Can you measure it? does it matter?

“Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement.
If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it.
If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it.
If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.”
Dr. H. James Harrington.

With a SMART performance plan anything is possible

No substitute for real power data

A great appraisal (as always) by @stephenSeiler on why its so important to use your own power meter if you want to use watts to measure your performance.  So next time your in a mass start event, or Sunday group ride as they are often known, make sure its real data your looking at if you want to be able to compare it

Masters Cyclists

I was reading this article from Chris Carmichael Coaching and thought I would share this as it summaries all the fundamental points you need to consider.  For me the big take away message is ‘consistency’ and ‘recover well’. Get those two things right and you will not go far wrong.

Optimizing performance for masters cyclists can be trickier than getting the best out of a 20-something professional athlete. The complexity comes from fighting the slow and natural decline in performance potential after about 40 years old, coupled with busy lifestyles that incorporate relationships, children, and aging parents, and topped off by careers that are at their peak in terms of productivity and stress.

Although these are grand generalizations, younger athletes have the bandwidth–physically and mentally–to take on massive amounts of training, and senior athletes are often retired or semi-retired empty nesters who can reclaim their time and focus for training. It’s the masters in the middle who struggle to strike the right balance.

Because CTS Coaches work with so many masters cyclists, I decided to bring some of the coaches together to give their best guidance.

So, here’s some of the best advice from CTS Coaches for masters cyclists:

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