Ian's Cycling


Shortly after I got my power meter last June, I signed up with the online cycling training platform Xert.

The ideas behind it are interesting, and promising:

Firstly, a software-based adviser that recommends workouts based on your current training status. Tired or fresh? Building or peaking? The recommendations will vary based on your current situation. And if you're targeting a road race you'll get different advice than if you were peaking for a criterium. If you miss a couple of days training, it will seamlessly adapt its recommendations, as there is no 'plan' as such. If you're feeling fresh and energetic, you can increase your ramp rate to 'aggressive' and Xert will adjust. If you're tired, select 'taper' or 'maintenance' and it will slow down.


Interesting research from the cycling science literature

The 4000-m team pursuit cycling world record: theoretical and practical aspects Schumacher and Mueller, 2002

This is an extremely interesting research article, not least because it gives a detailed description of the training practices of world-class athletes. Such information is generally hard to come by, so when I find some I give it my close attention!