Coaching Advice

Conquering the Cols: Training for the Demands of the High Mountains

November 12, 2018
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Words by Lisa Mazzola After my last trip to the Pyrenees in 2016, I knew I wanted to go back at some point and ride some of the cols that I missed and shadow parts of the Tour de France. When the course was announced for the 2018 Tour, the moment presented itself. I would have the chance to ride some new mountain passes that would also be included in the tour and revisit some old favorites. The planned routes…

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Nutrition

Managing Nutrition with My Fitness Pal

August 13, 2018
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  Words by Kristen Phillips One topic that comes up a lot with athletes is how to manage nutrition. It’s a question I’ve asked myself a lot through the years, and the recent rediscovery of My Fitness Pal has made a noticeable difference. It has essentially enabled me to be more aware of what I eat, and with that, become my own nutritionist. It’s all too easy to eat empty calories or overestimate what a serving size should be. It…

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Coaching Advice

Three Tips for Pre-Event Pressure

June 17, 2018
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Words by Kristen Phillips If you’re a cyclist focused on improving your skills and abilities, it’s important to set goals that challenge you. Without them, it's hard to progress in meaningful ways. Cycling is a sport that stretches us mentally and physically and can take us to exciting new places within ourselves. This can happen by racing, participating in organized events, and by traveling to ride your bike in new places. If you’re working towards a goal that scares you…

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Mental Training

Mind Overrides Matter: The Mental Side of Training

February 20, 2018
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Words by Lisa Mazzola “I was deep in the pain cave”, “shut up legs”, “sufferfest”; These are things that you hear often in the cycling community. Whether in a race, on a big climb, or during a long and grueling group ride, the ability to suffer is something that we bond and brag over. But how much of that suffering is mental and how much is physical?  I know for myself, it is hard in the moment to distinguish what…

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Coaching Philosophy

Self-Reflection: A Cyclists Guide

December 18, 2017
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Words by Kristen Phillips Good coaches create a supportive environment for learning. Art of Cycling maintains that in order for performance-based (competitive) cyclists to truly thrive in this sport, they need to stay inspired. Inspiration is key to motivation, and motivation is how we keep up with the demands of training. By learning more about who you are as a cyclist, your goals can better align with what you want from the sport and help keep you focused when the…

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Race Reports

Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb

September 6, 2017
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Words by Lisa Mazzola The Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb (MWARBH) is an annual bicycle racing event held in New Hampshire. Considered by many as one of the toughest hill climbs in the world, the course is a 7.6-mile climb up to the top of Mount Washington. The highest peak in the northeast United States: it has an average grade of 12% with extended sections of 18% and the last 50 yards is 22% to the finish line. And if…

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Yoga for Cyclists

Yoga for Athletic Recovery: 8 Poses We Love

May 11, 2017
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As cyclists, we work hard on our bikes. Especially as training hours increase, it’s important to choose yoga postures that give therapeutic benefits without increasing recovery time. A thoughtfully designed yoga and stretching regimen should be responsive to the demands of cycling and promote athletic recovery. Art of Cycling has developed a style of practice that addresses the physical as well as mental needs of athletes. When our bodies are supported in a pose, the nervous system sends signals to…

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Structured Training

Less Can Be More: Making the Case for Indoor Training

March 2, 2017
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Words by Lisa Mazzola I used to be one of those people that loathed training indoors.  I would sooner ride in a blizzard, and actually did once, rather than get on my trainer. Living and training in New York city adds an extra level of complication to training. The closest place for me to train outside is Central Park. I can be there in 15-20 minutes, but I must traverse the busiest part of Manhattan in order to get there,…

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Bike Handling Winter Training

7 ways to improve bike handling indoors

January 30, 2017
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Words by Kristen Phillips This post combines indoor riding with bike handling— something potentially boring with something fun and challenging. Everyone needs better bike handling skills, and winter is the best time to work on them. The choice between trainers and rollers here is easy. Trainer technology has come a long way and modern smart trainers offer lots of great features, but nothing beats good old-fashioned rollers for bike handling skills. Success riding rollers is all about becoming comfortable with…

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Yoga for Cyclists

How to rehab your body: A cyclist’s guide to yoga

January 5, 2017
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Words by Kristen Phillips Also shared on Pretty. Damned. Fast. It’s the time of the year when we design our training plans for next season and assess our strengths and weaknesses. Most of us who ride a lot will probably cite stretching and routine body maintenance as areas we can improve, and as a coach who has worked with a lot of cyclists, I'm here to make a case for taking that part of your training (more) seriously. Cycling is…

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