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26 versus 29 - Implications for Coaches

on Monday, 17 June 2013.

26 versus 29 - Implications for Coaches

Generally speaking, as coaches it is not our place to say what wheel size an athlete should or shouldn't run. It is our job to educate athletes on how different choices will act, ride and feel. We need to advise them that different wheel sizes are suited to different types of terrain and how to get the best out of their equipment. Additionally, what you would advise for a beginner would be different to what you would advise a pro on the world cup circuit.

26 versus 29 – The Coach’s Perspective

on Monday, 17 June 2013.

26 versus 29 – The Coach’s Perspective

A lot of my friends are going to be shocked when they read this blog but none more than my aspiring young athletes! Time and again I have harped on about a 29’er being no good for their development, masking deficiencies in their skill levels and I often say to them that they need to learn how to ride their bikes properly (on a 26 inch hard tail) before they even consider anything else.

Do you know your Maximum Heart Rate

on Monday, 17 June 2013.

Do you know your Maximum Heart Rate

The theoretical maximum heart rate formula (220 minus your age = MaxHR), is thought to be developed back in 1970 by Dr William Haskell and Dr Samuel Fox.  The formula was not developed from any original research of theirs but based on their observation of some public research and some unpublished scientific compilations.

Eating for Performance

on Monday, 17 June 2013.

By: Jodie Willett

Eating for Performance

As coaches, we encourage all members of Progressive Coaching Systems to diligently fill out their training diaries. Some athletes are better at this than others! It is a very comprehensive document and while your coach reviews all the information, it is as much for your benefit and future reference as it is for ours. Remembering the sessions you have completed during training and the rigors you have put your body through can give you confidence as you approach race day that you are truly prepared. Pinpointing trends in bringing out a great performance is useful, as is finding reasons for a below par performance.

How many do you do

on Monday, 17 June 2013.

Find out what you should do with your valuable “available” time to train

How many do you do

The number of days that a person rides or trains is subject to a great number of things such as work commitments, family life, racing schedule and to some extent your knowledge on the subject. Elite XC MTB riders on the World Cup circuit typically can crank out 6 or 7 days per week and up to 25 hours but for some of us the reality is that we may only be able to manage 1, 2 or 3 days per week of training.

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