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Coaching “Race Weight” Intelligently: A Case Study

OCTOBER 8, 2018 · BY CHRISSIE WELLINGTON AND ANDY KIRKLAND


Considering athlete weight in relation to performance is important when planning and executing training. But, where is the line between an increase in performance and encouraging an athlete to adopt unhealthy behaviors?

Being a coach isn’t an easy job. We often work with highly-motivated people living complex lives. It’s our job to help them achieve their potential and actualize their dreams. While planning and prescribing training plans is a large part of what endurance coaches do, ultimately, we are influencing the behavior of athletes to help enhance performance. However, like many relationships, things can sometimes go wrong. A few poorly-chosen words, poor communication, or lack of understanding of the needs of the other person can lead to acrimony, or worse.

“Ideal racing weight” is an important subject because the mass of an athlete affects performance. While it can be a sensitive topic for a coach to address, it’s not …

Witness the fitness of MTB enduro star Greg Callaghan

The Enduro World Series contender reveals his gym formula to gain power, speed and endurance, whether it's on the bike or your own terms. With riding season just around the corner, it's time to get fit. To help you along the way, world’s third ranked enduro racer Greg Callaghan is here to offer his advice – and you should pay attention, because this Dubliner knows a thing or two about fitness. Whether you want to up your bike game for the upcoming race season or just get a bit fitter, simply follow Callaghan's steps (and squats) in the video below to start 2018 right.
https://www.redbull.com/us-en/greg-callaghan-fitness-video

Gym work forms a corner stone on which to build speed and stamina. Mountain biking works the body like nothing else so being fit enough to be able to deal with the stresses and strains of muscling a bike down a hill

Optimizing Strength-to-Weight Ratio While Staying Healthy

https://www.trainingpeaks.com/blog/optimizing-strength-to-weight-ratio-while-staying-healthy/SEPTEMBER 13, 2018BY TAYLOR THOMAS Striking the appropriate balance between your power output and weight is critical for a sustainable and healthy approach to training and racing. Many athletes try to maintain as low a weight as possible while still being powerful on the bike—but it can be difficult to hit that sweet spot. If weight loss is taken too far, athletes can see a decrease in overall power, along with more serious health issues. While watts per kilo are often top of mind, health and resiliency should ultimately be the key goals for any athlete. Here’s how to strike that elusive balance. Why is Weight Important? Weight plays an important role for all athletes to some degree, but in cycling specifically, watts per kilogram (W/Kg) or strength-to-weight ratio, has been found to be one of the single best predictors of performance. Simply put: the higher a cyclist’s W/Kg is, the more likel…