these mistakes in detail and helps you understand how and why to avoid these mistakes. What we discuss: - Group ride 3 or more times a week - Racing every weekend - Under-recovering after a weekend of racing and travel - Not going back to base at some point after a midseason break (even for just a few weeks) - Not training specifically for your event with intervals that meet the power demands of your goal events - Trying to lose weight in the middle of the race season Get daily training tips from us weekly over on Instagram: @fascatcoaching. Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off.
6/16/202225 minutes, 9 seconds
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Coaches Round Table: How to Proceed After an Epic Event

Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off. In the spirit of Unbound Gravel just wrapping up, we thought it would be timely to have a discussion about how to proceed forwards after an epic event. In this episode of the FasCat podcast, Coach Frank, Allie, Isaiah, Jake, and Zack do a deep dive into their own standard protocols for their riders for navigating recovery after an epic event. How many weeks should you take to recover, what should your nutrition look like, when should your next event be, and what should your first workouts look like are just a few of the questions they get answered for us!  What they discuss: 3:30 - How do you define an epic event? 7:00 - When can you resume to training after an epic event?  11:00 - What data do you look at after an epic event? 20:00 - What you need to focus on after the epic event 24:30 - Best recovery plan to follow 33:00 - How to get back into your training 40:00 - Factoring in age into recovery  55:00 - Picking your events wisely Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off.
6/10/20221 hour, 20 seconds
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Marisa Boaz: Unbound Gravel 100 Women's Champion

FasCat Athlete, Marisa Boaz, won one of the top gravel races in the world: Unbound Gravel (100).  In this episode, Marisa gives us a play-by-play of the race and inside look into what it took to take home the gold. From racing with Peter Sagan, the mud, her husband to parenting her 4 children, Marisa shares her story and journey into gravel racing and talks a little bit about her future goals this Summer and beyond.   Big congrats to Coach Isaiah Newkirk on their fine coach-athlete work together.  Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off your next training plan!
6/7/202241 minutes, 1 second
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Are You Coachable?! (The Do's and Don'ts for Getting the Most Out of Your Coaching)

  In our 20 years of working with athletes, we always notice that some athletes get more out of their coaching than others. It's not usually about which athlete has the most time to train or the most talent. Instead, there's a variety of attributes that combine to make an athlete coachable–and the more an athlete is coachable, the more time a coach has to dedicate to the most important aspects of making the athlete faster.    So what does it take to be coachable? What are the attributes you need to ensure you are getting the most out of your coaching? What mistakes do you need to avoid to make coaching you easier for your coach? We answer all these questions for you in this episode of the FasCat Coaching podcast. Coach Frank and Coach Christian dive into their coaching guidelines and explain why it’s so important to follow them if you want to get the most out of your coaching.   What they discuss:   5:00 - Why you need to get your coach accurate data   12:00 - Come to your coaching calls prepared    26:00 - Being open to addressing your obstacles   40:00 - Being adaptable with your schedule and communicating your schedule with your coach   50:00 - Defining communications styles between the rider and the coach   59:00 - Defining boundaries   
6/3/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 13 seconds
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How to Properly Taper for Peak Performance

Summer Kickoff special: Free interval training plan if you buy our 16-sweet spot plan first. Use SUMMER22 to redeem over at FasCatCoaching.com Have you ever heard of the expression "All the hay is in the barn" ? To many cyclists and farmers alike it has great meaning: the hard work is over and now it is time to reap the benefits of a job well done.   In order to 'peak', you need to reduce your training load and 'taper down' into peak form.   One to two weeks before your "A race" further fitness gains are unlikely, i.e. the barn is full - you've made the hay. The temptation to train more should be met with firm resistance. Instead, consider a well planned taper in your training plan design.   That is exactly what you teach you how to do in this episode of the FasCat Training podcast. Coach Frank and Coach Jake give us a deep dive into how to taper, how to plan your overload before tapering, and how to ensure you are taper correctly and not just giving yourself a rest week. If you’re ready to nerd out on all things tapering, this podcast episode is for yoU!   What we discuss:   How we design overloads and tapers  Practical and specific real world examples of how to taper Cycling for peak performance How we prescribe overloads for athletes before initiating their taper. Typical guidelines, weekly hours, CTL for a taper Our go-to taper length What taper weeks look like What type of tapers we prescribe for athletes who are competing in different types of events How we use the performance manager chart to plan a taper.    Check out our Taper blog post here: https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/tapering-in-cycling-for-peak-performance?_pos=1&_sid=ce941accf&_ss=r Summer Kickoff special: Free interval training plan if you buy our 16-sweet spot plan first. Use SUMMER22 to redeem over at FasCatCoaching.com.
5/27/202247 minutes, 13 seconds
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Upcoming Podcasts: Being Coachable, Tapering, and Resuming Training Post Epic Event

Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off. In this episode of the FasCat Coaching Podcast, Coach Frank introduces 3 upcoming podcast topics and touches on what FasCat is up to – May is a busy month and there's a lot going on! Coach Frank introduces the topics of what it means to be “Coachable” and makes you think about whether or not you are coachable when it comes to training. He also dives into how to properly taper for an event, how much training should you do beforehand, and how much recovery your body needs. Lastly, Coach Frank chats about how to know when you are ready to train again after an epic event. Links mentioned: New Athlete Handbook Tapering in Cycling For Peak Performance How to Leave Post Activity Comments for your Coach and Be “Coachable Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off.
5/20/202214 minutes, 32 seconds
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Step-By-Step Guide to Anaerobic Intervals + Why Everyone Needs to Do Them

Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off. Should you be performing anaerobic intervals? If you’re unsure, you should know that anaerobic intervals are essential for criteriums, cyclocross, road racing , track, your local group ride and mountain biking - even for fondo’s and gravel events in small amounts.  With that being said, you should probably be doing anaerobic intervals and that’s why in this episode of FasCat Coaching, Coach Frank gives you the a complete step-ny-step guide on how to incorporate and execute anaerobic intervals into your weekly training routine. He explains the how, what, why where, when and how hard. The term anaerobic comes from the physiological fact that the energy required is so rapid that oxygen is not used to make the power unlike a longer vo2 or threshold interval that is more aerobic. They are less than one minute, as hard as you can go intervals. We prescribe them in 30 to 60 second interval lengths at intensities 120 - 150% of your threshold power - and/or as hard as you can all for all of them much like the way we prescribe VO2 intervals. Be sure to listen to the end because Coach Frank also gives you some basic, intermediate and advanced level anaerobic interval workouts, pacing recommendations and what to look at in the power analysis.  What’s discussed: 5:00 - What is considered anaerobic? 7:00 - Examples of Zone 6 Anaerobic intervals 10:00 - Step-by-step guide for how to perform Anaerobic intervals 15:00 - Best practices for optimal intervals 19:00 - Things to avoid when performing your intervals 22:00 - Interval pacing 28:00 - Who needs to be doing anaerobic work? Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off.
5/13/202233 minutes, 34 seconds
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Alexey Vermeulen: Recap of Winning the 2022 Belgian Waffle Ride

We have a special podcast guest this week: The Belgian waffle ride winner, Alexey Vermeulen. Alexey went full on beast mode this past Sunday, riding away from his comrades with an incredible display of wattage and courage. In this episode, we not only get a full recap of Alexey's experience of winning BWR, but also background on where he came from, his racing pedigree, and what his big plans are for the rest of the season and the future. Plus, we also diving into Alexey winning Junior National Road Race in 2011, getting called up to the big leagues with Lotto Jumbo and his new Jukebox cycling team with our good friend and FasCat Athlete, Phil Gaimon.  Lastly, we have two huge announcements to share in this episode... 1. Our Mother's Day sale is LIVE. Use MD50 for 50% off any and all of our five star rated training plans. Head over to www.fascatcoaching.com to redeem. 2. FasCat is hiring full stack software engineers! If you want to work on new sports science to make training fun, simple, most importantly effective, hit up Coach Frank! But don't delay. We're moving fast and we're paying competitive salaries. Email [email protected]
5/6/20221 hour, 39 minutes, 43 seconds
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How to Measure Your FTP without Performing FTP Tests

Do you have fun performing FTP tests? We know the answer is a hard no. We don’t always have to perform an FTP field test in order to measure our performance. Often times the BEST data is in yuor hard group rides or races. That's why in this episode, we give you alternatives for FTP tests that will give you similar data. Coach Frank explains... How you can get your FTP data through group rides and races. How to use deductive reasoning to estimate your FTP. What to look at in your power data to see improvements and evidence that your power output has increased. Essentially, he shows you how to look at your data correctly to see how you progressing. If you learn how to do this, you may spare yourself a field test or two
4/29/202239 minutes, 51 seconds
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How to Have More Fun While Training + The Benefits of Unstructured Training

Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off. Feeling burnt out on the bike or feeling like you're training takes the fun out of riding?  But the question is, how do you ride faster and longer, and see better success, while still having fun? We know some of you believe doing structured intervals 5 days a week inside is the only way to see results. We know others of you think following structure, structure, structure is the only way. If you force yourself to do this, it’s not sustainable, because not having fun equals not seeing optimal results. In this episode of the FasCat podcast, Coach Frank gives you endless tips on how to have more fun while training without compromising results, and in fact, see BETTER results. Here's a sneak peek into a few of the tips shared... Join group rides. Don’t worry about pushing it hard. Socialize. Ride with people who are slower than you. Switch up the bikes you ride. Get outside. Find a training partner and enjoy a coffee stop afterward. Remember why you started riding in the first place and do that kind of ride once a week. Embrace unstructured training. Add variety to your intervals. Explore new routes Ready to have more fun while training? Work with one of our FasCat coaches! Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off.
4/22/202229 minutes, 41 seconds
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Phil Skiba: Optimized Training Stress and Scientific Training for Endurance Athletes

  In this episode of the FasCat Coaching podcast, Coach Frank is joined by Dr. Philip Skiba. Dr. Phil has a rare quadruple threat pedigree in that he is a medical doctor as well as a Ph.D. in exercise physiology, and has 20+ years of coaching experience including coaching Olympians and World Class Endurance athletes. Perhaps best of all, Phil has deep domain expertise in power-based training methodologies and often refers to himself as an algorithmic human performance engineer.    Dr. Phil and I have been working on a new sports science technology that aggregates your power data with your sleep and HRV data plus our new power-based training stress metric, OTS. More on that later on in the podcast but first let’s do our ROTW and get to know Phil.    What we discuss:   Who is Dr. Phil and what does he do? Dr. Phil’s perspective on the polarized v pyramidal debate W’ and the battery? Is there a real-time W’ application for athletes to use on their bike computers during training and races?  Coach Frank and Dr Phil’s work together on Optimized Training Stress (OTS)  How does OTS work with fatigue and with carbohydrate intake?  Using OTS with sleep and wearable data to help athletes and coaches and sports scientists better manage training Stress-recovery balance Get your training plan now! Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast at www.fascatcoaching.com.
4/15/20221 hour, 10 seconds
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Dr. Lauren Costantini, PHD: Nutrition Mistakes, Hacks, Strategies, and Recipes for Optimizing Your Success

Today we are talking about Winning in the Kitchen! Performance nutrition and weight loss are all about your food choices and that’s what we call winning in the kitchen.  80% of weight loss and optimal race weight is achieved from proper nutrition while only 20% from riding more. Whether you believe it or not, it's true! That's why in this episode of the FasCat Coaching podcast, Dr. Lauren and Coach Frank dive into the ins and outs of winning in the kitchen. After listening, you may be surprised by the nutrition mistakes you're making! What's discussed: Your Go Faster Food Choices Winning in the Kitchen Grocery List The negative effect of alcohol How to properly nourish after a ride The negative effects of processed carbs Common and "healthy" foods to avoid Nutrition hacks for optimizing health and fitness Tips for preparing quick meals Best snacks for fueling optimally  9 Winning in the Kitchen recipes that take 10 minutes or less to prepare Win in the kitchen and start taking control of your nutrition with Coach Lauren: https://fascatcoaching.com/collections/meal-plans/products/nutrition-consult-with-dr-lauren Don't forget: You can save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast. https://fascatcoaching.com/collections/training-plans
4/7/202257 minutes, 26 seconds
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Strategies for Riding More to Increase Power Output

Spring is here, and the weather is no longer an excuse to not ride longer and more. But, we get it, just because the weather is better, doesn’t mean riding more is necessarily easier. That’s why in the podcast episode, Coach Frank is here to make riding more each week a lot more simple with some simple training tactics. Coach Frank dives into why you need to ride more, FasCat’s top strategies and coaching tips for riding more, a 16-week training guide progression to help your ride more, and three long rides we love to subscribe at FasCat. With these tips, you will double your ride time this summer! Are you ready?! What Coach Frank discusses: 4:00 - Overview of increasing time in the saddle 11:00 - Strategy 13:00 - 3 Different long rides 19:00 - Riding longer tips Get your FasCat on-bike training and nutrition plan now! Head over to fascatcoaching.com.
3/31/202229 minutes, 19 seconds
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Part 3: How to Prepare Mentally and Physically for Stage Racing

Welcome to Part 3 of our three-part series on stage racing! This mini-series is brought to you by coach Isaiah from the Tuscon Bicycle Classic Stage Race where Coach Ricky and Coach Zach were both racing for Project Echelon.  The Tuscon Bicycle Classic is a large stage race and has always been a big staple for pro riders as an early-season race. Coach Isaiah interviews the two on their mental and physical preparation – giving you an inside look into how pro bike racers prepare for each stage in a stage race. They also chat through what the next stage is and what some of their race tactics are, how the previous stage went in general, and what goes on behind the scenes at a pro stage race. Be sure to check out Part 1 and 2 first!
3/21/202226 minutes, 40 seconds
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Part 2: How to Prepare Mentally and Physically for Stage Racing

Welcome to Part 2 of our three-part series on stage racing! This mini-series is brought to you by coach Isaiah from the Tuscon Bicycle Classic Stage Race where Coach Ricky and Coach Zach were both racing for Project Echelon.  The Tuscon Bicycle Classic is a large stage race and has always been a big staple for pro riders as an early-season race. Coach Isaiah interviews the two on their mental and physical preparation – giving you an inside look into how pro bike racers prepare for each stage in a stage race. They also chat through what the next stage is and what some of their race tactics are, how the previous stage went in general, and what goes on behind the scenes at a pro stage race. Stay tuned for Part 3!
3/19/202232 minutes, 35 seconds
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Part 1: How to Prepare Mentally and Physically for Stage Racing

Welcome to Part 1 of our three-part series on stage racing! This mini-series is brought to you by coach Isaiah from the Tuscon Bicycle Classic Stage Race where Coach Ricky and Coach Zach were both racing for Project Echelon.  The Tuscon Bicycle Classic is a large stage race and has always been a big staple for pro riders as an early-season race. Coach Isaiah interviews the two on their mental and physical preparation – giving you an inside look into how pro bike racers prepare for each stage in a stage race. They also chat through what the next stage is and what some of their race tactics are, how the previous stage went in general, and what goes on behind the scenes at a pro stage race. Stay tuned for Part 2 and Part 3!
3/18/202226 minutes, 53 seconds
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Using Data Science with the Professional Human Powered Health Team

Did you know we are data scientists for the Human Powered Health Professional Women's Team? We analyze the entire women's team's power, heart rate, sleep, and HRV data, literally everything in their training and racing. We're able to then use their data to help their team perform at their best. Coach Isaiah and I have been working for the Women's World Tour Team Human-Powered Health since the beginning of the year as their data scientists. In this episode, that's what we're going to talk about – our work with the women's team. We not only discuss the data we analyze, we also dive into the surveys we have the riders fill out in order to put their data into context, the reports we provide to the team, and then how the team uses those reports for improving their training and performance. Riding bikes fast isn't just about FtFP, it's also about analyzing all data possible to come up with the best plan possible.  Check the team out https://humanpoweredhealth.com/ and you may use 25podcast to receive 25% off your first FasCat Training Plan that uses the same smarts, science and methodology as the pro's. 
3/10/202246 minutes, 45 seconds
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Coach Christian: Comparing Arguments on Polarized vs. Pyramidal Training for Optimal Results

Should you be doing pyramidal training only, pyramidal training only, or a mix of both? Which format is most effective? This is a controversial topic and one we’re going to dive deep into today in this episode of the FasCat Coaching podcast. More specifically, there have been a few recent studies released, as well as debates happening, within the scientific community that we will dissect, followed by Coach Christian and myself sharing our thoughts and experience on the subject. What we discuss: - A recent study was done on the “Effects of 16 weeks of pyramidal and polarized training intensity distributions in well-trained endurance runners”. The study compares 4 different groups: 16 weeks of polarized, 16 weeks of pyramidal, 8 weeks of polarized then 8 weeks of pyramidal, and 8 weeks of pyramidal then 8 weeks of polarized. - Sports Science journal series of debate articles titled “Polarized Training is Not Optimal for Endurance Athletes” and “Polarized Training is Optimal for Endurance Athletes.” The author and columnist for Outside Magazine, Alex Hutchinson, wrote an excellent summation (and to an extent, take-down) of these arguments in his column Sweat Science.  - Olympic Speedskater Nils van der Poel’s 60 page PDF directing his training plan for the Olympics. Van der Poel is a speedskater from Sweden who recently won Olympic gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, setting world records in the process. You can check out his pdf here: e11bfe_b783631375f543248e271f440bcd45c5.pdf (howtoskate.se) Sources: 1.  Polarized Training is Not Optimal for Endurance Athletes Burnley, Mark; Bearden, Shawn; Jones, Andrew Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise AN: 00005768-900000000-95869 February 2022 2.  Polarized Training is Optimal for Endurance Athletes Foster, Carl; Casado, Arturo; Esteve-Lanao, Jonathan; Haugen, Thomas; Seiler, Stephen Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise AN: 00005768-900000000-95872 February 2022 Get started with FasCat: www.fascatcoaching.com
3/3/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 31 seconds
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How to Perform VO2 Max Intervals Properly with a Power Meter

Want to increase your power output? VO2 max intervals are the answer. Although, the issue is that many riders are new to power meters or don't know how to use them correctly in order to perform their VO2 max intervals for maximum returns. That's why in this episode of the FasCat podcast, Coach Frank gives us a step-by-step guide on how to perform these intervals with a power meter correctly. He also outlines the most common mistakes riders make and how you can avoid them. Plus, Coach Frank dives into how to do the power analysis post-ride so you learn what watts you should target for your next vo2 max interval workout. (This is the best way to evaluate your  'technique' tp see maximum gains!) Important notes: - In this podcast we are covering zone 5 only. - You will also need to know your power base zones for this episode. If you don't know you what it is, check out this article: HOW TO PERFORM VO2 MAX INTERVALS WITH YOUR POWERMETER https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/vo2-max-intervals?_pos=5&_sid=c99cea4ac&_ss=r Ready to take your riding to the next level? Check out our training plans here:  https://fascatcoaching.com/collections/training-plans Ben's Celebration of Life: Ben Brown’s Celebration of Life is Sunday, March 13, 2022 11:00am - 1:00pm The Venue at Wilmington Brewing Company 800 S. Kerr Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403. Please come and join us for an informal gathering of friends and family to celebrate the incredible life of Ben. https://www.fightforben.com/blog/celebration-of-life  
2/24/202226 minutes, 9 seconds
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Dr. Lauren Costantini, PHD: How to Balance Racing Bikes with a Successful Career

Guess what? We have another new coach on the FasCat team and we couldn’t be more excited! Dr. Lauren Costantini, PHD has a holistic approach to training where she focuses on fitness, nutrition and sleep altogther, as the three work synergystically. And in this episode of the FasCat podcast, we dive into her background on these three things. Plus, we also chat about her time as a professor at Harvard, her switch to the BioTech world and the products she developed, plus how she managed her time while being a CEO and racing bikes! For a quick look into Lauren, she has a PhD in Neuroscience and was on faculty at Harvard Medical School before moving cross-country to enter the biotech world of Silicon Valley. She then became the CEO of a medical device wearables company. Though a dancer from the ages of 3 to 18 years old, Lauren entered the cycling world in her late 20s and soon became a nationally ranked professional bike racer (including a bronze medal at Mountain Bike Masters Worlds and Gravel Worlds, and multiple Cyclocross National podiums).  After facing back fusion surgery in 2019, she spent months researching scientific peer-reviewed studies to identify the best foods, strength training, and sleep science to enhance her recovery. This led not only to a remarkable recovery from surgery, but also elevated her athletic performance and vitality when she was back on the bike.  Her story is beyond interesting, so tune into the full episode to hear more! What we discuss: 5:00 - An intro to our newest FasCat coach 13:00 - How Lauren got stated with riding 18:00 - How to race and work a full time job 21:00 - Working in the biotech world 33:00 - Why Lauren became a coach 40:00 - How much should you sleep at night? 50:00 - Rapid fire questions Check out Lauren's superfood recipe: https://www.instagram.com/p/CaFhvSmudQ6/ Want a nutrition plan from Coach Lauren? Click here to learn more: https://fascatcoaching.com/collections/coaches/products/dr-lauren-costantini-phd
2/17/20221 hour, 2 seconds
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Ricky Arnopol: Long Training Rides, The Best Way to Progress, and Rapid Fire Questions

In this episode of the FasCat Coaching Podcast, I’m joined by one of our newest coaches, Ricky Arnopol. We have some good cyclist to cyclists training talk, chatting about everything from Ricky’s favorite ways to train himself and his riders, what’s contributed most to his riding progress, his riding nutrition, and a bunch of fun rapid fire questions.   After getting a late start to racing, Ricky Arnopol has been slowly chipping away at competing at the highest level races in the United States as well as racing internationally. While continuing to race for Project Echelon, Ricky has put his experience and knowledge towards working with athletes of all disciplines and abilities. His number one goal is to guide everyone he works with towards achieving their goals.    5:00 - Background on coach’s Ricky’s riding 10:00 - What has contributed the most to his progress 20:00 - Ricky’s goals for 2022 28:00 - Ricky’s riding nutrition 32:00 - Dream spot to ride his bike 34:00 - His personal go-to workout/ride 36:00 - The workout he has all his rider do that they hate 40:00 - Fun rapid fire questions   Get coached by Ricky here: https://fascatcoaching.com/collections/coaches/products/ricky-arnopol
2/10/202253 minutes, 25 seconds
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Zack Gregg: Riding Advice from U.S. Time Trial Champion

We are excited to have our newest coach to the FasCat team onto the podcast to get a deep dive into his training, preferences, thoughts, and everything in between. Coach Frank has a list of 20 questions he asks every coach and Zach gives us some killer answers!  Zach has been a cycling coach since 2018. His educational background includes a Masters in Exercise Physiology from Midwestern State University, pre-med from Colorado Mesa University.  Zach most recently worked as the assistant Cycling Coach for Lees McRae College and continues to volunteer time to Project Echelon’s veteran and adaptive athletes. His cycling career was positively impacted by his time at Midwestern State where he raced on the road and track, winning the 2019 Collegiate Individual Time Trial and several podiums on the track.  He continues to race on the road with Project Echelon and is the 2021 Elite Time Trial champion, a title he will defend in 2022 while racing at the highest level domestically and racing internationally.  Zach has experience working with athletes of all ability levels and is eager to share his knowledge of the sport.  Get coached by Zack: https://fascatcoaching.com/products/coach-zach-gregg?_pos=1&_sid=fd1113b6f&_ss=r
2/3/202248 minutes, 9 seconds
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6 Physiological Benefits of Sweet Spot Training

Sweet spot vs. zone 2 seems to be the big debate between rides. In our opinion at FasCat, the adaptations we've seen with sweet spot compared to zone 2 are undeniably larger. Therefore, athletes accomplish more with one hour of sweet spot training than they do with one hour of zone 2 training. In this episode of FasCat, we're going to cover the 6 most prominent physiological adaptations gained through sweet spot training as opposed to lower intensity aerobic training. These adaptations include: Increased Plasma Volume Increased Mitochondrial Enzymes Increased Lactate Threshold Increased muscle glycogen stores Increased Stroke Volume Increased VO2 Max The proportion of sweet spot training to stimulate those 6 physiological benefits above to the rest of your training hours is described in a "How Much Sweet Spot Should Your Do" training tip and podcast.  Ready to start sweet spot training? Sign up here: https://fascatcoaching.com/collections/sweet-spot
1/20/202236 minutes, 25 seconds
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Jake Rytlewski on All Things Zwift: Group Rides, Drafting, and Using it for Training

The BigCat checks in with Coach Jake about his new MeetUp and talks all things Zwift. We give you a step-by-step guide on how to join our Zwift meet-up rides, how to draft during group rides (I personally think it’s extremely difficult to do!), how we both use Zwift as a training tool for our athletes when coaching, and how to navigate the more technical side of Zwift. What we discuss: 2:00 - Directions on how to join Jake for meet-up rides on the Zwift companion app 5:30 - Calculating wattage for the Zwift group ride 10:00 - How to draft on Zwift 17:15 - How Jake uses Zwift for coaching 30:00 - Understanding how to navigate Zwift Want help getting started with your training and follow one of our plan on Zwift ? Head over to www.fascatcoaching.com/collections/training-plans
1/13/202243 minutes, 14 seconds
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Off Season Training: Building a Big Base with Sweet Spot

The new year is upon us and thoughts are quickly shifting towards the race season. What are you doing to ensure an improvement over last year? What kind of training are you doing? Are you just winging it? There’s a certain combo of art and science to the base building phase of a training calendar, and in Coach Frank’s extensive experience of coaching cyclists he’s come up with a healthy dose of each to help you go faster. What’s the key component? Sweet spot training. 32655The one and only “Six Weeks to the Sweet Spot Training Plan” We’ve talked about sweet spot a lot on the show and it’s weaved into almost everything FasCat does, but this week on the last episode of the year, Coach Frank breaks down how and why you should be incorporating sweet spot training into your plan to build a bigger and better base for 2022. He’ll cover: What is Base Training? Why Sweet Spot is Better than Zone 2 for Base Training Power Based Sweet Spot Metrics – Quantitate the SIZE of your base How many weeks to Sweet Spot? What training plans to do to get your Sweet Spot on What Sweet Spot base Building looks like day-to-day in a training plan And plenty more. Also, for even more sweet spot nerdiness check out our youTube channel and video training tip on Why Sweet Spot training is better than Zone 2. You may also find the Fatigue Dependent Training Plan Design tip a helpful read. As always, thanks to everyone for subscribing and leaving a review on Apple Podcasts, your support this year has been incredible! We’re extremely grateful, and excited about what’s to come in 2021. Now go ride your bike and begin sweet spot training! Copyright © 2022 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved.
1/6/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 39 seconds
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8 Training Habits for Going Big in 2022

This podcast is for all the athletes who are making new year's resolutions for their 2022 training and goals. Just because it’s a new calendar year, doesn’t mean you will automatically reach your goals. In order to do so, you need to develop new habits. What habits do we recommend you adopt in order to set yourself up for success in 2022? I share 8 training habits you can easily adopt for achieving big results in 2022! What I discuss in this episode… 9:00 - Habit 1: Consistency 11:00 - Habit 2: Indoor training 17:00 - Habit 3: Group Rides 21:00 - Habit 4: Pay attention to your training load 24:00 - Habit 5: Winning in the kitchen 30:00 - Habit 6: Practicing yoga 33:00 - Habit 7: Lift Weights 35:00 - Habit 8: Sleep Take advantage of our killer coaching deal ending January 6, 2022! Get $500 off 8 months of coaching now by clicking here: https://fascatcoaching.com/products/season-long-coaching-deal
12/30/202143 minutes, 25 seconds
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Erin Huck: Navigating Pregnancy Without Skipping a Beat on the Bike

In this episode of the FasCat Coaching podcast, we are joined by U.S. Cross country mountain bike 2020 Olympian, Erin Huck. Coach Allie takes over as host because guess what? Allie and Erin are both badasses on the bike and are also both pregnant. What Allie and Erin discuss: - Managing pregnancy as an athlete  - The similarities and differences of their pregnancies - Expectations vs. their realities while pregnant - How they are handling riding/working out (It's different for them both!) - How their handling the pregnancy mentally and physically - Adapting to the changes in their bodies - Erin's big racing plans in 2022   Find more from Erin: @eehuck Check out our training plans: www.fascatcoaching.com        
12/23/202124 minutes, 38 seconds
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A Simple Guide to Understanding and Utilizing Training Zones (+ Sample Workouts!)

The best tool you can utilize for optimizing your performance are your training zones. Why? Because training zones bring professional level sport science to your handlebar in a simple, easy to understand and follow training method. Even if you are new to training, you can use zone-based training and literally train the same way Tour de France Pros. In this episode of FasCat Coaching, I give you a step-by-step guide on not only understanding what the seven different training zones are, but how to actually utilize them in your training. I break down each zone individually and explain how to set them, what they accomplish, and how you can use them in your training. Plus, I give you a sample workout for each training zone. Ready to start using training zones? Get your Zone Training plans now here. Related Links:  YouTube: Why Sweet Spot Training is Better Than Zone 2 for Cycling Performance Blog: How Much Sweet Spot Training Should You Do?  Blog: Training Zones for Cyclists  Chart: The Physiological Benefits of Sweet Spot      
12/16/202136 minutes, 50 seconds
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3 Wintertime Training Habits to Stay On Top of Your Game (+ Bonus Tip at the End!)

Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you should stop training. No one wants to show up in the spring on their first group ride and get dropped, right? Training through the winter isn’t as difficult as you think, and in this episode of FasCat Cycling Training Tips, I share 3 habits to adopt if you want to stay on top of your game.   Implementing these three habits will no doubt have a dramatic effect on your riding next Spring and they are include: consistency, nutrition, and strength and mobility. Plus, I include a bonus tip at the end, which in my opinion is the best/most important of them all. For each habit, I give you a deep dive into how you can easily implement them into your routine. If you’re ready to dive into your off season training, this episode is for you!   Links mentioned:   Get your off season training plan here: https://fascatcoaching.com/collections/off-season Get your nutrition plan here: https://fascatcoaching.com/collections/meal-plans Checko out our “Winning in the Kitchen” blog post here: https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/winning-in-the-kitchen   Don’t forget…   For a limited time, FasCat podcast listeners can get a free Hammerhead Heart Rate Monitor for with the purchase of a Karoo 2. Visit hammerhead.io right now and use promo code FASCAT at checkout to get yours today.
12/9/202134 minutes, 57 seconds
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FasCat's Thanksgiving Gratitude Podcast

In this week's podcast, the FasCat team continues with our annual Thanksgiving tradition of sharing short messages of gratitude to our loyal podcast listeners and athletes! We hope you all enjoy the episode and we wish you all a wonderful holiday season!
11/18/202124 minutes, 21 seconds
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Timing is Everything: Part 2

In this podcast, Coach Frank reintroduces the topic of timing as it relates to the 3 main phases of a cyclists' annual training plan including lifting weights, building base, and high-intensity interval training. He explains in detail the ways athletes can line up these phases depending on what their race calendar looks like for the upcoming season. He also answers the question that athletes frequently ask at this time of the year, which is whether they should lift weights or start building up their base.   
11/11/202126 minutes, 43 seconds
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Alex Dowsett on his Hour Record Attempt

On today’s podcast Coach Frank speaks with Alex Dowsett, a Pro World Tour Rider who is attempting to break the Track World Hour Record on November 3rd. Alex is no stranger to what it takes to achieve this feat, as he set the same world record in 2015! In the episode, they chat about Alex's training, his special equipment, nutrition, DadWatts, as well as the foundation Little Bleeders that he started to raise awareness of hemophilia and to encourage young hemophiliacs to engage in sports.   
10/29/202148 minutes, 50 seconds
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Dr. Louis Passfield

In this episode, the Big Cat talks to Dr. Louis Passfield, a Sports Scientist from the UK. Dr. Passfield is a leader in the scientific community, especially in the realm of quantifying training load from power data to optimize performance. He also has a 25-year track record of work in cycling and has worked as a lead sports scientist with the highly successful British Cycling team preparing for many important events including the Barcelona, Atlanta, Beijing, and Tokyo Olympic Games.   Check out his array of scientific publications here: here:https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Louis-Passfield
10/14/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ask a FasCat #20

Welcome to the 20th edition of our “Ask a FasCat” podcast series, where we gather athletes' questions from our forum, email, and social media to help you ride faster!  In this round, Frank and Lacey dive into topics ranging from the signs of overtraining, HR drift, the most useful whoop metrics, how weight loss can enhance or harm your performance, end of season CTL, and lots more. Big thanks to everyone for submitting your thought-provoking questions, we couldn't do these episodes without you!
10/8/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 8 seconds
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Balancing Training and Life Stress

In this week's podcast, the Big Cat dives into a discussion about stress including training stress, life stress, when it is good, when it isn't good and how/if you can manage both together. He also touches on how HRV is a good stress metric and what kind of lifestyle habits you can adopt to minimize your stress.   
9/23/202120 minutes, 8 seconds
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Stages Cycling's Olympic & Masters Nationals Ben Sharp and Pat Warner: Part 2

BigCat speaks with Pat Warner and Ben Sharp, the dynamic Coach-Athlete duo from Stages Cycling. Ben is an Olympic Gold Medalist Coach who also happens to coach Pat Warner. Pat is the head honcho at Stages Cycling who recently won the Masters National 50+ Road Race and Time Trial. In part 2 of the episode, they discuss Ben's work with Asthon Lambie, Stages strain gage technology, Sweet Spot training, Pat's mindset around training, the value of a strong coach-athlete relationship and much more!
9/10/202154 minutes, 56 seconds
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Stages Cycling's Olympic & Masters Nationals Ben Sharp and Pat Warner: Part 1

BigCat speaks with Pat Warner and Ben Sharp, the dynamic Coach-Athlete duo from Stages Cycling. Ben is an Olympic Gold Medalist Coach who also happens to coach Pat Warner. Pat is the head honcho at Stages Cycling who recently won the Masters National 50+ Road Race and Time Trial.   In part 1 of the episode they discuss topics including their background in cycling, what their coach-athlete relationship is like and how Pat's training differs from Olympic athletes such as Jennifer Valente (won gold in Tokyo). They also talk in-depth about Master's training. Stay tuned for Part 2 which will be released next week!
9/3/202142 minutes, 55 seconds
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New 30 Week Off Season Training Plan for Cyclists

In this podcast, Coach Frank discusses FasCat's 4 new off season training plans for the 2021-2022 season! Specifically, he breaks down the 30 week off season plan, explaining the phases of the plan, how the workouts, sets, reps, and mesocycles progress, as well as the rationale for the plan and which type of athlete each level is designed for!
8/27/202139 minutes, 23 seconds
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Is Pyramidal Sweet Spot Training Better than Polarized?

In this episode, Coach Frank Overton and Coach Christian Parrett discuss what pyramidal training is, research studies from world tour athletes that support its use, real-world examples of how pyramidal training differs from polarized training, and why the 'Polarized versus Sweet Spot Training' is a false debate. 
8/20/202159 minutes, 36 seconds
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FasCat's Training Tips for August

In this episode, the Big Cat talks about 4 training tips for the month of august including fueling for long events, SBT race strategies, gear and tire choice, 4 cyclocross skills you should be working on, and how to taper properly. He also announces a few changes to our tried n' true off season plan and our 18 weeks of sweet spot training plan that you don't want to miss!
8/12/202143 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ask a FasCat #19 Bonus Episode

We received a record number of user submitted questions for the 19th edition of our "Ask a FasCat" podcast! In fact, it was so many that we couldn't answer in one go. So in this episode, we bring in Coaches Allie, Jake, Lacey, and Christian to help answer 30 more questions!  Topics covered include stage race nutrition, optimal cadence, mid-season setbacks, mental strategies for pushing through intervals, how to improve your XC race starts, and much more!
8/5/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ask a Fascat #19

Welcome to the 19th edition of our "Ask a FasCat" podcast series, where we gather questions from our forum, website, and social media to help you ride faster! This go-round we are giving the athlete with the most thoughtful question a pair of Normatec Pulse, 2.0 compression boots that we’ve talked about in several of our podcasts including the holiday gift guide, recovery for cycling, and the masters recovery episodes.  We received a record number of questions for this Q&A episode, which we are thrilled about!  However, it meant that we were not able to answer them all in one go... so be on the lookout for a bonus episode to come out soon! 
7/29/20212 hours, 12 minutes, 25 seconds
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Riding Faster After 50

We’ve podcasted on the topic of master's training three times before including on Masters CTL, Master’s Recovery, and the Seven Habits of Successful Masters Cyclists. In this episode, Coach Frank touches on those again, but dives down even deeper and discusses 3 actionable adjustments you can make to your training as a 50+ athlete.  This podcast commemorates the Big Cat's 50th birthday! To celebrate, you can use the coupon code 50podcast to get 50% off any training plan! Offer expires July 15th. 
7/8/202142 minutes, 31 seconds
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How to Ride Faster

Are you a new cyclist or a season veteran looking for ways to start riding faster? Well here is your how to guide! In this episode Coach Frank goes over his top 8 Riding Faster Fundamentals that will help you to improve your cycling. While some of you may already know about these, it is always helpful to be reminded and to learn about ways to put them into practice. Visit fascatcoaching.com to learn more about getting faster on the bike, and don't forget to subscribe to the show!
6/30/202128 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Art of Warming Up

Coach Frank and the FasCat Coaches drops some wisdom on how to nail your warmup for different kinds of bike racing. It doesn't have to be complicated to be effective, so tune in to get ready for your summer race season. Keep up with all things Fascat over at fascatcoaching.com. 
6/17/202148 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ask a FasCat #18

Frank is joined by Coach Jake in Boulder to answer listener-submitted questions! They cover Q's such as training on really hot days, training for Leadville at sea level, finding the joy in suffering, and more! Visit fascatcoaching.com to learn more about getting faster on the bike, and don't forget to subscribe to the show.
6/13/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ian Boswell — 2021 Unbound Gravel Champion

Coach Frank catches up with the former WorldTour rider and recent champion of the Unbound Gravel 200 to hear about his win, his preparation for the race, nutrition strategy, shift from the road to gravel, spirit animals, and what's next for the Boz. 
6/8/202145 minutes, 7 seconds
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How Frank Invented Sweet Spot Training

In this episode, we repost one of our original podcast episodes to celebrate our (almost) 3 year anniversary of the FasCat Podcast. Learn how Frank "invented" and popularized the concept of sweet spot training to improve cycling performance. For more training tips, visit fascatcoaching.com. 
5/14/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 51 seconds
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Training Load for Masters Cyclists

There seems to be a lot of discussion about CTL, TSS, FTP, etc. as it relates to elite or world-class level cyclists, but what does this all mean for masters cyclists? Today on the podcast, we discuss masters CTL and the fundamentals of using CTL to quantify your training load as a masters cyclist and some key tips and advice from the Big Cat on this topic. Lots of good info here! For more info on the subject, subscribe to the podcast on all your favorite platforms and check out our training tips on the website: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/seven-habits-of-highly-successful-masters-cyclists/ 12393If you’re listening and reading this tip, check out Sweet Spot #2 — follow the plan, you will go faster. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Remember to use code 25podcast at checkout to save 25% off your next plan…and don’t procrastinate!   Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ The post Chronic Training Load (CTL) for Masters Cyclists appeared first on FasCat.
4/17/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ask a FasCat #17

Welcome back to another installment of our Q&A series, Ask a FasCat! Here we take listener questions from our audience and do our best to answer them. In this round, we tackle a variety of questions including first gravel race tips, nutrition for stage races, and plenty more! Thanks to everyone who submitted questions, and we hope this is helpful in your pursuit of getting faster on the bike! 62802 Gravel Training Plan Work Hard, Ride Fast, don’t forget to Switch from Base to Race, Have FUN and as ALWAYS FtFP Use 25podcast for 25% off training plans Copyright © 2021 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! To talk with a FasCat Coach that exudes these qualities, please fill out a New Athlete Questionnaire to set up a complimentary coaching consultation. The post Ask a FasCat #17 appeared first on FasCat.
4/16/20211 hour, 24 minutes, 50 seconds
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Beginner’s Guide to Start Training with Power

 Are you new to riding and training with a powermeter? Here is your beginner’s guide to start training with power.  In this episode, Coach Frank outlines 5 steps to begin training with power and using your data in TrainingPeaks. 62544Power-Based Intervals for Road Racing Training Plan Step 1: Upload your Data to TrainingPeaks Step 2: Look at your Power Graph  Step 3 is to set your power at threshold and begin personalizing your data to you! Step 4: Train Using your Power-Based Zones Step 5: Set up your charts in your dashboard A power meter is a fantastic training tool that can take your training and racing to the next level. Listen to our beginner’s guide to start training with power and learn how to use it and TrainingPeaks! Also: next week is our Ask a FasCat episode #17 : your training questions and our answers. Submit your questions by next Wednesday in our forum or email us at [email protected] or on the grams @fascatcoaching The Performance Manager Chart Master’s CTL Podcast Work Hard, Ride Fast, don’t forget to Switch from Base to Race, Have FUN and as ALWAYS FtFP Copyright © 2021 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! To talk with a FasCat Coach that exudes these qualities, please fill out a New Athlete Questionnaire to set up a complimentary coaching consultation. The post Beginner’s Guide to Start Training with Power appeared first on FasCat.
4/9/202146 minutes, 39 seconds
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What Makes a Good Coach

What makes a good Coach? Coaches come in all different sizes and shapes but what are the core values that makes a great one? 61959Designed by Good Coaches to help YOU Ride Faster In this podcast, Coach Frank describes the inspiration behind the podcast (we’re hiring) and what he considers the qualities of a great coach  starting with these four core qualities: Results Knowledge Education and Experience Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast SHOW NOTES: Cycling Coach Job Fatigue Dependent Training Plan Design The 4 core are  just the outer layer and I think there are many many layers and combinations of qualities underneath those 4 core.  When you consider there are many types of coaches from World Tour Coaches at one end of the spectrum all the way to junior an high school NICA coaches at the other. National Team Coaches and Collegiate Coaches but for the purposes of this podcast we’ll be talking about the kind of one on one cycling coach you’d hire – where they work for you. As opposed to a Football coach who’s job is for the TEAM to produce results.  Sure they need to motivate the athletes too but at the end of the day THEY are the boss whereas in a For Hire Coach-Athlete relationship I consider the athlete to be the boss. Back to the many layers under the four core: results, knowledge, experience and education, I think its important that a Coaches have the ability to Make the Coaching fun – create an Enjoyment of the Process Ability to have/achieve positive Coach-Athlete Relationships Ability to Earn Athlete’s Trust Salesmanship – to sell ideas and hard work Ability to help athlete as an athlete and as a person and know when helping the person is more important than the athlete Ability to help athlete be their best in sport and life – that life balance we keep mentioning To be a good motivator Are they a good person that genuinely cares about the welfare of the athlete 3 of my favorite coaches I’ve studied and learned from are : Jim Valvano Nick Saban Mike Krzyzewski All three have great books where they lay out their coaching philosophy and describe their trials and tribulations in their coaching career. Definitely worth a read if you have the time. They all speak to those 8 qualities above. These are all collegiate coaches, coincidence? Not surprising given I coached the CU Buffs for 2 years. Nine Qualities of a Good Coach 1. Enrichment – WHEN YOU ENRICH THE LIVES OF OTHERS YOU ENRICH YOUR OWN This quote is the words we live by. Coaching is in our DNA because all the FasCat Coaches have an innate altruistic personality and ample personal experience training, racing and riding recreationally. Our goal is to use that experience, along with scientifically proven strategies to help you improve your cycling. We’ll tap into our enthusiasm for the sport to coach you better by leading the way (core value #7), keeping you motivated and having fun. 2. GOLDEN RULE OF COACHING “Do unto our athletes as we would want to be coached”. The FasCat Coaches have all had coaches at one point in their cycling careers (many of them coached by FasCat Founder Frank Overton) and know what it is like to be coached. We’ve all had moments where we’ve needed some extra attention, motivation or an objective opinion. Unfortunately too, we know what it’s like to receive bad advice and coaching. Thus, we place a high value on treating each and every athlete we coach with the highest degree of importance. 3. Qualifications – Experience – Innovation – Communication – Technology – Creative Solutions 4. POWER-BASED TRAINING & SPORT SCIENCE Exchanging power data enhances the coach athlete relationship and maximizes what we can do for you because power data is the ultimate form of communication. Power based training has been around for 20 years by now and if you are using a powermeter the coach you hire should be well versed in the art and the science of power based coaching. 5. BUILD OPEN & HONEST COACH-ATHLETE RELATIONSHIPS When you hire a good Coach, you don’t just get a custom training plan, you get a relationship with a coach that has similar interests to you and that is responsible for your goals. Your goals are your coaches j.o.B. A good coach will listen to your feedback and learn from your data to figure out what makes you tick. Your coach will understand your life outside of cycling and the balance you need to maintain in order to continue to enjoy your cycling. That life balance again. The net results are trust & faith which is essential to coaching & being coached. A good coach will build this kind of relationship with athletes because together they can accomplish more than they could otherwise. 6. LIFELONG LEARNERS No one knows it all and if they give off the vibe they do, watch out.  I am constantly learning news things about the athletes I’ve coached for years. The best way to do that is to ask them what’s going on in their lives – seek out the stuff that you won’t find in the power data.  Get to know them. Now I bet you thought when I mentioned be lifelong learner you were thinking academically,  And that is true BUT its the not the end all. At FasCat we continue to search out ways to help our athletes perform better, ride faster, increase their power output, recover quicker, stay motivated and reach their goals. A good coach will Learn as much as they can about the athlete to help them – alot of that comes down to what motivates the athlete, what makes them tick, and what ways can the coach get the athlete to get the most out of themselves. One of the holy grails of coaching is a motivated athlete and then a motivated team of athletes working together as one. 7. TALK THE TALK, WALK THE WALK We train hard, race hard and compete hard. We are bike racers just like our athletes. Our race performance is a direct reflection of our ability to coach athletes well. We were all beginners once and have applied the proper amount of work, experience and science to improve. I firmly believe all coaches need to have gone thru the kind of improvement you want to achieve if they are able to successfully lead you on that journey.  At FasCat, I only hire Cat 2 or equivalent coaches and higher.  That achievement alone tells me the coach knows what hard work and the the journey is , and  Therefore, we are qualified to show the athlete how to improve as well. We I firmly believe a coach needs to lead by example and know exactly what it is like to suffer while performing intervals, to make sacrifices from taking on a goal and to get psyched up for a race. When we practice what we preach we continue to develop as coaches capable of coaching our athletes better & better. Another talk the talk walk the walk rule I have is that the coach needs to have competed in the event for which the athlete they are coaching wants to compete in.  I personally have never done a triathlon and therefore I do not feel comfortable coaching multisport athletes.  Same for cyclocross – they coach needs to or have been a cyclocross athlete themselves. As I get older (I’m turning 50 this year) I struggle with the walking the walk part because now many of the athletes are younger and I’m not training as much as they are.  However, I think the experience speaks volumes in this case. 8. ACCOUNTABILITY A good coach will take your training, racing, performance and coaching seriously. In fact your goals are our jobs as I said earlier. Tell us what you want to achieve and a good coach will show you how to do it. They’ll hold you accountable to the plan they develop and expect you to hold them accountable for doing a good job.  A good coach is your accountability buddy. I also think a good coach will reach out if he or she hasn’t  heard from from the athlete under their normal communication patterns; it is likely you’ll receive a pro-active email and/or phone call/ text. Good coaches are open to communication about if the athlete is not feeling they are on the right track. Equally as important, expect a call from your coach if you are not training in a way that is aligned with your goals. 9. Ninth and final QUALITY COACHING + GOOD PLANNING + HARD WORK = SUCCESS There are no magic bullets. No elixirs, supplements or trademarked workouts that you can buy to obtain results. There are no shortcuts in cycling. Your improvement is like the Smith Barney slogan, “We make money the old fashioned way, we earn it”. If you talk to a coach that is selling you on something otherwise, run for the hills With that said, a good coach is not going to prescribe a 15 hour training week if you only have 8 hours to train. Instead they are going to use scientific principles to help you make the most out of your limited time. For example Tempo and Sweet Spot advanced aerobic endurance training. A good coach will work with you from the start to develop an Annual Training Plan and teach you how to train properly in order to improve and reach your goals. Will be your mentor! A good coach will have you work as HARD as your goals are HIGH and we’ll even help you set tiered goals in order to balance your time on the bike with the rest of your life. That is the essence of good quality coaching and what you can expect from a good coach. And that my friends and what I’m recruiting at FasCat – check out our job posting we are seeking a new cycling coach with all these qualities and perhaps more.  Get in touch if you are interested. Work Hard, Ride Fast, don’t forget to Switch from Base to Race, Have FUN and as ALWAYS FtFP Copyright © 2021 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! To talk with a FasCat Coach that exudes these qualities, please fill out a New Athlete Questionnaire to set up a complimentary coaching consultation. The post What Makes a Good Coach appeared first on FasCat.
3/19/202156 minutes, 18 seconds
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Switching from Base to Race Part 2

 Switching from Base to Race Part 2: a continuation from our 2019 podcast on moving onto an interval phase of training after building a sweet spot base 61785Gravel Training Plan to help you practice what’s described in this podcast! In this podcast, Coach Frank goes thru 10 instances Dave Letterman style of when you should switch from aerobic endurance training to high intensity interval training. This is the sweet spot and polarized methodologies referenced in last week’s podcast! Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast SHOW NOTES: 2019 Switch from Base to Race Podcast Timing is Everything Let’s talk about the criteria for knowing when to stop doing aerobic endurance work and start doing high intensity interval training because as we’ve podcasted  before timing is everything. How to Know when to Switch from Base to Race – gonna do my best Dave Letterman top 10 list impression: 10. When you are racing* in 3-6 weeks or less 9. When your base is ‘good’ and the returns from doing interval training going forward are going to net greater power increase than if you kept trudging along with base 8. When you’ve been doing base for more than 18 weeks 7. When your Coach tells you to (this would be for the one on one coached athletes) 6. When you’ve been doing some base but want to raise your power even more 5. When you want to do some harder training 4.When your CTL is higher than ever before or within 10-20% of 3.When you can’t ride any more – as in you’ve maxed out 12 hours of riding per week (cant do 13) 2. When you are dog tired from all the sweet spot training and your legs are begging for a break 1. And the #1 reason to switch from base to race is because you are going to be racing soon!  Switch to “Race” Alright – let’s unpack each one of those.  I don’t have any reasons not to switch to intervals unless your base is under developed. Ie. you have NOT been doing any sweet spot base and aren’t racing soon or if you are those are B races. In this case, doing a 6 or 12 week block of sweet spot training before you switch to interval training.  Build the aerobic foundation of the pyramid an stack the intervals on top of afterwards. You may hear some old skool racers talk about racing into shape – but they are building base during the week.  And per our long ride podcast last week – if you’ve been racing on Zwift or similar riding hard – that is not base and now that the weather is improving for outside rides you will benefit from back up and doing a block of sweet spot base training.  Resist the temptation to keep riding hard outside – this is the group ride hero we talk about and also a one way ticket to Burn Out Ville. You don’t want to go there when the world is going to come back to life once everyone gets vaccinated and racing + group rides return. But I digress….. Back to unpacking the Dave LetterMan top ten list to switch from base to race: 10. When you are racing* in 3-6 weeks or less If you’ve done some base say a 6 – 12 week block but your CTL isn’t quite where you want it to be because of life’s limitations, still switch from base to race. Remember races are generally one from your peak power output – not the size of your CTL. I feel like that line could be in the Movie SpaceBalls – anyone remember the light saber spoof scene? Its better to work on your power output 3-6 weeks out than your base.  That’s the coaching advice – that’s what I was talking about last week when the coaches are ahead of the science. Experience! AI generated workouts are going to miss that. 9. When your base is ‘good’ and the returns from doing interval training going forward are going to net greater power increase than if you kept trudging along with base This goes along with #10 I just mentioned – you’ll increase your FTP more than from trying to keep building your base.  Watts win races not CTL. 8. When you’ve been doing base for more than 18 weeks 18 weeks is the point of diminishing returns – you need/want to move on from here to keep progress – your training and progress will plateau out should you keep sweet spot base build. See we advocate both! 7. When your Coach tells you to (this would be for the one on one coached athletes) For coaches athletes, this is the value of having a coach – an expert with the experience to know when to switch – using the 3 criteria above but also the nuances of your training. This is someone who’s got your back and has the experience to give you this advice. Again AI ain’t gonna do that for you. 6. When you’ve been doing some base but want to raise your power even more Naturally what’s better than one thing to help you ride faster? Two! In last week’s podcast we articulated tht we advocate both sweet spot training combine with polarized training – I prefer to call it race specific interval training. And future pod on intervals I’ll described the FasCat Way. We’ve touched on it before if you want to go back and listen to our previous episodes on intervals.  But combine base training with interval training and whammo! Lotta watts coming to ya. 5. When you want to do some harder training If you are like a caged tiger frothing at the mouth to ride fast and ride harder, you should switch from base to race and do some intervals! This would go toward motivation – when you are motivated to do the hard work, do the intervals and make the switch – just make sure you’ve built your base up first. As in for your whacko’s that like to do VO2 Max Intervals all year long.  I jest but I know you are out there…. This is what I call the cross fit crew – who goes berserk every workout.  That can be harnessed .. I am digressing….. 4.When your CTL is higher than ever before or within 10-20% of I like the historical CTL data because it serves as a point of reference if you’ve got last year’s data and can compare.  If you hit 85 last year and you couldn’t ride any longer and you are close to 85 this year (80-90) and you know it’ll be tough to find more time to ride to keep raising your CTL – that is when you know it is time to Switch from Base to race. Use the Performance Manager Chart – the PMC the The Shit that will Kill Them – to help you identify and even project (model out) when you’ll make the switch.  Use the PMC chart to model that out and determine if/when/why to make the switch. 3.When you can’t ride any more – as in you’ve maxed out 12 hours of riding per week (can’t do 13) If you can’t ride anymore than 12 hours per week you wont’ be able to keep increase your CTL , building your base and you would be wise to bank those gains and make more by beginin and interval training phase. I see this alot with athletes that have done a good build but there CTL hovers flat for long period of time as they run up against a brick wall trying to keep riding long and keep riding more when life simply doesn’t let them.  That’s when to stop sweet spotting and start doing intervals. Your PMC chart should only track flat when you are ‘in season and doing intervals’ if you are building base it should be increasing and if its not for whatever reason, move onto the next phase of training, which is intervals or rest and/or a taper to peak for a A race. 2. When you are dog tired from all the sweet spot training and your legs are begging for a break Base training is hard once you really start pushing out the adaptations and it can wear on you.  Rarely does an athlete overtrain from base, but you certainly can overreached.  As I mentioned in # 3 if you are running up a brick wall because your legs are tired and you cant’ make watts like you could when you were fresh – that is your body telling you to rest.  Remember the Greg henderson, Wrestling the Gorrilla analogy – this is when you let the Gorrilla win, your body and your legs – tell you, no mas. Rest , ride less and then switch over to high intensity interval work – especially If you are about to start racing soon. Which is our # 1 reason to switch from base to race. Soon as in 6 weeks or less and you are hungry like the wolf to steal the Duran Duran song and are motivated to ride harder as referenced in #5 previously. Thanks for listening! Hit us up in our forum  forum.FasCatCoachig.com to ask us YOUR question about switching from base to race Don’t just sweet spot all year round – you’re leaving watts on the table if you don’t do your intervals.  It goes right to the core of how we each each episode which I’ll amend for this podcast Work Hard, Ride Fast, don’t forget to Switch from Base to Race, Have FUN and as ALWAYS FtFP Copyright © 2021 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! To talk with a FasCat Coach about your switch from base to race, please fill out a New Athlete Questionnaire to set up a complimentary coaching consultation. The post Switching from Base to Race Part 2 appeared first on FasCat.
3/12/202135 minutes, 33 seconds
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Long Rides, Coaches v Scientists, Sweet Spot AND Polarized

 Coach Frank goes on a 14 minute rant about ‘internet scientists’ and the whole sweet spot versus polarized debate.  He espouses how the coaches are ahead on the scientists and bring it all back to the podcast topic: the long ride.  Frank describes his three long rides and how you can progress thru each. 61558Gravel Training Plan to help you practice what’s described in this podcast! In this podcast, Coach Frank covers the benefits of a long ride and goes on a rant about ‘internet scientists’. Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast Show Notes: How I invented Sweet Spot Training Peter Stetina Podcast I am a man of science with a masters degree in physiology and US Patent # 7202067 from my molecular biology biotech days.  I’ve spent days, nights in the Bowman Gray medical school library going thru thick 10 pound, 500 page medical journals trying to figure out how to get nerves to grow back on Astrocytes to help spinal cord injury patients. I even presented that work at the annual Neuroscience meetings in La Jolla and have to say – sometimes science doesn’t have all the answers.  It’s your experience in the field from trying failure, doing and succeed. Here’s the story and what I mean: I spent 6 months in a medical school laboratory with an NIH grant trying to figure out how to get spinal cord rat astrocytes to grow in petri dish to study nerve regeneration with an in vitro spinal cord injury model.  Say that tongue twister with me again. 6 months culturing hundreds of thousands of astrocytes (cells that make up your spinal cord) day after day.  And they weren’t growing. And my boss started to get pissed and I was going to the medical school library every night to find that one nugget of information to figure out how to get these astrocytes to grow in the petri dish. I Experimented with everything the scientific journals listed in their ‘methods and materials’ section of the publication – the growth media, the way we harvested the cells, you name it. Finally one day I reached out to a researcher in the field who’d published a paper on astrocytes from the University of Alabama Birmingham’s medical school of all places. The next day I cold called him and he picked up! Lo and behold he answered on the 2nd ring and we talked for 20 minutes and a week later I flew down to his lab to work with him and his lab tech to see if we could figure out a way to get the spinal cord injury model to work. Within the first hour of our collaboration the lab tech told me to coat the petri dishes with L-Lysine to give the Astrocytes something to bind too because they didn’t like plastic. And whammo – that was the golden nugget of information.   That was the information that wasn’t in the hundreds of scientific publications I had found on pub med and spent hours making copies of in the medical school library.  I asked the lab tech how she figured it out and she just shrugged her shoulders and said another researcher suggested it to her. Aha – insider information….. Long story short, cells grews, motor neurons were studied, papers were published and more NIH grants were received.  I went on to graduate school and got distracted by mountain bike racing… but I digress. The point I’d like to make is that sometimes the science, the scientists haven’t found what they are looking for. And someone with 20 years of experience has,  like the coaches. Everyone on the internet is quick to point to the science this researcher has published in order to argue their point or to sound smart.  And while I read the same studies, there are paper I wish have been published looking at what I’ve noticed in the field from athlete performance and power data. Sometimes the coaches are ahead of the scientists because they have the ability to perform experiments and gather the power data and see the results from the athletes they coach. Coaches have n = 1000 to the lab studies that had n = 12.  And the longer they coach and the more experience they glean, the better able they are to figure out what works and what does not. By now I have close to 20 years of coaching experience and analyzing the power data of athletes and taking their data set from the whole season and seasons to measure their performance. Good coaches will micro experiment with their athletes:  Did they rider faster , win x y z race, FTP improve, endurance stretched. What worked, what did not.  Perform develop, grow , achieve. Many of you have heard my December 2018 podcast “How I Invented Sweet Spot” If not go back and give it a listen, I’ll put it in the show notes too.  In there I recant my experience training with the polarized method and then the extraordinary improvement I made when I discovered and developed sweet spot training.  I went from P ½ field pack fill to winning P1/2 races. XC MTB races, Time trials and crits all of things which is opposite but I always had a good anaerobic system no doubt developed from all the intervals I did. I’m not trying to start a polarized v sweet spot debate – I think, we (at FasCat think) you should do both and when you combine them together you’ll ride your fastest.  Its taken me/us close to 20 years of training, racing, analyzing to articulate that to you all when everyone else is busy arguing which side they are on. The answer from the coaches is BOOOOOTTTHHHH!! Polarized training gets you so far just like sweet spot training only gets you so far. But when you combine the two together, when you switch from base to race:  whammo – that’s the stuff of peak performances The big point I want to make is these broad connecting the dots types of perspectives from real world experience, working with athletes day in and day out,  takes an open mind and years, decades of experience.  I chuckle when the internet cites a study performed over six weeks.  And then you dig deeper and the paper was written by a graduate student. Nothing against graduate student, I used to be one myself! Six weeks is just not enough time nor experience to really determine an athletes performance in a laboratory studying from following a real training plan. Studies like this can answer one single question that is more or less one layer of dozens that coaches factor into performance. Sometimes these studies answer questions about performance that honestly doesn’t matter too much to coaches because its common cycling sense.  Granted they answer specific scientifica questions but many many times the coaches are ahead of the scientists AND the studies haven’t even been conducted to what the coaches have already figured out. Case in point – the whole sweet spot v polarized debate. Now I like science and I like the research – if these researchers were to go on journey and follow the results then you should perk up and pay attention.  But to my knowledge no study has been done looking at sweet spot training to build one’s aerobic endurance in the off and pre-season and then a switch polarised training pre competition and in season. No study except for the fact that hundreds of my coaching colleagues training athletes with this methodology to help athletes of all abilities from average Joes to World Tour Pros’ ride their bikes faster. A super digression! I apologize, I was going to talk with you about the Long Ride and I just went on a huge rant pitching scientists against coaches.  I think the holy grail is an experienced coach rooted in science (like most of my colleagues)  Real world experience with a scientific background.   But if I had to choose one or another, I’d choose the experience coached over what the science says every single time. And I’m a scientist! But the honest truth is that when I went to research the benefits of the long ride I wasn’t satisfied sharing the results of a paper in the Journal of Sports Med citing the increase in mitochondrial density from aerobic endurance training.  Rather let me simply share 20 years of professional coaching experience with you – what works and I won’t even mention what does not.  And because I’ve gone on a rant let’s skip the review of the week and announcement. Subscribe, leave us a review, engage with us – we want to help you ride your bike faster! We as Coaches know what works.. Why? Because we’ve done that ourselves and have monitored hundreds of athletes over the years that have benefited from long endurance ride training. And when I say endurance I’m talking about your aerobic endurance and you are ‘aerobic’ between Zones 2 thru sweet spot. Even Zones 4 & 5 are aerobic just not for long.  Therefore I like to have athletes do three type of long rides in a progression. The first is the zone 2 ride the 2nd is the sweet spot TSS ride and the third is the AmEx TSS ride. Start with the zone 2 ride then move onto a long sweet spot ride and finally if your training has been going really well move onto the long Amex ride. Save the Amex rides for when your goal event is close.  The Zone 2 and sweet spot long rides are off and pre-season and even in season. Zones 2 is zone 2 – fairly straightforward , steady constant pedalling and avoiding any forays above zone 2 – oftentimes facilitated by choosing to ride on flat terrain. The Sweet Spot ride is actually zones 2 through Sweet Spot for the sweet spot TSS ride and Zones 2 – zone 5 for the AmEx ride.  And we’ll even sprinkle in a little organic zone 6, especially if they are a road, crit, mtb and cyclocrosser. Backing up we are coming up on the end of winter where everyone needs (this is free coaching advice) to get off their trainer and increase their riding volume.  One hour a day is fine 18+ weeks out from their goal event but the progression to your training from increasing the intensity and frequency of intervals only takes one so far.  In other words, there’s only so far you can ‘get’ from one hour trainer rides. The next step is to increase your riding volume. And for most of us weekend warriors that comes from the long ride on the weekend.   2-3 hours at first and then add 30 minutes each successive weekend to work your way to a 5 hour ride. I think the five hour ride is within all cyclists of all abilities: young, old beginner, advanced. This is why centuries are so popular bc 20mph for 5 hours = a 100 mile century. This is also why the pros do long rides. They just do a lot of long rides to add up to some 20-25+ hour weeks. So get off your trainer, put on some cold weather riding gear and double the longest ride you’ve done on the trainer this winter. Say that is 1.5 hours indoors so ride 3 hours outdoors.  Ride 3.5 hours the next weekend and keep going to 4 > 4.5 and 5 hours each weekend. That is a 5 week progression. Why 5 hours? 2 reasons: #1 5 hours is specific to many of the events we are training for like an 80-100 mile road race, a gravel race, fondo, century, etc… #2 5 hours is a large dose of training (lotta mitochondrial biogenesis) but not so large that we can’t recover from. For example – the first time you do a 5 hour ride you are going to be smashed from it the next day. But the next time you do a 5 hour ride you’ll be less tired the next day and less tired the next time.  A 5 hour zone 2 ride will incur a training stress score of roughly 250 or 50 TSS / hour.  Experienced cyclist know they can recover from that. Especially when they’ve done 350 – 400 Sweet Spot TSS rides or events and have experience of what that felt like. The single day long ride progression is to go from not one long 5 hour ride on the weekend but TWO .  That’s another 5 week progression after the aforementioned 5 week progression. For example – so now you are doing regular 5 hour rides every Saturday.  On Sunday’s you are going to go from 2.5 hour ride and increase the duration by 30 minutes each successive Sunday on up to 5 hours. Now you are talking two long rides over the weekend for 10 hours of training + the 3 – 5 you are getting in during the week which adds up to close to are 12-15 hour training week.  That’s a lot of mitochondria. And that’s how you build endurance. FTP gets a lot of hype while endurance is the ugly step sister.  Let me tell you without ‘endurance’ your FTP is going to be subject to fatigue during your event. Aka that 300 watt FTP at the beginning of a 4-6 hour event will be 200 watts or less in the final hour. Scenario:  If you have only been riding one hour a day 5-6 days a week  for a total of 6-8 hours of weekly training for 6+ weeks and your FTP is over 300 watts that is great. But when you start getting into your Springtime and Summer events that require endurance, that 300 watts FTP will decrease each hour going to 275 and 250 and on down and the miles roll on. However for the athletes that have put in the time in the saddle training 8 – 12 hours per week their FTP is going to decrease less over the course of a long endurance event.  Remember our podcast with Peter Stetina? He finished Unbound with the equivalent of a 170 watt FTP as measured by his normalized power in the final hour.  And he finished 3rd! And he has incredible endurance from his training and years as a world tour pro. That race is truly a test of endurance and FTP much less so. And here’s my coaching experience for ya: you can incur less fatigue and have less FTP decline during an event from doing regular long rides.  No scientific paper proves or disproves that – that’s just common cycling knowledge. The cyclists are ahead of the science. The long ride is the quintessential workout of aerobic endurance training for an aerobic sport. Dr Andy Coggan famously exclaimed way back, ‘its an aerobic sport, damit’ referring to the fact that event pursuitors whose event is less than 5 minutes benefit from endurance training. Even MvDP and Wout van Aerto go do 20-25 hour weeks in Majorca in December to get ready for 1 hour event in January. Because it is an aerobic endurance sport. And that’s also why they are such good road racers. Side note who do you think will win Strade Bianchi this weekend? Even Criterium racers and  XC mountain bikers with events less than 2 hours do long rides because its an aerobic endurance sport. Time trialists and hill climbers benefit from long rides because its an aerobic endurance sport.  And of course gravel fondo and century riders need and benefit from long rides because its specific to the event! The event is a long ride. As the expression goes, ‘long live long rides’ because they are fun, can be adventurous and honestly what I’m looking forward to this Spring and Summer. In the mountains of course. Thanks for listening to my rant and be sure to subscribe because next week we’ll be podcasting about switching from base to race part two – and our regular Ask a FasCat user submitted questions # 17 ! And if one of your buddies or the internet argues with you say in your best Big Lebowski voice ‘mitochondrial biogenesis man’ Do your long rides and remember to “Work Hard, Ride Fast, Have Fun and as always FtFP” To practice: ride your Gravel Bike on trails! Descending!  I’m gonna give you all my cyclocross skill tips here: Steam crossings + Roots and Mud:   Copyright © 2021 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! To talk with a FasCat Coach about your long rides, please fill out a New Athlete Questionnaire to set up a complimentary coaching consultation. The post Long Rides, Coaches v Scientists, Sweet Spot AND Polarized appeared first on FasCat.
3/5/202136 minutes, 28 seconds
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Gravel Skills and Tips

 Spring is around the corner and that means dried-out roads, sunshine, and GRAVEL. While gravel riding and racing is super hot right now in the cycling world, there are still a lot of cyclists who are intimidated or unfamiliar with how it all works. So, in this episode, Coach Frank breaks the gravel skills  down and offers some of his tried and true tips for gravel riding and racing as a veteran of the gravel scene (he’s been doing it since before it was “cool”). 61385Gravel Training Plan to help you practice what’s described in this podcast! In this podcast, Coach Frank covers: pack riding skills maintaining a line of sight body position and english on the bike braking cornering descending roots and mud Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast Let me start with the 3 different types of gravel courses that different kinds of gravel skills apply to: the Boulder Gucci gravel  What I jest about here is that the dirt roads around  Boulder, CO are practically paved because out West Boulder County grades the dirt with giant tractors and treats the dirt by spraying the road with magnesium chloride (I think) to help bind the dirt and when the conditions are right – its smooth and hard pack just like a rough paved rough. Incidentally for those of you who live or have ridden in Costa Rica, you know many of the roads are dirt and they are treated with molasses to bind the dirt and keep the dust low.  So riding in Costa Rica smells like pancakes.   But I digress…. In either place not many gravel skills are necessary and I know that because I’ve ridden a road bike on these roads just as I would ride a road bike.  In fact Boulder has historically held a road race called the Boulder-Roubaix on the Boulder gucci gravel and we all used our road bikes with maybe 25mm slick road tires.  And nobody got hurt. The skills required are the same skills you need for road racing: To be able to ride in a pack, group, peloton Draft wheels Conserve energy from drafting and maneuvering in the pack to travel faster with less energy expenditure When I say draft I am speaking about the fact that aerodynamic drag is 30% less riding directly behind a rider in front of you than it is riding with no rider in front of you aka breaking the wind. Over 3-4-5-6 hours + that 30% adds up alot and you can travel farther and faster by riding in a group.  Having a good group to ride with during a gravel race is kinda the holy grail to your performance especially in the final quarter of the race when you are really tired.  You’ll go faster and be more motivated than being stuck out there by yourself in no man’s land questioning your life’s decisions. How do you work on your pack riding gravel skills: why by George practice by riding in groups.  This where a lot of roadies excel and why you see a lot of them coming over to gravel. That and they are aerobic endurance monsters. So to practice you need to seek out opportunities to work on you drafting and your pack riding skills.  This is why we are such fans of the weekend group rides and the weeknight crits and group rides. I said crit – yes – crit racers  are some of the best drafters in the sport of cycling (trackies too) but a good crit racer can draft like nobodies business and out sprint , out kick you on the last lap.  Want to improve your pack riding, drafting gravel skills – do a crit.  Or a road race – that counts too. In fact, the first 30-60 minutes of a gravel race is just like a fast paced road race.  Therefore seek out road races to work on your gravel skills.  Of course you can do gravel races to work on your gravel skills because by doing you are practicing. And with more practice you’ll improve and become more comfortable riding at speed in close proximity to other riders. All the while it is dusty and bumpy. Familiarity plays a big factor. So practice practice practice.  I’ll give you an aside about pack riding skills to put it in perspective for gravel racing.  When I worked for USA Cycling and Directed the US National Women’s Team at all the world cups like Flanders, Drenthe Plouay, etc…  pack riding skills was many time the rider’s biggest challenge. The US National Team would take the best riders in the US used to slower speeds, bigger roads and a not as tight of a pack and put them on narrow unfamiliar roads, higher speeds , closer quarters and that was their biggest challenge. That’s also why racing in Europe is important for athlete development – its a skill that comes from doing.  There’s no practice or drill or workout that is a substitute for riding in the European peloton. The point I want to make is to practice by doing when it comes to your gravel skills.  The more gravel races you do the better you’ll become at them, including our gravel pack riding skills. Okay – that covers the chaotic first 30 minutes of a gravel race but what about after that? After that you will be lucky to be in a smaller group of 6 – 12 riders.  Same skills apply it is just not as scary. Your line of sight is much better! Let’s talk about your line of sight because this is a big gravel skill.  Your line of sight is drafting and looking ahead at the road/trail and seeing the smoother path.  The path of least resistance AND making changes to your line to avoid that rock, or that hole in the dirt or the muddier line. Your line of sight is easier to see when you are out there all by yourself in the latter portion of the race but at the beginning of the race see the dirt is blocked by the pack and your attempt to draft better.   Know why there are so many flats in the first two hours of the Dirty Kanza/Unbound? Because riders are desperate to find a better draft and don’t see the sharp rock because they are literally glued to the wheel in front of them. What’s the skill? Eyes up  #1.  Don’t just look at the wheel just in front of you – looking ahead and around. Look Around # 2 – if possible – you’ll be able to see better by riding an inch or two to the left or the right of the wheel in front of you – riding just to the side gives you a better line of sight.  Sometimes that line of sight comes at the expense of the draft so its a balance.  Do you trust the wheel, the rider in front of you and follow them verbatim or do you ride just a little off to the side? Its a balance – but don’t use your brute strength in the first few hours of the race riding off to the side because that will come back to bite you in the last quarter of the race when you are dog tired. One final gravel skill or tactic is when riding in a group of 20 for example position yourself towards the front but not on the front for a better line of sight. You’ll still have a good draft but less likely to be surprised by a rock, a rut, root, patch of mud etc… Kinda like the Paris-Roubaix entering the Ardennes Forest – be up front. But not on the front…. That covers the roadie esque portion of your gravel skills. You’ll use those at nearly all your gravel races. Let’s shift over to the gravel skills per the terrain – the gravel conditions getting away from the Boulder gucci gravel course and on to the medium and chunky sections – even sections that are like mountain biking. For these sections of a course line of sight is critical and the draft is not that important.  In fact you will negotiate these sections better by not being around other riders.  For example – you’re riding in a pack, drafting well , traveling  faster and life is good but you come to a singletrack section: The skill here is to enter that section first out of the group you are with or if not give the rider in front of you space ahead – like 3-5 bike lengths so you have a clear line of sight to handle the turns, the rocks, mud, slick section, roots, etc…. Often times these sections are only a small fraction of the whole race so my best piece of advice is to try to negotiate them safely and then you can put the hammer down when the technical aspect is over and the gravel road is in better conditions. In cyclocross we use the adage, “you know what’s slower than riding a section carefully? Crashing.” Crashing is slower and often costly to you and your equipment.  I know its cool and all to rail a section like Matthew van der Pool or Christoper Blevins but remember from our podcast with Amity Rockwell – the tortoise beats the hare every time. Your goal for these sections is to safely steadily negotiate your way thru. Gravel Skills include: Check your speed before entering a technical section Eyes up – look ahead Ride light – and by that we mean get up out of the saddle so if you do need to roll over a rock or a root your whole weight sitting on the bike does not compress the tire and potentially damage your rim, cause an flat etc… While you are out of the saddle use your knees and elbows like shock absorbers.  Let the bike move up and down and around underneath you while your arms and legs are extending at your knees and elbows. I took a mountain bike lesson from 2000 World Downhill Mountain Bike Champion Myles Rockwell and he said – ‘dance with the trail’ let the bike move underneath you while you are stable To practice: ride your Gravel Bike on trails! Yea, its fun and will help you train and practice for these portions of your gravel race. So for the Boulder gucci gravel riders – head over to Dowdy Draw where the xc mountain bikers go and practice riding your gravel bike on the singletrack. This reminds me of the announcer of the Crusher and the Tushar which is billed as ‘no matter what bike you choose, you’ll be dead wrong at some point in the race’ – and of course this was in the early days of gravel racing when some choose to ride a mountain bike and some choose to ride a cyclocross bike – the crusher had/has mountain bike sections and road bike sections. These days ride your gravel bike on mountain bike terrain as well as the road.  Be diversified. The more you do it the better you’ll become. Back to the more in the moment skills here are a few more tips to consider and implement when you are out there getting your groad on: Use your rear brake more than your front brake unless the traction is good and consistent.  Like 70 % rear 30% front. This is especially important for descending and corners. Again criterium racers and cyclocrossers have the upper hand here and often times take their skills for granted. For cornering – my number 1 tip is to check your speed before you enter the corner.  While you are coming up on the corner read the line and the terrain. Is it loose and dusty, muddy slick or buttery smooth? How tight is the corner what are the safe speeds? At the Crusher the corners come in the form of switchbacks on the descents and the speeds are really slow. At Steamboat Gravel the corners are more like bends in the road and the speeds are high and some don’t even require braking at all. Just  remembering the tortoise and the hare its better to go thru a corner safely than by crashing. No one ever finishes a gravel race wishing they’d of cornered faster. Descending!  I’m gonna give you all my cyclocross skill tips here: Keep your weight back and feather your front break, use your rear brake more. To get your weight back even further stand up and get your hips behind your saddle over the back wheel. Keep your elbows loose to dance with the terrain and avoid having a death grip on the handlebars.  Be loose and flowy so the bike can move underneath over rocks, roots, etc… Avoid the death grip. Hand position: hoods are ok but for better brake modulation be down in the drops – the curly bars as the enduro folk poke fun of us endurance types. To practice: descend!  For the Bouder gucci gravelers – descending down the gravel section of Sunshine Canyon – it has similarities to Steamboat and the Crusher.  The gravel road at the Crusher get chewed up big time and stutter bumps forms as well the corners get loose. So descend Sunshine when its like that : awful. You can let off the brakes more in the straight sections and check your speed as you enter the corners.  Even in the drops keep your elbows and shoulder loose.  If you can remember to laugh and flap your arms like a chicken you’ll get bonus points. Steam crossings + Roots and Mud: Gravel skills for stream crossings mostly depends on how deep the water is, visibility and the conditions at the bottom.  At the legendary Winter park Tipperary Creek MTB race way back when, Lance Armstrong was racing and came to the famous Tipperary Creek crossing in the lead of the race.  In late summer the water was still running pretty high and there was no visibility to the rocks below. Rumor has it Big Tex did a full on superman endo with a full face plunge into the water. Local honch Jimi Killen who was about a minute or two behind dismounted and overtook Lance for the w. The point here is safe passage is faster than crashing. There’s a lot of stream crossing at Unbound and a lot of flats after because the visibility is poor a riders slam a rock underneath. So run your big tire and don’t be afraid to get off your bike if you can’t see you line. Roots!  There’s dry roots and wet muddy slick roots.  I still have PTSD from racing the NorBA Nationals at Mount Snow and in West Virginia.  If at all possible square off and ride the roots perpendicular.  Whatever you do try to avoid riding a root diagonally because the chances are much higher for the rubber tire to slip sideways on the smooth wet muddy root.  That is nearly impossible at Mt Snow or West Virginia but thankfully I do not know of any gravel course that gnarly. Pick your way over these sections. Light out of the saddle eyes ahead, feather the front brake and this is where doing a course inspection will help a ton.  Ie. riding the course and knowing about the sections coming up. Finally let’s talk about mud! I think we’ve all seen the picture from the Mid-South last year – just soul crushing slow peanut butter heavy mud.  The biggest mud riding skill is a light gear and to keep your momentum, moving forward. Once you stop or dab you are going to probably need to get off an run to a less muddy section or expend a lot of energy to get going again. Fortunately for most of the gravel races out west you’ll be battling dust rather than mud.  But races further east have the potential to be muddy and that means slower speeds and more patience is required. That is more tactics but skills are to simply keep your arms and shoulder loose – and honestly let the bike slide underneath you and keep your center of gravity overtop the bottom bracket.  Avoid the death grip.  Letting the bike slip around in the mud is for sure an acquired skill so how do you practice? That’s right ride in the mud. 10,000 muddy miles for mastery. ha! Alright that’s all the gravel skills I have for you in this podcast, if I missed some please let me know in the comments.  My biggest take home point is that gravel skills is like riding a bike – the more you do it the better you’ll become. So while you are out there FtFP’ing weave 10-20 minutes here and there to ride singletrack or mountain bikey terrain. Use your long gravel simulation rides not only for the physiological aspect of the training but for the skills practice too. Not only uphill but downhill as well! Copyright © 2021 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! To talk with a FasCat Coach about Over Under intervals for your training and racing, please fill out a New Athlete Questionnaire to set up a complimentary coaching consultation. The post Gravel Skills and Tips appeared first on FasCat.
2/25/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Relationship Podcast

“Happy spouse, happy house” is an important mantra to keep in mind as a cyclist. Training and racing can be a selfish endeavor, and it’s often easy to get sucked into the tunnel vision of goals and TSS and forget about the home life. Coach Frank shares some Valentine’s Day wisdom for finding and keeping balance in the household while still hitting your cycling goals! 59525Sweet Spot part 3 top off your base!” We are having a 30% off Valentine’s Day sale!  Use the coupon code FAST30 for 30% any training plan on FasCatCoaching.com.  Note: if you’ve already used your limit 1 25podcast coupon this is your 2nd chance to save again. Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post The Relationship Podcast appeared first on FasCat.
2/12/202122 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ask a FasCat #16

 Welcome to the 16th edition of our “Ask a FasCat” podcast series, where we gather questions from our forum, website, and social media to help you ride faster!  This round Frank and Lacey dive into questions ranging from course pre-riding, long term development in cycling philosophy, starting training again after a crash, and tons more. Thanks to everyone for the thought provoking questions! 58364Sweet Spot part 3 – as mentioned in the podcast!” The FasCat community now has access to discounts on Stages products, learn more by clicking on the Stages logo in our latest power based training tip “Top 10 Reasons to Ask Santa for a PowerMeter” Show Notes: Leaving post-activity comments: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/how-to-leave-post-activity-comments-for-your-coach-and-be-coachable/ Secret Training: To Race or Not To Race: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/secrettraining-to-race-or-not-to-race/ How to use the VIPR tube: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/how-to-use-a-vipr/ Use 25podcast to receive 25% off your first training plan! Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! Copyright © 2021 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. The post Ask a FasCat #16 appeared first on FasCat.
2/5/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 49 seconds
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Motivational Tips and Tricks

Show Notes: This week on the podcast we are talking about ways to help you stay motivated!  That’s right motivational tips and tricks to beat the mid-winter blues and follow your plan.  Coach Frank with sound bites from Coaches Isaiah & Jake expand on using these 18 examples to stay motivated in order to achieve your goals: 57324Sweet Spot Part 3 with Over Unders and Criss Cross Intervals Remember your Goals Set a Daily Goal to FtFP (General McRaven’s Make your Bed EveryDay) Make it Turn Green – same as above, daily goal Indoor Training – lower the barrier to completion If you have a 3 hour ride on your plan ride 1.5 hours one way so that you have to ride 1.5 hours to make it back home! Ride a different bike than the day before Ride in a new place or new route Set an FTP – plan a 20 min field test and or a Strava PR into your plan Travel to somewhere warm and sunny Ask yourself what would Alaphilippe Do (WWAD)? Coach Jake :: Zwift Meetups / Group Rides Coach Jake :: get to Daylight Savings Coach Isaiah : focus on progression goals Coach Isaiah :: focus on feeling faster / improvement sensations Sweet Spot TSS rides when there are no group rides Watch a Pro Race – like the World CX Champs in Ostend this past weekend Buy a Training Plan Hire a Coach Watch the podcast here: Listen on Spotify: Phil’s Everesting Video with Coach Frank Dr. Michale Roshon’s VeloNews about early season racing Previous Podcast Episode on Motivation Indoor Workout Motivation Don’t forget Ask a FasCat # 16 is coming up and the deadline to submit your training and racing questions is 5pm mst February 4th. Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post Motivational Tips and Tricks appeared first on FasCat.
2/2/20211 hour, 1 minute, 17 seconds
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Winning in the Kitchen Recipe Variations

 The recipes in our Winning in the Kitchen Meal Plans are designed to be template guides for meals and have nearly endless variations to fit your preferences and tastes. In this episode, Frank and Jackson discuss how to adapt a few of the recipes to change them up and how to approach incorporating the 5 key food groups for meal planning. Listen in to hear how to keep the kitchen exciting if you’ve been feeling uninspired with your meals! 56075Winning in the Kitchen Meal Plan! Show Notes: Meal Prep Guide: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/meal-prep-guide/ Eggs and Kale recipe: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/what-to-eat-for-breakfast/ Chipotle Rice Bowl: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/chipotle-burrito-bowl/ Salmon Watts: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/salmon-watts/ OG Winning in the Kitchen Podcast: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/winning-in-the-kitchen/   Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post Winning in the Kitchen Recipe Variations appeared first on FasCat.
1/23/202155 minutes, 17 seconds
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Wintertime Intensity

How about a little anaerobic work to go with your sweet spot base training? At FasCat in the wintertime we like to caress and nurture our athlete’s anaerobic system.  One training myth we’d like to dispel is to only do base training for 2-3 months. Why not do both simultaneously, in the right amounts.  We’ve long been fans of fast fun wintertime group rides for the short 10 – 20 second forays above threshold we see in athlete’s power data.   While not a ton of time is spent above threshold there is value and benefit to including anaerobic work to your base training.  After all, isn’t this how the sport of cyclocross was invented? 54547Wintertime Intensity Training Plan. 1 hour workouts Zwift Compatible. This year a number of athletes are missing group rides not only for the social aspect but also for the training.  And not only the base miles training and TSS but the anaerobic component that makes these group rides so beneficial.  Doing a group ride on Zwift (not a race) over variable terrain with mixed high and low power output is OK but not quite the same as these 5 workouts we are presenting below. First, what is ‘Wintertime Intensity’? Wintertime Intensity is 2 – 4 cumulative minutes of zone 6 work per hour.  Two to four minutes is not a lot considering a one hour criterium or cyclocross race has more than half or 30 minutes spent in one’s zone 6. Wintertime Intensity as you would guess is prescribed in the second half to final third of one’s aerobic endurance phase or CTL build.  As in our sweet spot part 3 plan or our new wintertime intensity plan. These variable power wintertime intervals mimic the power demands* of road, mountain bike, gravel, fondo, cyclocross and even punchy time trials.  In this training tip, we’ll describe the how, what, where, and why of wintertime intervals and give you five progressive workout examples plus a link to our WinterTime Intensity Training Plan that includes these 5 workouts** in an easy to follow, simple and affordable training solution. *surges in the peloton, steep pitches up climbs, switchbacks, and technical singletrack, cyclocross accelerations ** compatible with Zwift and others 3rd party riding app. The Wintertime Intervals are what we call variable power workouts and they have 5 main benefits: Specificity of real world conditions Help the time pass quicker during indoor training sessions! Concise short high quality 1 hour workouts (designed for indoors and ERG mode) but just as easily performed outside with longer zone 2 warm up and cool downs. Nurtures your Anaerobic System Provides an introductory amount of intensity to one’s base training before the high intensity interval training phase Wintertime intervals are structured over under or criss cross style workouts with short 10 – 20 second efforts at the beginning and/or the end of the interval. For example 10 seconds @ 150% on FTP followed by 2 minutes and 40 seconds at Sweet Spot wattages and/or heart rates followed by 10 more seconds @ 150-200% of one’s FTP before a 1:1 work to rest ratio 3 minute recovery.  Then repeat. That’s a 3 minute variable power sweet spot effort with 20 seconds total (10 second before and 10 second afters on zone 6 work of zone 6 work.  One can do 6 of these in a one hour workout for 18 minutes of ‘wintertime intensity’ split 88 % sweet spot and 12 % anaerobic zone 6.  Or 16 minutes of sweet spot work and 2 minutes of anaerobic work.  That’s a perfect ratio for your wintertime base training Dec-Jan-Feb.  Now the progression lies in spending more time in sweet spot and more time in zone 6 in the context of a one hour workout. To get started with your wintertime intensity interval training we have the FasCat #1 Sweet Spot Cheetah Pounce” 4 x 6 minutes.  We like to have a little fun with sports psychology and animal imagery in these workouts.  And of course we are talking about the world’s fastest land mammal, the cheetah. Carefully sweet spot stalk your prey (your prey being your training goals) at sweet spot wattages and/or heart rates for 5 minutes and 40 seconds and the “pounce!” on them for the final 20 seconds at a 115 – 150% FTP Zone 6+ effort.  Pounce out of the saddle as if you were going for the win and and uphill sprint.  Really give’er here because you have a 3 minute recovery interval after.   Take a 2:1 work to rest ratio 2 minutes recovery and repeat 3 more times. If all goes well and you FtFP your power and heart rate data will look like this: note the ‘extra credit’ watts for the last Pounce – we encourage this!   In total this will be 24 minutes of WTI with 94% or 22.66 minutes being Sweet Spot and 6 % and 1.34 minutes being Zone 6 Anaerobic. ERG mode is fantastic for these variable power workouts but toggle if OFF to be able to get ‘EXTRA CREDIT” with more watts for the Pounce Pro Tip: Shift Down 3-4 seconds ahead of the pounce to be able to respond to to load the FasCat #2 Sweet Spot “Cheetah Pounce: is 6 x 4 minutes broken up into 2 sets Its a progression from the Cheetah Pounce # 1 Again visualize yourself as a cheetah stalking your prey, which is your A#1 training goal and sweet spot for 3 minutes and 40 seconds. Then just like #1 pounce out of the saddle for 20 seconds at a 115 – 150% FTP Zone 6+ effort. Again really get after the pound effort because you have a 2 minute recovery interval to catch your breath after. Little known cheetah exercise physiology nugget: Cheetah are all fast twitch and anaerobically gifted but at the expense of their endurance. A cheetah is wicked fast for 30 – 60 seconds but if the antelope can outrun the cheetah for longer than that cheetahs lose their speed quickly.  Would make a terrible endurance athlete but a world class obviously kilo and pursuit rider!  Cheetahs need more sweet spot training! … but I digress. Continuing on with the Cheetah Imagery theme is the FasCat # 3 Sprint > Stalk > Kill: 2 sets of 3 x 3 minutes.  The progression of # 3 come from added in a 10 second anaerobic out of the saddle sprint to the beginning of the effort like a traditional over under. The Sprint Stalk Kill Goes like this: Sprint out of the saddle for the first 10 seconds of each interval @ 150% of FTP.  Then settle back in the saddle to sweet spot stalk your prey (your goals) before going for the KILL with an out of the saddle > 150% FTP sprint! Really visualize your goals here – it is a crit and cyclocross race and mountain bike course – think and see yourself in the crux moment of these races making this kind of power. Please pardon the KILL’ing reference but that’s how it is in the Serengety and if you bring a killer mindset to your racing you’ll make Eddy Merckx (the cannibal proud). the FasCat # 4 Sprint > Stalk > Kill: is 2 sets of 5 x 2 minutes and is a progression from # 3 Same deal, sprint out of the saddle at 150% of FTP settle back in the saddle to sweet spot stalk your goal before going in for the KILL at 200% of FTP for the final 10 seconds. Visualize your Goals to Sprint FAST like a Cheetah! Accelerate, Settle In to your Sweet Spot and then go Full Gas for the KILL! I believe Duran Duran says it the best ‘Hungry like the Wolf”. To our knowledge no cheetah has made it into pop music culture . The Sprint > Stalk Kill # 3 contains 18 total minutes of wintertime intensity with 88% and 16 minutes being sweet spot and 12 % and 2 minutes begin anaerobic. The Sprint > Stalk Kill # 4 progresses to 20 minutes of WTI with 83.3% and 16.6 minutes of Sweet Spot and 16.7% and 3.4 min of anaerobic zone 6.  The progression comes from a little bit less sweet spot and a little bit more anaerobic. Finally!  If you know us well you know we always include a ‘Diabolical’ workout version for all the young buck  whippersnappers out there who can handle the load and want to get their cat 2 upgrade. Now the FasCat # 5 Diabolical “Cheetah Pounce” is diabolical because you don’t have time to catch your prey with sweet spot – you need to stalk them faster at threshold watts! There’s is no set break either in order to get 8 reps in an hour workout. The FasCat # 5 Diabolical Cheetah Pounce goes like this: 8 x 3 minutes with 10 seconds zone 6 followed by 2 minutes and 40 seconds at zone 4 followed by 10 seconds at 200% of FTP.  There’s a 1:1 work to rest ratio to enable you to complete the workout but the 8 reps add up – pace yourself especially for the first 2 or 3 because the last 2 reps, 7 & 8 will hurt! compliments of Coach Isaiah taking a diabolical one for the team   Caress and nurture your anaerobic system this winter with these 5 wintertime intensity workouts.   Get on the bike, get down to work, get off, go win in the kitchen and go on about your day. Copyright © 2021 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! To talk with a FasCat Coach about your wintertime intensity, please fill out a New Athlete Questionnaire to set up a complimentary coaching consultation. Comments The post Wintertime Intensity appeared first on FasCat.
1/18/202133 minutes, 7 seconds
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What’s Ahead on the Podcast in 2021 + FTP Testing

 Happy 2021! Coach Frank is back in action to talk about what’s coming down the pipeline for podcasts over the next few months of the new year. Winter training, nutrition challenge, and more! Frank also revisits an episode he recorded earlier in 2020 discussing the importance of measuring and tracking your FTP (functional threshold power) with a 20 minute field test, an essential metric to focus on in the beginning of a new year. 53820Six Weeks till the Sweet Spot Part 1 Base Training Plan Reference: A 20 minute Power-Based Field Test As always, thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast Copyright © 2021 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP test, power data, power based training, or anything related to going faster on the bike!   The post What’s Ahead on the Podcast in 2021 + FTP Testing appeared first on FasCat.
1/7/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 34 seconds
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Transform your Cycling with a Next Level Approach

 I wrote this five years ago in 2016 and have been living it since – cycling is a lifestyle and in this training tip I’ll share that lifestyle with you – Frank Overton Jan 9, 2020 Five year’s ago my new year’s resolution was to double down and make 2016 my year to have a great cycling season. You know, ‘get serious’.   The motivation came from two cyclocross seasons of getting my ass kicked. That was not fun at all. Like cross the finish line, go back to your car, get in and drive away.  So I woke up on New Year’s Day 2016 and went for a ride. Then the next day I went for another ride and the next day and so forth. Training consistently was my first goal and I knocked that out in January – I got back to being a cyclist, just like you. As I look back on 2016 and the 4 years since then, I more than accomplished my goal to have a ‘great season’ and as a coach I want to tell you how I transformed my cycling so you will know how coaching can help you for 2020 and beyond! Here are 8 next level approaches to your training and two things I learned about myself that I’ll share with you: #1 Consistency: I made getting on my bike a daily priority, whereas before I let work, kids and weather be an excuse. 1 hour a day Tues/Wed/Thurs, indoors or out. We’ve since adopted the phrase “FtFP” which is like Velomanti’s Rule #5, HTFU.  Here FtFP means Follow the F&*#’ing Plan.   100% of our athletes report back that having a plan to follow helps them get on the bike and accomplish their workout each day. Having a coach to hold you accountable to that plan and consequently those goals is also next level. 3864Start Sweet Spotting your way to your best cycling season ever. #2 Zwift: speaking of indoors, I hadn’t trained indoors in years. Maybe it was that 4 hour roller session I did as a youngster that scarred me?  Enter Zwift. Try it, its fun and you’ll no longer use weather and daylight as an excuse. Zwift enables you to #FtFP. Last winter was the first winter in a long time where if it was sloppy cold outside or I couldn’t ride till after dark due to work, that I would move onto plan B and get on the KICKR and Zwift. Fun and productive, 1 hour: one and ‘dun’ where I whole heartedly went for KOMs, rode hard and made a lot of sweat, aka TSS.  Exporting your workout from TrainingPeaks to Zwift is incredibly easy and straightforward, we’ve documented it over in our athlete support forum. In January I established consistency and in February Zwift enhanced that consistency. By March, I stepped it up group rides. And you know what, this is where my training an goals became F-U-N. #3 Group Rides: by March I had 2 previous months of fitness to propel me on the group rides.  I also had the cyclocross season in my back pocket where the fitness carries over.  This gave me the ability to not just hang on, but to take pulls and ride harder without having to worry about getting dropped.  You know what’s not fun? Hanging on for dear life on a group ride.  You know what’s ‘funner’? Going faster. Improving is fun. During these group rides, I was able to generate more TSS, raise my CTL higher and higher all the while having F-U-N. Hard as heck, shattered afterwards but Fun with a capital F.  I kept going and the training snowballed from consistency, Zwift and the group rides. #4 CTL: Speaking of CTL , I took mine from 22 on 1/1/16 to 113 on 6/23/16 (2 weeks prior to my first A race). This was all made possible from 1, 2, & 3 and of course sweet spot training.  We’ve since podcasted on using the performance manager chart to build a big aerobic engine as well as manage your training load – TSTWKT is truly a next level approach to your training. #5 Winning in the Grocery Store/ Kitchen:  I’ve always eaten well but I knew eating better was key to my performance and the lofty goals I had set. Better nutrition was going to help me lose weight, fuel my workouts and help me recover better. Back in my younger days I used to race at 148 – 154 lbs but over the 10 yrs since my ‘retirement’ the weight had crept up. So I resolved to eat better on January 1st, 2016. I ate more veggies and started cooking more. I also cut sugar completely out of my diet and cut back on beer. The sugar was easy; the beer was tough. But there’s 3-500 empty calories in every beer and going down to a few a week instead of 1-2 every night made a weight loss relatively easy. Oh and I started planning out my meals and cooking more, thus paving the way for what would be a major theme within our coaching philosophy:  which was a relief.  Athletes – I encourage every one of you to get more in tune with your nutrition by going to the grocery store yourself and cooking your own meals. It will be such a phenomenal shift in the way you eat, that you can’t help but get faster. All these dietary changes took me from 168 to 158 lbs by Memorial Weekend and I felt great, setting Strava PR’s because my power to weight ratio was way up. Overall, I lost a little less than 2 lbs per month for 5 months. Not dieting per se, just cleaning things up. Better food choices an eliminating empty calories.  Basically practicing what I’ve always preached as a coach here. My threshold power was up too and my confidence really began to sky rocket. Then during the Tour inspired by Chris Froome, I took my diet and weight loss to the next level: Winning in the Kitchen: under cut my daily caloric requirements by 250-500 calories per day. Basically, I ate a ton of fish, veggies and salad + some carbohydrate the night before hard training rides. In July and August I went from 158 to 150 lbs, super lean and was absolutely crushing it on the bike. I started intervals in August so my power went up even more buoyed by the CTL I built up thru June. Less on the denominator and more on the numerator = significant power to weight improvement. Like back to where I was 10 years ago when I was racing NRC’s at the professional level. I don’t recommend trying losing weight during your season but remember, this was pre-season for me at the time because the cyclocross season was yet to start. To recap, I lost another 8 lbs (ontop of the 10 lbs by Memorial Weekend) and went from 12-14 % body fat to roughly a 5% lean, mean, cyclocross racing machine . 18 lbs total since January – had to buy a new belt! Not surprisingly the cyclocross season went well and I had the season I’ve always wanted to have. Hanging out after the races and swapping war stories. I podiumed in my first 6 race weekends, winning one race and nearly missing out on 2 other ‘w’s’. Wow. New year’s resolution complete. #6 Yoga I had taken yoga classes in years past and remembered how good I felt after the classes and how it helped with proprioception for better bike handling. So I started again and sure enough, it was helping with my recovery (like stretching) and I started handling the cyclocross bike better especially leaning the bike over in the corners. I started with YogaGlo on the iPad at home and then upgraded to studio classes. At first once a week then up to 2-3 times per week, primarily on my off days when I had a recovery day on the bike. Along the way I found my ‘breath’ and when I was doing intervals for ‘cross, I could literally slow down my breathing and ‘relax’ during the interval and in the race. Yoga is like moving meditating for me (just like riding) and the benefits spilled over to my mental toughness during the races. #7 Strength and Conditioning: I enlisted the help of a personal trainer to put me thru the paces in Sept and October. I saw amazing gains in my explosive power which I put to use with the accelerations I needed for cyclocross. It was all about getting the glutes engaged and utilizing this muscle group for power production.  This year (2017) I’ll integrate this work + squats, hip thrusts & plyometrics into my cyclocross off season Feb/Mar and then again July/Aug – earlier than this past year so I can recover and still deliver the power on the bike. What else? Sleep. Oh yes, sleep – the best recovery aid there is. #8 Sleep. Best recovery tool in the business.  Everything else is secondary. In 2015, I got a Fitbit with my daughter for Christmas and what I found most helpful was tracking my sleep hours. 8 hours a night and I’m good, nine and I’m gold. 7 and I feel it and 6 or less and I’m absolute garbage the next day. Since that Fitbit in 2015, I’ve upgrade to using the Whoop which is a 24/7/365 wearable device that records my daily strain, my HRV and sleep to measure my recovery.   Big data type of stuff but the Whoop distills it all down to a daily recovery score: red, yellow, or green that helps you adjust your lifestyle and training load in order to keep recovery (and keep getting faster). Lastly: all the stuff you already know: intervals, motorpacing, training hard, life balance and working on my cyclocross skills with our annual cyclocross camp. Overall I mostly trained 8-12 hour per week with the occasional overload 14 – 16 week before a regeneration block. I did do one 20 hour week over  the Memorial Day long weekend. I made some mistakes along the way because I was self coached but I have the data and experience that I’m going to correct and use to my advantage in 2017. For example: #1 Not raise my CTL so high by Memorial Day (I was 109) – rather a more gradual ascent this winter and spring. And that means less forcing training days and more time snowboarding over the winter. I was pretty cooked from training so hard in June that I didn’t quite have the snap for my A race that I had in May. Patience – it takes time and consistency. As I age I may set a CTL of 100 as the high end of what is good and beneficial to my goal events. #2 Prepare for my A race by doing a training race. Probably the Haute Route – its a great overload and timed perfectly to end 2 weeks before the Crushar. I’ll simply recover and taper into peak form. Coaching is so much more than a training calendar and power files.  Its a relationship with an expert invested in your goals ready to share their experience to help you. Granted a well thought out scientifically designed training calendar and power based training are fundamental but the 9 items I described above are next level.  Its like the home depot commercial, “You can do it, we can help”. It takes time and it was hard but ho. lee. moo. lee. it was worth the effort and every single bit of TSS. And the podiums. Copyright © 2021 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! Frank is the founder and owner of FasCat Coaching in Boulder, CO. Frank and the FasCat Coaches have been talking the talk and walking the walk [FasCat Core Value #7] for over 15 years.  To talk about transforming your cycling and having your best season, you can email [email protected] , call 720.406.7444, or fill out a New Athlete Questionnaire to schedule a Coaching Consultation. 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12/28/20201 hour, 17 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ask a FasCat #15

Welcome to another Q&A session of the FasCat Podcast, where we gather questions from our forum, website, and social media to help you ride faster!  This round Frank and Lacey dive into questions ranging from tips for young cyclists, heart rate behavior during workouts, tapering,  frequency of field testing, data fields to display, long term race goals, Haute Route nutrition, and so much more! Thanks to everyone who contributed questions, and congrats to the lucky winner of the Stages Dash head unit! 52180The one and only “Six Weeks to the Sweet Spot Training Plan” The FasCat community now has access to discounts on Stages products, learn more by clicking on the Stages logo in our latest power based training tip “Top 10 Reasons to Ask Santa for a PowerMeter” Show Notes: Scientific Basis for Pre Competition Tapering Strategies, Mujika & Padilla, Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 35:1182-1187, 2003 Tapering  Using Zwift to FtFP Strava-Vals The Performance Manager Chart Podcast Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! Comments The post Ask a FasCat #15 appeared first on FasCat.
12/18/20201 hour, 24 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Performance Manager Chart

The Performance Manager Chart in TrainingPeaks and WKO is one of THE best tools athletes can use for their training and performance.  Coach Frank busts out the pocket protector to explain and describe this impulse-response performance model. Athletes and coaches may use the model to plan training and therefore predict performance! One can literally design more watts into their annual training by using the PMC Chart. It also a dashboard to monitor training stress, training load, acute training stress and the almighty: form – the balance between your training load and short term daily side effects from training. Frank covers everything you need to know about the PMC:  what it is, why you should care about it, and most importantly, how you can use it to take your training and performance to the next level! For the scientific literature reference please see read visit the story behind the development of the PMC Chart here. As always, thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast Copyright © 2021 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your PMC Chart, FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going faster on the bike! The post The Performance Manager Chart appeared first on FasCat.
12/11/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 58 seconds
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Build a Big Base with Sweet Spot Training

It’s December, which means next year is upon us and thoughts are quickly shifting towards the race season. What are you doing to ensure an improvement over last year? What kind of training are you doing? Are you just winging it? There’s a certain combo of art and science to the base building phase of a training calendar, and in Coach Frank’s extensive experience of coaching cyclists he’s come up with a healthy dose of each to help you go faster. What’s the key component? Sweet spot training. 32655The one and only “Six Weeks to the Sweet Spot Training Plan” We’ve talked about sweet spot a lot on the show and it’s weaved into almost everything FasCat does, but this week on the last episode of the year, Coach Frank breaks down how and why you should be incorporating sweet spot training into your plan to build a bigger and better base for 2020. He’ll cover: What is Base Training? Why Sweet Spot is Better than Zone 2 for Base Training Power Based Sweet Spot Metrics – Quantitate the SIZE of your base How many weeks to Sweet Spot? What training plans to do to get your Sweet Spot on What Sweet Spot base Building looks like day-to-day in a training plan And plenty more. Also, for even more sweet spot nerdiness check out our youTube channel and video training tip on Why Sweet Spot training is better than Zone 2. You may also find the Fatigue Dependent Training Plan Design tip a helpful read. As always, thanks to everyone for subscribing and leaving a review on Apple Podcasts, your support this year has been incredible! We’re extremely grateful, and excited about what’s to come in 2021. Now go ride your bike and begin sweet spot training! Copyright © 2021 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Get FasCat Training Tips Delivered Weekly: Subscribe Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike!   The post Build a Big Base with Sweet Spot Training appeared first on FasCat.
12/7/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 39 seconds
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22 Weeks of Training this Winter

 Coach Frank drops some wisdom about what types of training we recommend for the next 22 weeks. Why 22 weeks? Well, that’ how long it is from now until mid-May, where you likely want to be fast, faster, peaking, or crushing your A race. We’ll also touch on: what if you have 25 – 26 weeks, which is the Memorial Day Holiday, traditionally a big event week? Or training for the June 5 Unbound Gravel – formerly the Dirty Kanza.  And accordingly, we know some of you out there are chomping at the bit to start racing in mid March which is in 14 weeks. This is part 2 of our OG “Timing is Everything” Podcast and an amalgamation of previous podcast about what training you should do and when and how much of.  This podcast also address the existential “should you lift weights or not?” and talks about saving your form for later on in the year by way of sharing the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment. This podcast is broken down into 3 parts: ** Your training for the next 22 weeks ** Your training for the next 14 weeks if you are an early season racer ** And your training for the next 26 weeks and beyond if your goals later on in the year. 50726Weights + Base is Your Winning Combo! Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post 22 Weeks of Training this Winter appeared first on FasCat.
12/4/202030 minutes, 46 seconds
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Thanksgiving Gratitude Podcast from the FasCat Team

From the FasCat family to yours, thank you! For tuning in to the podcast, for letting us help you get faster on the bike, we’re grateful to serve you. This week’s show, the FasCat coaches + Jackson share short messages of gratitude for you, the listener! 49244Shop our off-season resistance training plan. It’s a privilege to do what we do as coaches, and despite the uncertainties and madness of 2020, we want to take a moment to remember why we’re doing this and how lucky we are to be in our position. Hope your holiday season is positive and healthy! Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 50% with FAST50 during our Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale The post Thanksgiving Gratitude Podcast from the FasCat Team appeared first on FasCat.
11/20/202027 minutes, 37 seconds
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Should You Be Doing Specificity Training Year Round? with Coach Isaiah

Coach Isaiah comes on the podcast today to explain whether or not you should be doing specificity training year round.  Isaiah defines ‘specificity’ in terms of power output, skills, training on (or up/down) certain terrain, equipment, nutrition and of course duration.  We also break down which specifics apply to what phases of your training such as off season weights, sweet spot base, intervals or in season racing. 48934Shop our off-season resistance training plan. It’s a good time of year to start thinking about the demands your target races will require and how you might train specifically for them. From nutrition to skills and drills, specificity is one thing you can control during the hectic uncertainty of 2020!   Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast   The post Should You Be Doing Specificity Training Year Round? with Coach Isaiah appeared first on FasCat.
11/15/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 26 seconds
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Using Zwift to FtFP

Welcome to another episode of the FasCat Podcast! This week Coach Frank and Coach Jake explain how you can use Zwift to FtFP your FasCat Training plan. During the episode they touch on: How to FtFP Zwift Training  Zwift Group Rides & Zwift Racing  Analyzing your racing or training  Jake’s two favorite workouts specific to Zwift Racing We will also be hosting a FasCat meet up via Zwift next week, so be sure to listen (or read the transcript below) to find out more details! 48474Zwift Training Plan + Outdoor Workouts Transcript to the Podcast: 1. How to FtFP  The most important thing is to use Zwift to follow your plan & work for your goals. It is easy to get caught up in every race, every event, chasing riders, KOM’s and etc. The most important thing is to still FtFP – follow your plan. But over the course of this 1 hour podcast lets not forget that we still advocate riding outdoors. Zwift is good for those who can not for whatever reason. This is just another tool in the tool box. With our FasCat plans you can easily follow your training plans right in Zwift. If you are unfamiliar with this, check out our training tip & video for How to sync your TrainingPeaks account to your Zwift Account. Zwift has a workout menu where you can choose a number of workouts including the workouts that are from FasCat that you have loaded into TrainingPeaks. The only caveat to this is you can only choose that day’s workout. You can not just choose another workout from the week or month. But since you are FtFp’ing this should not be a problem. With these built in workouts Zwift will give you a list on the screen of upcoming power targets and time for each one. As you complete them it will give you a star. So you don’t even have to think or remember and just complete the effort. Let’s use a traditional week from a plan as an example. Export workouts from your plan Tues/Wed, maybe freestyle Thursday and Group Ride Saturday [for example]. Options on Sunday. 2. Zwift Training  So along with choosing a workout you can also freestyle your workout which I am a much bigger fan of personally and even recommend it to my athletes. We try to find ways that are more fun, while being just effective, to complete the training and not make it feel like a trainer workout. This is probably the greatest benefit of Zwift. You can do this with group rides or races that we will get into later but you can also freestyle it. And what is freestyle? Just ride? If you are having to do tempo or sweet spot intervals at a specific duration you can try to match it up with a climb or segment in Zwift. This way you are not just looking at a timer you can just look to go bottom to top, complete a loop or do a segment. There are numerous routes you can do. So find one that may be the best for the type of workout you are doing. Like the Sweet Spot TSS Rides? One neat feature you can do on Zwift is pull up a graph that will show you the zones you are riding by color at the bottom of the screen. It will show you a rolling 10 minute graph. Gray is zone 1, blue is zone 2, green is zone 3, yellow is zone 4, red is zone 5 and reddish pink is zone 6+. I joke with one of my athletes about zone 2 as we refer to it as the blue lagoon. It’s hard just riding zone 2 on the trainer let alone Zwift. 3. Zwift Group Rides & Racing With Zwift racing and group rides the most important thing you need to know going is what is your watts per kilo at each zone. Power to Weight Ratio  This will help you determine the best ride and category to join based on the training you are looking to get in. If you are in the base phase you should look more towards the group rides while approaching an interval plan can look at racing.  Know if you are looking for a zone 2 type of effort or a sweet spot effort. Remember you can also ride in a lower category so it’s not a full on racing effort. Make sure you know what course the event is taking place on. Is it flat? Climbing? This will also let you know the type of effort it may be. I find that if the course has some climbing it is far easier to get more sweet spot effort in. If it is flat you should be able to find a category to join or a group and roll mostly zone 2. One bonus to these events and races is that they will repeat on the same days or time. So get familiar with what events and races may work for particular training days. Where is the best place to look at the group ride and race schedule? In App or a website? Zwift companion app. Or the website. This goes with analyzing which we will get into. Riding with others, like an outdoor group ride, can be more motivating but only be effective if you let it work with your training. There are also time trial events. I find these to be the best to get in sweet spot or threshold workouts. They range from 15 – 30 minutes typical. Just very motivating again by completing an event start to finish as opposed to looking at a timer. Just important to not get carried away with your effort. Having the zone graph up while you race and really help you stay on track. Another great feature is the meetup feature. You can meet up friends and set up your own group ride or training. We should do a FasCat meetup Zwift ride! Nov 12th – 7pm est / 5pm mst   Every 2nd Thursday of the month Follow Jake Rytlewski on Zwift  Chat feature 4. Analyzing your Data This is important because you need to know if the training is effective, and if you are using Zwift to follow your plan and make trainingpeaks workouts turn green! But also if you are looking for results you can see what type of effort it will take by analyzing the racing. Analyzing your Zwift Racing Data: Most Zwift racing is not like any other outdoor races you will do where you can sit and truly benefit from a draft. Most Zwift racing is a steadier effort that averages 90 – 105% of FTP. So a lot of time in sweet spot and zone 4. Basically the old 40km TT type of effort. Of course there are accelerations at the start [vo2 effort], over climbs or even around corners but a lot of times in the events that are under 60 minutes you will be going as hard as you can. This is why after doing a particular event you analyze the data to see what type of training you are getting. Besides looking at the overall average norm power and intensity factor I like to look at the power by zones distribution chart. Then you can see what zone you actually spent the most time in. Was it more anaerobic than aerobic? Was it more Zone 2 or sweet spot? Again this is why it is important to choose the right category and remember which event may be the best for the training you are doing. Let’s not kid ourselves. Zwift racing is starting to become more than just a training tool. There are numerous racing leagues, national events and even a world championship! Also with the current world situations many are turning to Zwift to get their fill of competition and racing. So analyzing the data can be even more important! If you look at a Zwift race file again the start is very hard. This is where the initial separation will take place. The other places separation takes place are over the climbs. Most climbs will start hard and settle. Also throughout a race there will be accleartions from corners or even just the smallest bump in the road. Knowing this can help you determine the best training to do! 6. Specific Zwift workouts: #1 Sweet Spot Bursts #2 Threshold Over Unders A couple of workouts that can be really beneficial sweet spot burst and threshold over unders. With sweet spot burst you ride at sweet spot but do a burst of 8 to maybe as much as 30 seconds at anaerobic power then settle back to sweet spot so staying on the gas. So like a Zwift race you are steadily on the gas but making these burst efforts to stay with the accelerations. In a typical road race or criterium you have a lot of time in zone 1 and zone 6, but after looking at your file in a zwift race you will find you are more likely to be on the gas for most of it, so mostly zone 4 – 6. With the threshold over unders you will start and finish each threshold effort with a 15 – 30 second full gas effort. I find these simulate zwift climbing really well, or even the starts. You go hard to make the separation, hold it and then final push over the top. The post Using Zwift to FtFP appeared first on FasCat.
11/6/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ask a FasCat #14

Welcome to another Q&A session of the FasCat Podcast, where we gather questions from our forum, website, and social media to help you understand training plan design and to help you get even faster on the bike. This go around we touch on a range of topics, including TT fits, fueling indoor workouts, and how strength training increases your FTP! Here are the questions and answers from the podcast: Neil: I’m just over 50 years old and I would love to continue to get better. But as i do that my question is this: Every training plan I see for progressing involves 5-6 sessions/wk. With my job  I can only do 3: one long (up to 5 hr) and 2 short ones at about 90 min. How do I adapt a standard plan into my schedule for maximum effectiveness? 48244Lift Weights & Sweet Spot Base! (& recipes) Well, I guess you could simply skip the workouts that you can not do because of work. However, I feel compelled to share this an old coaching expression I heard at a USA Cycling Coaches Conference years ago: 3 to train 4 to gain – talking about # of days per week it takes to improve.  I think your 3 days a week even with the 5 hour ride will be ok but you’ll be stuck like Sisyphus pushing the rock uphill and having it roll back downhill each week with those off days. If you can’t carve out an extra hour a day (do you work all day?) to hit 4 or 5 workouts per week you are 100% a candidate for a custom coaching solution.  That or maybe taking some strategically timed vacation days to help you achieve the desired amount of training to improve. Rob Davis (FasCat from Erie, Colorado): Last year was my 2nd year doing the offseason plan. About halfway through, things were feeling easy. I decided to keep the # of reps the same but up the weight incrementally for the hypertrophy and strength phases. Was pushing my limits a good idea? Or would it be more beneficial to FTfP to a Tee even if it felt easy? Why on earth would you ever want to not FtFP Remember, you are not a weight lifter, you are a bike racer and you don’t need nor want to feel demolished walking out of the gym. Bank those adaptations without the extra physiological stress and you’ll have higher quality on the bike workouts on the days afterwards. Combine the two together an you’ll get faster, aka increase your power output, FTP, endurance, etc…. So for this year – do a good Adaptation phase and set your 1 RM accurately and your next 3 phases should be just the right amount of lifting.  It could have been last year you improved so much that your 1 RM increase during and that’s why it felt easy. Josh Richardson (FasCat Athlete & Winning in the Kitchen Meal Plan User, Rhode island): Indoor trainer sessions: Is there a need to fuel at say the half hour mark with a gel for these sessions or if I am winning in the kitchen should I be covered? It depends on the length of that training session and what type of workout you are doing. Really you should treat indoor workouts the same as you would outdoors. So if you are doing an hour of zone ⅔ and are winning in the kitchen you could go without fueling. But if you are doing and hour and a half of SS you should be aiming for 25-40g of carbs per hour. Remember… the term winning in the kitchen captures all of the fueling you do both on and off the bike. That is why all of the meal plans include that allotment for ride fuel! Hydration: How much, how often, mixes, no mixes, carbs, electrolytes, etc. We have gels, blocks, bars covered pretty good in the, “what to eat on the bike episode”. 2 water bottles per hour when exercising strenuously and sweating a lot Indoor training is a great opportunity to hydrate 100% fully bc ‘hydration logistics’ aren’t difficult as opposed to outside rides. Water, electrolytes for short easy Zone 2 rides Water and GU Energy Drink Mix for intensity harder than zone 2 Roctane for your 200+ TSS and Simulation Ride Nat Orpen-Palmer (FasCat from London): I had a TT fit with a new fitter recently who recommended I do neck strengthening exercises to be able to hold a ‘turtle’ position for extended lengths of time. Do you have any advice on this or could you point me in the direction of some resources? Here’s how I have my time trial athletes practice their ‘‘turtling’: while they do their threshold intervals.  That means 1) Practice while you are doing your TT specific threshold intervals 2) Get down in the aero position 3) Scrunch your shoulders up to your ears to punch as small of a hole in the wind as possible. 4) Lower your head as low as possible – look at the ground directly in front of your wheel – eyes down. 5) Use a mirror to visualize this body position aerodynamic optimization 6) Now – this is the turtling part: because your head is so low your eyes can’t see in front of you – crick your neck back as much as you can without raising your head.  Use a mirror for this in front of you indoors while you are on the trainer. 7) Then to keep your head as low as possible look out of the tops of your eyebrows to see as much of the road ahead of you. 8) This is where you’ll actually be exercising your eye muscles and may be a tad sore the next day. You’ll be practicing getting your neck in the right position too – probably what your fitter was talking about. 9) Use a mirror to hold this position for the entire threshold interval session. 10) Once you start going hand the natural tendency is to pop-up and be less aero – see that and concentrate on getting back down low. 11) I don’t have athletes perform any neck strengthening exercises, rather practice while performing their threshold TT intervals Adam DeVoe (FasCast from Denver, Colorado): I know you highly recommend squats on a regular cage, but is the smith rack a reasonable alternative? What are the downsides to the smith rack? YOU can do a good weight lifting program with a smith rack. It isn’t ideal but neither is 2020. The difference between a smith rack and a free squat is that the smith machine is like a crutch in that it does force you to engage your core and balance the bar in a 360 plane. Because the smith machine moves only up and down you are more likely to develop poor squat form – so use a mirror and get some feedback on your form if possible. Good luck. I used a smith machine for the first 4 years I did the weight program bc I was new to squats and was intimidated by the free squat. David Kunz (FasCat from California): I’m 36, am in school, have a full time job and family. I have ~8-10 hrs a week to train, can you make a recommendation for how many events I should do in a season and the length of gravel event that I would most likely be competitive in? Right on David  – go for it.  So the number of gravel events you should do is up to you! YOu can do whatever you want.  For years, I’d do one a summer – the Crusher in the Tushar and that race was my #1 sole focus 365/24/7. It also depends on where you live in proximity to the races.  Big gravel events or smaller regional ones. Being in SoCal definitely do the BWR – that’s one of the biggest baddest gravel events of all time.  For distance choose the one you want – maybe the wafer to see how it goes and then the following year the full distance waffle.  Maybe you dive right into the waffle – there are no rules its just whatever you want. As for # of events it really depends on your personal situation – could be just the BWR. Could be the BWR + more.  Could be the BWR and then another one in the Summer/Fall. Abstain from more than one a month sustained for six months, I think. A big factor for many athletes is how much travel or not is involved to do the race.  The closer it is – the more gravel racing you can do. The further away, the less. Josh Van Cleff (FasCat athlete from North Carolina): For a Training Plan athlete, what’s the best way to approach a vacation or travel week where a bike isn’t going to be along? Depends on where this vacation falls in relation to your annual training plan and the timing in relation to your goals. The most serious cyclists take their vacations after the season is over and avoid vacations before their A events. Some general guidelines is no non bike vacations 6 – 12 weeks prior to your A event. If you go on vaca 12-24 weeks prior to your A event bring the bike (who goes on vacation without a bike?!)  But even still – how are you travelling with the pandemic right now? If by car – bring yo’ bike! When you take your vacations is VERY important and to answer your question – I’d have to look at your training plan in relation to the timing of your goals – inside 6-9 weeks and we’d have to take aggressive measures to counterbalance the offset of the 3 days but beyond 6-9 weeks I think you could make it up before and after. Its not FtFP’ing but you do get credit for thinking in advance and planning to make a plan. With the meal plan are the ingredients only measured in cups or also in European grams and milliliters? I live in Europe and I’m not familiar with American servings. For the meal plan, most of the ingredients are measured in cups. Adding the metric equivalent to each ingredient would cause the recipes to look overly crowded/confusing. However converting the recipes to metric is pretty simple. You can find a ton of conversion charts, but this one is pretty straightforward. Here is also a website where you can enter the quantities and it will do the conversion for you! Submitted via instagram (@vittorio_james1): If it is a nice day out and you are feeling good, can you spend additional time on the bike in zone 2 and still #ftfp? It depends. Zone 2 still carries physiological stress. So you are adding stress to a plan that was designed with a keen eye on enabling one to recover from and keep progressing. The additional riding may upset the fine balance. The bigger problem is that sometimes feeling good doesn’t mean ride more. Because you can’t go back in training when you’ve dug a hole and are feeling poopy and take back those days when you rode more. 30 minutes here and there of happiness watts are fine and especially fine if you can get to bed and achieve 8+ hours of sleep and win in the kitchen.  Winning in the Kitchen takes time so if riding more causes you to cut corner in the kitchen – don’t do that. Think of the extra riding like carbon offset credits – you ride 30 more minutes if and only if you can ALSO win in the kitchen more and sleep that equivalent time more that evening or have the prior evening. If you are losing in the kitchen or not getting enough sleep each night, rather than ride more – use that time to work on your nutrition and recovery. This is where having a coach is extremely helpful but as a self coached athlete my biggest piece of advice is to pay close close attention to your recovery and ability to hit your power downstream in your plan. If your legs aren’t feeling crisp with lots of watts x-nay the extra zone 2 -ay.   Pay attention to your FtFP carbon offset credits. 10. Submitted via instagram (objektivgesehen): I purchased the foundation plan for my upcoming three weeks but I’m unsure how or even if I could integrate some running training into the training plan. Do you have any tips/ideas?My biggest tip, sorry, is that there is no running in this plan. In order to FtFP – no running.  Now I can see Jackson rolling his eyes but seriously be disciplined.   If you are a ‘runner’ I’d give you a much different answer. But the single sports cyclists I know that run, injure themselves. Myself included.  And I used to run in high school! And that means time off the bike and time off the bike is not FtFP’ing Running is great especially for cross training in the winter and colder temps just be careful and start gradually and work your way up. If you are a multisport athlete that is also a different answer.  11. Submitted via instagram (benjahughes1980): What would you suggest as a good progression of plans for a 24 hour MTB race (A+ goal Race) over 12 months? Build to 1 peak or multiple peaks in the year? A good progression is what we talk about when we say Off Season training.   Lift weights and build a big aerobic engine.  To do so takes consistent work and approximately 28 weeks: 10-12 weeks for the weights and 12-18 weeks for the base.  All those plans are on our site.  Start there and do some interval training and then 24 hour specific training. As for a 1 peak or 2 peak season – that is much much more complicated and requires a whole separate podcast to answer or really hiring a coach.  My advice is to use the performance manager chart to track your training load, plan your builds, your periodization and of course your overloads, tapers and peak.  Everyone pays attention to the CTL but remember the whole entire purpose of the performance model is the optimize your form on the day(s) of your event  – so pay attention to your TSB – training stress balance to model out a 1 or 2 peak season. Again – a whole nuther podcast. Chad Grice (FasCat from Canada): I’m a 35-year-old male with an FTP just under 4 w/kg. I have a harder time than I think I should in my zones. As an example 2h of zone 2 is a struggle and even race files from last year don’t show a normalized power higher than zone 2. My peak 60min is also near zone 2 and I don’t believe that I could hold my FTP for an hour to save my life. I’m worried that I test well or my 20 min of suffering is really good compared to the rest of my curve.  What should I do? FTfP and see when I fail or lower my FTP for the training and if so how much? Something is amiss because zone 2 is your all day endurance pace, should be a 4-5-6 out of 10  Rate of Percevied Exertion with 1 being the easiest and 10 being the hardest.  I’d start by re- calibrating everything including your zones with a field test.  If you can’t hold your FTP for an hour that is not your FTP.   In the meantime, today, go back in the past 3-4 months of your power data and find your peak 60 minute power – call that is your FTP (until you test again).  Then your zone 2 is 60 – 75% of that number.    William Diaz (FasCat from Westminster, Colorado):  When should you stop doing repeats (intervals)? Can you do too many intervals where it’s not helping you anymore? Yes, you will get to the point with interval training where you plateau out and no longer realize further gains.  6 weeks is great for example our sport specific interval training plans. After that you may want to re-load your CTL with some sweet spot training or get into an interval training plan that has less intervals and more recovery to achieve higher form. These are out ‘race n recover’ plans meant to be followed during your race season. For example right now if you are cyclocross racing or if you were doing weekly criteriums, time trials, road races and so forth – even gravel. Roston Nordell: I’m looking into starting the 32 week resistance + sweat spot base, But I’ve done some research and every thing I read says I need to maintain the resistance training or else the benefits will go away, so could I get some information on when not continuing the resistance training how the muscles will be maintained? As a bike racer it is also a matter of how your time is best spent – lifting or riding.  We assume you are short on time so we’ve come up with a solution. https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/video-should-you-strength-train-during-the-season/ Our approach acknowledges that after you complete the 10 week resistance training in the plan then your time is best spent riding as much as possible (sweet spot base) but doing strength and conditioning mobility exercises from your yogaglo, revo & foundation will help you maintain those strength gains and not provide so much that you can recover and ride as much as possible The full gas intervals you do after this plan will also help maintain strength gains. Then do this plan again next off season to rebuild any loses that may have occurred over the racing season.   John Michael Gray via Instagram (@Ridebikeseatfood): Will/how does strength training increase your FTP? In 3 easy steps! #1 build muscle – this is hypertrophy phase #2 trains that new and existing muscle to produce great force – strength phase #3 trains the new muscle that can now produce great force to make that force fast in speeds specific to cycling – this is your power phase. Force = mass times acceleration and Power = Force times velocity! [my 11th grade Physics teacher would be so proud] Evan with those physical equations, its not as simple as that – you need to train your muscles aerobic and anaerobically. So lift weights first, do your sweet spot and then don’t forget your full gas interval training. Combine the 3 together et voila – that’s how you increase your FTP!   Copyright © 2020 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! Comments The post Ask a FasCat #14 appeared first on FasCat.
10/30/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 23 seconds
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Frank’s Four Favorite and Fun Indoor Cycling Workouts

Here are Frank’s Four Favorite and Fun Indoor Cycling Workouts: Sweet Spot Bursts Criss Cross ‘Micro’ Intervals Over Unders Zwift! 48013Works on Zwift and includes Frank’s 4 Favorite Indoor Cycling Workouts My four favorite workouts are all one hour and have a plethora of variations to last you all winter and to help make indoor training diverse, fun and motivationally stimulating.  I prescribe variations of these workouts Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday and longer outdoor sessions without any structured intervals on the weekends.  One of my biggest rules to make indoor cycling fun and productive is to avoid steady power output – that tends to be boring.  For example 4 x 8 minutes on 4 minutes off – booooooring.  Productive yes, but with a little tweak this workout can become more realistic and dynamic by adding bursts which help the time pass by quicker. One last aspect of indoor training during your base season – hold off on the macho full gas go as hard as you can crazy hard workouts.  Concentrate on good old fashioned aerobic endurance using your zones 2, three (tempo), and of course sweet spot.  Bursts and short durations above your FTP are fine and good, but save the hard effort for late winter, early Spring. P.S. Don’t forget Coach Jake’s (the King of Indoor Training) 5 tips to help make indoor cycling more fun and productive Here are Frank’s Four Favorite and FUN 1 hour Indoor Workouts: 1. Sweet Spot Bursts: 4 x 8 minutes w/ a burst every 2 minutes The tried ‘n true sweet spot intensity: not too hard and not too easy, goldilocks.  This is ‘base season’ after all and not a time to be going full gas with hardcore threshold, VO2, and anaerobic intervals. During each 8 minute sweet spot interval ‘burst’  out of the saddle for 5 seconds at 200% of your FTP every 2 minutes. The bursts mimic getting out of the saddle up a switchback on a climb, a rise in the road or an acceleration in the peloton. The catch is to go back to sweet spot after the burst and not a recovery intensity.  Adding in those simple 2 minutes bursts will make each 8 minute interval whiz by! 2. Criss Cross Micro Intervals: Tempo > Zone 6 (20 sec) 5 x 7 minutes This workout looks more intimidating on paper than in practice. The 20 second forays to anaerobic watts every 2 minutes during a 7 minute interval are great for cyclocrossers, mountain bikers, road, gravel, time trial – just about every discipline of cycling.  Like the sweet spot bursts the catch is that you go back to tempo watts and not a recovery interval like a traditional steady state interval.  Your heart rate will climb over the course of the interval because 3 x 20 sec anaerobic efforts add up.  You can apply extra credit to your workout by going full gas for the last 20 seconder because each criss cross interval ends with a traditional recovery – but only for 2 minutes! 3. Sweet Spot Micro Over-Unders: 2 sets of 5 x 2 minutes Like the criss cross workout above we are using the 20 second foray up into Zone 6 to mimic a short punchy climb.  The sweet spot intensity is harder than that of tempo but the intervals are over in 2 minutes.  2 min on 2 min off with Zone 6 in the beginning and the end.  The set break in the middle allows for a higher quality 2nd set than without.  The challenge of these over unders is to not go too hard for the 20 seconds and to hold the sweet spot for 80 seconds in the middle.  ERG mode gets a bad wrap, but honestly this workout using the ERG mode is money – the smartTrainer changes the resistance and power so all you have to do is jam out to your tunes and pedal! 4. Zwift! I like Zwift (for many reasons) because it is a great way to get in an unstructured, fun, quality one hour of variable power endurance training – much like the Sweet Spot TSS Ride. The key is to not race! That’s right – save the zwift racing for your interval training later in your annual training progression after you’ve built your base.  Zwift racing tends to be full gas for the whole one hour and that kind of training needs to be used at the right time of the year and certainly not regularly in the winter. Concentrate on group and solo rides using the terrain on Zwift to match your training goal for the day. For example – use the flat Richmond course to pedal out a fun quality zone 2 workout.  Use the New York’s Central Park to hammer out some TSS sweet spot style on Saturday’s if you can’t ride outside.  Choose a group ride on Zwift, but give yourself some cushion so that you can actually sit in a little bit rather than being forced to ride all out as hard as you can.  For example, if your FTP is 3.5 watts / kg , choose the “C Ride” between 2.5 – 3.1 w/kg and get in some fun advanced aerobic endurance training. The possibilities on Zwift are really as endless as the variations of the three structured interval workouts above! What’s even better is that exporting these TrainingPeaks workouts to Zwift for the ultimate indoor riding experience is a piece of cake. It only takes a few clicks and then all you have to do is pedal! Below is a quick demo from our friends at TrainingPeaks that shows you how to sync your TrainingPeaks account to your Zwift account and follow your training plan using Zwift: Set yourself up for success! Make sure you have everything you need for your trainer session to make it as fun, comfortable and effective as possible! Indoor training does not need to be one of Dante’s nine circles of hell, it can just be another stroll in the park doing what you love! So get out there, or better yet… Get in there and ride! Copyright © 2020 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! Comments The post Frank’s Four Favorite and Fun Indoor Cycling Workouts appeared first on FasCat.
10/23/202040 minutes, 54 seconds
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Introducing Our Winning in the Kitchen Weight Loss Meal Plan!

With the offseason approaching, we’re thrilled to release our Winning in the Kitchen Weight Loss Meal Plan! Get your nutrition habits dialed this offseason so you can hit your goals in 2021. Created by Registered Dietitian Lacey Rivette, these custom meal plans take the guesswork out of weight loss for cyclists and take into account your training, weight, and goals to provide an approachable and easy to follow weight loss plan with custom recipes and meal prep instructions. On the pod, Lacey and Frank break it all down and give you the deets on what you need to know, from some example recipes to how athletes should approach weight loss. Show Notes: Meal Prep Guide: https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/meal-prep-guide You Ate App: https://youate.com/ MyFitnessPal: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/   Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast   This post appeared here first: https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/weight-loss-meal-plan
10/15/20201 hour, 1 minute, 53 seconds
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Optimize Your At Home Weight Lifting This Offseason!

We’re now well in to October, which is traditionally the offseason period for most of the cycling community (except you ‘crossers!) and so it’s time to start thinking about at home strength training. This is something that can make a huge impact on your cycling performance, but with the current COVID pandemic, going to gyms is a tricky situation. So we’ve adapted and created a special, effective at-home weight lifting plan that uses affordable and minimal equipment to make sure you can still get it done this winter and be back and ready for when racing returns. 47564Weight Lifting (at Home) for Cycling Training Plan In the pod today, Coach Frank breaks it all down, the equipment you’ll need, and what to expect with this unique strength plan. For more on strength training, go back and check out our old episodes on the subject to learn more about why it’s important in the annual periodization. Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post Optimize Your At Home Weight Lifting This Offseason! appeared first on FasCat.
10/9/202034 minutes, 40 seconds
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Weight Lifting for Cycling

Weight Lifting this winter will make you faster! More strength = more power = higher FTP =  riding our bikes faster. However this is not your high school weight lifting plan; its designed for cyclists! “Speeds specific to cycling” is the secret sauce of this program: the velocity of the lifts plus the neuromuscular sprint workouts that are coupled to the Strength and Power Phases make this 10 week plan effective for endurance cyclists.” On this week’s podcast, we break down all you need to know about incorporating a cycling-specific resistance training program into your offseason. 9139Take the guesswork out of your off-season with one of our best-selling off-season plans. For more info, check out our training tip: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/weight-lifting-for-cycling/ And the Weight Lifting for Cycling training plan: https://fascat.wpengine.com/training-plans/weight-lifting-for-cycling/ Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2020 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post Weight Lifting for Cycling appeared first on FasCat.
10/2/20201 hour, 17 minutes, 59 seconds
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Winning In The Kitchen FAQ w/ Jackson and Lacey

This week, Jackson and Lacey take over the pod to talk about their favorite subject: performance nutrition. A major theme of this show, we get lots of questions in the forum and through our new meal plans, so we thought we’d touch on a few of the commonly asked questions, such as weight loss, carbohydrate periodization, white vs. brown rice, and more. The offseason is approaching and it’s the ideal time to start dialing in your nutrition strategy so you don’t fall behind! Be sure to check out our Winning In The Kitchen meal plans to get the ball rolling. If you have questions on nutrition and performance, ask away in our dedicated athlete forum at forum.fascat.wpengine.com. 47142Complete Fall and Winter Training Plan! Big thanks to WattBike for sponsoring the show. WattBike is the ultimate indoor cycling experience to take your winter training to the next level. With super accurate power readings, integration with Zwift and TrainingPeaks, WattBike makes your pain cave riding much more enjoyable. Check ’em out at wattbike.com/us. Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post Winning In The Kitchen FAQ w/ Jackson and Lacey appeared first on FasCat.
9/24/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 11 seconds
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Timing is Everything: The What, When, and How of Annual Training

As the age-old adage goes, timing is everything. As we’re winding down the 2020 “season” and beginning to look towards 2021, it’s a critical thing to consider when planning our calendar. Choosing A vs. B races, when to start the weight lifting and base phases, and how to approach a peak and taper all come down to timing. With a little bit of preparation and planning, and a tip from Goldilocks, we can come into the 2021 season not too hot, not too cold, but just right. 24742Begin your 2021 campaign with our Sweet Spot Part 3 Training Plan In this episode, we cover: ½ life of aerobic endurance adaptations Goldilocks Principle – porridge too hot, too cold, just right 42 day time constant in TrainingPeaks CTL TSTWKT chart Half Life of Weight Lifting Coaches anecdote – find that most athletes peak better in the first ½ of the season (first peak attempt) than the second because the half life from weight lifting, and build a true base are further than the 1st peak The Group Ride HERO Examples of TIMING – what to do and WHEN and how much of.  Be sure to listen to our previous and relevant podcasts: Planning your upcoming race season Post-Season Break Weight Lifting for Cyclists Remember to use code 25podcast at checkout to save 25% off your next plan…and don’t procrastinate!   The post Timing is Everything: The What, When, and How of 2021 Training appeared first on FasCat.
9/21/202043 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ask FasCat #12 — at-home strength setups, carbohydrates, and training in the smoke

Welcome to another periodized Q&A session of the FasCat Podcast, where we field listener questions from our forum, website, and social media to help you get even faster on the bike. This go around we touch on a range of topics, including thoughts on at-home gym setups, carbohydrates, how to train when smoke is in the air, and more. Here are the links we mentioned in the Podcast: Build Your Own at-home strength setup Pogacar’s Strava file Phil’s Tour of California file analysis  47019Complete Fall and Winter Training Plan! If you want to get a question answered in the next one, be sure to sign up for our forum over at forum.fascat.wpengine.com to hop in the conversation. Thanks to everyone who contributed! Big thanks to WattBike for sponsoring the show. WattBike is the ultimate indoor cycling experience to take your winter training to the next level. With super accurate power readings, integration with Zwift and TrainingPeaks, WattBike makes your pain cave riding much more enjoyable. Check ’em out at wattbike.com/us. Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post Ask FasCat #12 — at-home strength setups, carbohydrates, and training in the smoke appeared first on FasCat.
9/18/20201 hour, 18 minutes, 5 seconds
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What to do during your 2 week post-season break

It’s about that time! With all the craziness and uncertainty of 2020, we still believe in the importance of taking an actual “off season” to bring some certainty to the cycling season periodization. So how should that look? What should you do? Today on the podcast is a continuation of our 2018 episode about the post-season break where we talked about the 3 core tenets of a good offseason break: Taking 2 weeks off from following a training plan Re-establishing Life Balance Soul Rides 46786Complete Fall / Winter Training Plan: Weights + Sweet Spot Base In this podcast we give seven more performance enhancing, non biking activities to consider as you take some time away from structured, dedicated training. They are: Nutrition/ Winning in the Kitchen Yoga Foundations MTB’ing (riding a different bike) Relationships Back to School/Family Goal Setting Announcements: Our Phils’ Fondo Training plan Starts Sept. 14th – you can sign up for the FREE Phil’s Bake your Own Cookie Fondo at philsfondo.com We are working on two new training plans: #1 the at home resistance training plan #2 Lacey’s Winning in the Kitchen Weight Loss Plan Next week is our regular Ask a FasCat Q&A podcast :: please submit your training questions to [email protected] or on our forum forum.FasCatCoaching.com by next Wednesday Sept 16th.  The most thoughtful question will win a pair of GravelKING SK’s and a GUEnergy prize pack! This podcast is brought to you by WattBike, the solid dedicated at home training bike to get some offseason training at home this winter! Check them out at wattbike.com. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post What to do during your 2 week post-season break appeared first on FasCat.
9/10/202037 minutes, 59 seconds
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When to Hire a Coach or Follow a Training Plan w/ Coaches Frank, Jake, and Isaiah

The three musketeers of FasCat training plan and coaching design, Frank Overton, Jake Rytlewski, and Isaiah Newkirk stop by the studio to discuss an ever-important topic: When to Hire a Coach or Follow a Training Plan? This question is extremely individualized and complex, so the three coaches break it down and talk about the reasoning behind both so you can be better equipped to decide what’s best for you. As 2020 looms, it’s time to start really planning out the details of the season and how you’re going to approach those goals. We hope this helps you FtFP even better next season! For more on our training plans and coaching, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com and ask away in our exclusive forum at http://forum.fascat.wpengine.com. 31972Complete Fall / Winter Training Plan: Weights + Sweet Spot Base Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post When to Hire a Coach or Follow a Training Plan w/ Coaches Frank, Jake, and Isaiah appeared first on FasCat.
9/4/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 52 seconds
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FTFP and Developing Good Training Habits

This week we dive into the background of “FTFP”, or Follow the F@#%&^* Plan! Following the well designed training plan is paramount to success as a cyclist, and there’s many layers that go into it. Coach Frank and Jackson discuss the key components to making training efficient and effective, and the 8 habits of successful cyclists. 19803Start building fitness and increasing FTP with our best-selling Sweet Spot plan. Remember to use code 25podcast at checkout to save 25% off your next plan…and don’t procrastinate! If you’d like more help #FtFP’ing consider our Coaching Subscription or hire a FasCat Coach! Find the FasCat podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Follow us on social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Intro music: David Cutter Music. The post FTFP and Developing Good Training Habits appeared first on FasCat.
8/31/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 4 seconds
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Reviewing Your Season to Be Faster Next Year

As the offseason for most cyclists (sorry, ‘crossers) and fall approaches, it’s time to look back and reflect on your season to see what worked and what didn’t, take stock of your nutrition and training strategies, and use that data to make 2020 even better. This week on the podcast we discuss 4 key areas of this review: Your Training: Volume, CTL, Intervals & Power Output Your Nutrition / Winning in the Kitchen – Weight Loss Skills – makes a huge difference! 4 Training Ideas to Get Faster for 2020 Other podcasts mentioned that are relevant to this episode: Winning in the Kitchen: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/winning-in-the-kitchen/ Strength Training: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/weight-lifting-for-cycling/ Weight Loss for Cyclists: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/weight-loss-for-cyclists/ We are also hosting a podcast appreciation ride this Sunday, September 8th at 9am, leaving from 3107 Bluff St in Boulder. We’ll have pastries and coffee, and will do a chill spin up to Jamestown. Hope to see you there! 23721Are you interested in adding structure and FOCUS to your off-season? Our best-selling 32-week off-season plan is your ticket to ride. For more conversation, don’t forget to check out our forum at forum.fascat.wpengine.com and fascat.wpengine.com for more training tips. Enjoy the offseason!   The post Reviewing Your Season to Be Faster Next Year appeared first on FasCat.
8/30/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 50 seconds
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Off Season Training for Cyclists

This Fall, for those of you with big goals and aspirations, NOW is the time to get on a plan and start training.  Right now cyclists have a huge opportunity to begin their off season training to take their performance to the next level in 2021. Here is our description of ON (off) season training for cyclists because there is no off season for better results next year. As coaches, we look forward to the offseason because it is a time when we can work on athletes’ weaknesses without having to worry about their performance in upcoming races.   As a result, we can start with the basics and methodically take athletes thru a 4-6 month offseason training program that elevates their performance.  There’s a saying “the off season is where you can make the greatest gains” and we couldn’t agree more. 2190Purchase this best-selling 32-week off-season training plan today! The goal of our offseason training program is to increase the athlete’s power at threshold and race-specific power outputs.  Our offseason training program is divided into 5 phases that as a whole are much greater than the sum of the parts.  To measure improvement we test at the end of the resistance training phase, end of the sweet spot build and right before the first race with expectations of a 3-20% increase in power at threshold.  Thereafter we monitor race data to track improvements in FTP and power. The 5 Annual Training Plan Phases are: Annual Training Program (ATP) (planning) Fall Foundation, Aerobic Endurance & Muscle Tension Intervals. Resistance Training: 10 Week, 4 Phase, Cycling Specific. Sweet Spot Part 1, 2, and 3: building a “Hemi-Powered Aerobic Engine”. Race Specific Intervals. For more information about the COMPLETE FasCat Off-Season Program, please read the descriptions below. 1. Annual Training Program (ATP) The image below is an example of an Annual Training Plan in TrainingPeaks that we develop for our athletes.  This is the 10,000-foot view that outlines goals and when the 4 training phases will occur. We use this overview to identify timeframes for performance testing, and to work backwards from “A” races. A common coach question is ‘when do you want to be your fastest?” When is your “A race”.  These answers help determine when to begin the on season training, when to build base, and when to switch from base to race. We call this a worksheet because it is a work in progress, its fluid and may be changed. Goal setting is a process, often times an athlete’s race program is ironed out by late February here in Colorado.  2021 may be much different.  Earlier for warmer weather states such as California, Texas, & Arizona.  We use the ATP to stay focused as the coach & athlete designing training programs in 4-week blocks. 2. Fall Foundation, Aerobic Endurance The Fall time frame is an opportunity to work on one’s weaknesses and carry a level of fitness into the winter months.  It may be a time to start losing weight, ride a fixed gear or get in some big rides before the winter forces many of us indoors.  For some athletes cyclocross racing may be used for training.   We also use this time for muscle endurance work in the form of Muscle Tension Intervals aka MTi’s.  It is VERY IMPORTANT to note that this is a time where our coaches are creative with training and flexibility is key.  Compared to the Spring, training is relaxed and low key.  Our coaches tend to stay away from intervals and instead encourage fun group rides, riding from the bottom to top of various climbs, “Strava Hunting”, and so forth.  If the athlete is a ‘roadie’ he or she may be encouraged to mountain bike or to dabble in cyclocross racing.  If an athlete’s climate dictates short rides over the winter, we will use the Fall as a time to ‘get fit’ so as to carry a significant amount of adaptations into the winter months.   For those familiar with TSTWKT we will raise the athlete’s Chronic Training Load (CTL), prescribe a regeneration block and test at the end of the block to set an off season power at threshold (FTP) benchmark. (Purchase the 3 week $29 Training Plan HERE) For our athletes that are severely affected by daylight savings (Sunday November 1st, 2015) we will often schedule the Fall Foundation to end just prior to daylight savings so that the next block of training (Resistance Training) occurs in the gym where daylight is not a factor. 3. Resistance Training, 10 weeks & 4 Phases: Cycling Specific Adaptation > Hypertrophy > Strength > Power with the last two phases coupled to on the bike neuromuscular work.  Anyone can lift weights but remember that our 10-week cycling specific resistance program is speed specific and therefore effective for improving power output on the bike.  We also use this time to work on muscle imbalances, core strength and flexibility. (Buy our 6 week Training Plan HERE) We work with our athletes to time the resistance training program to overlap with the worst weather riding months.  It’s important to remember that resistance training is not for everyone and we interview our athletes carefully before recommending the training. If you want fight age related decline in performance (the O.L.D.s) lift weights. You’ll also improve your sprint, climbing, ability to attack & counterattack – to be explosive, then our resistance training program is the place to start. 4. Advanced Aerobic Endurance: “Base”: building a “Hemi-Powered Aerobic Engine” We take the traditional ‘piles of miles’ and use power based training & metrics to help you make the most out of your time to train.  After all, who’s got 12  hours or more a week to train like the pro’s?  Our training plan design follows a fatigue dependent model starting with Sweet Spot methodologies to raise CTL (Chronic Training Load).  Ramp rates are specific to how much time the athletes has to dedicate to training each week.  We spend a significant amount of time determining the athlete’s work & family schedules to create a balanced and productive training plan. (View our 6 week Sweet Spot Part 1 Training Plan HERE) (After completing our 6 week Sweet Spot Part 1 plan, move on to Sweet Spot Part 2: Training Plan) (When you complete Sweet Spot Part 2, buy the Sweet Spot Part 3 Training Plan HERE) During the work week, Monday thru Fridays (for those of us with traditional 9 to 5 careers) we focus on shorter, highly focused advanced aerobic endurance workouts: sweet spot and tempo steady state and variable power all suitable to be completed outdoors or indoors or Zwift.  On the weekends, athletes do their longer rides whether those are in small groups or solo by TSS or AmEX rides.  During the “Base” Phase we use every creative trick in the book to plan out the best custom training program for each athlete we work with.  We track the size of the athlete’s base with the performance manager chart in TrainingPeaks – one’s Chronic Training Load or CTL. The bigger the base an athlete can build the faster and more powerful they will be.  Building a big base takes time and that’s why we are talking about it in August.  How much time? Approximately 18 weeks or 4 1/2 months.   Athlete’s could build less base but they will be less fast.  Those that carve out the time including the time to lift beforehand are the ones that reach their potential.  The athletes that shortcut their ‘base’ are the ones that miss the opportunity to perform with a hemi-powered aerobic engine. 5. Pre-Season Interval Work to Increase Race Specific Power Output This is the final phase of the off season where we dot the “i”s and cross the “t”s.   By this time frame we have identified what kind of races and events the athlete will compete in and we prescribe intervals to increase their ability to make power for the durations specific to performing well in those events. Aka race winning power output.  We employ a race specific interval training program to take athletes to their next level.  For those with powermeters, these are the workouts we’ll monitor closely to measure improvement and stay on top of fatigue. (During the pre-season, you’ll be ready to move on to our 6 week $49 Interval Plan HERE) As an example, for athletes whose goals involve criteriums we’ll work heavily on their anaerobic power outputs.  For time trialists, we’ll concentrate on threshold intervals down in the athlete’s aerodynamic position on the time trial bike.  Lastly, this is the phase where we’ll prescribe a field test or have athletes come into the lab to determine their maximal lactate steady state (MLSS).  In our experience we are used to seeing improvements in power at threshold anywhere between 3 and 20%. When the off season is all said and done, athletes begin the cycling season with an increased FTP (Functional Threshold Power) and an increased ability to produce power specific to their goals.  Additionally, athlete’s are more confident and optimistic about the season and are likely to enjoy the sport more. 2190Ready to get started? Purchase our complete 32-week off-season training program today!   Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! Show Notes: Post Season Break Review Your Season to Set Goals for Next Year Master’s CTL Podcast Weight Lifting for Cycling Switch from Base to Race Race Specific Intervals Wattbike https://wattbike.com/us?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=paid&utm_campaign=FasCat&utm_con- tent=01_september_2020 Comments The post Off Season Training for Cyclists appeared first on FasCat.
8/27/202059 minutes, 12 seconds
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#secrettraining: How to have a Cyclocross Race Season

Perhaps #crossiscoming. Perhaps #crossisnotcoming. Regardless, we are going to have some fun with this one. We’ve created a 6 week Strava CX challenge to keep you motivated, inspired and ready to race just in case it’s necessary. Here’s the deal: each week builds off the previous with the goal of making you smoother, more efficient and ultimately faster. Follow the directions below and add this to your training plan or talk with your coach on how to incorporate this into your current plan. Feel free to ask us any questions and let us know how it’s going in the FasCat Forum! Good luck and have fun! Week 1: Set Up Your Practice Cyclocross Course Warm up in zone 2 by riding over to your local cyclocross practice area (course, park, school, etc.) and lay out a ~ 5 minute cyclocross practice lap. Features to include, if possible, are: A bazillion corners Mixed terrain: grass, dirt, pavement, sand pit, singletrack, ditches, gullys, stairs, logs, retaining walls, etc. The course you design needs to be one that is easily replicable for the next 4 weeks because you are going to repeat this course each week to gauge your improvement. Use this day to re-familiarize yourself with getting ‘crossy: bike handling, getting on and off the bike, accelerating, tire pressure, etc. Week 2: 5 Lap Strava Segment CX Set Up Head back over to the CX course you designed last week to set up your Strava segment. Make sure you have an adequate warm up. Ride 5 laps for time at about 90-95% CX race pace. Make it fast, yet fun. Afterwards upload to Strava. Create the 5 lap (not 1) strava segment per this training tip, podcast & video. This ride will establish the ~ 25 minute segment so that you have a time to race against using live segments next week Star this segment and sync your Strava account to your bike computer to use the live segment next week. 45609 Cyclocross Strava Race and Skills Plan Week 3: Strava CX Race 3rd week progression: Warm up in zone 2 by riding over to your cx course and this week you are going to race your 5 lap strava segment for your best time. This should be a cyclocross time trial. Use Strava’s live segment feature to verify you are ahead of your 90-95% pace from last week – but this week let it all hang out:  GO FULL GAS, as fast as you can at your CX race pace for roughly 25 minutes! Afterwards upload to Strava and this should be your PR/KOM ! Week 4: Heart Rate Ceiling of 150bpm By now you’ve got your “Svenness” and have every nook and cranny of your course dialed Today you are going to work on riding faster by being smoother. To force you to slow down and ride smoother we are putting a governor on your engine! That’s right: You may not exceed a heart rate of 150 bpm for these 5 laps. It will feel slower and probably be slower on Strava, but the point is to carry more of your momentum and speed out of the corners. This prevents you from riding like a bull in a china shop and bashing your way around the course by brute force. Carve those turns and carry your speed and we’ll go back next Wednesday with the very same 150 bpm criteria to measure your 5 lap Strava segment improvement not in watts, but in smoooooothness 10 second penalty for each time your heart rate exceeds 150 bpm! Week 5: Ride at 150bpm MAX – try to beat last week’s time Try to beat last week’s Strava segment time, but you must ride at a heart rate of no greater than 150 bpm. Remember: smoother is faster ! The key to riding your segment faster is by cornering smoothly, dismounting and remounting smoothly and handling your bike smoothly. Week 6: Strava CX Race! Week 6: Finale – put all your cornering skills and watts together and absolutely annihilate your Strava PR/KOM from week 3. Use Strava’s live segment features to check if you are ahead or behind your segment PR as motivation and as a carrot to dig that much deeper.  Upload your ride data to the strava segment leaderboard and voila – there’s your race result! Bonus: If at any point along these six weeks you want to share your cyclocross course with your friends, teammates, community: simply share the link to the strava segment and let the leaderboard take care of the heckling, podiums and results Copyright © 2020 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post #secrettraining: How to have a Cyclocross Race Season appeared first on FasCat.
8/20/202040 minutes, 50 seconds
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Motivational Tips to Help You to Follow the Plan

Ever struggle to get yourself out the door and on the bike? Ever feel burnt out?  Want to find even more motivation and ensure you #FtFP on a regular basis? Well you have come to the right place! Here are our top five tips that will help you do just that: (Tips 1-2 come from our Dietitian and Community Manager, Lacey. Tips 2-6 are from Coach Jake) 1. Train in the Mornings!  Do we sound like a broken record yet? We preach this all the time because it is our #1 tip for nailing your workouts. You might even remember it from our Seven Habits of Highly Successful Masters Athletes training tip! Why do we recommend  this? Becasue training in the morning means you #FtFP before anything can get in your way. Whether that be a family emergency, work obligations or the fun afternoon showers we get here in Colorado. Training in the mornings is also a great way to increase your energy and mood so that the rest of your day is productive and pleasant. Many athletes get grumpy when they can’t ride their bikes or have to wait to ride… and who wants to be a grumpy pants all day?! 46075Champions are made in the Off Season: Lift Weights and Build a Big Base 2. Plan For Success  The night before: Lay out all of your clothes, plan your route, upload it to your wahoo/garmin if you need, mount your computer on your bike, make sure your bike lights, powermeter and computer are charged, air up your tires, fill up your bottles, grab your GU gels, prep your post ride meal, and any other little things that will save you time in the morning. That way when you wake up, you know all you have to do is put on your clothes and head out. You know you are already 3. Change things up Do a different route! Some riders get stuck in a funk and ride the same routes day in and day out. Use the Strava route builder to plan out a new route. If you don’t have time to do that, ride your usual route backwards or look at a map and find new roads to ride on. Really you are only limited by your own imagination! 4. Do Stravals or Bottom to Top Intervals You can still #FtFP by trying to accommodate these type of efforts, plus they add some fun and friendly competition to your ride!  Be sure to find segments that match the time of your intervals, then just focus on finishing the segment as opposed to a time. Same goes with a climb. Just go from bottom to top. 5. Go off the beaten path Do some off-road riding! You can do mountain biking, gravel riding or etc. Don’t just do all the same type of riding if you can help it. When you are on the MTB, you go off of heart rate and/or perceived exertion as opposed to staring at your power data the entire time, which can help change things up. 6. Ride with Friends While we aren’t advocating for group rides right now, they can be a great way to get you excited to go ride. MTB rides are typically easy to socially distance on… But if you don’t feel that you can practice social distancing or are wanting to stay as safe as you can, plan a group ride on zwift or even set up a Strava route for all of your friends to go out and complete. Heck, make it a time trial if you like! Again, you are only limited by your imagination. Here is a podcast for how to fit group rides in when you are following one of our training plans! We hope these tips help you find that little bit of extra motivation that you need. If there are some other tips you have, feel free to drop them in the comments below!   Copyright © 2020 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! Lacey provides education and guidance to athletes about how to make healthy food choices that supports their performance goals, aids in sustainable weight loss, and improves their recovery. We are currently in the process of developing custom nutrition plans and one-on-one counseling with her, so keep your eyes out for those to be released in the near future! The post Motivational Tips to Help You to Follow the Plan appeared first on FasCat.
8/14/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ask FasCat #11 — Race Prep, New to Cycling, Gas Station Bonking

Welcome to another periodized Q&A session of the FasCat Podcast, where we field listener questions from our forum, website, and social media to help you get even faster on the bike. This go around we touch on a range of topics, including how best to prepare for a race, interval specificity, gas station bonking, ‘cross training, and more. Here are the links we mentioned in the Podcast: 20 Minute Power Based Field Test Phil Gaimon’s Advice to New & Experienced Cyclists  FasCat’s Coaching Philosophy Seven Habits of Highly Successful Master Cyclists Supplemental Oxygen Reference where the BigCat was a research subject: Randall L Wilber, Paige L Holm, David M Morris, George M Dallam, Andrew W Subudhi, Dennis M Murray, Samuel D Callan, “Effect of FIO2 on oxidative stress during interval training at moderate altitude” Med Sci Sports Exerc . 2004 Nov; 36(11):1888-94. Conclusion: Supplemental oxygen used in conjunction with high-intensity interval training at altitude (“live high + train low via supplemental O2” (LH + TLO2)) results in a significant improvement in exercise performance without inducing additional free radical oxidative stress as reflected in hematological and urinary biomarkers. If you want to get a question answered in the next one, be sure to sign up for our forum over at forum.fascat.wpengine.com to hop in the conversation. Thanks to everyone who contributed! As we mentioned at the beginning of the episode, we are deeply saddened and shocked at the passing of our friend and two time podcast guest, SBTGRVL founder and great human, Mark Satkiewicz. The cycling community lost a truly generous and passionate member and our thoughts are with his family. If you want to support, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has set up a Mark Satkiewicz Memorial Fund to support young athletes. Learn more: https://www.sswsc.org/support/donate-now 45926More Bang for your Training Buck Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post Ask FasCat #11 — Race Prep, New to Cycling, Gas Station Bonking appeared first on FasCat.
8/7/20201 hour, 20 minutes, 47 seconds
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Winning in The Kitchen Meal Plans are HERE!

Ever since we began talking about Winning in the Kitchen two years ago you all have been asking for us to create a cookbook and we thought that was a great idea.  But since adding Lacey Rivette, a Registered Dietitian, to the FasCat team we began to brainstorm and realized we could come up with something even better.  Enter FasCat Meal Plans! These plans are uniquely designed by Lacey to give guidance to even the most unexperienced of cooks so that they can start eating better and riding faster! How is FasCat’s Intro Winning in the Kitchen meal plan different than others? Unlike most meal plans, FasCats meal plans are delivered directly into your TrainingPeaks Account so that you get email notifications each monday about what you need to eat or meal prep. You also get PDF’s of your meal prep guide, recipes and grocery list to print out to keep with you when you don’t have access to your phone or computer. Whats even better is that the meal plans match your training plans, providing more food on days when the training load is heavier (Tuesdays, Wednesday’s & the weekends). Plus are even tips included for how to eat while on the bike to ensure you feel your best and are able to #FtFP. You won’t find anything like it anywhere else! What if I am plant-based or have special dietary restrictions? No worries! All of the meals in our plan are dairy free, gluten-free (when you purchase indicated GF items) and include directions to make all of the meals plant-based. If you have other dietary restrictions, shoot Lacey a question in our nutrition forum or consider signing up for one-on-one nutrition coaching with her. 45301Win in the Kitchen to Ride Faster Meal Plan How are the meal plans structured? During weeks 1-3 of the plan you will be introduced to 3-4 new recipes. You will make these for all your meals that week so that you can gain confidence in cooking from scratch, learning your portion sizes and decreasing the amount of time it takes you to prepare the meals. Lacey is a big advocate for making nutrition simple and sustainable, which is why you will find 1-2 “flex meals” (not cheat days) on the weekend to allow you to enjoy food with your family and friends or to satisfy that craving you built up from #FtFP’ing your training all week! In week 4, we begin to encourage you to adjust the recipes based on your preferences and really start testing your own meal planning and cooking skills based upon what you have learned. Don’t worry though, we still provide you with a suggested meal plan in case you still need a little guidance. What is Meal Prep Monday? Throughout the plan, you will have specific days (mainly Monday/Sunday) that you meal prep your staple foods like rice, chicken and tofu, which allow you to prepare the majority of your meals in less than 10 minutes. This is KEY to winning in the kitchen, because let’s be honest… If the food is in the fridge almost ready for you to eat, you are much less likely to grab something on your lunch break or on your way home. Plus, you don’t want to let all that healthy food you worked hard on to go to waste! What do I do once I perfect these meals? After you complete this meal plan you can move onto our advanced winning in the kitchen meal plans and our weight loss meal plans that will be released in the upcoming weeks! You might even consider signing up for one-on-one nutrition counseling with Lacey if you have specific goals, want to lose weight, need more guidance for how to fuel during training or if you have any specific dietary restrictions. Copyright © 2020 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! Lacey provides education and guidance to athletes about how to make healthy food choices that supports their performance goals, aids in sustainable weight loss, and improves their recovery. We are currently in the process of developing custom nutrition plans and one-on-one counseling with her, so keep your eyes out for those to be released in the near future! The post Winning in The Kitchen Meal Plans are HERE! appeared first on FasCat.
7/30/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 34 seconds
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How to Simulate Group Rides | 3 Diabolical Workouts

As we continue to navigate the weirdest cycling season in history, one of the greatest training tools out there, the group ride, has also been affected. With social distancing rules, group rides are generally a no-go in today’s climate. So how can we mimic the huge benefits of smashing it with your friends on your weekly group ride? Frank and the team of FasCat coaches have 3 quality workout ideas to satisfy the group ride itch while giving you a very similar training stimulus to your favorite weekly throwdown. So, in this episode, Coach Frank and Jackson break down simulating the group ride and how to perform these workouts: Jake’s Diabolical “Kitchen Sink” workout Isaiah’s 4 hour, 4 intervals pain cave sesh Frank’s Freestyle Fartlek / AmEx ride Remember that just because races and group rides as we know them are cancelled doesn’t mean that training hard and smart is cancelled. Keep pushing the pedals and finding ways to keep working hard and building fitness. FtFP! 45238From the Home of Sweet Spot, Sweet Spot #4 Polarized will take your game to the next level. Quickly!   Thanks for listening, and subscribe to the podcast to hear more! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fascat-cycling-training-tips-podcast/id1381614039 Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post How to Simulate Group Rides | 3 Diabolical Workouts appeared first on FasCat.
7/24/202056 minutes, 59 seconds
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COVID Summertime Coaching

What do you do when the whole season is cancelled because of a global pandemic? Keep calm and FtFP on, duh, because bike riding ain’t cancelled! Coach Frank revisits the topic after we discussed back when COVID-19 first exploded in the U.S. in March and put many things in question, and my how times have changed… Frank shares his expert covid summertime coaching advice to help you keep the motivation rolling, what training should look like right now, some ideas for challenges and ways to use your fitness, and more. Remember to stay positive and embrace this current moment; it’s still such a gift to be able to ride at all! 44449More Bang for your Training Buck SBTVRTL: https://sbtgrvl.com/sbt-vrtl/ How to Taper https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/tapering-in-cycling-for-peak-performance/ Using the Performance Manager Chart to Peak https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/realtstwkt/ Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post COVID Summertime Coaching appeared first on FasCat.
7/11/202039 minutes, 11 seconds
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Jackson’s Guided Meditation for Cyclists

Join Jackson for a short, 10 minute guided meditation to use while on a ride to cultivate more awareness, mindfulness, and concentration. For more of Jackson’s thoughts on meditation, check out his podcast In The Flow. The post Jackson’s Guided Meditation for Cyclists appeared first on FasCat.
7/3/20208 minutes, 48 seconds
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Meditation for Cyclists

Meditation has become a buzzword in the mainstream, and you’ve probably heard about elite athletes like LeBron James, Kate Courtney, and others espousing its benefits. But what actually is meditation? Why should we consider starting a meditation practice? What are the benefits? Today on the show, we discuss this topic at length and get into why you should consider leaning in to this ancient practice for your mental health, athletic performance, and managing stress in these crazy times. We’ll talk: how meditation works some common misconceptions why athletes could benefit from incorporating meditation practices into their routines and more! Jackson also shares a short, 10 minute guided moving meditation to listen to while on the bike at the end, so stick around! We’ll also release that as a standalone episode. Let us know how you’ve used meditation in your life in the forum at forum.fascat.wpengine.com. 43692More Bang for your Training Buck More info on meditation: Harvard Medical School: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/04/harvard-researchers-study-how-mindfulness-may-change-the-brain-in-depressed-patients/ Mindfulness Mechanisms in Sports: Mediating Effects of Rumination and Emotion Regulation on Sport-Specific Coping: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5605575/ Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post Meditation for Cyclists appeared first on FasCat.
7/3/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 57 seconds
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Master’s Recovery

They say that the true gains made in sport performance come not from the hard training, but from the rest and recovery from the training – the adaptation. This becomes more and more important as we get older, and in order to continue training hard and enjoying the sport of cycling, we absolutely must prioritize recovery. This week on the show, Coach Frank breaks down the three main principles of master’s recovery: Sleep Nutrition a Well-Designed Masters-Based Training Plan Frank dives into thoughts on meditation, winning in the kitchen, and training less (crazy right?) to maximize recovery and thus get faster on the bike, basically for free! Our Father’s Day sale is in full force this weekend, so pick up those #DadWatts by using code FASTERDAD at checkout to save 50% off your next training plan. Put that recovery to good use! 42594More Bang for your Training Buck We say ‘master’s recovery’ as opposed to most recovery recommendations you hear in the popular media that pertain to younger athletes (who recover faster and better).  Or ‘elite athletes’ in the scientific literature.  This podcast is a continuation of the June 12th, 2018 podcast Jackson and I recorded for our 4th ever episode way back when. Go back and give that podcast a listen but know that here today I will mainly be speaking about recovery as it pertains to adults,  ‘weekend warriors’ as recovery relates to their lifestyles.  These days, successful upwardly mobile people lead stressful busy lives.  So much so, that I think back to my life in my 20’s and 30’s that was so simple and I sleep like a champ, ate well and recovered great. In fact recovery wasn’t even an issue. I just thought that’s how it was. Add in a few kids, a stressful job, a relationship with your spouse, a pandemic, your career, and age related decline and whammo – that’s what we are talking about today. So much so that for the athletes I coach who are over 40 and the questions we field about training there are 3 VERY important aspects of training that pertain to masters athletes.  They pertain to all ages athletes but I’m specifically going to talk from my experience as an athlete and a coach who is over 40 dealing with and working on these three (Sleep, Nutrition & Training Plan) Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post Master’s Recovery appeared first on FasCat.
6/19/202052 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ask FasCat #10 — Coachable Traits, TSS, and Recovery

Welcome to another periodized Q&A session of the FasCat Podcast, where we field listener questions from our forum, website, and social media to help you get even faster on the bike. This go around we touch on a range of topics, including the most “coachable” traits in athletes, following the plan in the heat or sacrificing sleep, recovery, weight loss and treats, and even a question from Phil Gaimon. If you want to get a question answered in the next one, be sure to sign up for our forum over at forum.fascat.wpengine.com to hop in the conversation. Thanks to everyone who contributed! 41957More Bang for your Training Buck Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post Ask FasCat #10 — Coachable Traits, TSS, and Recovery appeared first on FasCat.
6/12/20201 hour, 24 minutes, 24 seconds
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Sweet Spot Polarized Training

Now that you’ve been building a big base, summer is here, and you’re wanting to “sharpen the sword”, we’ve designed a brand new addition to the Sweet Spot training plan fleet: Sweet Spot Polarized. This style of training is developed to perfectly balance sweet spot and VO2 work to make you go even faster using a “fresher is faster” dependent training plan design. So on the pod today Coach Frank breaks down the philosophy and plan in detail, what to expect and how to get it done. For more info on it, check out https://fascat.wpengine.com/training-plans/sweet-spot-part-4-polarized/ 41798More Bang for your Training Buck Show Notes: Next week we’re doing another episode of Ask FasCat! Submit your questions through the forum @ forum.fascat.wpengine.com or [email protected]. TSS Training for Cyclists How to Perform VO2max Intervals Tabatas Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post Sweet Spot Polarized Training appeared first on FasCat.
6/5/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 46 seconds
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Strava Racing Using Routes and Created Segments

Strava Racing: Using the technology of Strava routes and segments + their live segments feature you can create and simulate race courses.  And best of all, use the segment’s leaderboard for the ‘race results’. Coach Frank and Jackson share the scoop with the FasCat Nation so you can make the most out of the summer! Be sure to check out FasCat’s very own Strava Racing Challenge here: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/strava-segment-challenge/ And of course continue the conversation in our active forum @ http://forum.fascat.wpengine.com Thanks to everyone for reviewing the show on Apple Podcasts and subscribing wherever you get your pods! Consider sharing the show with a friend or teammate to help them get faster. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post Strava Racing Using Routes and Created Segments appeared first on FasCat.
5/22/202056 minutes, 36 seconds
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The 2 Year Anniversary Episode!

It’s our 2 year anniversary! Hard to believe, but we’ve officially been podcasting for over 2 years. Almost 100 episodes, equaling around 100 hours of audio content to make you a faster cyclist! So today we celebrate by looking back on some of our favorite episodes, the themes that have emerged, and what to look forward to in the next phase of the FasCat Podcast! We also discuss the exciting new FasCat Strava Segment Challenge, Phil Gaimon’s insane Everesting world record, and much more. We want to give a huge shoutout to the entire FasCat community, from the podcast listeners to the forum users, for joining us in this journey and for giving us the inspiration for many of our episodes and content, and for supporting our work! We’re honored to serve your cycling goals, and will stay committed to that goal. 40668More Bang for your Training Buck Episodes mentioned: Winning in the Kitchen, ep. 2 The Origins of FTFP Sweet Spot Invention Gravel Training Timing is Everything Ask FasCat #1 Strava Segments/Strava-Vals Also be sure to check out the brand new FasCat Strava Segment Challenge! We’re hiring a Community Manager! Want to contribute to the mission of FasCat Coaching and work from home? Check out our job posting here: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/careers-community-manager/ Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post The 2 Year Anniversary Episode! appeared first on FasCat.
5/15/20201 hour, 29 minutes, 24 seconds
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A 20 Minute Power-Based Field Test

One key question we ask ourselves as coaches at FasCat, is if the athlete is responding to the training we have prescribed. Aka, are they getting faster? Our favorite “experiment” to answer this question is a good old fashioned 20 minute power based field test, which is free and can be conducted anywhere and anytime appropriate. Reality Cycling In a former life and career, I conducted hundreds of experiments as a research scientist in biotechnology and academic medical research laboratories designed to answer specific questions about the research projects I was working on. Spinal cord research, cancer, and novel cancer cures to name a few.  At FasCat, we still perform “experiments” designed to evaluate our athletes’ current physiology as it relates to their cycling performance.  Still to this day the most practical, most relevant test of all is a 20 minute power based field test. With the exception of the gold standard, 40k time trial. 1463Increase your FTP with our Hill Climb Intervals Training Plan. In the past we have conducted MLSS tests in an exercise physiology lab, but the reality is that cyclists need to test two to three times per year which is cost prohibitive and not practical for many athletes.  Plus indoor power tends to be slightly less that outdoor power.  A properly conducted field test cuts to the core of cycling performance and gives a great physiological assessment of the athlete (1), making it an indispensable tool for our coaches or the self coached athlete. How Do I Conduct a Field Test? In essence, a 20 minute power based field test is riding as fast as hard as you can for exactly 20 minutes.  Just like a 20 minute time trial. Record your average power output and use that number as a benchmark and to determine your wattage based zones*.  When available we’ll recommend a steady grade hill free of stop signs, descents and any section of road that requires the athlete to stop pedalling.  Ideally a 2-3% steady grade hill like this Strava segment.  Steeper climbs tend to bog athletes’ cadence down which skews the test results.  Conversely, some athletes make greater power uphill than they can on the flats. Whichever you choose, it is absolutely imperative that you ensure your test is repeatable, accurate and reliable. Apples – apples. Here’s how: For the road cyclist and mountain biker an all out effort similar to your time trial pace of 20 minutes elicits a physiological response that has been found to be “the single greatest determinant of cycling performance in mass start cycling events” (1).  We have experimented with 60 minute Field Tests and honestly not that many athletes can sustain that sort of mental effort for the full 60 minutes.  If they can its a mental match we don’t want to burn.  On the other hand if we know the athlete can do a 60 minute field test once a year, it is the coaches discretion to prescribe one.   It is especially beneficial to compare 60 minute field test data to ~ 60 minute 40k time trial data. When choosing the roads for your field test let the terrain you have available dictate the specifics of your test (working within the 20 min range). After all, going for it from the bottom of a climb all the way to the top is more stimulating than working off your stopwatch. It may even be specific to your target event(s). For instance, a climber targeting a race with a decisive climb will want to specifically perform their test on a climb similar to the one found in the race. Heck, if you live nearby the race course, test on the race course! Conversely you may not even see a climb longer than one or two minutes where you live. That’s cool; then find a stretch of road to measure how far you can ride in 20 minutes. If this is the case, pay special attention to the wind and humidity which will affect your aerodynamics and thus time. As long as you come back to the very same piece of road and start from the very same spot, under the same test conditions, your test will be repeatable. *We take the average 20 minute power and subtract 5 – 10% to arrive at an athlete’s 60 minute “Functional Threshold Power” or FTP. As a generally rule of thumb we use 5% for slow twitch aerobic athletes and 10% for athletes that have a well developed anaerobic system.  We’ll subtract 7.5% if we don’t know about the athlete’s anaerobic capacity. Repeatability Whatever you have nearby, find a stretch of road free of stops signs, intersections and corners — anything that would slow you down. In essence: go as hard as you can! Don’t hold back one bit, go for it! Now here’s the catch: remember everything about this test and duplicate it for your next test. Items to keep the same (& ensure repeatability) include: Your powermeter! Calibrated of course. Different powermeters unfortunately produce different results Your bike: weight (including water bottles), body position, tires, tire pressure. Your kit: jersey, shorts, helmet – – essentially you want to have the same aerodynamic characteristics from test to test. Wind and weather conditions: test on a windless day under the same humidity – air density affects aerodynamics too! Temperature: avoid testing between extreme temperature differences. Come into the test rested, properly fueled, well hydrated with tons of motivation (you gotta go full gas!) Perform the exact same warm up before each field test. In a nutshell keep everything the same except for your fitness – that is the variable you are testing for. Being able to compare tests and controlling for all other variables except your physiology or fitness allows you and your coach to interpret the efficacy of your training. These details may seem picky but are necessary to draw accurate comparisons. Your results: Test at the beginning of your training and then again after 8-12 weeks to measure your improvement. If your power goes up, guess what? Your training is working, keep going.  If your power goes down or stays the same, guess what? Your training is not working and you need to change what you are doing.  Its as simple as that. All of our Six Week $49 Training Plans culminate with a field test so you can measure how much faster you’ve become! Test not once, but twice, or more If you have a new powermeter or are beginning a training program, perform a “baseline” field test for two reasons: • To determine your wattage based training zones • To establish a benchmark to measure future improvement For a good test ‘performance’, approach the day with a minimum of 24 hours rest and go absolutely as hard as you can during the test.  If you don’t, the results will be inconclusive.  Record the average power and continue with your next training cycle. Come back to the very same field test in 6-8 weeks under the same rested conditions and go for it again. By comparing the two average power outputs,  you will be able to draw useful conclusions about your training. i.e. is it working? Test periodically throughout the year (we recommend no more than 3 times*) and carefully record your results in your training log. This will paint a big picture that is extremely useful when plotting out your next move and planning your next winning season. Regular testing is THE BEST way to track performance and we do not recommend using mean maximal, mFTP or power profile charts that cull non “as hard as you can go” power outputs. By performing 20 minute tests, you’ll also be able to compare this data with race data.  For example, time trials where you went as hard as you could for 20 minutes or breakaways and long climbs. Summary • Go as hard as you can for the full 20 minutes • Upload your data and analyze the average power output • Make sure the test is 100% repeatable to eliminate all variables except your average power output improvement • For indoor 20 minutes tests, see our indoor cycling 20 minute tip Finally, testing yourself is a great start, but remember the ultimate measure of performance is performance itself. So get out there in a race, go hard, and duke it out!  For further reading, please read the “Determining Threshold Power” training tip on VeloNews. Reference E.F. Coyle, A.R. Coggan, M.K. Hopper and T.J. Walters, “Determinants of endurance in well-trained cyclists.” J Appl. Physiol 64:2622-2630, 1988 Copyright © 2020 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! 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5/8/202059 minutes, 29 seconds
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How to Measure FTP Improvement with Normalized Power

 We don’t always have to perform an FTP field test in order to measure our performance. We you may use normalized power during hard effort 20-60 minutes in length, or similar durations during group rides or races to track your performance and FTP over time using real world examples. This is a hot topic so we’d love to field your questions at forum.FasCatCoaching.com  14440Interested in a FasCat training plan? Use code 25podcast at checkout to save 25% on your first plan!   – Join the discussion on the FasCat Forum –   Thanks for listening! Find the FasCat podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Follow us on social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Intro music: David Cutter Music. The post How to Measure FTP Improvement with Normalized Power appeared first on FasCat.
5/2/202053 minutes, 48 seconds
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Winning in the Kitchen: Snacks

One of the most popular topics we talk about on the podcast is nutrition, and specifically our philosophy of “Winning in the Kitchen”. We’ve podcasted about breakfast, dinner, on the bike nutrition, winning in the grocery store, weight loss, and now we bring you a conversation about SNACKS! 40045More Training For Your Limited Time Snacks are a challenging aspect of nutrition for many people, athletes included. So we try and simplify it and help you make better choices and build better habits by crafting snacks in a healthy and sustainable way to keep your nutrition game strong! Previous Winning in the Kitchen podcasts/videos worth checking out: Winning in the Kitchen Weight Loss for Cyclists Breakfast Winning in the Kitchen 30 Day Challenge Go Fast Food Choices Winning in the Grocery Store | Nutrition for Cyclists Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post Winning in the Kitchen: Snacks appeared first on FasCat.
5/1/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 55 seconds
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Using Strava Live Segments to Perform “Strava-Vals”

This week, we discuss how Strava live segments can “hack” your interval performance by increasing motivation, positive reinforcement, and therefore your power output. A Strava-Val is going as hard as you can like an interval but using the live Strava segment for motivation. Knowing in real time if you are ahead or behind your PR is good for 10-20 more watts of motivation. Kind of like a group ride of one. You can do VO2 Max intervals, anaerobic intervals, climbing intervals, breakaway intervals, time trial intervals and of course sweet spot intervals with this style of training.  The choices are endless and at this time of the year, mid-summer, variety is the spice of life and being motivated to go hard is more than half the battle to staying sharp. 21766Follow the plan that Phil uses to get KOMs across the globe. Here’s how to perform a Strava-Val: #1: Create a Strava account The basic is free and the premium (“Summit’ for $8/month) gets you live segments.  The live segment feature is highly effective for turning yourself inside out during your effort to get your PR. Therefore as a coach, since I like when athletes turn themselves inside out, I like the strava live segment feature a lot   The key feature that I’m talking about is knowing how many seconds you are ahead or behind of getting your PR or that KOM of the segment you are using for an interval. #2 Choose and Star your Segment in Strava Remember the duration of the segment you choose forces specific physiological adaptations: 20 – 60 second segment(s) train your anaerobic ‘glycolytic’ pathway 3 – 6 minute segment(s) train your VO2 Max 8 – 60 minute segment trains your threshold power (TT & Climbing) Choose 20 – 60 second segments if you are a criterium, flat road racer or cyclocross racer Choose 3 – 6 minute segments if you want to raise your FTP and compete in hill road races with 3 – 6 minute climbs Choose 8 – 60 minute segments if you want to climb faster, time trial better or work on your threshold power. Choose 1 – 3 hour segments for gravel or marathon mtb racing Or choose any segment that motivates you! #3 design your workout We recommend Strava-Vals at the point in the season when we think you do not need to do 2 sets of 3 x 3 minutes on 3 minutes off with a 6 minute set break between 265 – 305 watts.  All you need to do is sharpen the sword with 2 or 3 really REALLY hard similar length efforts. Thus – find your segment and plan to go as hard as you can on it two or three times. Really hard – harder than normal intervals hard because a) you are only doing 2 – 3 and b) because Strava , haha. Warm up well in Zone 2 while riding over to your segment and go for it.  After 2 or three of these your ‘interval’ workout is down and you can cruise back home. You can also mix multiple types of energy system efforts based on different segments within each workout to mix it up and replicate race specific efforts…the options are unlimited! Group Ride Strava-Vals for extra credit: I don’t recommend the live segment feature during the effort because you are riding in a group and want to be as safe as possible. Plus if its cyclocross or mountain bike training there may be some technical riding where you want to keep your eyes on the trail! Still, going for that PR and ‘winning your group ride’ is the extra motivation that makes the group ride all the more better. Try it out the next time you want to get that extra 1-2% out of your next interval session! For more podcasts and training tips, visit fascat.wpengine.com/tips! The post Using Strava Live Segments to Perform “Strava-Vals” appeared first on FasCat.
4/29/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 33 seconds
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Coaching USA’s Elite and Embracing Failure with Jim Miller

This week we sit down with Jim Miller, USA Cycling’s Chief of Sports Performance and coach to many of USA’s greats such as Tejay van Garderen, Kate Courtney, Kristin Armstrong, and Lawson Craddock to name a few. Jim is the ultimate “coaches coach” and has been coaching elite level cycling for nearly 2 decades, and his work has developed amazing athletes and superstar performances, including world championships and Olympic medals. 39934More Training For Your Limited Time Frank and Jim discuss everything from his coaching philosophy, athletes’ least favorite workout, float tanks, embracing failure, and the approach going into Tokyo 2021. Past Training Tips referenced in the podcast: Whoop Recovery Float Tanks VO2 Intervals: 5 on 5 off (Hickson Holloszy paper) MotorPacing Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post Coaching USA’s Elite and Embracing Failure with Jim Miller appeared first on FasCat.
4/24/20201 hour, 1 minute, 38 seconds
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Zwift as a Training Tool

This week Frank talks about the 3 ways he advises athletes to use Zwift as a Training Tool. They include: #1 Using Alpe Du Zwift #2 ERG Mode # 3 Group Rides and Races Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast 39836More Training For Your Limited Time What if you had a one hour climb out your backyard to train on? Well now you do with Zwift’s Alpe D Zwift. We’ll talk about using the Alpe du Zwift as a training tool – not necessarily playing the game and racing… but as a training tool to help you follow your training plan and workout better.  Bringing some enhancements to FTFP’ing. The Alpe is a great way to use terrain to help you make better watts.    Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. The post Zwift as a Training Tool appeared first on FasCat.
4/20/202050 minutes, 22 seconds
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Sweet Spot Training with Dr. Andy Coggan, Ph.D

We are honored to talk about sweet spot training with Dr. Andy Coggan, Ph.D on this podcast.  Dr. Coggan is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Indiana University’s School of Health and Human Sciences.  IU has a doctoral program in Kinesiology so if there’s a young cyclist out there that wants to study how to get faster, IU’s Department of Kinesiology could be the place for you. 39701More Training For Your Limited Time Andy and Frank go way back to the early days of USA Cycling Coaches Education Program primarily from the power based training seminars and clinics.  In 2004 Andy presented at the Coaches Summit at USA Cycling’s headquarter’s in Colorado Springs, CO and introduced a power based impulse – response performance model. The term sweet spot training was born a few months later from a group of coaches working to validate the model which would later become the Performance Manager Chart in TrainingPeaks and WKO. Andy is also the co-author of “Training and Racing with a Powermeter” along with Hunter Allen. Of course we reference the sweet spot graph, address the arbitrary units from the y-axis and the expected physiological adaptations from training in Zones 1 – 7. We also reference two important OG exercise physiology studies here: Effect of training on enzyme activity and fiber composition of human skeletal muscle Gollnick PD, Armstrong RB, Saltin B, Saubert CW 4th, Sembrowich WL, Shepherd RE. J Appl Physiol. 1973 Jan;34(1):107-11. Linear increase in aerobic power induced by a strenuous program of endurance exercise. Hickson RC, Bomze HA, Holloszy JO. J Appl Physiol Respir Environ Exerc Physiol. 1977 Mar;42(3):372-6. You can read about and listen to the story behind the performance manager chart, TSTWKT,  here. Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast The post Sweet Spot Training with Dr. Andy Coggan, Ph.D appeared first on FasCat.
4/10/20201 hour, 18 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ask FasCat #9 — FTP Indoors vs. Outdoors, Corona Nutrition, and Timing is Everything

The podcast this week is another installment of our Ask FasCat series, where we answer listener questions! Thank you to everyone who submitted questions via our forum, and congratulations to the 3 question-askers we selected to win a FasCat T-shirt! Listen in to see if you won… This go around we answered questions ranging from FTP adjustments for indoor vs. outdoor riding, making the jump from a new cyclist into a cat. 2 or 3, nutrition during the Coronavirus outbreak, moving to elevation from sea level, going after KOMs in training, and plenty more!  Thanks to everyone for tuning in, subscribing and reviewing on Apple Podcasts, and for engaging in our forum! For more things cycling training, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com. 39556Gravel Team T-Shirt Show Notes, Training Tips & Previous Podcasts Referenced: Timing is Everything FTP is Alive and Well The Effect of Altitude on Cycling Bassett, D.R. Jr., C.R. Kyle, L. Passfield, J.P. Broker, and E.R. Burke. Comparing cycling world hour records, 1967-1996: modeling with empirical data. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 31:1665-76, 1999. Using the Performance Manager Chart The 20 minute Field Test  Indoor 20 minute Field Test  Amity Rockwell and Peter Stetina Podcasts on Dirty Kanza pacing Strava-Vals Interval Intensity: going as hard as you can Gravel Then and Now, Pearl iZUMi blog post Save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast.  Our Gravel Team’s Jersey, Bibs, Hats and T Shirts are in stock and shipping out daily! The post Ask FasCat #9 — FTP Indoors vs. Outdoors, Corona Nutrition, and Timing is Everything appeared first on FasCat.
4/2/20201 hour, 21 minutes, 18 seconds
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Setting Intermediate Training Goals using Virtual Communities

The whole gravel team is here to check in with the FasCat community about setting intermediate goals using virtual communities to keep the motivation high and training moving forward for the next few months.  You still have your A race goals and long term goals, we just don’t know (yet ) how the timing of those goals relates to your training. So in the meantime we present ways to have fun, ride alone, stay fit and improve while we get thru this pause and quarantine!  We share what is going in our own communities, our coaching goals with our athletes, the benefits of Strava and Zwift in current times, how our recent Cervelo Gravel Rush Zwift event went, and plenty more. It was a fun conversation – we hope this brings you some entertainment and wisdom to your day. You still have your A race goals and long term goals, we just don’t how the timing of those goals. 39182Gravel Team T-Shirt Show Notes Use: FasCat2020 to buy your Panaracer GravelKings Join the FasCat Strava Club Whoop Recovery Group: Use Team code = ‘COMM-7F3229 Join Us next Thursday April 2nd @ 1:10 MDT for the ‘Zwift // Cervelo Gravel Rush Series: “Beat Coach Jake Challenge” Watopia “Sand and Sequoias” Route :: 12.6 miles – Beat Jake’s time of 31:32 309watts Watopia Alpe Du Zwift :: 7.5 miles – Jake’s time of 39:48 330 watts Reminder we’re doing a Q&A episode next week – submit your questions! Via Instagram, the forum, or [email protected]. And as always, help us out by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts and save 25% on your next training plan with code 25podcast.  Our Gravel Team’s Jersey, Bibs, Hats and T Shirts are in stock and shipping out daily! The post Setting Intermediate Training Goals using Virtual Communities appeared first on FasCat.
3/27/202051 minutes, 44 seconds
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COVID-19 Training

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade as the saying goes. With the cycling season put on hold until May () there’s now plenty of time to get faster. Two life situations dictate your training approach: do you have less time to train + more stress / more ‘life stuff’ do you have more time now that you’re working from home Depending on your life situation, we recommend adopting a training style and strategy to match what you have going on plus what you have once this is all over: a low volume/ high intensity interval style of training or a sweet spot part 3 style more base/ more CTL training strategy We’ve even created a Corona Training Plan, (which is free with discount code #FtFP at checkout) to help you follow the plan. But this conversation extends beyond a global pandemic affecting our training and racing, lots of things can impact our consistency, such as weather, races being cancelled for a variety of reasons, or even just “life stuff”. We discuss the differences between indoor and outdoor training plans, the specifics of the Corona and Sweet Spot plans, and even throw in some tips on keeping up the Winning in the Kitchen habit during quarantine 36616Weather the Coronavirus with our Indoor Corona VO2 Plan. The Corona Style of Training uses a ‘fresher is faster’ training plan design model – the traditional low volume. high intensity approach.  Other key features are: the 3 > 4 > 5 VO2 Progression (see below) AmEX Rides Using your power data from a 2 x 10 workout to pace yourself properly for a 20 minute field test why we use heart rate during the prescribed Zone 2 rides The FasCat Gravel Team’s Hat T Shirts and Cycling Jerseys we mentioned in the pod may be purchased thru the links – order up , we are shipping daily! For more, check out all of our training plans, training tips, gravel team merch, and more over at http://fascat.wpengine.com The post COVID-19 Training appeared first on FasCat.
3/20/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 31 seconds
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What to Do When Your Race is Cancelled

In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the timing of your training for the 2020 cycling season has changed. Races are in question, stress is high, and a lot of us are wondering how to proceed with our seasons with so much being up in the air. So we decided to sit down and chat about the age old question: what should we do when our races get cancelled? How do we proceed when plans change? A lot of us are in this position, so we hope that this clears some of the worry and unknown when it comes to the next few weeks of the season. #KeepCalmAndFtFPOn . Here are 3 training scenarios if your plans have changed per our “Timing is Everything” Podcast: 35684Start building fitness and increasing FTP with our best-selling Sweet Spot plan. #1 your next race is in 6-10 weeks (and/or you have MORE time to train): Keep raising your CTL (Chronic Training Load) – everybody benefits from a ‘bigger base’ so keep building. In other words go from ‘race’ back to ‘base’ [reverse!] . In this case we advocate a Sweet Spot Part 3 training plan approach. With a ramp rate of 3-4 TSS per week you now have the opportunity to take your CTL 12 – 16 TSS/day higher from 75 – 90 (for example) which will make a big difference in not only your endurance but also your power output. #2 your next race is in 6-10 weeks (and you have LESS time to train): For example, your kids are home from school and you can’t ride outdoors like normal. In this case you may adopt a ‘go harder to compensate for less time to train’ approach to your goals from an interval training plan like the ones here. #3 you are a cyclocross’er in the off season and don’t want to go to the gym anymore [#flattenthecurve] We advocate making your own home gym with the strength and conditioning movements we prescribe in our 10 week resistance training plan.  You’ll have to let go of the squat, leg press and leg curl from the plan and double down on these strength and conditioning movements and routines Nino’s Coach Brandon’s #secretTraining 5 minute Plank Your REVO Physiotherapy Hydrate & Skate band exercises EC Fit Strength and Conditioning App YogaGlo I feel great and FAST Right Now: Good (!) & congratulations! Sounds like your training is working (you’ve been #FtFP’ing). Here are a few things you can do to flex your muscle: #1 measure how much faster you are with a 20 minute Field Test – not the ‘funnest’ so perhaps # 2 is your jam #2 go for your favorite Strava segment for a PR – take a page out of FasCat Athlete Phil Gaimon’s playbook and test yourself agains your previous best. We hope these suggestions and podcast help – that’s what we’re here for: to help you go faster on the bike.  Should you have anymore questions, concerns, dilemmas, obstacles, etc… reach out to your FasCat Coach, hire one or goto our athlete forum and post your question – we’d be glad to try and help! The post What to Do When Your Race is Cancelled appeared first on FasCat.
3/13/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 3 seconds
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Announcing the FasCat Coaching Gravel Team

We’re starting a gravel team! That’s right, the FasCat Coaching Gravel Team will be a thing this year, and we’re here to tell you all about it! Coaches Frank, Jake, Isaiah, and Jackson will be traveling to six gravel events this year, including Mid-South, Belgian Waffle Ride, Dirty Kanza, Crusher in the Tushar, Steamboat Gravel, and Rebecca’s Private Idaho. With the help of some awesome brand partners, a sweet FasCat sprinter van, and an Apple Genius Bar-esque expo set up, we’ll be out at the races walking the walk to help you get faster. We’ll be providing expert level guidance on training, nutrition, and equipment, providing Normatec recovery, and more. 35426Make 2020 your best gravel season ever with FasCat’s Gravel Racing Plan. The goal is to engage with YOU, the race participants to share war stories from the races, connect with the awesome gravel community, represent our brand partners, and support your training and racing goals. For all things gravel team related, including the team, more on our brand partners, and training, check out our page at https://fascat.wpengine.com/gravel-team/ The FasCat Gravel Team is made possible by our fantastic podcast listeners, training plan customers, forum users, and our amazing brand partners: Excel Sports Cervelo Bicycles Panaracer GU Energy PEARL iZUMi Normatec HED Wheels We’ll see you on the groads! The post Announcing the FasCat Coaching Gravel Team appeared first on FasCat.
3/5/20201 hour, 19 minutes, 43 seconds
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Frank and Jackson Talk Dirty Kanza and How to Go Plant-Based

This week Frank and Jackson sit down to help each other out and answer some questions. Jackson is training for his first Dirty Kanza, and asked Frank to coach him through the overview of the next 3 months of preparation. Things like: Macro-scale training plan design, weekly and monthly hours on the bike Training camp ideas What DK simulation rides should look like How to incorporate intensity and tapering for an event like Dirty Kanza 35024Make 2020 your best gravel season ever with FasCat’s Gravel Racing Plan. And then to repay Frank’s wisdom, Jackson helped Frank with some questions about plant-based nutrition, such as: How much protein should I have per meal? What are some potential things I may be missing? What about the Impossible Burger? Is it healthy? We have a great back and forth conversation about these topics, and hopefully you can glean some valuable information for your own training, racing, and nutrition goals! Notable resources and mentions: DK talk with Amity Rockwell and Pete Stetina Vitamin B12: https://plantbaseddietitian.com/vitamin-b12-recommendations/ and Jackson’s preferred supplement: https://lovecomplement.com/ Jackson’s podcast: http://bit.ly/intheflowpod Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition Plant Based Sports Nutrition NutritionFacts.org  The post Frank and Jackson Talk Dirty Kanza and How to Go Plant-Based appeared first on FasCat.
2/27/20201 hour, 25 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Big Cat’s 3 Go-To Interval Workouts

Coach Frank “BigCat” Overton drops some knowledge and watt bombs about his top 3 go-to interval workouts this week on the pod. Threshold, VO2 and Anaerobic Capacity/Zone 6 intervals.  It’s that time of year to start thinking about switching from base to race with early season races looming on the horizon, so intervals are the prescription. In this podcast, Frank shares some wisdom on his top 3 interval workouts that are versatile to a variety of races and cycling disciplines, so that you can feel more confident in your training this year: Zone 4: 3 x 8 minutes ON 4-8 minutes off. Zone 5: 2 sets of 2 x 3 min On 3 min OFF Zone 6: 2 sets of 3 x 1 min On 1 min Off , 115 % of your FTP and higher like 150% For more on interval training go back and listen to our 5th episode ever: How to Perform Intervals Podcast [Episode 5], June 21, 2018 Intervals 101 Podcast March 7, 2019  The Right Way To Perform VO2 Max Intervals with Your PowerMeter Snoop Dogg’s Hollywood Star Speech https://youtu.be/NfF3bThOW0Q Thank you for listening and as always we’d love for you to give us a review on iTunes AND to ask us follow up questions and start a discussion in our athlete forum: forum.FasCatCoaching.com 34684Prep for road season with our Road Racing Intervals Plan. As a reminder, use code 25podcast for 25% off any training plan on fascat.wpengine.com that implement the very same training methodologies we talk about here in our podcast. We’ll be back next week to help you get faster on the bike! The post The Big Cat’s 3 Go-To Interval Workouts appeared first on FasCat.
2/20/202046 minutes, 52 seconds
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Amity Rockwell

This week we’re excited to bring you a conversation with Amity Rockwell, the 2019 winner of Dirty Kanza and overall gravel hitter. Amity has a unique and interesting path into the sport of cycling after growing up in the Bay Area to ultrarunner parents, and her philosophy around the sport and mindset towards training and racing are powerful. Frank and Amity talk about her upbringing and how it developed her love and physiological talent for riding long distances. They also get into what her training and mental preparation looked like for her 2019 Dirty Kanza victory, and what she’s looking forward to in 2020. For more on Amity, check her out on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amityvil Subscribe and leave us a review to support the show! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fascat-cycling-training-tips-podcast/id1381614039 34437Make 2020 your best gravel season ever with FasCat’s Gravel Racing Plan. The post Amity Rockwell appeared first on FasCat.
2/12/20201 hour, 59 seconds
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#FtFP Meets Winning In The Kitchen: Recipes!

Perhaps the two most important pillars of the FasCat Coaching ethos, following the plan and Winning in the Kitchen go very hand in hand. We’ve podcasted about them separately but realized that they fit together nicely, so we have a bit of a combo episode for you today to revisit these topics to keep you inspired as winter rages on. Winning in the Kitchen is about choosing go fast foods and setting the conscious intention to prioritize nutrition as part of you training – and sticking to that plan, just like #FtFP when it comes to training. The origin of FtFP comes from our coaching experience and noticing bad training habits. #FtFP is having a training plan and following it. This is also where we got the expression “If you can follow a plan, you can get faster” – this is based on being able to FtFP: Planning Commitment Sacrifice Dedication Vacations Time Management Life Balance Having your ducks in a row Having the mindset you are going to follow the plan come hell or high water Not #FtFP’ing: Very rarely does anyone miss a workout intentionally. It’s the details of what they do/don’t during that workout – Missing 15 minutes of a workout here, or not having your ducks in a row there.  Great example is of a new training tip from Coach Isaiah “Know your zones” https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/know-your-zones/ Show Notes:  – What Plans Should I Do if I got into the Dirty Kanza – good forum thread: https://forum.fascat.wpengine.com/t/get-into-dk-what-plans-to-do-from-feb-may-30th/4619 – What Plans Should I do if I got into Leadville – also on the forum  – What Plans Should I do for Steamboat Gravel? – foooooRUM: https://forum.fascat.wpengine.com/t/guidance-on-training-plans-for-sbt-grvl/4441 “How to Pair and Sequence the FasCat Training Plans” podcast from January 2019 Winning in the Kitchen Recipes: General Tso’s Tofu – amazing and doesn’t take that long! This recipe comes from a google search arriving at https://veganhuggs.com/general-tsos-tofu/ Vegan Mac n Cheese inspired by: https://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-green-chili-mac-n-cheese/ 34255Shop our Road Racing Intervals Plan and take the guesswork out of your interval training in 2020. The post #FtFP Meets Winning In The Kitchen: Recipes! appeared first on FasCat.
2/7/20201 hour, 47 seconds
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Peter Stetina on Dirty Kanza Power Data, Nutrition Philosophies, and Spirit Animals

WorldTour veteran and recent convert to the gravel scene, Pete Stetina, drops by the FasCat pod to share his wisdom and power data into some of the biggest races on the calendar like Belgian Waffle Ride, Dirty Kanza, and others. A longtime road cyclist and previous member of the Trek-Segafredo squad, Pete has made the switch to #ProGroad and has quickly established his dominance. Frank and Pete chat about all things cycling, including his Dirty Kanza power data with reference to his  Intensity Factor in the first 50 miles and the final 14 miles during the infamous “Twizzler Incident”. Frank also asks Pete if he #FtFP’s as well as Wins in the Kitchen. Overall you hear what he loves about gravel racing and if you listen carefully you’ll even hear what Pete’s spirit animal is. For Pete’s Paydirt Gravel Race on September 19th in Carson City, NV: Registration opens March 23, with a cap of 400 registrants Follow along on the ‘grams [Insta] @StetinasPaydirt For more on Pete’s adventures, check him out on Instagram @pstetina and Strava: https://www.strava.com/pros/pstetina 33891Looking for a Gravel Racing Plan to focus your gravel training in 2020?  The post Peter Stetina on Dirty Kanza Power Data, Nutrition Philosophies, and Spirit Animals appeared first on FasCat.
1/29/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ask FasCat #8 — Dirty Kanza Training, Polarized vs. Sweet Spot, and More!

We’re back with our 8th edition of Ask FasCat, where we field listener questions to help you become a faster cyclist. This time, Coach Isaiah is in the house to help break down questions ranging from Dirty Kanza training, the utility of plyometrics, training camp thoughts, polarized training vs. sweet spot talk, and plenty more. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions! Should You Strength Train During the Season https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/video-should-you-strength-train-during-the-season/ Volume versus Intensity Debate: https://physoc.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1113/JP277633 As always, you can submit questions through our engaging forum over at forum.fascat.wpengine.com and please consider subscribing to the show and leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts. The post Ask FasCat #8 — Dirty Kanza Training, Polarized vs. Sweet Spot, and More! appeared first on FasCat.
1/24/202056 minutes, 26 seconds
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Inside Coach Isaiah’s Mind: Takeaways from USAC Level 1 Coaches Education

This week on the pod, Coach Isaiah returns to share his takeaways and lessons learned from his recent USA Cycling Coaches Level 1 Education Course, and how it applies to YOUR cycling training. Isaiah shares a lot of powerful insights on training and racing philosophy, coaching science, and more, and really brings you into the mind of a high-level cycling coach. For more on Isaiah, check out his coaching bio at https://fascat.wpengine.com/coaches/isaiah-newkirk/ And as always, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts and share the show with your training buddies! Thanks for listening. 33420Get started with our best-selling Sweet Spot 1 Training Plan. The post Inside Coach Isaiah’s Mind: Takeaways from USAC Level 1 Coaches Education appeared first on FasCat.
1/19/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 50 seconds
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Off Season Gravel Training

It’s late December, early January and time to get serious and make the most of the remaining months of the offseason to come into the gravel calendar swinging. Coach Frank and Jackson sit down to discuss their top tips and considerations for offseason gravel training, including: 32352Looking for the perfect off-season Gravel Plan for January? Here it is. 10 Weeks Resistance Training Sweet Spot Base Gravel simulation rides strength + conditioning periodization gravel training camp and of course, #WinningInTheKitchen It’s a great conversation that will hopefully get you psyched for the upcoming season and add some extra motivation for those winter trainer rides coming up. The post Off Season Gravel Training appeared first on FasCat.
12/20/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 13 seconds
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FasCat Holiday Buyer’s Guide LIVE from Excel Sports

We’re back at our favorite local bike shop, Excel Sports for a LIVE podcast sharing FasCat’s picks for the holidays if you or someone you know is a cyclist! Coach Frank breaks down everything from bikes to tires to nutrition products, and we even gave away a Wahoo ROAM for the livestream! If you’re looking for some really solid gifts for the cyclist in your life this season, look no further. To find all of the products mentioned in this podcast, visit our friends over at Excel Sports: http://excelsports.com. Products mentioned: Cervelo Aspero gravel bike 1 GU nutrition products – gels, chews, stroopwafels, Roctane NormaTec recovery boots 1 Panaracer GravelKing SK/SK + tires Wahoo ROAM / BOLT GPS cycling computers Castelli baselayer 1 Assos chamois cream Wahoo KICKR smart trainer Thanks for listening/watching and congrats to the winner of the ROAM!  To win a pair of Panaracer Gravel KINGS SK, 35mm head over to forum.FasCatCoaching and answer the trivia question in the podcast! (Where are carbohydrates absorbed in your body?) To take advantage of an extra 15% off Normatecs email [email protected] and reference “NormaTecsForFasCat” The post FasCat Holiday Buyer’s Guide LIVE from Excel Sports appeared first on FasCat.
12/13/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 22 seconds
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Thanksgiving Gratitude & Black Friday Show

It’s the week of Thanksgiving and Boulder is being covered in snow, so Coach Frank checks in with the podcast to share what he’s grateful for, share the details of our Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal, and how to stay sane and train this holiday season. Remember to use code Fast50 at checkout to save 50% off any plan, today through end of day Monday, Dec. 2nd. And have a fantastic Thanksgiving! Check out our sweet selection of training plans for every kind of cyclist: https://fascat.wpengine.com/training-plans/  The post Thanksgiving Gratitude & Black Friday Show appeared first on FasCat.
11/26/201925 minutes, 31 seconds
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Coach Isaiah Newkirk on the Transition from Pro Road to Pro Gravel and How to Train

Coach Isaiah is back to chat about his new transition from professional road cyclist into the gravel scene, and how his training and outlook on the sport has shifted. We talk about: cross training planning out a gravel race calendar how CTL is affected by gravel-specific training why strength training is particularly important for gravel racers and more! It’s a good conversation, and we’re super excited to see Isaiah throw down in some of the gravel races this year coming off a road career. For more on Isaiah, check out our previous episodes with him: TT training and racing: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/time-trial-training-racing-w-coach-isaiah/ Tour of Utah review + Offseason tips: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/isaiah/ Plant-based nutrition for cyclists: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/plant-based-nutrition-for-cyclists/ And don’t forget to take advantage of our Black Friday/Cyber Monday training plan sale! Starting on Tuesday, November 26 and going through Tuesday, December 3rd, we’re giving 50% off all training plans with code Fast50. Now’s the time to start getting faster!   The post Coach Isaiah Newkirk on the Transition from Pro Road to Pro Gravel and How to Train appeared first on FasCat.
11/21/201956 minutes, 45 seconds
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A Conversation with Steamboat Gravel Founder, Mark Satkiewicz

In case you’ve been living underneath a rock, gravel racing is hot AF right now. It’s registration season for the 2020 calendar, and races are filling up faster than a Walmart on Black Friday. One of our favorite races of 2019 and a first year event in our backyard, Steamboat Gravel, was a smashing success and it’s back with more ambition and awesome for next year. Frank sat down with one of the brains behind the event, Mark Satkiewicz to chat about the state of gravel racing, how SBTGRVL went this year, and what new changes to expect in 2020. Plus how to register for next year’s race. For all things SBTGRVL, check out https://sbtgrvl.com/ and we’ll see in Steamboat! If you’re enjoying the podcast, consider rating and reviewing the show on Apple Podcasts and subscribe wherever you listen so you don’t miss the latest episode! Visit our thriving forum at forum.fascat.wpengine.com to continue the conversation, and save 25% on your next training plan by using code 25podcast at checkout @ fascat.wpengine.com. Thanks for listening! 28566Training for SBT Gravel? Click here to buy the plan for 2020!   The post A Conversation with Steamboat Gravel Founder, Mark Satkiewicz appeared first on FasCat.
11/15/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 31 seconds
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Coach Allie Legg : Life in the Pro Peloton, Gravel Racing, and Offseason Training

This week is a conversation with recently retired pro cyclist and FasCat Coach Allie Legg, who raced for the Twenty20 Sho-Air women’s professional cycling team after getting started in cycling at a young age in the sport of BMX racing. Allie has recently joined the team at FasCat as a coach, and has a tremendous amount of experience to share thru her coaching. Coach Frank and Allie discuss BMX racing, life in the pro peloton, coaching, gravel racing, offseason training, yoga, and a ton more. Read more of Allie’s coaching bio here. Thanks as always for listening and leaving us a review on the Apple Podcasts store, and subscribing to the show wherever you listen. You can also save 25% on your next training plan by using code 25podcast at checkout! 28158Looking for an off-season training plan to keep you focused on 2020? Check out this best-selling plan. The post Coach Allie Legg : Life in the Pro Peloton, Gravel Racing, and Offseason Training appeared first on FasCat.
11/8/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 3 seconds
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Grab Bag: Gamechangers, Zwifting, Principles, and Morning Routines

This week we are talking about the new Netflix documentary The Gamechangers, plant-based Frank, Zwifting, the Excel Sports discount, Ray Dalio’s book, Principles, and Jackson’s morning routine. We hope you enjoy! If you are a training plan customer or FasCat Athlete, don’t forget to check out Excel Sports (excelsports.com) and select FasCat Coaching under the how did you hear about us? dropdown menu for some wicked discounts! And continue the conversation in our exclusive forum at forum.fascat.wpengine.com. 27878Buy our most popular off-season training plan today. The post Grab Bag: Gamechangers, Zwifting, Principles, and Morning Routines appeared first on FasCat.
11/1/20191 hour, 16 minutes, 29 seconds
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How Much Sweet Spot Should You Do?

We’re back with another discussion of one of FasCat’s main training philosophies: Sweet Spot. A big question we receive by athletes is “how much sweet spotting should I actually be doing?” In fact, our training tip on the subject remains one of our most popular. So today we break it all down and explain how much is enough for the pre-season, during the base build, and in season race mode. We’ll talk about how sweet spot applies to the different disciplines within cycling, and share our top tips. We highly recommend going and listening to our episode on the invention of Sweet Spot where Frank discusses the basis of the philosophy. As always, thanks to everyone for rating and reviewing the pod on Apple Podcasts, sharing with a friend or teammate, and continuing the conversation in the forum. As a FasCat Coached athlete and training plan customer, you can now take advantage of our new partner Excel Sports with a FasCat team discount. Instructions are on our forum and are provided at the time of purchase. The post How Much Sweet Spot Should You Do? appeared first on FasCat.
10/25/201953 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ask FasCat #7 – the Cyclocross Edition

We’re back with another installment of our Ask FasCat series, where we take listener questions submitted via our forum and add our take to help make you faster. This time, the focus is cyclocross training, as the season is in full swing. We hit questions ranging from offseason ‘cross training, fueling for race day, to the best way to quantify cyclocross training and more. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions, and be sure to check out our forum for more cycling conversation @ forum.fascat.wpengine.com. 25924Looking for that perfect in-season CX training plan? Click here to start fast. Shownotes: Fatigue Dependent Training Plan Design and Podcast The Perfect Cyclocross Pre-Race Routine Better Metrics for Cyclocross than TSS/CTL > Whoop Reference Mid-Season Cyclocross Break and Peaking for CX Nationals If you want to help us out, you can leave us a review on the Apple Podcasts app or in iTunes and let us know what you like about the show, what topics you’d like us to cover next, or areas we can improve. It helps us out a ton! You can go straight there by clicking here. The post Ask FasCat #7 – the Cyclocross Edition appeared first on FasCat.
10/18/201954 minutes, 9 seconds
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Winning in the Grocery Store | Nutrition for Cyclists

   We’re back with another #WinningInTheKitchen special, serving up a conversation about where this all begins: the grocery store. It doesn’t matter how dialed your kitchen is or how motivated you are to cook healthy food if you don’t bring it home from the grocery store first. So we’re here to share our Go Fast Foods grocery list and share some of our favorite tips and foods to help you on your offseason nutrition plan. Our focus is discussing the main areas to shop for: Greens Vegetables Fat Protein Carbohydrate Fruit For more on this topic, check out our previous podcasts, videos and training tips: Go Fast Food Choices: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/weight-loss-go-faster/ Winning In the Kitchen (read, watch & listen) https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/winning-in-the-kitchen/ Weight Loss for Cyclists (read and listen) https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/weight-loss-for-cyclists/ 30 Day Winning in the Kitchen Challenge https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/winning-in-the-kitchen-challenge/ Remember (!) What Would Alaphilippe DO?!?! 25610Use code 25podcast at checkout to save 25% on your next plan so you can put your new nutrition game to use! Thanks for listening y’all, we really appreciate it! Copyright © 2019 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post Winning in the Grocery Store | Nutrition for Cyclists appeared first on FasCat.
10/11/20190
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Winning in the Grocery Store | Nutrition for Cyclists

If you want to win on your bike, you’ll have to win in the kitchen first. We’re back with another #WinningInTheKitchen special, serving up a conversation about where this all begins: the grocery store. It doesn’t matter how dialed your kitchen is or how motivated you are to cook healthy food if you don’t bring it home from the grocery store first. So we’re here to share our Go Fast Foods grocery list and share some of our favorite tips and foods to help you on your offseason nutrition plan. Our focus is discussing the main areas to shop for: Greens Vegetables Fat Protein Carbohydrate Fruit For more on this topic, check out our previous podcasts, videos and training tips: Go Fast Food Choices: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/weight-loss-go-faster/ Winning In the Kitchen (read, watch & listen) https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/winning-in-the-kitchen/ Weight Loss for Cyclists (read and listen) https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/weight-loss-for-cyclists/ 30 Day Winning in the Kitchen Challenge https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/winning-in-the-kitchen-challenge/ And don’t forget to continue the conversation in our forum at http://forum.fascat.wpengine.com and use code 25podcast at checkout to save 25% on your next plan so you can put your new nutrition game to use! Thanks for listening y’all, we really appreciate it! Remember (!) What What Alaphilippe DO?!?! The post Winning in the Grocery Store | Nutrition for Cyclists appeared first on FasCat.
10/11/20191 hour, 8 minutes, 10 seconds
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Weight Lifting for Cyclists Training Plan

Since we talked about timing as it relates to training last week, this time is all about the timing of strength training/weight lifting for cyclists as it’s the perfect time to get started on that. In this episode, Coach Frank breaks down the FasCat 10-week strength training for cyclists training plan, and how to use it most effectively. We discuss: The fundamentals of our strength training philosophy and the three main exercises for this program The 4 phases: Adaptation > Hypertrophy > Strength > Power What to expect going through the plan and how to approach each week Don’t get behind the curve and start strength training when it’s too late! Training Tip: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/weight-lifting-for-cycling/ Last year’s Podcast: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/resistance-training-for-cycling/ Nino’s Circuit Training: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/ninos-circuit-training/ If you want to try our weight lifting for cycling training plan for yourself use the coupon code 25podcast to get 25% off your weight lifting for cycling training plan and you yourself can #FtFP! The post Weight Lifting for Cyclists Training Plan appeared first on FasCat.
10/5/20191 hour, 1 minute, 7 seconds
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Training for the Iceman Cometh MTB Race

by Jake Rytlewski,  September 2019 If you have ever heard of or been to Kalkaska, Michigan chances are you have done or heard of the Iceman Cometh. The Iceman Cometh is a 27 mile point to point mountain bike race in northern Michigan held yearly on the first Saturday of November. What started off as a small event with only a handful of races has turned into an end of the year party drawing over 4,000 racers. Even though there is a lot of talk about the after party, many riders like to finish of the year on a high note with a good result. 2757But how do you train for the Iceman Cometh MTB race? Here is a six week training plan showing you how! Of course the biggest variable is the weather where it can be anywhere from 70 degrees to 20 degrees and 6 inches of snow or anything in between. In our Iceman training plan, each week has a day dedicated to mountain bike skills. Try to ride in different trail conditions such as sand and mud so you will be ready and confident. Iceman is said to be a road racers course with all the two track and dirt roads. You will need a huge aerobic engine (hint hint: sweet spot training) as you will be spending a lot of time riding as close to your FTP as possible, while being able to make those anaerobic efforts getting over the short steep climbs. From the start you have to be ready to go Full Gas. This is true regardless if you are looking for a result or just to do personal best time. There is a holeshot at the start into the singletrack:  get in position to hit the trails in the front, and for those looking for a fast time you will want to take advantage of the draft from the other riders. You will be sprinting off the start line and fighting for position to get to and stay near the front for the first 2 miles. Once you hit the trails it is single file and there is very little passing. Without a good position you can find yourself losing the leaders, and or being held up by slower riders and crashes. With Iceman being more a road course it is crucial to draft and stay with the leaders. You don’t hit the first single track until 8 miles into the race. You get 2 miles of single track after the fast start and need to keep up. Again any mishaps or slow up will cost you as the race heads for Steve’s secret and some tough climbs before opening back up on some two track and dirt roads. After 4 miles of fast two track and dirt roads you will be approaching the Williamsburg road crossing. This is a great opportunity to get a feed or make sure are eating and topping off with fuel (click here for our fueling recommendations) . You will then have a fast mile or two before hitting the Vasa Trail. The Vasa Trail can either be your friend or enemy! If you have been able to sit in the draft, been staying fueled and have put in the training you can really enjoy the last 8 miles. Here you will find many little climbs that can make or break you race. These hills will take you 1 – 4 minutes at a full gas effort. You want to stay smooth through here and keep the pressure on over the top of the climbs. Use the last ones as a launch pad to try to separate yourself from the rest. You’ll want to be in the front before you hit the last twisty mile through the camp ground as you will find little opportunities to pass. For the first build cycle of this training plan you will be focusing on your aerobic engine with just hint of anaerobic efforts. You will begin with sweet spot and some long tempo intervals to help build up your aerobic engine to be ready to race hard for 2 – 3 hours. The plan mixes in the anaerobic efforts with tempo burst workouts during the week and the weekends mix in Zone 5 and 6 efforts in with aerobic intervals. In a race you will very rarely just sit at a steady pace throughout. By mixing in these surges it trains your body to be able to respond and recover between harder anaerobic efforts. During the second build cycle you will start working on your FTP with threshold intervals. Having a high FTP for Iceman is important as you will be spending a lot of time at it and above. The sweet spot intervals will continue during this phase as well, but they will be longer. You will be doing up to and over an hour total of sweet spot riding on your weekend rides. Really helping you be prepared to put in over 2 hours of hard race. These efforts are going to carry you through the fast two tracks and dirt roads. By the end of this cycle you start some Zone 5 intervals. Come the third build cycle you will be focused on intensity! You will be 4 weeks from the race and it is time to lower the duration a bit and ramp up the intensity. It is the time you want to be making hard race like efforts. You will be doing Vo2 Max and Zone 6 anaerobic intervals. These are going to help prepare you for the race surges and many short steep hills you will find on course including Steve’s Secret and on the Vasa Trail. These are the efforts you will be making though out the race from the start to the last hills on the Vasa Trail. Coach Jake racing to a 7th place PRO finish in the 2009 IceMan You can mix your riding on and off road. Just make sure that you are getting in the skills day. Even though the course is mostly two track there are sections you will to be ready for so you don’t lose valuable time or energy. Also every 4th week is a rest week! Make sure to take it easy and let your muscles regenerate from the accumulative training stress. This is when you get stronger and ready for the coming up training block! How to ride in the sweet spot Sweet spot is a training term and intensity you will frequently see in this training calendar. To ride in your sweet spot, adjust your pace between medium and maximal, in a zone you’d call “medium hard.” By power or heart rate, sweet spot is between 83 and 97 percent of your Functional Threshold Power (FTP). If you have a power meter, you can use it to pace yourself between 91 and 105 percent of your FTP, or even more if your form is good. Setting your FTP You will want to have a properly set FTP to help set up your training zones. You may already have one set from a long year of racing. You can use your peak 1 hour norm power or 95% of your peak 20 minute average power. Look to race files for possible peaks. Or you could conduct your own field test. This is a 6 week training plan. You will be doing race specific intervals. Make sure you have a recovery drink and food ready at the completion of each workout. Also be sure to staying hydrated and fueled during your workouts. Not only will it help you that day, but it also keeps you from falling in a deficit, especially as the workload increases. Work, family, and other commitments can make completing every workout a challenge. Even if you can only ride for one hour, perform the intervals and try to balance your time so that you can consistently ride each training day. It’s better to ride for one hour each training day rather than three hours one day a week. Set a personal goal for your own Iceman because improving as a cyclist is all about setting goals and working toward them. Copyright 2019 , FasCat Coaching Jake is an Associate Coach with FasCat Coaching.  He is a full time professional USA cycling and TrainingPeaks certified coach and finished 7th overall in the 2009 IceMan.  To talk with Jake about racing the IceMan, and building power on the bike fill out our New Athlete Questionnaire to set up a Coaching Consultation. 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9/18/201959 minutes, 29 seconds
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Everything Phil’s Cookie Fondo with Phil Gaimon

Phil returns to the FasCat Podcast to chat about his upcoming fondo happening in 6 weeks! Frank and Phil talk about his comeback from a terrible crash suffered earlier this year, what the vibe is like at the fondo, the food to expect, the training you need to do and much more! For more info, check out https://www.philsfondo.com/route-profiles-1#chocolate-chip 24136Click here to purchase the Phil’s Fondo Training Plan! Frank’s Phil’s Fondo Strava File: https://www.strava.com/activities/1232388406 Frank’s TrainingPeaks Power/GPS/Ride data: http://tpks.ws/C7MSXLCJIKUD2D2CNZVMRNK72A The post Everything Phil’s Cookie Fondo with Phil Gaimon appeared first on FasCat.
9/14/201935 minutes, 9 seconds
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Dirk Friel, Co-Founder of TrainingPeaks

This week, Coach Frank sits down with Dirk Friel, the co-founder and Chief Evangelist of TrainingPeaks…the essential software for athletes. It’s what we use to coach our athletes, and what is used by countless other coaches, athletes, and pros to quantify and track their training. Frank and Dirk talk about the origins of TrainingPeaks, Dirk’s background in racing and coaching, the future of the software, Skimo racing, and more. It’s a great conversation with a legend in the world of endurance sports and training! As always, please subscribe to the show on your favorite podcast app, and leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts if you’re enjoying the pod And for more training tips, podcasts, and videos, check out all things FasCat at http://fascat.wpengine.com 23423Make it your best off-season with our best-selling 32-week resistance training and Sweet Spot training plan. The post Dirk Friel, Co-Founder of TrainingPeaks appeared first on FasCat.
8/29/20191 hour, 8 minutes, 3 seconds
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SBT GRVL Recap, Offseason Talk, and the Future of USA Cycling

It’s a busy time of year for cycling, so we’re back at it with a 3-part podcast covering 3 very different but interestingly related topics: Steamboat Gravel [SBTG], cyclocross prep and the importance of taking an offseason as a road cyclist or gravel racer, and the role of USA Cycling in these changing times in cycling. We cover our experience at the insanely awesome and inaugural SBT GRVL event this past weekend, breaking down Frank’s power data and what it’s like to race the 140 mile course. We then shift into the importance of shifting into an offseason this fall if you’ve been racing and training all year versus just getting started as a ‘cross racer. We then get philosophical and discuss how USA Cycling’s role has changed in this new chapter of cycling, and what we’d like to see from the organization in the future. 23184Looking for a structured plan to jump-start your off-season training? Check out our post-season break podcast: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/post-season-break/ Vote for us to do a Steamboat Gravel Power Data Analysis Podcast and Video And continue the conversation in our awesome forum: http://forum.fascat.wpengine.com The post SBT GRVL Recap, Offseason Talk, and the Future of USA Cycling appeared first on FasCat.
8/22/20191 hour, 15 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ask FasCat #6!

We’re back for a long awaited Q&A episode, answering questions about everything from weight loss to full gas intervals to altitude adjustment…it’s a good one (we even get a call from Mr. Gaimon)! Thanks to everyone for submitting questions through the FasCat forum, emailing in questions, or shooting us a message on social media. Read Coach Jake’s Racing at Altitude Training Tip that we referenced here. For more awesome podcasts, subscribe to the show wherever you listen to your favorite shows and be sure to share with a friend or training partner. The post Ask FasCat #6! appeared first on FasCat.
8/15/20191 hour, 13 minutes, 28 seconds
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Rebecca’s Private Idaho Race Analysis

Rebecca’s Private Idaho has quickly risen to one of the top gravel race weekends in the country. Based in the small ski town of Ketchum, Idaho, RPI was started by endurance mountain bike legend and Ketchum local, Rebecca Rusch. With sweeping views of the nearby Pioneer Mountains and endlessly beautiful gravel roads at altitude, it’s a must do event. Since Jackson was born and raised in Ketchum and competed in RPI many times, we’re here to bring on a deep analysis of this event from course dynamics, equipment considerations, and training recommendations. We’ll talk about the key climbs and tactics for this specific course and walk through how to approach pacing and racing it by breaking key sections down. We’ll go into bike and tire choice, and how to stay on top of hydration and nutrition. Finally, we’ll share expert coaching advice for the weeks leading up to the race so that you can be best prepared to crush it on race day. For a visual “vlog” style video Jackson recently shot when in Idaho, check out what the course actually looks like: And if you want to experience a more in depth analysis with video breakdown of Strava/TrainingPeaks data, check out the full podcast video here: As always, be sure to subscribe to the FasCat podcast wherever you listen to podcasts, and subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep up to date with all the latest training tips for cyclists. You can continue the conversation at http://forum.fascat.wpengine.com. The post Rebecca’s Private Idaho Race Analysis appeared first on FasCat.
8/8/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 7 seconds
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Six Weeks till Cyclocross – how to train for cyclocross

It’s August 1st, which means #crossiscoming in approximately 6 weeks. It’s time to get serious about training, honing cross-specific skills, and prepare the body for the demands of cyclocross. Have no fear our “oh shh*t six week cyclocross training plan is here! This week on the FasCat podcast, Coach Frank and Jackson talk about the 10 key cyclocross training components of our 6 weeks to cyclocross plan, which includes plyometrics, technique drills, cyclocross specific running training, and more. If you’re serious about cross, get out your notepad and find your local park. It’s training time. 6 weeks to cyclocross plan: https://fascat.wpengine.com/training-plans/cyclocross-training-plan/ Coach Brandon’s #secretTraining to race or not to race: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/secrettraining-to-race-or-not-to-race/ FasCat Cycling forum: https://forum.fascat.wpengine.com/   The post Six Weeks till Cyclocross – how to train for cyclocross appeared first on FasCat.
8/1/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 29 seconds
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Steamboat Gravel (SBTGRVL) Pre-Race Course Recon, Training, and Equipment Tips

We’re about 3 weeks away from the inaugural Steamboat Gravel race, and Coach Frank recently pre-rode the critical 100 miles of the 140 race. From pacing and training to equipment and course conditions, we’re here this week on the podcast to break down everything you need to know about key preparation for this event. In the podcast, we cover: The 3 “tricky” sections of the course and important notes about road conditions and climbs/descents What equipment to run: shoes/pedals, tires, and hydration and food systems Training: what specific training protocols to be done in this final block before August 18th Why Foundation Training will be a key factor: https://stream.foundationtraining.com/categories/freebies Mid-Week Interval Workout: SBTG Ramps, 2 x 10 minutes: For more info on SBTGRVL, check out https://sbtgrvl.com/ and their YouTube channel for some course clips: https://youtu.be/bGb04CCY6rg And of course, for more training tips, discussions, and resources, check out http://fascat.wpengine.com and our forum, http://forum.fascat.wpengine.com. The post Steamboat Gravel (SBTGRVL) Pre-Race Course Recon, Training, and Equipment Tips appeared first on FasCat.
7/25/20191 hour, 34 seconds
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Time Trial Training & Racing w/ Coach Isaiah

This week on the pod, we have a special episode for you featuring our very own TT specialist, Coach Isaiah Newkirk! Isaiah races professionally for the 303 Project cycling team, and is a strong disciple of the time trial. Coach Frank and Isaiah sit down to discuss the in’s and out’s of time trial performance from training to equipment to racing. Follow Isaiah on Instagram: @isaiah.newkirk For more training tips, visit http://fascat.wpengine.com/tips 21133Check out our 40km Time Trial Training Plan if you’re looking to improve your TT this season. The post Time Trial Training & Racing w/ Coach Isaiah appeared first on FasCat.
7/4/201946 minutes, 48 seconds
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Summertime Nutrition for Cyclists

Summer is here, which means training and racing on the bike is being ramped up, goals are being achieved, and we can finally be outside more. However, it’s also a time to revisit our nutrition and maybe lose those lagging couple extra pounds or just dial things in to train harder and recovery even better during big training and racing blocks. Coach Frank and Jackson sit down to talk through 3 very important and relevant topics in this conversation: Using your powermeter to track caloric expenditure & quantify weight loss Fiber & satiety as it relates to healthy nutrition, and of course your #WinningInTheKitchen Grocery Shopping List We’d love for you to join the discussion about our podcast on forum.fascat.wpengine.com It’s a great discussion that is always a popular topic, so please share with your friends, teammates, and family members who may need some extra nutrition help this season! Thanks for listening. Find the FasCat podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Follow us on social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Intro music: David Cutter Music. 21127Shop our best training plan for in-season Gravel racing.    The post Summertime Nutrition for Cyclists appeared first on FasCat.
6/28/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 43 seconds
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Cycling Coach’s Buyer Guide!

We are asked constantly about different pieces of gear, what’s the best bang for your buck, what kind of cycling computer to buy, which tires to use for X race, etc. With the cycling season in full swing, we decided to stop by Excel Sports, our local cycling superstore to record a podcast walking through our favorite items at the $50, $100, $250, $500, and $1,000 price points. The whole purpose is to share our recommendations as cycling coaches for products that have a very tangible and practical application for your training and performance, in order to ride faster and perform better. For this reason, we didn’t discuss carbon wheels or frames, pedals or shoes, but instead focused on the “little” things that you might not think about as essential items for cycling success. For all your cycling gear needs, definitely check out Excel Sports and remember your FasCat Team Discount for being a part of our community. http://excelsports.com Products mentioned: $50 FasCat Training Plans GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Formula Wahoo TICKR Spotify Premium Whole Foods shopping 20958From the Home of Sweet Spot, Sweet Spot #4 Polarized will take your game to the next level. Quickly! $100 Panaracer GravelKing Tires CamelBak Chase Hydration Vest $250 Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT WHOOP $500 EVOC bike case Ultegra Stages Powermeter Instant Pot/Vitamix $1000 Normatec MVP Recovery Boots SciCon Bike Travel Case Thanks for listening, and subscribe to the podcast to hear more! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fascat-cycling-training-tips-podcast/id1381614039 http://fascat.wpengine.com The post Cycling Coach’s Buyer Guide! appeared first on FasCat.
6/21/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 32 seconds
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Summer Cyclocross #secrettraining w/ Coach Brandon Dwight

Cyclocross is coming, and getting ahead of the curve this summer will set you up for success come the fall. Cyclocross racing legend and FasCat coach Brandon Dwight is in the studio this week to share some of his favorite summer cyclocross training secrets so that you can come into the season FLYING. For more info, check out our summer cyclocross training tip: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/ten-cyclocross-training-tips-for-june/ Thanks for listening, and continue the conversation in the new FasCat Coaching forum, where you can ask questions and even get more personalized help with training plan design and coaching support. http://forum.fascat.wpengine.com. Find the FasCat podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Follow us on social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Intro music: David Cutter Music. 20286Get serious about Cyclocross season with our CX Summer Bundle! The post Summer Cyclocross #secrettraining w/ Coach Brandon Dwight appeared first on FasCat.
6/15/201944 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ask FasCat #5!

Greetings, fellow bicycle nerds! We’re back with another installment of our Ask FasCat Q&A series, where we answer listener questions from our forum and beyond. Today we dive into questions about altitude, mid-season breaks, recovering from big events, and more. Be sure to join our forum to get your questions in for the next round (in 4 weeks), and check out our new coaching subscription to help with your training plan design! And of course, stay tuned to our YouTube channel for more live podcasts and videos, including a recap from our recent trip to the Haute Route Asheville. Find the FasCat podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Follow us on social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Intro music: David Cutter Music. The post Ask FasCat #5! appeared first on FasCat.
5/31/201944 minutes, 56 seconds
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Haute Route Asheville Preview Show!

We’re here in gorgeous Asheville, NC for the Haute Route Asheville, a 3 day event through the Blue Ridge mountains. In today’s episode, we do a live podcast from the event HQ and break down each stage, discussing our strategy and plan for the weekend. Thanks again to the Haute Route crew for having us, and stay tuned for more video content coming from us. Haute Route: https://www.hauteroute.org/ Be sure to continue the conversation in our brand new forum at http://forum.fascat.wpengine.com. Find the FasCat podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Follow us on social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Intro music: David Cutter Music. The post Haute Route Asheville Preview Show! appeared first on FasCat.
5/17/201951 minutes, 33 seconds
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How to Travel to Races Like a PRO

With the Haute Route approaching next week, we decided to sit down and talk about how to win at traveling to bike races, whether it’s via car or via plane. We discuss what to bring and how to avoid those last minute stressors to prepare best for your target races. Speaking of travel, you can listen to our live podcast from Asheville the day before the Haute Route here: https://youtu.be/PlekuP2Udks Be sure to continue the conversation in our brand new forum at http://forum.fascat.wpengine.com. Find the FasCat podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Follow us on social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Intro music: David Cutter Music. The post How to Travel to Races Like a PRO appeared first on FasCat.
5/10/201958 minutes, 38 seconds
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Fatigue Dependent Training Plan Design

Carefully crafting the design of a training plan is a critical aspect of improvement and success as a cyclist. Coach Frank abides by the idea of “fatigue dependent” training plan design, which is the focus of today’s episode. We break down what this means and why it’s important for maximizing the time on the bike. We provide some solid advice for following a fatigue dependent training plan, how to adjust your plan in different scenarios, and how it applies to different phases of the cycle of the training calendar. We hope you enjoy! Please consider subscribing to the YouTube channel where we’ll be broadcasting the episodes live every Thursday: http://youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching. The FasCat Athlete Forum is live! Join the discussion here. Find the FasCat podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Follow us on social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Intro music: David Cutter Music. The post Fatigue Dependent Training Plan Design appeared first on FasCat.
5/4/201958 minutes, 29 seconds
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The 4 Key Factors for Gravel Racing Success

Gravel racing season is in full swing, and this week’s podcast is all about helping you crush your next race. We believe there are 4 key components to successful gravel racing — pacing, hydration, nutrition, and equipment — so we break down how to approach these things and apply them to your next race or looking back on previous events. We dive deep into these topics and talk about everything Gravel 101, such as hydration packs and aero bars, gravel simulation rides, nutrition plans leading up to race day, and more. The FasCat Athlete Forum is live! Join the discussion here. We are also switching over to YouTube to host our livestream video of the podcast, which we kicked off this week. Subscribe to our channel at http://youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching to see all of our videos and jump into the live podcast every Thursday at 11am MST. We hope you enjoy this week’s show, and thank you for listening! 15945Get the training plan designed by our coaches who are training and racing the biggest gravel events on the calendar. Find the FasCat podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Follow us on social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Intro music: David Cutter Music. The post The 4 Key Factors for Gravel Racing Success appeared first on FasCat.
4/25/201959 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ask FasCat #4!

  With another 4 weeks gone by in an instant, it’s time for another Q&A session! On this week’s show, we dive into listener submitted questions on topics ranging from fasting, avoiding cramping, using commuting as training, and more. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions! We hope you enjoy the episode, and don’t forget to subscribe and use code 25podcast at checkout to save on your next plan. The FasCat Athlete Forum is live! Join the discussion here. Find the FasCat podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Follow us on social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Intro music: David Cutter Music. The post Ask FasCat #4! appeared first on FasCat.
4/18/201951 minutes, 58 seconds
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What to Eat on the Bike During Training and Racing

With the racing season in full swing, a big area of consideration and confusion for many cyclists is on the bike nutrition. We’ve talked at length about Winning in the Kitchen, but it’s an entirely different animal to fuel yourself on the bike in training and racing. We sit down to discuss the fundamentals of nutrition on the bike, and share the essentials of what you need to know. Here’s a short recap of what we covered:  2-5 hours: 30-60g carbohydrates per hour (120 – 240 calories/ hour)  5+ hours: 60-90g carbohydrates per hour (240-360 calories/hour) Every 30 minutes : gels > blocks > bars + Skratch Labs rice cakes Speaking of the “Guaranteed Not to Bonk” Rice Cakes here’s Dr. Allen Lim’s recipe (Berry + Mint + Chocolate) 15680Shop FasCat’s Best-selling Gravel Grinder plan. We dig into many more specifics of what to eat, how often, and some more info on the science behind all of this. Listen in to dial in your nutrition plan for your next big training ride or race! The FasCat Athlete Forum is live! Join the discussion here. We hope you enjoy the episode, and don’t forget to subscribe and use code 25podcast at checkout to save on your next plan. Find the FasCat podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Follow us on social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Intro music: David Cutter Music. To talk with Frank about your cycling training and losing weight, please fill out a New Athlete Questionnaire to set up a Coaching Consultation.  Otherwise keep #FtFP’ing and Winning In the Kitchen! The post What to Eat on the Bike During Training and Racing appeared first on FasCat.
4/13/201959 minutes, 42 seconds
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How to Leave Post-Activity Comments For Your Coach and Be “Coachable”

This week, Coach Frank outlines using the 4 components of monitoring training in his athletes to help you better provide feedback in the post-activity comments section of TrainingPeaks or other software so that you can communicate more effectively with your coach, progress as an athlete, and prevent setbacks or problems in training and racing. We talk about the importance of sports psychology, tracking fatigue, life stressors, and environmental conditions and then provide some insight on how to be “coachable” from the perspective of an experienced coach. 15530Train Less, Go Harder, Get Faster! We hope you enjoy the episode, and don’t forget to subscribe and use code 25podcast at checkout to save on your next plan. The FasCat Athlete Forum is live! Join the discussion here. Find the FasCat podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Follow us on social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Intro music: David Cutter Music. The post How to Leave Post-Activity Comments For Your Coach and Be “Coachable” appeared first on FasCat.
4/5/20191 hour, 43 seconds
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Plant-Based Nutrition for Cyclists

Happy spring! To shift gears a bit, Jackson and Coach Isaiah come to your ears with a special edition of the podcast while Frank is on vacation for spring break. We dive into the fundamentals of plant-based nutrition for athletes, and discuss many aspects of our own diets and philosophies on food and fueling for cyclists. It’s a fun and educational conversation, so grab a pen and paper and take some notes! #WinningInTheKitchen applies to everyone, and if you’re curious about being vegan or vegetarian, or simply incorporating more plant-based meals into your routine, this episode is for you. And as promised, here is the recipe for my famous smoothie bowl: Join the discussion on the FasCat Forum. 15250If you’re looking for that perfect all-around training to help increase FTP, purchase & follow 18 Weeks to Sweet Spot! Thanks for listening, and don’t forget to share this episode with a friend or teammate. Find the FasCat podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Follow us on social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Intro music: David Cutter Music. The post Plant-Based Nutrition for Cyclists appeared first on FasCat.
3/29/20191 hour, 9 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ask FasCat #3 — Q&A!

Welcome to another regeneration week (AKA our monthly Q&A episode)! We field questions from the FasCat community to provide our best responses to questions about training, racing, nutrition, and more every 4 weeks. We’re back with answers to questions like how to properly perform full gas efforts, thoughts on active recovery rides, what we eat after hard rides, and more. Thanks for listening, and for submitting your questions to help (at) fascat.wpengine.com or via social media. – Join the discussion on the FasCat Forum – Stay tuned for the video version of the podcast and for more training tips and training plans, visit fascat.wpengine.com. Find the FasCat podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Follow us on social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Intro music: David Cutter Music. The post Ask FasCat #3 — Q&A! appeared first on FasCat.
3/23/201957 minutes, 33 seconds
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Intervals 101

Continuing with the progression in early season training periodization, we’re now getting into the real work of the race season and everyone’s favorite part of training: intervals. We did an episode way back in the beginning of the FasCat podcast on intervals, but we wanted to revisit the topic in order to prepare you for getting ready for your target races and to simplify this often overly complicated component of training. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the different types of intervals, the duration and setup of the workouts, and what kind of intervals to do for specific types of racing. Our goal with this podcast is to break it down so that you head into the interval season with more confidence. We discuss the utility of zones 4,5, and 6 intervals and who they are for, and then the purpose of sprint workouts and tabatas on race performance. For more information and deeper dives into this topic, check out the interval section of our website. 14000FasCat Podcast listeners can save 25% on ANY training plan with code “25podcast”! – Join the discussion on the FasCat Forum – Thanks for listening! Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fascat-cycling-training-tips-podcast/id1381614039?mt=2 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2dCwiPGkiv3VJuSeJN957S?si=9a4xgP9eT26_YXp6ASOVNA Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/fascat-cycling-training-tips-podcast   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ The post Intervals 101 appeared first on FasCat.
3/7/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 3 seconds
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Switching From Base to Race Podcast

It’s getting to be that time of year when the first races of the season are quickly approaching, you’ve been (hopefully) putting in some solid base training, and your A race is on the foreseeable horizon. It’s time to start thinking about switching into race specific training with our sweet spot part 3 plan with over unders and criss cross intervals. Coach Frank and Jackson are here to discuss the reasoning behind switching from base to race, building upon our Master’s CTL podcast. We break down calculating out when that time frame is, what kind of workouts or training plans you should be doing, and answer some listener questions. If you’re enjoying the show, you can support what we do by sharing with a friend or teammate, leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts, or subscribing. We appreciate the engagement, and don’t forget to use 25podcast at checkout to save 25% off any training plan. – Join the discussion on the FasCat Forum – Thanks for listening! Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fascat-cycling-training-tips-podcast/id1381614039?mt=2 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2dCwiPGkiv3VJuSeJN957S?si=9a4xgP9eT26_YXp6ASOVNA Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/fascat-cycling-training-tips-podcast   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ The post Switching From Base to Race Podcast appeared first on FasCat.
3/1/201953 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ask FasCat #2 – Q&A!

We’re back with another Q&A episode, taking questions from the FasCat podcast community to help you get faster! We answer questions ranging from the proper usage of sweet potatoes to building watts/kg and everything in between. It’s a great episode, so thank you to everyone who contributed questions! Remember to send in your questions for our monthly Ask FasCat episodes, and share this episode with a friend or teammate and subscribe to all the usual places you listen to podcasts (links below). Time to get faster! Subscribe to the show: Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fascat-cycling-training-tips-podcast/id1381614039?mt=2 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2dCwiPGkiv3VJuSeJN957S?si=9a4xgP9eT26_YXp6ASOVNA Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/fascat-cycling-training-tips-podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ The post Ask FasCat #2 – Q&A! appeared first on FasCat.
2/22/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 5 seconds
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How to Design Your Own Personal Training Camp

Training camps are one of the quintessential components of cycling. Putting in a highly focused and productive week of training in a warm place, combined with good nutrition and recovery in the early season can pay off tremendously for the upcoming race season. In this episode, we recount some of our favorite training camp stories, how to best design your own personal camp, the three pillars of a successful camp, and also hear from Coach Isaiah about his recent team camp with the 303 Project Pro Cycling Team. 12797Sweet Spot Part 3 Training Plan Here is what our 3 Day Mill Valley Training Camp looked like after we ‘made it turn green’ in Training Peaks: To replicate your own training camp in Mill Valley and get some ride route suggestions see Coach Frank’s Strava  Remember that you can save 25% off your next plan by using code 25podcast at checkout, so if you’re looking towards getting faster this spring, now’s your chance to get focused! And next week, we’re recording our next monthly Q&A podcast, where you can ask Coach Frank and Jackson everything and anything regarding cycling training so send us an email to [email protected] or ping us on social media. Thanks for listening! Private Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2021 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved.   Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! To talk with a FasCat Coach about your wintertime intensity, please fill out a New Athlete Questionnaire to set up a complimentary coaching consultation. The post How to Design Your Own Personal Training Camp appeared first on FasCat.
2/16/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 1 second
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Everything You Need to Know About the Haute Route with Colby Pearce

This week we are talking about the Haute Route (‘oat root’). We’re joined by cycling jedi master Colby Pearce (also a Haute Route Elite Ambassador) to discuss the Haute Route culture, training, and experience. Both Colby and Frank have multiple Haute Route events under their belts and have a wealth of knowledge, advice, and war stories from their experience. We discuss what the Haute Route actually is, a ‘day in the life’ + what to expect from these events, and then jump into how to train and prepare and of course some great stories from the road. To learn more, visit https://www.hauteroute.org/ and follow Colby on the socials: @CwPearce on Twitter and @colby_pearce on Instagram. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ The post Everything You Need to Know About the Haute Route with Colby Pearce appeared first on FasCat.
2/1/20191 hour, 9 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ask FasCat #1 – Q&A Podcast!

You asked, we answered! Once a month, we will take questions fielded from the FasCat community (via email and social media) and spend the entire hour answering them! The entire purpose of this podcast is to help you go faster on the bike, and we want to be more engaged with our podcast community (YOU!) to achieve that goal. This is the first installment in the Ask FasCat series, and we answer questions ranging from the rationale of openers to fueling for sweet spot, to fitting in fun group rides within a structured training plan, and everything in between. If you’d like to get a question answered next month, shoot us an email to [email protected] or tag us #askfascat. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions, and thanks for listening! Don’t forget to use code 25podcast at checkout to receive 25% off any training plan. Don’t get left behind and scrambling to get ready for your target event! Also, the full video version of the podcast will be on our YouTube channel, so please subscribe to see each episode in video form, and catch us live on Facebook every Thursday at 11am MST! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ The post Ask FasCat #1 – Q&A Podcast! appeared first on FasCat.
1/25/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 32 seconds
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How To Pair and Sequence Our Training Plans

We get a ton of questions about how best to pair and sequence our training plans to connect them through an entire season or a specific situation. With many permutations of how to combine plans over the course of a training and racing block, today’s podcast is about giving you the tools to decide how to approach it. Don’t forget to use code 25podcast at checkout to save 25% off any of our training plans. Tis the season! Don’t wait until the last minute and “cram for the exam”. We’re also recording a Q&A podcast next week, so send in your questions to [email protected] with any and all questions and we’ll answer them on air. You can also watch the video version (coming soon) of this podcast on our YouTube channel, and be sure to subscribe as we’ll be filming all forthcoming episodes. Enjoy the show! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ The post How To Pair and Sequence Our Training Plans appeared first on FasCat.
1/18/201953 minutes, 32 seconds
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Collegiate Cycling: Perspective From Alums & former Coach

We’re back with Coach Isaiah to discuss the value and importance of collegiate cycling not only for the development as a cyclist, but creating more long term enjoyment in the sport of cycling. We chat about our experiences from both the rider side (Jackson and Isaiah) and the coaching side (Frank) to share insight for young athletes and parents alike. Use 25podcast for 25% off your next training plan Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/   The post Collegiate Cycling: Perspective From Alums & former Coach appeared first on FasCat.
1/9/20191 hour, 46 seconds
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New Year’s Show! What’s Next for the FasCat Podcast

  It’s officially 2019, and that means time for some reflection and some discussion about what’s next for the FasCat podcast. Frank and Jackson sit down to talk about some of their New Year’s resolutions and goals for the year, and then jump into the tentative content calendar for 2019 and what you can expect from the show moving forward. We’re beyond excited to roll the podcast into the new year and continue to help you get faster! Please subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher to stay up to date with all of our episodes right when they are released. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ The post New Year’s Show! What’s Next for the FasCat Podcast appeared first on FasCat.
1/7/201955 minutes, 19 seconds
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Phil Gaimon (FasCat Athlete): State of the Cycling Union

Coach Frank sits down with FasCat athlete Phil Gaimon to discuss the current state of cycling, the gravel craze, training and racing, training with WHOOP, and the role of social media influence on cycling sponsorship and rider value. Plus more! This is an interesting and engaging conversation that is perfect for your post-holiday travel. Learn more and connect with Phil: http://philthethrill.net/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqI9HyfLvodz7bXFCI3PU2g Instagram: @philgaimon Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2019 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post Phil Gaimon (FasCat Athlete): State of the Cycling Union appeared first on FasCat.
12/28/20181 hour, 31 seconds
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Sunny Gilbert: Cyclocross Success on a Different Path

photo: Snowy Mountain Photography FasCat Athlete Sunny Gilbert recently had the ride of her life at the 2018 USA Cyclocross National Championships, netting second place in one of the most technical and demanding races in recent years. But what’s more fascinating is the path she’s taken to arrive at this place. A national champion in collegiate running, PhD level biochemistry science nerd, and a love for adventure, Sunny is the definition of a working-woman powerhouse athlete. We sit down with Sunny and her coach, Isaiah, for a candid and hilarious conversation about evolving as an athlete, what it takes to be strong, and how to juggle everything in a busy life. Keep up with Sunny’s adventures by following her on social media: @run4funner on Instagram and Twitter. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2019 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post Sunny Gilbert: Cyclocross Success on a Different Path appeared first on FasCat.
12/22/201853 minutes, 16 seconds
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How I Invented Sweet Spot Training

Coach Frank drops a solo episode this week on the FasCat Podcast discussing how he “invented” Sweet Spot Training and how he integrates it into his coaching philosophy. Here is the training tip referenced in the podcast about the simultaneous development of Training Stress Score (TSS) and TSTWKT (the Performance Manager Chart) 10075Train Less, Go Harder, Get Faster! For more on Sweet Spot and to add it to your training, check out our entire Sweet Spot training tips section and our Sweet Spot training plans Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2021 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post How I Invented Sweet Spot Training appeared first on FasCat.
12/13/201852 minutes, 34 seconds
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Steamboat Gravel Podcast

Steamboat Gravel is shaping up to be 2019’s hottest new gravel event! This week on the podcast we sit down with Steamboat Gravel (SBTGRVL) founder Mark Satkiewicz to discuss 2019’s inaugural event, and what you can expect to encounter from the course this Summer.   We dive into what inspired Mark and his team’s vision, what the different courses are like, and who you can expect to see show up at the start line. We’re definitely adding this one to the list next year, and you should too!  Registration begins December 4th and we think its gonna fill up! Sign up with your email to secure your spot and save 20% before registration opens this weekend! https://sbtgrvl.com/  Use SBTFASTCAT for a discount off your entry fee !! Be sure to follow SBT GRVL on social media @SBTGRVL to stay up to date. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2019 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post Steamboat Gravel Podcast appeared first on FasCat.
11/29/201845 minutes, 29 seconds
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Thanksgiving Special!

A Thanksgiving gratitude podcast because we are thankful for our all awesome listeners!  So we sit down and talk about how grateful we are for this podcast and for YOU, the audience! We also dive into a couple other topics to get you through the holiday weekend. Enjoy! Jackson’s Ted talk: “Make Pooping Great Again” https://youtu.be/oVDh6w6secs Why Sweet Spot is Superior to Zone 2  https://youtu.be/l61Rk8_SeOU Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2019 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post Thanksgiving Special! appeared first on FasCat.
11/21/201857 minutes, 27 seconds
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Making the End of Cyclocross Season Count with Coach Brandon Dwight

This week’s show is all about cyclocross. The final month of the season is upon us, so how can we make the most of it? What should we do to keep the momentum flowing into Nationals? Coach Frank sits down with FasCat coach and cyclocross crusher, Brandon Dwight**, to discuss this topic. The two discuss Secret Training techniques, how to do better when it’s cold out, and plenty more. **Brandon is a 4 time Master Nationals Champion ‘Cross the Pond film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPxYIfEZbdg&feature=youtu.be Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2019 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post Making the End of Cyclocross Season Count with Coach Brandon Dwight appeared first on FasCat.
11/16/201833 minutes, 2 seconds
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Winning in the Kitchen Challenge, Coaching Pitfalls, and Field Testing | FasCat Grab Bag Pod

This week we’re doing something a little different, and hosting a sort of “grab bag” podcast, inspired by listener and athlete questions we’ve received in the recent days. Typically our conversation revolves around a central topic, but instead we hit on four topics that are relevant to our entire podcast audience! We discuss our new 30-day Winning in the Kitchen Challenge, how to effectively perform a 20 minute field test, avoiding a common coaching pitfall, and why taking a weekend off from racing to train in cyclocross can make you faster for the rest of the season. Thanks again for the great feedback and for sharing your questions with us via social media and elsewhere, it helps us develop the direction of the show! And of course, thanks for listening. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2021 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post Winning in the Kitchen Challenge, Coaching Pitfalls, and Field Testing | FasCat Grab Bag Pod appeared first on FasCat.
11/9/201847 minutes, 16 seconds
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How to Make Indoor Cycling More Fun and Productive

  It’s beginning to become that time of year where the clocks change, the days get shorter and colder, and we inevitably spend more time inside on the bike. We can hear the groans of dread for the early morning trainer rides echoing across the northern climate cycling communities, but we promise it doesn’t have to be dreadful. With a few simple tips and some structure, you can make indoor cycling great again. This week on the podcast, we share our advice for making the most out of the winter trainer season to not get burned out and instead get the most out of your trainer workouts. We break down things like the “trainer effect”, why consistency is king, and how to navigate the waters of Zwift. We also broadcasted this live on our Facebook page, so you can see us recording the podcast and answering listener questions in our Halloween costumes…watch it if you dare: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/ For more information on this topic and beyond, check out our Training Tip and website: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/indoor-cycling/  Check out our training plans: https://fascat.wpengine.com/training-plans/ Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2019 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post How to Make Indoor Cycling More Fun and Productive appeared first on FasCat.
11/1/201859 minutes, 6 seconds
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Top 4 Ways to Use Your Powermeter

Training with power has become the norm in the sport of cycling. Objectively speaking, it’s probably the most beneficial tool we have at our disposal for quantifying our training so that we may train smarter. But as Uncle Ben said in Spiderman, with great power comes great responsibility (pardon the pun). For those of us who are new to this tool and technology, it may feel easy to get overwhelmed but have no fear we’ll tell ya what to really pay attention to. In today’s podcast, we break down the top 4 ways to use your new powermeter, and take listener questions from our live Facebook broadcast. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to see more live podcast shows! #1 Perform a 20min Field Test: #2 Power Based Training Zones # 3 Use the Performance Manager Chart # 4 TSS Training Check out our training plans: https://fascat.wpengine.com/training-plans/ Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  , @FasCatCoaching and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2019 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post Top 4 Ways to Use Your Powermeter appeared first on FasCat.
10/24/20181 hour, 20 minutes, 24 seconds
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How to Plan Your Races For 2019

On this week’s podcast, we sit down to discuss how to plan your races for 2019. We break down all the races we are thinking about into A, B & C races and talk about what factors to consider when planning out your whole season. Coach Frank and Jackson walk you thru their choices for races like the Belgian Waffle Ride, Dirty Kanza, the Crusher in the Tushar and Rebecca’s Private Idaho. What races are you planning for next year? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear what your goals are. We also just want to extend a huge thank you to all of our listeners. It’s been a really fun project to create this show and help you get faster, and we’ve been blown away by the support and engagement! Finally: who’s in for a Gravel Training Camp next June [2019] in Boulder, CO? Let us know and we’ll see about putting on together. Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2019 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post How to Plan Your Races For 2019 appeared first on FasCat.
10/11/20181 hour, 5 minutes, 49 seconds
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Weight Loss for Cyclists

On a follow up episode from our extremely popular Winning in the Kitchen podcast, it’s time to dive into the world of nutrition and weight loss yet again. It may sound counterintuitive, but the time to lose weight is NOT during the peak of the racing season, but instead during the offseason and winter base period. This is an incredibly hot topic of discussion among cyclists and other endurance athletes, as power to weight is a critical factor for performance. However, there is both a wrong and a right way to lose weight, and our goal today is to offer up some of our thoughts on losing weight and eating well in a sustainable, effective, and healthy way. What would Alaphillipe do? Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2019 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post Weight Loss for Cyclists appeared first on FasCat.
9/27/20181 hour, 5 minutes, 34 seconds
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Tour of Utah Review + Offseason Tips with Coach Isaiah Newkirk

Following up after our last podcast with FasCat coach and professional cyclist Isaiah Newkirk, we bring him back to the show to discuss how Tour of Utah panned out, the major lessons learned, and what his favorite late night stage race snack is. We then dived into more talk on the topic of the offseason, and how Isaiah approaches it from both his personal perspective as a cyclist as well as a coach. If you missed our first episode with Isaiah, you can find it here: https://fascat.wpengine.com/podcast11/ So tie your trail running shoes and listen in for another helpful conversation! Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2019 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post Tour of Utah Review + Offseason Tips with Coach Isaiah Newkirk appeared first on FasCat.
9/18/201859 minutes, 40 seconds
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Post-Season Break and Figuring Out Goals for Next Season

It’s that time of year when the racing starts winding down and all of our excitement and energy for the season begins to dwindle. Fall is nearing and we start thinking about other things than training and racing our bikes. Do you smell that? That’s the smell of offseason. Ahhhh. However, there’s a right way and a wrong way to take a post-season break and shift into the offseason. By strategically planning out this period and getting a head start on planning for next year, we can hit the ground running and make big improvements when it’s time to start training again. Instead of just cutting things off without structure, what if we took this break a little more seriously and used it to our advantage? In this podcast, Frank and Jackson discuss the importance of the post-season break and how to effectively use this time to go faster next year. We break down everything you need to know about this critical time of year for the cyclist. Check out our Training Tip for more details: https://fascat.wpengine.com/tips/post-season-break/ Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2019 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post Post-Season Break and Figuring Out Goals for Next Season appeared first on FasCat.
9/11/20181 hour, 1 minute, 38 seconds
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Cyclocross Cornering to Carry Your Momentum and Save Your Energy

Cyclocross season is upon us, so it’s time to start thinking about your cyclocross skills. Cornering is a HUGE skill that can take your cyclocross racing to the next level. Think about it: you take two dozen or so turns per lap. Carrying your momentum thru the turn saves your energy that you would otherwise have to spend re-accelerating back up to speed. In today’s podcast, Coach Frank talks with cyclocross powerhouse, Michael Robson.  Frank and Michael discuss cornering and how carrying your momentum thru the corner can help you race faster and get better results. We wish you speed and smoothness this upcoming ‘cross season, and hope you enjoy the show! Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2019 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post Cyclocross Cornering to Carry Your Momentum and Save Your Energy appeared first on FasCat.
9/5/201847 minutes, 13 seconds
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How to Train with WHOOP — the Power Meter for Recovery

In this podcast we are talking about the wearable Whoop device.  We consider the Whoop to be like a power meter for your recovery. The WHOOP is wearable designed for athletes that measures your sleep, strain, and cardiovascular parameters like heart rate variability and resting heart rate. The Whoop’s algorithm factor’s all those metrics to give you a recovery score. Simply, are you recovered like you think you are?  Cool right? Here at FasCat we’ve been testing the WHOOP strap for 8 months and wanted to dive in and share our thoughts with the podcast community! 8799The one and only “Six Weeks to the Sweet Spot Training Plan” We’re also joined by the WHOOP content manager, Mark Van Deusen to hear how the WHOOP strap works. He’s also been generous enough to offer our listeners a free month of a WHOOP subscription with code ‘fascatwhoop‘ at checkout ($30 value)! We talk about how using the WHOOP enhances our training and racing, what the different metrics mean, and a whole lot more. Learn more at whoop.com! Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2021FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post How to Train with WHOOP — the Power Meter for Recovery appeared first on FasCat.
8/24/20181 hour, 13 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 13: Breaking Down the Crusher in the Tushar Experience

The Crusher in the Tushar brings the pain. We’ve had some time to process the pain and suffering of the 2018 Crusher in the Tushar gravel race, which was both Frank and Jackson’s target race for the season. We met so many people who listened to our first podcast on the Crusher, so we felt compelled to break down the experience and go through the data! In this episode, we go through each of our races (Jackson in the pro field, Frank in the 45-49 field) and look at the TrainingPeaks data. We also filmed the episode, so head over to our YouTube channel to get visuals on the data! We’re already planning how to do better next year… Don’t forget to subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts, and feel free to leave a question or comments in the comment section below, or ping us on social media. Thanks for listening! Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2019 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post Ep. 13: Breaking Down the Crusher in the Tushar Experience appeared first on FasCat.
8/19/201856 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 12: The Nike Breaking2 Project with Robby Ketchell and Brett Kirby

MONZA, ITALY – MAY 06: (L-R) Eliud Kipchoge Zersenay Tadese and Lelisa Desisa run during the Nike Breaking2: Sub-Two Marathon Attempt at Autodromo di Monza on May 6, 2017 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)   On May 6, 2017, Nike and a team of runners attempted to break the elusive 2 hour marathon barrier, which has never been done before. This was known as the Breaking2 Project, and Robby Ketchell played an integral role in its development as a sports scientist. Today on the podcast, we’re having a slightly different conversation than normal and delve into the world of running performance with Robby and lead Nike physiologist Brett Kirby to talk about Breaking2 and what went into creating this project. It’s a very fascinating conversation, and one that can be applied to any sport that involves optimizing human performance. Thank you for tuning in to the podcast, and for all of the great feedback on the show. If you have questions, ping us on Twitter @fascat and @jacksonlong, or by commenting below. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on your favorite podcast platform, and leave us a review on the iTunes store with your favorite thing about the podcast or how we can improve! Breaking2: https://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/running/breaking2 Robby’s LuMind RDS Fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/lumind-research-down-syndrome-foundation-nyc-2018/robbyketchell Breaking2 National Geographic Show Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fascatcoaching/    Instagram: @fascatfh Twitter: @FasCat  and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FasCatCoaching Intro music: David Cutter Music // https://davidcuttermusic.com/ Copyright © 2019 FasCat Coaching – all rights reserved. Join our *FREE* Athlete Forum to nerd out with FasCat coaches and athletes about your FTP, race data, power based training, or anything related to going fast on the bike! The post Ep. 12: The Nike Breaking2 Project with Robby Ketchell and Brett Kirby appeared first on FasCat.
8/8/20181 hour, 6 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 11: Coach Isaiah on Racing Tour of Utah!

This week, Frank and Jackson sit down with FasCat coach Isaiah Newkirk, a seasoned performance coach and professional cyclist for the 303 Project Cycling Team, to talk about his training leading up to next week’s Tour of Utah. Isaiah is designated team leader, and will be hunting for a high overall placing at one of America’s tough