Posts in the category Training

OGIO Packs it All In with the Athlete Focused X-Train 2 Backpack


Whether you’re headed off to a day at the office and hoping to squeeze in a workout, or simply looking for a backpack to manage all of your riding essentials, OGIO has a bag for you. The bigger brother of the X-Train Lite and the successor to the original X-Train, the X-Train 2 is essentially an organized gym bag that doubles as a backpack complete with padded laptop storage. Built with provisions for bike, yoga, gym, and running gear as well as pockets for nutrition, tech, valuables, and even wet clothing, not being able to find what you need in your duffel bag will no longer be an excuse…


GU Tweaks Formulas, Packaging, and Branding For Continued Endurance

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If you’re like a lot of cyclists, the term GU, much like Kleenex, has become synonymous with energy gels. Now after more than 20 years at the top of the gel game, GU has established itself as one of the champions of endurance nutrition, or “one of the faces on the Mount Rushmore of nutrition,” if you will. Originally created in 1993 as an alternative to the original Powerbar, the basic building blocks of GU remain unchanged with maltodextrin, fructose, and amino acids taking the spotlight.

As GU prepares for the future of endurance nutrition the company is undergoing a bit of a face lift with all new branding, packaging, and a few tweaks to the formulas. Longtime fans of GU don’t need to worry though, GU will still be as tasty and effective as ever, but it will have some new selling points especially if you are a vegan athlete…


Polar’s V650 GPS Cycling Computer Finds Its Way to the Marketplace

Polar V650 GPS cycling computer

Cycling computers have come a long way since the rudimentary devices that just measured speed, distance and calculated a few averages for you. Now, it seems there’s an arms race to see who can offer the most data collection and integration with training apps or software.

Last September we previewed the Polar V650, one of Polar’s newest offerings. Now that it’s hit the market, here’s an updated look at the full feature set and promo video…


PowerTap Recalibrates with New P1 Pedal and C1 Chainring Power meters


Already the leader in hub based power meters, PowerTap is ready to take a pull at the front of the power market once again. To get there the Wisconsin based company is simultaneously launching new branding, an improved website, but most importantly – two new power meter platforms. Entering their product line along side of the current hub based power meters like the G3 and GS, PowerTap is looking to cover all of the power bases with the new P1 pedal based power meter, and the C1 chain ring based unit.

Adhering to the PowerTap ethos of accuracy, simplicity, and value, the new options will make PowerTap one of the only companies to offer power measurement at 3 different positions on the bike…


Powertap Teases new Products – Crank and Pedal Based Power Meters on the Way?

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Somewhat quietly released on the first day of NAHBS, PowerTap just introduced a new video that likely teases some upcoming products. Highlighting their 17 years of innovation and product development in regards to power measuring devices, PowerTap chronicles their history starting with the Tune PowerTap up to the most recent PowerTap GS.

Now, the company is giving a little taste as to what’s to come – which by the looks of things includes a crank based and pedal based power meter…


Peaks Coaching: Why Do We Use Intervals?

By Stephen McGregor, PhD, PCG Master Coach

Why We Do Intervals - Peaks Coaching Group
When I was a wee lad, I played soccer in high school. My coach at the time was a conditioning freak who used to make us run intervals. A lot. We would do Indian runs or suicides or half-mile intervals, etc. We would run as hard as we could until we thought we were going to puke. Between drills my teammates and I would curse the coach and ask ourselves, “Why are we doing these?” We never really got a satisfactory answer, so we just kept on doing what we were told.

Later I became interested in cycling, and when I learned about the training for this sport, to my horror I found that many coaches recommended intervals in cycling, as well. Again I asked myself, “Why are we doing these?”

Most coaches prescribe intervals, and many athletes perform intervals, but it’s often not clear why. In particular, the athlete may not be aware of the intended objective of the interval training and may just be “doing what I’m told.” Is the goal of performing intervals simply to make the athlete tougher and more resilient? Are they simply being done to mimic the high-intensity repeated efforts of racing, or are there specific physiological adaptations sought after by using intervals in training? Is there more to performing intervals than just being able to go “as hard as you can” for two, five, or ten minutes? Are some intervals better than others (i.e., is there a reason to perform two-minute intervals over ten-minute intervals)? Click through for the answers…


BSX Insight adds instant, needle-free aerobic threshold monitoring, ships in March


At Interbike, BSX Athletics introduced the BSXinsight, a wearable, fully external lactate threshold monitor that measures your threshold using LED light and sending the readings to your smartphone via Bluetooth. You hop on the trainer, start the workout on your phone and proceed to crush yourself for 30 minutes. The result, as originally planned, was that you’d then know your anaerobic threshold.

But, in the months since the show, it’s learned a new trick.

“One of the things we learned since introducing it at Interbike is that not only did we have the ability to measure anaerobic threshold (lactate threshold), but also the aerobic threshold,” Dustin Freckleton, co-founder and president, told us. “That makes the zone determination a lot more accurate, letting you tune your workout to improve the specific type of performance you want to target.”

There’s a lot of different terminology out there, so let’s clarify what the two mean. Aerobic Threshold is commonly called LT1, and Anaerobic Threshold is LT2, with the numbers basically corresponding to the order in which they occur in your body. LT1 is just a small bump, when you first see lactic acid levels go above baseline. LT2 is when the graph really starts pointing upward and you start producing more than you can clear. For all practical purposes, everything before LT1 is purely aerobic, everything after LT2 is purely anaerobic. In between the two is a blend.

So, what’s the benefit of knowing your aerobic threshold?


Reviewed: BKool Trainer Pro + Simulator

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Most of us have a real love-hate relationship with our trainers. They are an exercise in futility: who wants to pedal his hardest for an hour just to go nowhere, alone, dripping in sweat, with this annoying droning in your ears? Yet they make us so strong.

Fortunately, more and more brands are finding ways of making it more entertaining, and BKool’s latest attempt at keeping you motivated is a definite upgrade from the first generation we tried. Here’s where they succeeded and where they’re still improving.

The BKool Pro Trainer retails around $700 and comes with the trainer, power adapter, riser block and compact ANT+ USB adapter.  You can add ANT+ cadence and heart rate monitors as well. You then download their indoor riding simulator, pick your workout, add ghosts or bots to ride against and you’re off… READ MORE ->

Kinetic Introduces Ergonomic Twenty20 Water Bottle Cage

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Quick – you’re reaching for your bottle. What hand do you use? According to Kinetic, if you’re like most riders you favor a particular hand, likely your dominant one. That begs the question, if you’re constantly grabbing the bottle from one side of the frame, why do most bottle cages only have the split located dead center on the frame? Filed in the category of why didn’t I think of that, the new Kinetic Twenty20 water bottle cage addresses that very issue.

Simple, affordable, and light, the Twenty20 cage may have you rethinking your current bottle holders…