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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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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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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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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Time trial pacing

To define pacing in cycling is simple, it’s the rate at which you complete a course. Every course has a pace whether or not you’re aware or in control of your pace. A mindful pacing plan based off the course conditions, your personal power curve, and physiological knowledge can leave you minutes ahead of your…

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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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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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For 2019 Masters Nationals lands at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Colorado. The course is 18k in length per lap, has 968 feet of gain per lap.  In total, Men age 35-65 will race for 110k, with 6 laps and a total of 5,808ft of climbing. Women age 35-65 will race 4 laps,…

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In honor of the Amgen Tour of California week, we’re throwing back to 2018 where SE athlete Whitney Allison of Hagens Berman Supermint took the Most Courageous Rider jersey in the first stage. “Be aggressive. Ride hard. Make sure the Supermint team leaves a memorable impression on the race.” That’s been a general strategy from…

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Teams and directors, amateur and professional, on any given day try to put assets into the break away and up the road as early in a race as possible.  From this strategic position many more opportunities and options are afforded those that have been successful with their aggression. Southern California has been synonymous with fast…

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The 2019 SETCR Spring Road Camp finished up on March 24th. It included four days of big miles all around Fort Collins, CO, for a self-selected A, B, and C group. The camp was run by SE coach Zack and Whitney Allison, along with SE coach Kristen Arnold. After a weather-phenomenon bomb cyclone the week…

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I did a bit of a contest on social media asking the internet what Alex Hoehn’s average power was in the Redlands Classic Criterium during those crucial first 5 minutes where the break away was being established.  The answers were all accurate in that the power number was big, especially considering his weight.  Let’s take…

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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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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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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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Check out this guest post from JP Brocket who recently took on the Taiwan KOM Challenge in October! Bucket List event checked off!!! I have wanted to do Taiwan KOM Challenge for several years and this year life events lined up perfectly. The timing of the race is right in the middle of my Cyclocross…

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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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I was introduced to Alex Hoehn and his family by a mutual friend and Source Endurance alumnus, Phil Groninger. Phil had always said, “This kid is crazy good.  Watch him and you’ll see he has the right stuff.” Apparently, Phil made a similar pitch to Alex and his family about the work we do as…

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Sylvia Maas never shies away from a challenge. She recently took on the infamous Haleakala climb on Maui. The road to the top of Haleakala on Maui is the longest continual climb in the world. Sea level to 10,000 feet in 36 miles. Sylvia and her coach, Adam Mills, have been working on power to tackle this long…

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There’s a few different ways to build your periodization around crit or general road season. Periodization is key in cycling and coaching. Even if you don’t have power, even if you have major A races scattered through the season, periodization of your training and timing where you will peak is a necessity. In Matt Bosman’s…

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Whitney Allison of Hagens Berman Supermint Women’s Professional Team recently competed at the US Pro Nationals Time Trial in Knoxville, TN, where she sat in the hot seat all day, ultimately finishing 7th. Photos courtesy of SnowyMountain Photography. How’d the race go down for you? The course was new this year- I had a good idea…

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  There is zero chance or randomness in a field sprint. In fact, the term “field sprint” is misleading.  What we witness isn’t a field sprint but more like a handful sprinters having at it with the remaining riders following and incorrectly believing that they have a chance. It is no coincidence that we would…

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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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Written by SE athlete Andrew Ennis A century ride, ride tour de France climb, win a road race…as cyclists we all have a bucket list of things we would love to do or achieve. One of the most popular and on my bucket list, was to do a sub 1hr 25mi (40k) time trail. At…

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Tyrel Fuchs just got his Cat 1 upgrade at 19 years old! Nice work! It took a ton of work on Tyrel’s part to get here and this article is a way to highlight his work and a follow up the Junior / U23 trajectories article before this. Tyrel’s brother Caleb was a very fast…

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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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Skylar Mackey recently finished a respectable 6th at Collegiate Varsity Men Criterium Nationals in Grand Junction, Colorado. The course was super tight and technical with very few places to move up. The changing surface from asphalt to concrete and to brick made for interesting corners throughout the track. How the race went down: During the…

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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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Dean Parker recently won the Bazaar Road Race in the infamous Flint Hills in Kansas, taking the sprint by three bike lengths! The Bazaar Kansas race is a out and back course, mainly North/South. That turn around point is really important because it is generally a tailwind back to the start. Here’s how the race went…

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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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Janne Hamalainen competed at La Primavera at Lago Vista, 40+ 1234 and 50+ 1234, an extremely popular early season Texas Road Race on a hilly circuit course, where he smashed, taking two wins, back-to-back! Which coach do you work with and how did your training help you prepare for the event?  Adam Mills. Structured training…

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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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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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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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The week before Cascade Cycling Classic, I was talking to a teammate about the race and how hard it is- the climbs, the courses, the heat. I’ve done the race a few times through the years and it’s always ended with me climbing alone. However, I have been riding really great this year and felt…

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Hi it’s Whitney Allison again. I recently wrote about my experience racing some of the Spring Classics for the first time with Colavita-Bianchi. The 2017 season ended up being my best year yet and I ended up having some real GC opportunities this year. While I never quite made the podium, I made huge leaps…

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Whitney Allison here. I’ve raced for Colavita-Bianchi Women’s Pro Cycling Team since 2013 and have worked with Source Endurance coach Adam Mills since late 2012. This season, my team was fortunate to have the opportunity to do a big spring block in Europe this year. Here’s a little on my experience and my takeaways from…

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Dean Parker recently took the win at the Kansas State Crit Championships in the Masters 65+, and top 10 including the Master’s 50+! Note: the photo is from the Tour of Kansas City, where he also landed himself a top spot!  Event & Category: Kansas State Crit, Masters 65 Brief event/course description: The course was…

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As Elevate- KHS Pro Cycling comes off of a great couple of weeks at the Tour of Utah and the Colorado Classic, we wanted to take a few minutes and review the winning performance of Cory Williams at the 2017 SoCal season finale, the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix (MBGP).  Cory was able to take the…

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Shadd Smith has been crushing this season, as usual. He recently took the win at the Kansas State Crit Championships in the Cat 1 race!   How’d the race go down for you?  Break away formed early, reduced the breakaway to two riders one being my teammate. We lapped the field. Which coach do you work…

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Stage 4 of Tour of Utah started off fast and furious and because of the magic of modern technology, we can watch the opening salvos of every stage on the Tour Tracker. From a personal standpoint, I’m pumped about that.  It  gives cycling the ability to step into the 20th Century (yes, 20th Century) and…

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Patrick Bos wins crits. How a rider wins crits is key in what workouts to give them. We have to work out our weaknesses but at the end of the day we win with our strengths. Patrick is a versatile rider but lately we have been seeing success in working his strengths, a hard effort…

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Nick Torraca has been on the go and on the road since the week after he finished up classes at the University of Texas at Austin.  In order, he’s seen action at: Superior  Morgul Classic in Colorado, Memorial Day criteriums in Dallas, TX, Oklahoma City Pro AM Classic, Tulsa Tough, North Star Grand Prix and…

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Here’s a quick time trial bike workout SE athlete Homayoon Farsi completed several times in his preparation for the Arizona State TT Championships. Homayoon can be found on podiums across the state, and is a staple in the Arizona master’s racing community. Everyone wants to be a better time trialist, but many riders leave out…

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The end of the month marks a pretty big race in the local Kansas City scene, with the Tour of Kansas City. A few of the Grip-N-Rip riders will be focusing on practicing the Time Trial that finishes up a steep hill. Scouting missions never hurt chances of success and this time trial is no…

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Brady Reed’s 60-90 minutes, Easy Endurance Ride. With a string of criterium racing weekends coming up, Brady has systematically prepared himself for the repeated high intensity efforts they’ll demand over consecutive days. This preparation started months ago, and we don’t want to let the training load go to waste for later road racing, so Brady…

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June 5, 2017: Justin Williams of Cylance Pro Cycling  60 minute, Recovery Ride. Recently, Justin has had what I would consider a brutal last few days.  During that time, we put him in a state of  systematic overreaching in order to push his fitness into a solid mid-season form.  The benefits of this training block should…

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Sometimes, you just have to do some hard riding. In this week’s workout highlight, we’ll take a look at a late build phase workout done by Pablo Cruz of Midwestern State University in preparation for the USA Cycling Collegiate National Championship. Prior to this workout, Pablo had already done some 200+ hours this year, in…

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We’re starting a short and sweet new series, Athlete Key Workout, highlighting a specific workout given to one of our athletes and why. First up: Eric Marcotte of Cylance Pro Cycling. We’ll look at the type of race openers Marcotte does leading into Redlands Bicycle Classic. (Thanks DMunson Photo for use of the photo above) With the…

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Photo Credit above: DMunson Photo When a sprinter stands on the top podium step we all see the same thing: arms up in the air and that smile, rehearsed to show sincerity while trying to hide that extreme confidence bordering on a cockiness that could be unappealing to the fans and media.  But behind the…

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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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This past weekend we hosted the first Source Endurance Training Center of the Rockies Spring Training Camp. We ended up with two groups, and A and B group, both of which really put in some serious miles for the long, 4-day weekend.  The purpose of the camp was to provide attendees with the resources to…

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Team name: Rio Grande Elite Cycling Team (formally Scout Cycling Team). Road Category 1 / 2. How long has the team been around?  This will be Rio Grande Elite Cycling Team’s 3rd season racing in the 1 / 2 field. What is your relationship with SE and SETCR? With Zack Allison as our team coach, he…

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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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Chris DeMarchi Ironman Augusta

Chris DeMarchi is a successful Pro/1  road racer for Monster Media Racing. He is also a successful triathlete! We talked to him a bit about racing and cycling in general. How long have you raced in that discipline? Racing/riding in general? Been racing 25 years.  Seems like all my life  What do you like the…

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Cory Lockwood races professionally for Continental Pro team Elevate KHS Pro Cycling Team. We talked to him about all things bikes and his upcoming year. How long have you been racing road? I have raced road for 3 years, but I have been riding bicycles and motorcycles my whole life. What do you like the most…

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It was a big kick-off weekend in many areas around the country and SE athletes cashed in on podiums, a just reward after a winter of hard work. Valley of the Sun collected the most results for SE athletes over the weekend. SE sponsored program Elevate KHS Pro Cycling Team worked hard together and were continually…

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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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Here in Texas, and elsewhere across the country like Southern California, the racing season starts early. Like mid-January early. While it’s great to have races for so much of the year, there’s also some thought that should go into the decision of whether to race from January all the way through May and beyond. After…

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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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Rio Grande Elite Cycling Team, formerly Scout cycling is Fort Collins’ Elite team. These guys are the real deal. With pro-level training and big goals, this group of riders is on the up and up in national level cycling. Rio Grande Elite is a shining example of hard work paying off paired with good leadership…

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“The Science of Results” is the motto we have here at Source Endurance. We’re constantly looking at and evaluating research to expand our knowledge as coaches and to help our athletes continually refine their training for the best. This new study from SDSU is no exception. In this study they looked at if a topical lotion…

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In 2016 I returned to my roots both geographically and in discipline by returning to mountain biking and the state to which I consider to my true home, Minnesota. Although I competed much less in 2016 than previous years, I realize the value in paying attention to aspects of my life that mattered the most…

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  Happy New Year!   With 2017 officially in process, it’s only natural that the first criterium of the year should be in Southern California, in January.  Source Endurance Ambassador, Justin Williams, came away the winner in spectacular fashion with a field sprint finish.  But what does it take to win a field sprint in…

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Mike Ivancic is a newer client who recently finished up his first two months of coaching ever. He’s partnered up with Coach Grant Harrison and has been reaping the benefits of his training program. We can’t wait to see where the 2017 season takes him. Here’s his story, straight from the man himself:  I am…

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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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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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