Competitive cycling by Dr. Achim Schmidt

By Dr. Achim Schmidt

Competitive Cycling bargains a breathtaking perception into the fundamentals of educating in addition to recommendations and strategies of biking. The ebook makes a speciality of issues reminiscent of anatomy and body structure of the bike owner, foodstuff, medication, psychology, and methods and strategies. tips and proposals in the course of the e-book make sure that it remains clos to the perform of biking.

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When the training distance is longer than the race distance), with effort and intensity slightly below race level and slightly above race level in under-distance training. These methods require considerable motivation in order to be able to simulate a race performance. Training races around a circuit are ideal for this, as they simulate the physical, technical, tactical, and mental aspects of actual races. The race method should, however, only be used at the end of the preparation phase or even just at the start of the competition phase.

Speed training (ST) Speed training is one of the special training zones and is not the same as speed strength training. Speed here does not mean cycling speed but movement speed, which in cycling terms means cadence. Both pure speed and speed endurance are trained. Speed training (ST) Description High-intensity training zone above the anaerobic threshold to improve speed and speed endurance as well as lactate tolerance and stamina. 3-3 mi, flat Duration 40 sec – 8 min Cadence 120 – max. , 42 x 16 or 3 x 1 min) Important: warm up/cool-down Periodization In PP II and III at the end of each phase and in the CP, particularly important in the preperation for track races and criteriums.

As well as the recovery lengths between the training sessions, the training and racing themselves must be right for performance to improve; more on this in the next chapter. If the training workload is too low, the adaptation process will not be Fig. 4: (above) Overly dense training sequence leads to a drop in performance. (below) The correct trai­ ning stimuli performed in the supercompensation phase leads to the desired performance improvement. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­45 Competitive Cycling triggered, while too much training in the long term leads to overtraining.

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