Rider Resources

Meet SE Coach Nikki Peterson

Nikki Peterson is Source Endurance’s newest coach. A lifelong endurance athlete and current professional mountain biker, she backs up her experience with years of education in the Nutrition and Exercise field. We did a little Q&A with her so you can get to know her. What was your athletic career pre-cycling? I started running in…

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Training in smoke: Hacks for fire season

A lot of the West is currently on fire and tens of thousands of people have been evacuated. It’s smoky but safe where you are, it’s hard to breathe. Should you ride? Check your local air quality and decide if you should be outside or not. Then, adjust training as needed. Contact your coach if you…

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Matthew Mack takes the WIN in multiple stages at Zwift BC Bike Race

Having participated in a Zwift BC Bike Race event I was invited to participate in the Virtual BC Bike Race 7 day stage race challenge between 7/4 and 7/10. Since all of my real world race goals had been cancelled my coach and I decided I should give it ago. It was quite the experience…

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Nikki Peterson wins Rim Nordic Time Trial-format XC Mountain Bike Race

I got to race on Saturday, July 18th! Rim Nordic, a legendary race venue in Southern California, held a Time Trial-format xc mountain bike race. The racers were started in 20 second intervals and the Pro Women’s Category had 7 racers. I started 4th and caught up to the 2nd and 3rd ladies by the…

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5 Benefits of Cycling Coaching in a Pandemic

The global pandemic is very real. If you’ve been fortunate enough to maintain your health and employment, you’ve probably also felt bummed to watch all your 2020 events and goals go up in smoke. We’ll never be taking events for granted again, that’s for sure… Here are five ways Source Endurance coaches are here to…

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6 Tips for Riding and Exercising in the Heat

As the temperatures rise and the workouts get tougher I wanted to take a quick moment to remind everyone about training in the heat.  Here are some quick action items: ALL HEAT ADAPTATIONS ARE DEPENDENT ON YOUR ABILITY TO SWEAT MORE. This means that you need MORE fluids on your rides vs riding in primo weather. …

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Three ways to increase your FTP

Functional Threshold Power or FTP is a single power value used by athletes and coaches to define a range of training ‘zones’ as well as assess overall fitness gains, losses, and status. FTP, as defined by Andy Coggan and Hunter Allen, is the highest average power or watts a rider can maintain in mostly steady…

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Are V02 and Blood Lactate Tests Still Relevant? With WKO, probably not.

If we’re focusing on raising FTP or Lactate Threshold power, we need the best metrics to track change in FTP. 5 and 10 years ago, we sent our athletes into a lab or university to get the athlete’s blood lactate and maybe Vo2 max tested. Back then, that was the best way to check FTP…

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How Much Time Does it Take to Improve FTP?

As a reader of our blog, you’re probably familiar with the term FTP, or functional threshold power. This number is most often approximated to maximal one hour power output and is one of the foundations of modern training and performance analysis for cycling. Very much like your 1 mile, 5k or 10k pace in running,…

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Tyler Reynolds knocks out first 200k ride

From Tyler: First ever 200 kilometers. Few friends and I had too much time on our hands that day, so we decided it would be a great day to just keep on pedaling and getting Some solid tan lines! It wasn’t a super hard effort the whole time, it just felt good to be out…

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