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Nurturing new talent

This pas week I had the chance to work at the Olympic Training Center in CO Springs coaching a Talent ID camp. The thrust of the camp was to identify new talent among women cyclists. A dozen women flew in from around the country to take part in the camp. We conducted daily rides and "class time" where we talked about tactics, nutrition, USADA came and talked one day. We also rode with the girls. Two days were in Cheyenne Canyon in CO Sprints. The other days were out on the flat roads to the east of the Springs. 

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Coach Zack sounds off about caffeine as a PED

Caffeine, the legal ergogenic aid?

              If you have been to a bike race you have seen the elite rider with a Red Bull in his hand pre race. If you have watched the tour you see the food bags in the feed zones with Coke in them. The Gu gels you eat have caffeine. The amount of caffeine in every sport from endurance to sprint sports says that there must be something to it. Is it legal? How effective is it at increasing your power or aerobic capacity?

 

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Tour de France-----> Olympics

A few people have asked me how the guys just completed the Tour de France and are slated to do the Oympics manage to do all that racing, get recovered and then race at the Olympic events. I thought I'd take a moment to put down my thoughts regarding this subject.

Le Tour 2012

The missus and I were watching Brad Wiggins and George Hincapie give interviews after the finish of the Tour de France this morning. Melissa commented that she still finds it remarkable that they can give coherent, intelligent (for the most part) interviews after a long road race, never-mind after 19 races in a row. We got to talking about how well trained Grand Tour riders are.

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Power or Heart Rate Training?

 

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Fueling for longer events

 

Here's a letter I sent to one of my clients today about fueling for a longer MTB event. It applies across the board for any endurance type event:

 

John Doe,

Yes, Clif bars are a favorite of mine. Try eating one right as you go

out the door. Then, again every 45min or so after that. The later you

get into the event, the worse and slower your digestion gets so, its

important to hit it while your body is still operating optimally.

Late in the race/ride, I would switch to some sort of liquid

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Coach Zack touches down after Nature Valley Grand Prix

 

Training specificity – what race do you want to win?

 

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Recovery tips

Here are some useful recovery tips:

 

As you head into the heart of the racing season, you?re body will start to accumulate

fatigue which can influence your performance in negative ways. Here are few tips for

maximizing your recovery from day to day and week to week:

a. GET ADEQUATE REST! This means sleeping at night AND interspersing your

training with appropriate rest days. Too many days in a row of intensive

training will break you down. Be sure to listen to your body and take days off

or easy intermittently.

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The times

I read with interest today about Saxo Bank wanting to sign (or re-sign) Alberto Contador at the end of his suspension. Contador gets off the hook in August of this year and then is free to return to competition. Whether he SHOULD return to competition is for other people to debate. Fact is the guy has served his time. My question is what happened to the UCI rule about not being able to ride for a pro-tour team for 4yrs after a suspension?

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