Post Season is for Recovery and technique improvement.
Last week we talked about the importance of recovery and how recovery allows all of your hard work to be absorbed by your body as well as repair all the damage of the season. This week let’s explore a little bit the importance of technique training.
A lot of cyclist and triathletes have been riding for years without any real improvement in power output or speed. Every wonder why this is the case? One of the reasons is your technique has really never changed or improved over the years as you’ve always ridden the same and never had someone guide you to correct technique and form on the bike.
To get the best power transfer to the pedals and then to the drive train of your bike you need to break your pedal stroke up into quadrants – top of pedal, down stroke, bottom of pedal, and upstroke. Once you break your stroke into quadrants then you need to train yourself to apply power to the pedal in each of the 4 quadrants which will increase your total power output by eliminating dead spots in your pedaling. One drill that works really well in eliminating dead spots in your pedal stroke is one legged pedaling repeats – ensure when you’re doing this drill you are mentally present and focused on the quadrants of the stroke.
At Tri-ing For Life we have trained and certified coaches who can help you work through any efficiency issues you have in your pedal stroke or form on your bike. During the post season recovery classes we’ll have specific drills to address and improve your efficiency which will help increase your power output or FTP. Riding in Tri-ing For Life’s studio gets you out of the elements of rain and cold, puts you into a safe environment free of cars, trucks and biting dogs, and with our trained coaches will make you a stronger cyclist or triathlete.