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Power Training Basics and Terminology

Before we get into how to use a power meter, let?s talk about how to establish a baseline Functional Threshold Power (FTP).

Establishing an FTP:

According to the ?Racing and Training with Power? by Coggan and Allen, a 20 minute all out time trial would determine FTP. From the 20 minute test you multiply your FTP by 95%. For example, if you ride an all out 20 minute time trial and end up averaging 300 watts, taking 95% of that would give you an FTP of 285 watts. Personally, I think a 30 (THIRTY) minute time trial multiplied times 95% would give you a more accurate measure of FTP.
Another option for establishing your FTP would be to ride a 40k Time Trial. Riding this 40k solo would be tough, but in an organized event chasing and being chased by other riders would give you the motivation to generate a true FTP.

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Do Your Wrists and Hands Hurt When You’re Cycling?

The hand is a complex, tightly connected structure of bones, ligaments, tendons, nerves and muscles, which allow for small and complicated motions. Thus, an injury to any particular structural component will have a significant effect on the function of the whole hand.

If your hands and wrists hurt when you’re riding, and you’re a fan of medical studies, then you need to read this research article…

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Cycling… It Doesn’t Have To Be a Pain In The Neck (and Shoulders and Arms)

Whether you’re a novice or someone who has been riding a long time, chances are you’ve gone on a long ride only to finish up with pain in your shoulders and a very tight neck. What exactly is going on? Do cyclists have to just grin and bare it? The answer is, ‘No, you don’t have to put up with it’. Cyclists tend to have neck and upper back problems for several reasons which we’ll cover in this article. In addition, we’ll look at preventative measures when it comes to cycling and neck, shoulder, and arm pain.

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Top 10 Winter Tips For Rock Star Cyclists

These suggestions will help keep you on track with your training through the darker, colder months. This list is not necessarily in a specific order. It is just one possible order of priorities. Put them in the order that best suits you.

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