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Are you are exercising, or are you training? The vast majority of people trying to get harder, better, faster, stronger spend too much time at 75-85% of max effort. Improving performance requires, in essence, two main physical elements. Overload – pushing ones self to/past the absolute limit of their abilities. Rest/recovery - to allow the body to adapt to the overload stress. With this in mind, all training session should have a goal, and that goal must be adhered to. If you’re not knackered by the end of an overload session, you’ve not got the most out of that session....

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Without a strong core, transfer of your available power is neigh impossible. With that in mind, core strength work is more than getting a six pack, much more. We spend an inordinate amount of time these days sitting down, far too often slouched, placing larger amounts of stress on our backs, necks and shoulders. This also reduces the tone of our "core" muscles, rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus, internal and external obliques, not to forget their counterparts on our backs. Here  are three exercises you can do to strengthen the large and small muscles that will help your power transfer on the bike...

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I'll post some of what I consider the best articles I have found for training in Cycling and Triathlon, my loves. Content will be from respected sources and websites, with links, but do not take this as my advice, They're just articles I believe in. I have trained for, and completed, 2 Ironman triathlons, 2 half Ironman tri's, several olympic distance tri's, multi hundred Km road rides, MTB Marathons amongst others. I am a strong believer in a strong core, functional training, and make a clear delineation between exercise and training. Start slow and build, Rome wasn't built in a...

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