Photo courtesy of SnowyMountain Photography. Seventy to ninety percent of the opposing force you face as a cyclist on a flat road is aerodynamic drag. Most of us have felt the experience of drafting before, or even a tailwind versus a head wind. This is the greatest drag we face on the bike and changing…

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Taylor Warren just joined the Source Endurance coaching team. Taylor began his cycling journey on the bike path as a kid and fell in love with racing shortly after. He’s spent time at the top in road and track, holding National Championship titles and racing professionally on the road with 303 Project.   How did…

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source endurance gravel kit

It’s that time of year again…the Source Endurance kit pre-order time is here! We use Castelli Cycling for our kits. This time we have the Podio Jersey and Team Bibshort in both men’s and women’s sizing, plus the unisex MTB jersey. Jersey options pair well with the Unlimited Baggy Short.⁠ ⁠ Castelli Cycling has been…

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It’s no secret that food is fuel. Kristen Arnold has written many pieces giving excellent nutrition advice on how to fuel exercise and an active lifestyle. If you want to nail your workout, recover like a Pro, and keep making improvements, it’s imperative that you take in enough nutrition. But did you know that flavors…

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Photo: Jake Orness The folks at Monuments of Cycling wanted a weekend of proper reconnaissance and feedback on the finalized Belgian Waffle Ride Cedar City course.  A few of us made the trek with the mindset of learning what this course was all about and how it felt at speed.  What follows is my initial…

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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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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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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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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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Kristen Arnold MS, RDN, CSSD shares her favorite easy ride food recipe: sweet potato bites! This month, we challenge you to make your own ride food at some point- whether it’s Kristen’s recipe or something else. Kristen’s special tip for sweet potato bites: freeze leftover bites. You can put them directly in your pocket and…

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SE coaches and next door neighbors, Kristen Arnold and Zack Allison are challenging you to share your at-home strength workout or try theirs! Tag us on Facebook or Instagram in your at-home strength workout post or story in May for a chance to win schwag from ENVE, AMP Human, Chamois Butt’r and of course, Source Endurance! …

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Indoor Training Smart Trainer

Source Endurance launched a free guide titled Utilizing Indoor Training Apps for Coaching, written and designed by Colorado-based senior coach Zack Allison. This guide evaluates the smart trainer and all the apps and tools that have come in its wake. Designed with cycling and triathlon coaches in mind, it is also beneficial for the devoted…

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From Lori: Incredible. Source Endurance knows how to do camp. My 1st time in California and I rode alongside my favorite cycling celebs, we even squished in vans together. The coaches were open, resourceful and encouraging. They looked out for us and offered advice and humor along the way. The different group options made it…

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Build a Strong Fueling Foundation for Victory, Blog Series Part 1 Over the next few months we will discuss the basics of nutritional needs for endurance athletes. In order to optimize performance through nutrition we need to start with the basics and build a solid foundation. Similar to how base training builds a foundation in…

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Of all the events on the QDWT2020, this one presents some unique challenges as a coach and also to Casey as an athlete. First, it’s early in the year. February 7 is dangerously early and most of the country spent the weekend shoveling snow while Casey was riding in weather good enough to warrant a…

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when to train for next season

Now. The time is now. As coaches and athletes, fall or early season is training season and this is the most exciting time of year. We can look back at last season and be objective in looking at the data and seeing what worked and what didn’t. We can sit down and map out the…

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5 ways to not dnf at the bwr

The Belgian Waffle Ride has a 30-40% Did Not Finish (DNF) rate. That is roughly 1 in every 3 people who start BWR don’t finish and need to be picked up by support or get their own ride home. With proper preparation and following these tips you will make sure you are not one of…

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Gravel ride fueling

Mass start, dust up the nose, endless climbs, stretches of captivating scenery, clock ticking. Long Classic-style races are sweeping the hearts of cyclists across the country for the opportunity to complete something epic, try something new, enjoy beautiful scenery, and challenge oneself. Do I want to be a finisher, or do I want to try…

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Cornering in gravel is hard. It’s a traction issue. On a road bike, your tires grab, sliding is bad, and you can really lean the bike over. On gravel there’s not really any major bike leaning. When the speed is high enough that you can lean the bike over, if you’re on gravel you’d just…

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I’m going to paint a picture and it may resemble your situation. Minnesota in February. You’re working during the day, watching the weather, and it does not look good for your weekend ride like it did in July. Looks like another evening on the trainer. You’ve found Zwift, you’ve tried TrainerRoad, your coach writes some…

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To lift or not to strength train, that’s NOT the question. In your run into BWR, you will be gaining fatigue. If 100% of your CTL (chronic training load) is from riding, you’re leaving some potential power behind. We’ve seen the BWR course. Besides some major tweaks that Michael Marckx may throw at us the…

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gravel gear

“When it comes to gravel, play it as it lies” – Joseph Schmalz Gravel bikes are not limited by any national governing body in any way.  Therefore they are not restricted by any rules for equipment the likes of which are in the 49 page UCI equipment rules and regulations. By any logical discussion, cycling…

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gravel cycling growth

As life began to fill every corner of the globe, it has become adapted to each area. Every environmental niche has an organism that is perfectly suited to it.  That sort of evolution is exactly what we expect from life. It’s also what have come to expect as we become more adventurous in our ever-expanding…

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A few weeks ago I hosted a webinar for USA Cycling on the Nutrition Care Process. I discussed how Registered Dietitians conduct nutrition assessments and how coaches can apply these concepts to identify nutrition-related issues in their athletes. The webinar inspired this article where I present a few cases where athletes were unable to complete…

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Nutrition Consultation

Many athletes ask themselves how much sugar they should have, when, and from what sources. Studies show eating or drinking carbohydrates before and during workouts improves performance in endurance exercise1. For decades sugars have been king of performance enhancement during exercise in endurance sports. Hundreds of companies make products with sucrose, glucose, maltose, dextrose and…

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“Hey… what’s the best tire for this event?” That’s something I’ve been hearing a lot over the last few months as more and more mixed surface and gravel events come on the calendar. I remember back to my full time cyclo-cross (CX) days riding with the KCCX team and all the conversations we had about…

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Bike racing is a puzzle requiring numerous pieces. When an athlete fits all of the puzzle pieces together as one, great things happen, like winning! As a coach and a racer, I cannot emphasize the importance of ‘skills’ in racing and training. Typically, when asked how to define skills for bike racing, coaches focus on…

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how to choose peak events

To peak means to reach a highest point. In endurance sports this means training intensity and volume accumulate over time to reach top-level fitness at a specific time for a given individual. Reaching peak fitness can be tricky as there is a balance for every athlete to reach their highest fitness at the right time,…

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Day 3! We focused our efforts on Lemon Twist, plus some odds and ends, finishing Day 3 up Double Peak one last time, and lunch at The Lost Abbey. Thanks for checking out our photo recap of all that was the Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride Survival Camp 4.0! We’re already counting down to our 2020…

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Day 1 of the Belgian Waffle Ride Survival Camp kicked off with getting everyone settled- getting Canyon Bike demos dialed, goodie bags distributed, IRC tires mounted, and Castelli Cycling custom BWR Survival Camp kits distributed. Danny Munson of DMunson Photo captured the whole weekend for us. For Day 1, we rode to The Lost Abbey…

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While many sports have benefited from film and video technology for years, and even decades, cycling is not quite there yet. There are a variety of reasons for this, but primarily it’s due to the lack of accessible video and the associated cost of filming or otherwise capturing the correct things in a sport that…

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October is an odd month for cycling athletes. In many ways it’s a great time of year: fall is here, the leaves are changing, warm weather sticks around sometimes and can make for some great riding and training. October, November, December are also when athletes are most likely to look backward or inward. If you…

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Rebecca’s Private Idaho is a 96 mile gravel race at elevation in the mountains of Idaho.  Source Endurance Athlete Blaize Baehrens showed up to last years event self-coached and finished in a respectable 5 hrs 45 mins. This year training under coach Adam Mills, this race came up as a long training weekend leading into…

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The FoCo Fondo has all the makings of an iconic gravel event that flirts with the mountains and is based out of Fort Collins, Colorado.  The 2018 event started and finished at New Belgium Brewery and I think that should be a requirement for all epic gravel events.  Coach Zack and Co. put on the event…

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SE Coach and FoCo Fondofest promoter Zack Allison spends a lot of time training on Northern Colorado’s gravel roads…while cornering in gravel is instinctual to him, for a lot of folks, it’s something that takes a hot moment to learn if you are unfamiliar. Check out these tips from Zack (originally posted for FoCo Fondo…

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Tips for SPNDX Stampede Big Bear Edition Cycling Event

SE athlete Blaize Baehrens shares his insider knowledge on the upcoming SPNDX Stampede Big Bear Edition: If you haven’t seen it yet, Hornbeck has been dropping some knowledge to get you prepped for the upcoming SPNDX Stampede Big Bear Edition on the SPNDX Stampede website.  He’s got some Tips for Riding at Altitude and a nifty 45 second…

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As we’re all slowly crawling out of our post- Dirty Kanza 200 hangover, I wanted to do one last blog post with some final thoughts about the work that Neil and I did together.  From the feedback Neil gave me during our debrief, here’s a quick summary of my notes: Neil didn’t think that he…

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SE Athlete Casey Cohenmeyer recently tackled the Italian Sausage Ride. While not an official event or race it is a gathering of riders possessing questionable judgement: 127 miles, 12k feet, 62 miles off road.    Here’s Casey’s Recap of the epic self-supported day: So what are you doing this weekend? ISR…. it’s kinda like Belgian…

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SE:  Want I to talk to you about gravel cycling in the Midwest,  and about the Trans Iowa. RE: Cool. SE:  Tell me about your cycling routine and your training during the year. RE:  I do base miles in the winter on gravel and on the road.  And I try to work on some endurance…

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What an adventure! I went to Dirty Kanza 200 to experience the event and to cheer on all my friends, as well as the many Source Endurance clients we had there.  While I’m sure I didn’t see each one of them, I’m proud of them all. I entered the 100 mile event knowing that any…

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The week before a big – especially a big long race – start adding a little bit of extra salt to everything. Drink a little bit more water with everything.  Cut out the caffeine heading into a race, and you will get a bigger bump from it on race day. Well proven, and helps with……

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Young riders are the future of our sport. Whether or not a certain junior cyclist will go pro on the quick trajectory, or that rider will stop after college, take a break, come back as a Cat 3 and race through masters, every young rider entering the sport is someone that should be cultivated.  With…

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Blaize Baehrens had lofty goals after an unexpected crash at Rock Cobbler leaving him with broken ribs and a collapsed lung…plus a series of winter colds leaving him off the bike for over a month. Nevertheless, he continued to move towards his goals, slowly and meticulously with the help of his coach Adam Mills. He…

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There are two ways to get some sweet Source Endurance socks: Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, share a photo from a recent bike accomplishment (send to marketing@source-e.net) and share your story with us here. We’ll then mail you a free pair of socks! Purchase below for $14. Price is inclusive of shipping and applicable…

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Neil Shirley’s exploits as a professional road racer are well-documented in the annals of cycling.  You can do a quick Google search and find a library of articles with him mentioned as a protagonist at “name that race.”  Unfortunately, because of Neil’s career as a journalist, you can also find a good deal out there…

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This years’ Canyon Belgium Waffle Ride is shaping up to be another great event. With a growing field of over 500 Riders in the Waffle Ride, and nearly the same amount in the Wafer Ride, the competition will be fierce. The sheer act of completing this event will be a feat, but how you finish…

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Source Endurance Training Center of the Rockies hosted their second annual Spring Training Camp in Fort Collins, Colorado this past weekend. The “A” Group saw 4 days and 18 hours of riding, 355 miles and over 20,000 feet of climbing. The “B” and women’s groups were not a whole lot less!! When you get a group…

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SE athlete Jerry Bueno not only finished Land Run 100, but also the Land Run 50K Ultra Marathon the day before, for the Land Run 100 Double. Brief event/course description:  50K run (Friday) followed by 100 mile gravel (Saturday) How’d the race go down for you? Stillwater, Oklahoma is a lot hillier than I anticipated!…

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Check out our Emergency BWR Training Plan It happens, life gets in the way of our goals. You can still make some big gains in four weeks you have and have a successful BWR! [maxbutton id=”2″ url=”https://www.trainingpeaks.com/training-plans/cycling/gran-fondo-century/tp-113681/4-weeks-to-belgian-waffle-ride-bwr-help-me-from-the-officially-licensed-bwr-coac” text=”Emergency Training Plan” ]

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The mental aspect of training in winter can be the hardest part. We worked with Utmost Performance  to figure out what you can focus on to keep those winter blues from derailing your training even with a vast majority of rides on the trainer. Here’s a brief interview with Mario Arroyave on how to stay…

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Cycling training in the northern US presents many challenges. Shorter days, inclimate weather, and possibly even psychological factors associated with seasonal affective disorder may lead to training inconsistencies. Living in a subarctic climate presents challenges of training indoors versus outdoors and making optimal workouts can be a task. Potentially even more important than your chosen…

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When Neil Shirley and I started discussing his 2018 goals I did most of the listening.  When a legend such as Neil takes his time to reach out and discuss his goals and ask for guidance to meet those goals it means a few things: Neil is focused and no longer satisfied with just finishing,…

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The Belgian Waffle Ride Survival Camp 3.0 ran January 12-14, 2018, for three days of course reconnaissance of the BWR course. Check out our photo journal from Day 1 and Day 2. The day focused on all the technical gravel sections which take many tired victims every year. All photos are by DMunson Photo. Day 3:        …

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The Belgian Waffle Ride Survival Camp 3.0 ran January 12-14, 2018, for three days of course reconnaissance of the BWR course. Check out our photo journal from Day 1.  Day 2, riders rode 100 miles with the arduous Black Canyon climb as the ride’s peak (no pun intended). All photos are by DMunson Photo. Day 2:    …

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The Belgian Waffle Ride Survival Camp 3.0 ran January 12-14, 2018, for three days of course reconnaissance of the BWR course. Check out our photo journal from Day 1. All photos are by DMunson Photo. Day 1: Riders arrive, get settled and check in. They also get ready for ride #1, an easy 2-hour ride.…

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Every so often at Source Endurance we get individualized consults done for the self-coached athletes or we get athletes signed on that have been self-coached and we get to see what they were up to before they signed on for coaching. There’s a few patterns that we see with self coached athletes along with patterns…

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Joseph Schmalz, pro rider for Elevate KHS Pro Cycling Team, has been dabbling in some gravel events this fall including a recent podium at Red Dog 100 Men’s Open in Jefferson City, MO, where his team went 1-2! (Podium shot by James Joe Froese). Check out his story below: Red Dog 100 Men’s Open Course…

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“Hey man… what’s the best tire for this event?” That’s something I’ve been hearing a lot over the last few months as more and more mixed surface and gravel events come on the calendar. I remember back to my full time cyclo-cross (CX) days riding with the KCCX team and all the conversations we had…

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The Belgian Waffle Ride is quickly becoming one of the most well-known and most-sought after gravel events in the country. The BWR offers this growing and special breed the type of experience that requires months, if not years, to train for adequately, while requiring technical bike handling skills and, more importantly, the right equipment and nutrition…

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What if I told you that the key to getting healthier is… taking a vacation? (Yes, really.) Believe it or not, using those extra vacation days might actually be good for you. In today’s overworked, overstressed society, traveling provides numerous physical, mental and emotional health benefits. This has led to a new form of travel…

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Shoulder separations are among the most common type of injuries in sports. Not to be confused with a dislocation, a shoulder separation involves the Acromioclavicular (AC) ligament, and sometimes the Coracoclavicular (CC) ligament, whereas a dislocation refers to the humerus (upper arm) and the ball and socket glenohumeral joint. Unfortunately with a shoulder separation there’s…

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In Part 1 we discussed a shifting calendar of national championship events. This shift undoubtedly affects any elite level athlete (U23, Masters, or amateur) with aspirations of winning the most prestigious event in cycling in the United States. So how can a 25% shift in the timetable be executed effectively? On the surface, it appears…

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As we sit here building periodization models for some Source Endurance clients competing in elite events, we notice a general creeping of the National Championship calendar placement and the ripple effects from it. In 2010, the Masters National Championship events took place in early August. Coming up in 2018, that same anchor event on the…

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As endurance athletes, it’s easy to get caught up in what other people are doing that has worked for them. Many are also, unfortunately, familiar with the experience that what worked brilliantly for a friend has worked poorly for you. We’re also familiar with the idea of one-time-purchase training programs, which outline workouts for a…

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 Sonja Johnson recently competed at the Dirty Kanza 200,  the famous 206.7 mile Gravel Race across the Flint Hills of Kansas finishing in the top 10 overall for women and beating her personal goal time by nearly TWO HOURS. And all on about 12 hours of training per week. She kindly shared her prep and race…

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This year was SE Coach Zack Allison’s first time doing the Belgian Waffle Ride and Dirty Kanza 200, much less both in the same year. We asked him to share his top 5 takeaways from his own experience:   Hydration – Yea we know, hydration is key, I’m not one to make vague articles. Know…

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SE coach Zack Allison recently competed in his first Belgian Waffle Ride and Dirty Kanza 200. He primarily races criteriums with Clif Bar Racing so competing in both these events in the middle of his season required some focused and tailored training. At DK200 he rode with the support of Niner Bikes, which called his…

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Tomorrow is THE DAY!  The day where Graveleurs will inundate the sleepy cow town of Emporia Kansas to test their mettle against the flint rock and weather elements of central Kansas.  We’ve heard many a strategy when it comes to rider support but one thing we’re going to address is how much fluids a rider…

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SE athlete Casey Cohenmeyer completed the 2017 Cervelo Belgian Waffle Ride despite suffering a separated shoulder just over a month before. This 132 mile (41 miles of dirt), 12k feet of climbing race is already a beast on it’s own. Casey showed a lot of grit and determination to stay focused on the prize and…

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What can we say, as a coaching company made up of athletes who studies sports science, we love keeping up with the latest studies. If you remember, we mentioned these guys awhile back when they were still looking for study participants. All of our coaches are currently testing out Topical Edge.  Topical EDGE is the first and…

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Phil Tinstman cycling

Philip Tinstman races just about everything: road, cyclocross, and MTB XC. We asked this long-time racer and SE Ambassador a few questions about cycling and this upcoming year:  How long have you been racing?  Began Racing road bikes at age 17 after transitioning from the MTB and BMX side of cycling. Had a long term…

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We talked with coach and Source Endurance owner about his reflections on 2016 as both a coach and an athlete and what he’s looking forward to in 2017.  What did cycling mean for you in 2016? I think I was lucky as I moved away from the elite racer side of cycling to more of…

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Now that we are past the holidays and many of you have started chipping away at your fitness goals for 2017, it’s time to get down to business and start training right, right? Perhaps you are already a couple months into training? Either way, before you mark down your races and build your plan, there are…

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The Cervélo Belgian Waffle Ride Survival Camp presented by Source Endurance ran from January 27-29, 2017 for a multi-day course preview, talks, and a lot of fun. We asked the mentors from the camp about some of their favorite moments and take-aways. Read on, get inspired, and join us next year! Twenty riders showed up to camp,…

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Few things are more disappointing than flatting or getting a mechanical that puts you out of the event you’ve spent so long preparing for. The Cervélo Belgian Waffle Ride is definitely a long event that can put you at risk for a disappointment like that. Here’s our recommended guide for your event-day saddle bag (and those course previews…

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By Neil Shirley Neil Shirley is a two-time Belgian Waffle Ride winner, and five time finisher. He is also returning to the BWR Survival Camp as a ride leader. If you’ve never done the Belgian Waffle Ride before you’ll find it’s a bit of an anomaly compared to just about any other road cycling event…

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Janel Holcomb began her cycling career in a way most of us only dream of…she picked up a bike in 2006, started racing in 2007 and was racing professionally in Europe by 2008.  We interviewed her recently as we have the honor of having her as a mentor at our upcoming Cervelo Belgian Waffle Ride…

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Source Endurance coach and Source Endurance Training Center of the Rockies owner, Zack Allison, recently completed his F.I.S.T. Bike Fitting Certification in Valyermo, California. This rigorous 5 day course covered every aspect of bike fitting including cleats, shims, fit philosophies, as well as different disciplines of cycling from triathlon to road to MTB. Why is…

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Source Endurance recently added Group Coaching to it’s range of services as a way to better serve cyclists in different places and with different goals. Why might one choose group coaching? Group coaching is a great introduction to coaching with custom workouts for a group and discounted rates. While you won’t be able to get…

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**Check out the recorded version of this webinar** Webinar: Why & How, Strength Training for Cyclists Date: November 17, 2016 Time: 7:00pm US/Central Registration: Here– it’s free! Description:  SE coaches Zack Allison and Mitchell Sides have recently written about the importance of getting in the gym right now in Offseason is Over: How Do We Know? and Should Strength Training…

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It seems like it’s just started, but offseason is just about over. There are a couple reasons why this is true, but if you’re looking to race well in the coming season, right now is the time to get ready. Offseason: People are different. One of the most important parts of effective training is tailoring…

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Name: Robert Ellis Event and Category: Gravel Worlds Masters 50+ Course: 146 Mi hilly 7000 ft + Coach: Adam Mills Event Day: Things that worked: Eating every 45 min. Riding in groups for drafting. Not spending very long at rest stops. 3 water bottles sufficed. This is the first distance gravel ride I have done…

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To lift or not to strength train, that’s NOT the question. It’s that time of the year for serious road cyclists. Your season ended, everyone is planning their off season break or just ramping back into winter training and cross training. As you sit down and make the big plan for the winter, pondering the…

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Beginning October 1, 2016, Source Endurance will be offering video consulting via Google Hangouts, for Tier 3 and Tier 4 clients. This allows for a more personal and direct mode of delivery of consulting services and will enable the coach to utilize screen sharing to analyze your data files with you in real time. You’ll be…

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Any athlete can tell you about their performance in terms of what their time was, what the score was, or other outside variables of the competition that lead to their success or failure. However what is rarely expanded upon in sport is the contribution that was made from an athletes psychological skills towards that performance.…

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  Gravel riding and racing has really taken off throughout the U.S. in the past couple years along with types of gravel events. It seems that every day new styles of gravel bikes and equipment pop up. While training is an essential part for a good gravel experience, equipment choice can be the difference between…

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Source Endurance Coach Adam Mills will be a part of FUELTALK’s seminar located in downtown Las Vegas during the week of Interbike. The night will be full of knowledge-sharing from sports nutritionists, coaches, pro-athletes, and endurance sport entrepreneurs and will cover how to optimize your performance with mind, body, and tech. The goal of FUELTALK…

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Recently, coach Adam Mills conducted a webinar all about racing and training in the heat. Studies are constantly being done looking at heat’s effect on the body. In the webinar Adam looks at five areas: What is a hot environment? How does it affect performance? Physiological adaptations Behavior modification Improved performance in hot conditions We’ve…

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Mid-season. At this point, often the initial excitement of racing has worn off and you start to feel increasingly tired with each race. With several great events left you this season, you want to eek out everything you can without hating your bike by the end. Contrary to popular belief, mid-season is a perfect time…

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As we quickly approach the weekend of Dirty Kanza 200, along with many other long distance gravel events, it’s important to think about nutrition in addition to the riding component of your preparation to avoid the undesirable “bonk” and miserable crawl home. Cycling traditions include big pasta dinners the night before and eating when you…

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As we rapidly approach the big weekend of the Dirty Kanza 200, amidst an array of other long distance gravel events, there are a few important components to putting together a successful ride. Arguably the two most important factors that a person has the ability to change and control is the training component and then…

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Jed recently had a great result at the Belgian Waffle Ride and a big personal accomplishment of finish the Tour of the Gila in the Men’s 1,2 field in Silver City, New Mexico. He’s kindly offered up some advice on time-management with a career and training as well as how to choose a bike for…

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