We’ve all seen the pictures of professional cyclists sailing gracefully up Alp D’Huez like they’re on a gentle Sunday ride. Unfortunately, for the rest of us it’s far from effortless. It is hard, painful and anything but graceful. So why is it so hard? More importantly, how can you improve your climbing so you’re cresting…

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What is it Base Training? Base training is a commonly used term for a block of training designed to build Aerobic Endurance, the bedrock of any endurance training plan. It is typically the first stage in a Periodised Training Plan, followed by a Pre-competition (or Build) Phase and finally, a Competition (or Race) Phase. A…

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Introduction Whilst women are biologically identical to men in many ways, there are some fundamental differences. As a male coach I decided early on that if I were to coach women effectively I needed to make myself aware of those differences. This blog is a summary of my research into the menstrual cycle along with…

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