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The Endurance Blog — Cycle Training Articles

Pacing strategy for endurance events, focus on the process

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We've been blogging recently about sports psychology related topics and one of the key things for any aspiring endurance athlete is having a race day strategy / process. Within that process, correct pacing is critical for both success and enjoyment. I've stressed many times that training is no more than 'physical conditioning' and in no way does it guarantee a great race performance. Getting your pacing right can be the difference between a personal best and a DNF, but with so many external factors on the day to distract you, is easy lose focus. Before we go any further, here's...

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Running slow is not a waste of time... why do we never discuss damage?

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We've been blogging over the last few weeks about run training and specifically how to put your training plan together for 2018. You can join in the discussions on our Facebook run coaching group. Do you need new running shoes, clothing or equipment? We are The Endurance Store, an independent running, swimming and triathlon store in Wigan, Lancashire. We support the local events, we support the local community. We're one of the last few little shops, trying to compete with the big boys. Please consider us for next time! Zone 1 / Maff running is just too slow... it's a...

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Training With A Heart Rate Monitor - What You Need To Know

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Heart rate (HR) training is an easy way to ensure that your weekly training is structured and effective, but during 12 years that we have been coaching endurance athletes, we have gained a great deal of experience and insight which we'd like to share with you. Heart rate monitors can be great training tools, but there are some significant limitations. Benefits of Heart Rate Training 1. HR monitors are relatively cheap to purchase and easy to use. 2. They can potentially provide an accurate gauge to how hard your body is working at 'aerobic' intensities (longer and steady training sessions)....

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Racing In The Heat? Don't Sweat It...

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Exercise in the heat can place a lot of strain upon your body, if you’re used to cooler climates. For this reason, many elite athletes will spend time acclimatising to the higher temperature. Acclimatisation can require up to 14 days, so what if you’re an amateur athlete traveling abroad for an endurance event, who can’t afford to travel 3 weeks before the event? Let's not count out the UK weather, yes it's rainy a lot of the time, but in July, we can have our own scorching weekends! The purpose of this blog is to explain simple ways, which you...

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Why runners can't cycle quickly (PART 2)

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So last week we posted a blog titled, 'why runners can't cycle quickly'. The basis of the blog was that cycling requires a certain amount of leg strength, which is not the case for running. Our observations were that many runners who take up cycling prefer to ride in easier gears and 'spin' rather than push bigger gears. As a result, they tend not to be able to match the same power as cyclists on flat courses or short sharp incline, but are able to perform on longer gradual climbs. You can read the article in full by checking last...

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