FW: News from CycleOps Power - Functional Performance, Weight Loss and Cyclists, Plan your Season, more
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Subject: News from CycleOps Power - Functional Performance, Weight Loss and Cyclists, Plan your Season, more
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2011 16:42:10 -0500
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With the new year upon us, you hear a lot of talk about planning and setting goals. In our article from 2PEAK: Plan Your Season Right, there is a quote: "If you want to achieve something, you have to have a definite goal." I personally always struggle with setting specific cycling goals each year, but I do believe that you will be more successful if you have a goal in mind. And not just any goal, a goal that is specific and a goal that you feel passionate about achieving. And that is where my problem generally lies, I have lots of general goals - stay in shape, ride and race throughout the summer - but those goals aren't specific.
To give myself some ideas, I asked a friend what his cycling goals are for 2011. He said he doesn't like to set goals for specific races because in cycling there are too many variables outside of his control that can affect the outcome of a race. I challenged him by asking him how he motivates himself to train throughout the cold Wisconsin winters if he doesn't have a specific goal in mind. His reply was that you can have drive without goals. He has a dedicated drive to be competitive in all the races in which he competes, but with a lot of the outcome in cycling being dependent on variables you can't control - your competition, the weather, your equipment, how your teammates are riding on any particular day - it is not realistic to set a goal to place well at any one particular race.
I'm curious to hear what our readers think about this philosophy. Goals vs. drive. Do you need goals if you have drive? Stop by our Facebook page and tell me what you think. In the meantime, I'll be working on figuring out what my goals for 2011 are going to be.
Two goals you might be working on in 2011 might be increased functional power or weight loss. In her article, Functional Performance Training for Power – Part 2, Jessi Stensland continues her discussion on functional power with actionable tips for increasing your strength and stability on the bike. In his article Back to Basics: Weight Loss and Cyclists, nutritionist Bob Seebohar explains his philosophy on weight loss for athletes.
No matter what your goals, the best way to stay on track is to keep a log of your progress. In Downloading to PowerAgent, our CycleOps Product manager provides a refresher course on downloading rides to PowerAgent in case it's been a while since you've been keeping track. And lastly, Dr. Stephen Cheung, PhD wrote a great article on training with his PowerTap SL+ and Joule that appeared this week in pezcyclingnews.com.
Until next time, thanks for reading.
CycleOps Newsletter Editor
Functional Performance Training for Power – Part 2
by Jessi Stensland, Professional Triathlete and Movement Specialist
Following up from Functional Performance Training For Power – Part I, THE WHAT and THE WHY, here is THE HOW: a few smart, time-efficient solutions capable of having an immediate impact on your cycling efficiency for maximum power output.
Back to Basics: Weight Loss and Cyclists by Bob Seebohar, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS
I firmly believe that trying to eat according to a certain amount of calories per day sets cyclists up for failure and doesn't give them permission to listen to their bodies. If you are the calorie counter that I am referring to, I hope to take you from the "dark side" to a state of enlightenment, so to speak.
2PEAK is an online tool that programmatically creates an individualized training plan based on inputs from the athlete. In this article, 2PEAK provides some background on their philosophy and insight into how their training plans are created. Read the article and then try it yourself with their 21-day complimentary offer.
Whether you're riding outside or indoors, the start of a new year also lends itself to training again. And training means downloading your data. Here are a couple tips to help get you started again:
1. If it's been a while since you've fired up PowerAgent, it's a good idea to check for updates. To do this, start PowerAgent, then click File > Preferences, and then click the button "Check Now…" This will make sure you have the most recent version of PowerAgent.
2. If you're downloading data from Joule, make sure the mini-USB cable is plugged into your computer. Press a button to turn on your Joule, and make sure your computer recognizes it. It should show up as an external drive if everything is functioning properly.
3. If you're downloading data from a Cervo (the yellow PowerTap CPU), make sure the download cradle is plugged into the computer. Also, sometimes overlooked, make sure the Cervo is seated as far as possible onto the cradle. Newer cradles will "click" when the Cervo is seated all the way. Push a button to turn it on and it should say "host" on the screen.
Here are two short videos to demonstrate.
Dr. Stephen Cheung, PhD, exercise scientist and contributing writer for PezCycling.com, decided to use the PowerTap SL+ and Joule to see how he stacked up to the testing regime outlined in the 2nd Edition of Hunter Allen and Andy Coggan's Training and Racing with a Power Meter.
Read the entire story here.
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