Joe Friel

Riding Indoors and Pedaling Skills, Part 2 (Fr, 05 Apr 2019)
In Part 1 I explained why your power output is likely to be lower when riding an indoor trainer as compared with riding on the road. And I also touched on the how this is related to the skills of pedaling a bike. Making some slight changes to how you...
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Riding Indoors and Pedaling Skills, Part 1 (Sun, 24 Mar 2019)
There are a few things that change when you ride indoors on a trainer as compared with on the road. A common one is heat. Since you’re not moving forward when on a trainer body heat tends to accumulate. Your core temperature may rise causing you to sweat more. At...
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Duration and Intensity in Training (Fri, 12 Oct 2018)
The most basic component of training is the balance between workout duration and workout intensity. Whether you are an Olympian or a novice "how long" and "how hard" are the only two variables that can be used to produce a workout within a given sport. How these are balanced is...
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Problems With Determining FTP (Sat, 01 Sep 2018)
A while back I received an email from a triathlete who explained that he got different FTP results if he did a 20-minute test on his Watt Bike indoor trainer versus doing a 40km time trial on a tri bike that took about an hour versus doing a 20-minute test...
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More on Overtraining (Sat, 02 Jun 2018)
Yesterday I received an email from a female pro cyclocross racer who shall remain anonymous. She described what certainly sounds like overtraining. It’s hard to be certain, as I’ve written about here and here. But I’d be willing to bet that she has indeed pushed herself beyond her natural limits,...
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The Triathlete as Fast Marathoner (Wed, 02 May 2018)
The following is an article I wrote for a magazine sometime back. Here I lay out how to prepare to run a fast marathon. Of course, “fast” is only relative to your ability, goal, experience, training, and confidence. This training plan is primarily intended for the triathlete who wants to...
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The "All New" Cyclist's Training Bible (Sat, 24 Mar 2018)
I recently finished writing a "somewhat" new book—The “All New” Cyclist’s Training Bible. The original version was published more than 20 years ago. It had been edited three times over the years. Last year my publisher suggested it was time to edit it yet again. I balked at that as...
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Sleep, Part 2 (Fri, 12 Jan 2018)
I apologize for the long gaps between posts to my blog. Even though I am now retired from one-on-one coaching it seems there’s still never any time for writing here. But one thing I seldom pass up in the daily bustle is sleep. In Part 1 on this topic I...
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Sleep, Part 1 (Sat, 02 Dec 2017)
I’m now retired from hands-on coaching. It was challenging work for thirty-plus years, mostly because there was never a break. All of the athletes needed unwavering attention whether I was on vacation or not. Yet I still tremendously enjoyed it and, in a sick sort of way, now miss the...
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Sunglasses (Tue, 28 Nov 2017)
Several years ago I was provided training products by a company that eventually let down one of my coaching clients. It reflected badly on me as I had suggested the athlete use their product. When it failed to perform the company refused to stand behind it. I left them and...
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