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Source Endurance is Hiring 1-2 Coaches

Overview: Source Endurance is expanding with the addition of 1-2 qualified cycling coach (es) and/ or multi sport coach (es) to work as independent contractor(s).  New coaches should have a comprehensive understanding of exercise physiology and modern training theory in addition to strong organization and communication skills. He/she will be responsible for coaching a variety…

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Spicer Ranch CX Clinic Sept 10 in Beatty, NV

Group coaching session

We are excited to be hosting/ instructing this CX Clinic.  It will be at the intended location of the future Nevada state cyclocross championship. Spicer Ranch Cyclocross Clinic presented by Clifbar Saturday Sep. 10, 4PM – 730ish PM (last light) Spicer Ranch and Trails #1 Boiling Pot Rd. Beatty, NV  89003 Featuring instruction by: Adam…

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Often Discussed, Never Explained: Base Training, Part 2 of 3

By Mitchell Sides, BSE. Source Endurance, Associate Coach Part 1 established what base training is, and for those who have the time to ride them, base miles are highly effective for a few reasons. Low intensity, high duration training provides a low muscular stress alongside a high aerobic stress, making athletes fitter while maintaining relative…

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New Clothing Order

    Castelli has come through once again!  New items are the 2016 collection of clothing and they are the best we’ve ever seen or worn. We have new WINDVESTS and LONG SLEEVE jerseys to accompany the SE lineup.  In addition, other premium Castelli in- line accessories are being offered.  Store closes Feb 20. Get…

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Often Discussed, Never Explained: Base Training, Part I

It’s not necessarily that inaccurate conclusions are being drawn about base training, but more that some conclusions are misguided.  I’ve decided to write a bit about base training because it’s important to understand the correct reasoning behind those conclusions as well as what the alternatives to base training can do for athletes. Everyone has unique…

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Why Gravel?

At the tender age of 15, I ran my first and last marathon. Mostly on a dare, but also because I was a runner at the time, I lined up for the 1984 Macy’s Marathon in Kansas City and at the conclusion of the race (which took longer than I care to admit) I swore…

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BWR: Equipment Choices

Now that we’ve read about the Belgian Waffle Ride and what physiological challenges to expect, let’s talk about the equipment challenges of such an event. Unless you’re coming from a mountain bike background, the discussion of equipment challenges is a bit of a foreign topic. One of the biggest equipment considerations for a road racer…

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The Greatest Monument of Cycling in the US

Hello, my name is Michael Marckx and I love waffles and all things Belgian. I also love riding my bike a long way and drinking Belgian ales directly after. I’m Flemish; we’re just odd that way.   Being Flemish and growing up with an affinity for the culinary delights and ethnic characteristics of the Belgians,…

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BWR Survival Camp, What to Expect

The Belgian Waffle Ride is a classic adventure that challenges the young, old, strong and stronger in ways many veteran bike riders can’t begin to comprehend. We had a couple clients at the 2015 edition and based on their data, we expect the following output from the day.   7-9 hours of pedaling covering 140…

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Creating, Establishing and Committing to a Break Away

Creating, Establishing and Committing to a Break Away Adam Mills. Source Endurance, Senior Consultant   Welcome to the mid-season for road racing, 2015. All around the country, Source Endurance athletes have been taking chances and getting up the road only to have the breakaway attempt fail for a multitude of reasons. I thought I’d take…

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Compression Garments: The Verdict

While most of the data indicate that the use of compression garments does not provide an advantage, there are a handful that do show possible benefits.  It is important, however, to tease out the possible causes and evaluate the efficacy of the items. For instance, Bringard, Perrey and Reaburn (2006) found that running economy may…

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Compression Garments: Moving Into Athletics

Previously, we discussed the mechanism by which compression garments aid people from a healthcare perspective as well as how their mechanism of action may not work in athletes.   However, as often seen in science and medicine, tools can be employed in ways not originally intended with great benefit. This is often due to some other…

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Compression Garments, Part I: Before they were used for sport

Working in the complimentary fields of medicine and exercise physiology can provide insight in to new ideas and products.   It can also aid in teasing out how the theories behind various practices are developed.  An example of this is the use of compression garments to aid recovery and increase performance.  While increased recovery or enhance…

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Offseason Training, Don't Waste Your Base (2 of 2)

Once it was observed that many of the benefits seen with longer and easier training sessions were also seen with shorter and harder workouts, the next step was to identify which changes do and do not occur among the two training modalities.  By analyzing training adaptations at different intensities in individuals of various fitness, multiple changes occur…

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Offseason Training, Don't Waste Your Base (1 of 2)

The off-season doesn’t exist to many racers on structured training plans. It’s a period to race cyclo-cross and/or recover for a short bit before prepping for the next season’s races. This period can also be tremendously beneficial in gaining fitness. However, the elements are against most racers with cold weather, snow and ice, and jobs…

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Sports’ secret weapon: sleep. By: Michael J. Breus, PhD

The search for performance enhancement leads some athletes to turn some pretty dark corners. It’s a shame, and not just because doping is dangerous, unethical, and frequently illegal. It’s also a shame because athletes at all levels of play have access to a powerful tool to improve their performance, one that won’t break any laws…

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Ischemic Preconditioning

One interesting aspect of studying exercise physiology is the ability to incorporate a multi-discipline approach to developing new ideas. The major underlying theme is the body being placed under a form of stress and monitoring the response. The crossover between exercise science and medical research is well founded as it’s not uncommon to see researchers…

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Early Season Stages of Grief

Denial–  I’m fit.  I’m just having a bad day. Anger–  I’m so mad I let myself get so unfit. I’m getting fit now!  These guys are a-holes for showing me I’m unfit. Bargaining–  If I get through this, I’m going to start training 30 hours a week so I’m never unfit again. Depression–  I’m so…

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Invaluable

This post really has nothing to do with fitness, coaching or anything of performance value.  Actually, it reminded me exactly why it is so very difficult to write about things that truly move you……. Sometimes it takes an event that can described as nothing except sorrowful to give you a bold reminder of your mortality.…

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Join SE: 500k Training Camp with Kristian House p/b Nelo’s Cycles

Camp Flyer HERE  All Source Endurance clients, ask about your special pricing! Spend 5 days training with the former British National Champion on the sameroads he uses to prepare for his upcoming race season. These same roads androutes have led him to great successes in previous seasons, now you can takeadvantage of the phenomenal training…

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Mid Season CX Musings… but coming a little late.

As the cross (CX) season begins its final push towards Nationals and Master's Worlds, some random thoughts come to mind. CX is as much a learning process as it is an endurance sport: Source Endurance has done a couple CX clinics this fall with the goal of providing the basic skills from which a solid…

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2012 CX National Championships- Men Elite Prediction

Tim Johnson.  That's my prediction and barring injury or illness at this point of the season, and I'm sticking to it.  I told a few friends back in September that the one who will win CX Nationals will only begin to see championship form around Thanksgiving.  And I'll followup the statement with this, “the guys…

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The Off Season: It Will Make or Break the Coming Season

By: John Hobbs, Senior Consultant The passing of the Road World Championships tells the time of the year.  CX-ers are gritting their teeth during eye-popping efforts, winter athletes are preparing for the transition to snow, and roadies have rounded out their season and wrapping up their time off.  That time off is just where the…

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Cyclocross Course Design, Technical skills, Fitness

Groups of riders usually signal un-technical riding.Photo Credit: Lyne Lamoureux Following some recent races both at the national and local level, some have been asking, commenting, and wondering how Cyclocross (CX) course design plays into the outcome of the race.  This proves a very interesting topic and something that could be debated indefinitely.  But first…

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The problem with applying science to training.

John Hobbs, MEd Senior Consultant Many of our athletes have a history of marginally following haphazard training plans or blindly trusting current and old training fads, which had effectively prevented them from realizing most of their athletic potential.  As we have learned from our clients, equally detrimental is the blanket application of scientific literature to…

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