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Episode 29: Race Prep Programming + Base Builder Week 27 (final week!)

We’ve made it to the final week of our 15th annual Base Builder Program with week 27! Feels like the exact right time to discuss what comes next, after Base Builder… This week we discuss how we structure our second macro-phase of the training cycle called: Race Prep.

Where Base Builder begins with low-intensity training, progressively building over many weeks to high-intensity, moving through all 6 major energy systems; Race Prep takes off at the top of the energy system chain. From here, Race Prep works progressively down through the energy systems while simultaneously building up volume as move towards your goal event. Exactly how far down the energy system chain you progress and how much volume you build up is event dependent on three things: style of riding, energy demands, and duration of event. Listen in and learn how we do it!

We open the show with some discussion on last week’s Anaerobic Power Intervals and taking care of your body through heavy training blocks and managing ‘niggles’ before they become full-blown injuries. Also covered is our final week of Base Builder training, Week 27, with final heavy lifting opportunities, last Anaerobic Power bike session (in Base Builder), and a Power Test on the bike to wrap everything up and test for new zones as we head into Race Prep!

Don’t forget that February is ‘Share the Love’ month and we’re asking everyone to consider donating to the WE Development Junior MTB team that we coach. Donors are rewarded with some fun WE Devo gear as a thank you for your support. Don’t miss out! Every contribution, great or small, helps get these kids to more events in 2020!

 

Helpful Links Referenced in the Show:

 

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Train with Us! Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

Training Plans. We also have Base Builder Strengthand/or Base Builder CyclingTraining Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

** Base Builder Discounts for Podcast Listeners. Use code BASEBUILDER25 to recieve 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans (link above). Use code at checkout on TrainingPeaks.com

Ask Questions on our Forum. To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

Watch Us on YouTube. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our strength training videos and other fun content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Email Us. To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@teamwaite.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@teamwaite.com

Check out our Socials. Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

Episode 28: Anaerobic Power Intervals + Base Builder Week 26

We’re heading into our final progression of our 2020 Base Builder Program with Anaerobic Power. Just two more weeks to go!

Our Anaerobic Power energy system is at the upper end of the ‘on-bike’ energy system chain [only surpassed by Peak Power (sprint training)] targeting our maximum power for 1-4 minutes. Although still highly aerobic, these intervals draw heavily upon our anaerobic fibers to do the work. In this episode, we offer up our take on how to best train your Anaerobic Power, including outdoor interval options, and indoor trainer options in ERG mode. This is both Kathy & Cody’s favorite interval sessions… find out why!

We also cover listener questions regarding deadlifting with a traditional straight barbell vs a ‘hex’ bar, and power vs. HR for these shorter, high-intensity intervals.

AND.. don’t forget to “Share the Love” this month by donating to our WE Development MTB team, a Colorado 501c3 non-profit organization created to foster the future of American MTB racing!

 

Helpful Links Referenced in the Show:

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Train with Us! Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

Training Plans. We also have Base Builder Strengthand/or Base Builder CyclingTraining Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

** Base Builder Discounts for Podcast Listeners. Use code BASEBUILDER25 to recieve 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans (link above). Use code at checkout on TrainingPeaks.com

Ask Questions on our Forum. To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

Watch Us on YouTube. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our strength training videos and other fun content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Email Us. To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@teamwaite.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@teamwaite.com

Check out our Socials. Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

Episode 27: Tough Training Block Tactics + Base Builder Week 25

We’re knee deep into our final tough block of our 2020 Base Builder training program with Vo2 max intervals (and soon to be Anaerobic Power intervals) on the bike, combined with a final heavy lifting push along with increasing volume in the ‘power’ movements in the gym. With these final weeks of challenging training ahead, we ‘re sharing some tactics on how to get through tough training blocks with success. Tough training blocks like these include multiple high-intensity interval sessions per week (and weight lifting) for several weeks to elicit a big fitness response but first you have to make it through!

Before that discussion we talk about things we learned this last week doing Vo2 max intervals in-house in our trainer studio with our 40+ local athletes. We cover strategies on how we paced and executed our own Vo2 max intervals, as well as the mental mindset of high-intensity interval training, and fueling for these demanding sessions.

Other topics this week include the Kathy’s work with the GBX Junior MTB Team in the gym, and our own WE Development Team’s ‘Share the LOVE’ fundraising campaign for the month of February… where we’re giving away fun team schwag in the form of stickers, water bottles, t-shirts, and hoodies as rewards for your generous contribution to our 501c3 non-profit youth sports development team.

Helpful Links Referenced in the Show:

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Train with Us! Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

Training Plans. We also have Base Builder Strengthand/or Base Builder CyclingTraining Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

** Base Builder Discounts for Podcast Listeners. Use code BASEBUILDER25 to recieve 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans (link above). Use code at checkout on TrainingPeaks.com

Ask Questions on our Forum. To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

Watch Us on YouTube. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our strength training videos and other fun content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Email Us. To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@teamwaite.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@teamwaite.com

Check out our Socials. Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

WE Development Donations Month!

Share the love in February by supporting the WE Devo Team.

WE Development, Inc. is now a Colorado 501c3 Non-Profit Youth Sports Team. Your donations are tax-deductible!*

Our young riders have been training consistently all fall & winter to prepare for their upcoming 2020 race season. With that nearly upon us, we’re accepting donations to support our squad of hardworking athletes to get them to more races across the country! All donations go towards equipment costs and travel expenses, so our riders can flex their muscles at some of the biggest races in the country. Every dollar counts and makes attending these events possible.

For the entire month of February, we’re rewarding donors with WE schwag!

Your donation dollar amount scores you cool WE logo’ed items to show your support of the team when you’re out training, cruising around town or at the races. So share the love all month long by bolstering our mission of developing these young riders into the future stars of our sport with an easy tax-deductible online donation and grab some gear before it’s gone.**

Learn more about the WE Development team and make a donation today via credit card & PayPal links below…

 

Donate $25

 

A $25 donation earns you a WE die-cut sticker to affix to your car window, water bottle, or notebook.

Donate $50

 

A $50 donation gets you the WE sticker AND a WE water bottle (by Specialized).

Donate $100

 

A $100 donation gets you the sticker, bottle AND a soft 50/50 blend WE Devo t-shirt (men’s and women’s styles).

Donate $200

 

A $200 donation gets you the full kit & caboodle of the sticker, bottle, shirt AND fleece-lined, super cozy, WE Devo hoodie!

 

* you’ll receive a thank you email with your donation containing the tax-deduction information.

** stickers & bottles ship in February; shirts & hoodies ship in March once we complete the order w/ sizes.

 

  

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 26: Vo2 Max Intervals + Base Builder Week 24

More interval talk this week… we’re addressing Vo2 Max interval training: what it is, common ways to do intervals, and how we go about it. We dig into the nuts & bolts of the upcoming weeks 24 & 25 of Base Builder where we target the Vo2 max energy system.

The Vo2 Max energy system comprises 8:00 to 16:00 max power. We break the intervals into sets of 4×2:00 and 4×4:00, beginning with equal recovery durations. The challenge then becomes in the shortening of the recoveries to maximize time spent “in Vo2” thus making the sessions progressively more demanding. Get the full scoop in this week’s show!

 

Helpful Links Referenced in the Show:

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Train with Us! Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

Training Plans. We also have Base Builder Strengthand/or Base Builder CyclingTraining Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

** Base Builder Discounts for Podcast Listeners. Use code BASEBUILDER25 to recieve 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans (link above). Use code at checkout on TrainingPeaks.com

Ask Questions on our Forum. To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

Watch Us on YouTube. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our strength training videos and other fun content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Email Us. To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@teamwaite.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@teamwaite.com

Check out our Socials. Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

 

Episode 25: Leadville 100 & Q&As + Base Builder Week 23

Last weekend’s Leadville 100 MTB lottery stirred up a lot of questions from listeners as they got accepted into this year’s race and ready to embark on their training journey. Our inboxes were flooded with questions so we decided to dedicate this week’s show to answer many of those questions. We also go over Coach Cody’s LeadBoat plan for 2020 and how he plans to prep for this endurance challenge of racing both the Leadville 100 on Saturday & the Steamboat Gravel on Sunday, the day after, later this summer!

Join us in answering listeners questions on Leadville training plans and providing tips and insights to the iconic race that could help you in your training build for 2020. We also spend more time answering general questions unspecific to Leadville and discuss this week’s and next week’s Base Builder training details.

Helpful Links Referenced in the Show:

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Train with Us! Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

Training Plans. We also have Base Builder Strengthand/or Base Builder CyclingTraining Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

** Base Builder Discounts for Podcast Listeners. Use code BASEBUILDER25 to recieve 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans (link above). Use code at checkout on TrainingPeaks.com

Ask Questions on our Forum. To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

Watch Us on YouTube. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our strength training videos and other fun content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Email Us. To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@teamwaite.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@teamwaite.com

Check out our Socials. Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

 

Episode 24: Avoiding & Training Around Illness + Base Builder Week 22

We’re into week 22 of our off-season Base Builder training program upping the ante to 32:00 power focused Anaerobic Threshold Intervals (up from 64:00 power targets). We talk about the interval training experiences of our in-house athletes at Sessions:6 and provide deeper insight into the next block of higher intensity intervals coming up. Learn how we manage interval training with both power and HR targets.

We also discuss the nuances of dealing with illness. It’s that time of year: cold & flu season! We cover tips on how to avoid ‘catching’ a cold or getting run down with illness, as well as when to train and when not to train when feeling under the weather. Then if/when you get taken out with sickness, we provide suggestions on how to adjust your training program when returning to training.

Helpful Links Referenced in the Show:

  • Stock Race Prep Plans: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/
  • Custom Race Prep Plans: https://waiteendurance.com/custom-training-plans/
  • Join the second half of our 2020 Remote Base Builder Program for just $199 (for 4 months of training!)… LEARN MORE
  • Use code BASEBUILDER25 to receive 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans on TrainingPeaks.com

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Train with Us! Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

Training Plans. We also have Base Builder Strengthand/or Base Builder CyclingTraining Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

** Base Builder Discounts for Podcast Listeners. Use code BASEBUILDER25 to recieve 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans (link above). Use code at checkout on TrainingPeaks.com

Ask Questions on our Forum. To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

Watch Us. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our strength training videos and other fun content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Email Us. To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Check out our Socials. Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

 

Episode 23: Strength Base, Phase 3 (Stability & Power) + Base Builder Week 21

We’re into the third & final phase of our Strength Base Builder Programming: Stability & Power. Phase 1 was Adaptation; Phase 2 was Strength Build; and Phase 4 will be Maintenance. In Phase 3, we lower the loads and focus on unilateral and/or ‘unstable’ variations of movement in order to increase muscular stability. We discuss added movements in our Core-to-Extremity Sets, Knee-Extension and Hip-Hinge Stability variations. We also run through the increased emphasis on the Power sets in Phase 3; introducing the Tabata-style intervals of rapid-fire movements in Walking Lunges, Wall Ball Shots, Box Jumps, and Slam Ball Complexes.

All of our strength movements are also available for reference in video format on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw?view_as=subscriber

Prior to the strength discussion, we tackle a series of questions from listeners revolving around training plan selection, modifying our training plans to fit user timing needs, strength training mods for athletes with ‘special needs’, and updating your training ‘numbers’ post-tests.

We also dig into the nuances of Week 21 in our Base Builder Program that includes a discussion on Anaerobic Threshold Interval Training, performing these intervals to a specific power target while monitoring HR for max adaptations, and identifying your correct Anaerobic Threshold target number (64:00 power) and/or recognizing when your test-determined numbers may be too high or too low and how to adjust.

Helpful Links Referenced in the Show:

  • Join the second half of our 2020 Remote Base Builder Program for just $199 (for 4 months of training!)… LEARN MORE
  • Use code BASEBUILDER25 to receive 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans on TrainingPeaks.com
  • Use code WEDEVO30 to receive 30% off TrainingPeaks Premium account for 2020!

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Train with Us! Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

Training Plans. We also have Base Builder Strengthand/or Base Builder CyclingTraining Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

** Base Builder Discounts for Podcast Listeners. Use code BASEBUILDER25 to recieve 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans (link above). Use code at checkout on TrainingPeaks.com

Ask Questions on our Forum. To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

Watch Us. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our strength training videos and other fun content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Email Us. To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Check out our Socials. Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

 

 

Episode 22: Interpreting Testing Results, Training Camp Recap & Base Builder Week 20

Happy New Year! We’re back in 2020 heading into the second half of our annual Base Builder Training Program. In this show we first go over test results from our last round of testing at the end of December. We share some of the data and progress made from our in-house Base Builder athletes along with insights on how to interpret your own test results. Big gains were made in both strength in the gym and on the bike in the first half of our program.

Listen to Episode 12 for a full rundown on our Testing Protocol.

Next up we recap our experience at the WE Development Team Camp. We recently spent 6 days in Cave Creek, Arizona coaching & putting in big miles with our junior-U23 XC MTB team. Hear about what we achieved, how we designed the 6-day camp, and some of the success we had amongst the team.

Lastly, we cover week 20 of our Base Builder Program as we head into the higher intensity training side of Base Building. With Anaerobic Threshold intervals on tap, learn how we ‘ease’ into the higher power work and begin the progression towards more power!

Listen to Episode 21 for the complete discussion on our High-Intensity Base Progression.

Referenced Links:

  • Join the second half of our 2020 Remote Base Builder Program for just $199 (for 4 months of training!)… LEARN MORE
  • Use code BASEBUILDER25 to receive 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans on TrainingPeaks.com
  • Use code WEDEVO30 to receive 30% off TrainingPeaks Premium account for 2020!

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Train with Us! Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

Training Plans. We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder CyclingTraining Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

** Base Builder Discounts for Podcast Listeners. Use code BASEBUILDER25 to recieve 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans (link above). Use code at checkout on TrainingPeaks.com

Ask Questions on our Forum. To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

Watch Us. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our strength training videos and other fun content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Email Us. To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Check out our Socials. Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

 

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Episode 21: High Intensity Base Intro + Mia Aseltine CX National Champ Interview

Our first half of Base Builder 2020 is in the books and we’re on holiday break! In this week’s episode, we dig into the second half of our Base Builder training plans: High-Intensity Base!

Where the first half targets aerobic HRs, the second half targets power while monitoring HR response as we work our way through the Anaerobic Threshold, Vo2 Max and Anaerobic Power energy systems. Learn how we design our interval sets by manipulating duration, reps, sets and recovery to avoid ‘overdoing’ the workload and doing just what is required to meet our training adaptation goals. There is lots of good stuff in this episode surrounding our Base Builder intensity build and what fun awaits us in post-holiday season training in January & February!

Interested in joining us for Remote Base Builder 2020 Block 2 beginning January 6th? Hope so! Here’s the link to get on board and get your training on track: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

Then we finish the show with a special interview with recently crowned Junior Girls 15-16 Cyclocross National Champion, Mia Aseltine. She’s fresh off her victory in Washington, and she recaps the race with us allowing us to learn how a champion feels prior to the gun going off, being down mid-race and not giving up, and making the final effort to the line to take the victory.

Thank you for listening this week and we wish you the merriest Christmas.

Useful Links:

  • Use code BASEBUILDER25 to receive 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans on TrainingPeaks.com
  • Use code WEDEVO30 to receive 30% off TrainingPeaks Premium account for 2020!

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Train with Us! Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

Training Plans. We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder CyclingTraining Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

** Base Builder Discounts for Podcast Listeners. Use code BASEBUILDER25 to recieve 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans (link above). Use code at checkout on TrainingPeaks.com

Ask Questions on our Forum. To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

Watch Us. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our strength training videos and other fun content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Email Us. To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Check out our Socials. Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

Episode 20: Training Camps/High Volume Blocks + Base Builder Week 17

We’re wrapping up block #2 of our 15th annual Base Builder Training Program this week. It’s “testing week” with 1RM strength tests in the gym and Aerobic & Anaerobic Power testing on the bike! We cover the finer points of both, before we head into our 2-week “holiday break” in the training programming.

The holiday break is the perfect time to incorporate a training camp or high(er) volume training block into your seasonal program to provide a mental & fitness change of pace during this busy time of year. Listen in and learn about the benefits of training camps/high volume blocks, how you can structure you own at home on your own if you can’t get to a ‘desirable’ location to ride. Also gain insights into what we’ll be doing through the New Year’s week with our WE Development U23 MTB Team Camp in Arizona.

Useful Links:

  • Last Days to get a KIT! Our 2020 WE Kit Store is OPEN through December 15th. All proceeds go to our WE Development  Team!
  • Use code BASEBUILDER25 to recieve 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans on TrainingPeaks.com

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Train with Us! Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

Training Plans. We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder CyclingTraining Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

** Base Builder Discounts for Podcast Listeners. Use code BASEBUILDER25 to recieve 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans (link above). Use code at checkout on TrainingPeaks.com

Ask Questions on our Forum. To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

Watch Us. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our strength training videos and other fun content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Email Us. To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Check out our Socials. Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

Episode 19: Lifestyle Improvements for Performance + Base Builder Week 16

This week we discuss what we find to be the most important areas in daily life where we can make changes that will improve our athletic performance (and overall health): Sleep, Diet, Hydration, Planning, and maintaining Life Balance. Improve these elements of your life and you will ultimately improve your performance on the bike. We talk about what we’ve learned over the years, our own experiences, pitfalls and mistakes along the way; in addition to ideas on ways to optimize in each area. These “life hacks” if you will, will hopefully help to inspire you to improve your own lifestyle and performance on the bike.

We also touch on Week 16 of our 2020 Base Builder Program. With just two more weeks left in block 2, we’re peaking in strength training and aerobic strength. Gain some additional insights directly related to what we’re doing  in both the gym and on the bike.

Useful Links:

  • Our 2020 WE Kit Store is NOW OPEN through December 15th. All proceeds go to our WE Development Jr. Team!
  • Use code BASEBUILDER25 to recieve 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans on TrainingPeaks.com

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Train with Us! Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

Training Plans. We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder CyclingTraining Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

** Base Builder Discounts for Podcast Listeners. Use code BASEBUILDER25 to recieve 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans (link above). Use code at checkout on TrainingPeaks.com

Ask Questions on our Forum. To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

Watch Us. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our strength training videos and other fun content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Email Us. To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Check out our Socials. Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

Episode 18: Creating Your ATP & Base Builder Week 15

Your Annual Training Plan (ATP) is your road map to you training & racing season. Previous episodes, #16 & #17, we discussed Goal Setting and Race Selection. In part 3 of our Planning Your Season Series of podcasts we discuss some effective strategies in setting up your own ATP for 2020. Balancing training loads, progression, and recovery play important roles in defining your ATP in order to build fitness and gain freshness in time for your key events.

Week 15 of Base Builder continues to progress in Aerobic Strength with continued ILT strength intervals & extended AeT Strength ‘Climbs’ with the addition of Surges at the end of the steady intervals to begin to introduce some above Aerobic Threshold work. Listen in to learn more!

Useful Links:

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Train with Us! Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

Training Plans. We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder CyclingTraining Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

** Base Builder Discounts for Podcast Listeners. Use code BASEBUILDER25 to recieve 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans (link above). Use code at checkout on TrainingPeaks.com

Ask Questions on our Forum. To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

Watch Us. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our strength training videos and other fun content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Email Us. To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Check out our Socials. Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

Creating Your Annual Training Plan

  • November 27, 2019
  • Blog
Originally published November 22, 2018. Updated and republished November 27, 2019.

With your goals set and events selected, you’re ready to dial in your Annual Training Plan for your season ahead. In part 3 of our Planning Your Season series of posts, we’ll layout the process of your Annual Training Plan. This road map of your training program is often referred to as your Annual Training Plan. It sets the foundation of your training progression allowing you to know ‘when you should be where’ in your build up. It also helps you stay on track and progressing towards your end goals.

WE at Waite Endurance prefer to use a TWO training phase model to reach a peak performance for an “A” race. We call them: Base Builder & Race Preparation.

Base Builder Phase

Base Builder (or your base phase) is about establishing a general aerobic & strength foundation of fitness. Our Base Builder Plans are 12-24 weeks in duration. The duration is dependent on time until your next “A” race. Our Base Builder progression goes from low-intensity to high-intensity. Building through the six major energy systems in a block periodization format with 2-4 week blocks based on duration of plan and intended rate of progression:

 1. Aerobic Endurance 

2. Aerobic Threshold 

3. Anaerobic Threshold

4. Vo2 Max

5. Anaerobic Power 

6. Peak Power 

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Episode 17: Race Selection & Base Builder Week 14

This week is ‘part-two’ in the Planning Your Season series of episodes where we discuss the process of selecting & prioritizing your races/events for the season ahead. Make the most of your training efforts by selecting events which both interest you and help you achieve your goals. Sifting through the options, giving each event a priority level, and making them fit into your annual plan is a fun piece of the annual planning process.

You can read more about the concept of selecting & prioritizing events for your next season in our recent blog post titled, Race Selection: Your Events for Next Season.

Along the way, we also answer questions from listeners on making progress, race weight targets, and choosing the right Base Builder & Race Prep training plans from our plan library (links below).

As always, we include next week’s training insights, tips, tricks and details pertaining to Week 14 of our annual Base Builder Program.

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Train with Us! Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

Training Plans. We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder CyclingTraining Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

** Base Builder Discounts for Podcast Listeners. Use code BASEBUILDER25 to recieve 25% off any of our stock Base Builder Training Plans (link above). Use code at checkout on TrainingPeaks.com

Ask Questions on our Forum. To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

Watch Us. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our strength training videos and other fun content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Email Us. To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Check out our Socials. Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

Race Selection: Your Events for Next Season

  • November 21, 2019
  • Blog
Originally published November 8, 2018. Updated and republished November 21, 2019.

Daylight hours are shortening, leaves are falling, and temps are dropping… You’ve set your goals for next season (previous post: Goal Setting), and even resumed some base training. The next step in the planning process is race selection and choosing your events for next season. Sifting through the potentially large amount of events in which you are interested is the second step in the planning process. 

Planning your race season around a target event(s) is crucial to setting up an effective training program.

As part of the race selection process, you must first know the “what” & “when” you plan to race your best. From there you can work out your specific training program that will get you there with the fitness you desire. You don’t need to know every single start line you plan to roll up to next year. You do however need to know what your top targets are before you begin more detailed planning. The first step of the race selection process is sitting down and creating a list of events that interest you. Have fun with this. Don’t filter your thought process just yet. Once you have your list of events, long or short, it is then time to narrow things down. 

Most endurance athletes will compete in multiple events within a season. Why would you train so consistently for a long time to race only one or two times per season? Also, racing can be some of the best “training” you can do. On the flip-side, you cannot race every weekend all season long (or even every-other week for that matter). Racing takes a toll and interferes with an overall training progression. Racing too frequently degrades your fitness over time and does not allow for an adequate build of training load. Fitness gets lost in these situations and the results you desire are hard to find.

The ABCs of Race Selection

When you do choose to race, you want to race hard and give it your best effort on the day. That said, you cannot be in “top form” for every race you enter. For some races you enter you may recognize that you won’t be at your best, but the benefits of racing are still present. Your fitness and “race-readiness” ebbs and flows with your training phases and your lifestyle demands. Therefore, different events must take on different levels of priority. This allows you to reach higher levels of fitness for specific events (peaking). It is a well known practice when laying out your next racing season to assign priority levels to your events as: A, B and C.  The following is a breakdown of this concept that will help you in your season-planning process: 

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Episode 16: Goal Setting & Base Builder Week 13

Goal setting is the topic of discussion this week. It’s time to start thinking (dreaming) of what you want to accomplish over the coming year and years ahead in your pursuit of cycling fitness. We break down the difference between long-term goals and short-term goals, as well outcome vs. process goals and how to best utilize both. We also run through our our own goals for 2020 and the years ahead as they relate to our own progressions in endurance training.

Referenced within the discussion is our recently updated blog post on Goal Setting that offers a worksheet to help you work through own goal setting process.

We also cover several questions from listeners pertaining to our recent Base Builder progressions as well as share some of the ‘tips & tricks’ we share with our 40+ in-house athletes training along with us at Sessions:6 in Lakewood, CO. Insights on the Isolated Leg Training (ILT) intervals, Aerobic Strength intervals, and the High Cadence work we’re doing might come in handy for those following along in our Remote Base Builder Program.

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Train with Us! Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

 

Training Plans. We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder CyclingTraining Plans available via Training Peaks here:https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

Ask Questions on our Forum. To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

Watch Us. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our strength training videos and other fun content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Email Us. To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Check out our Socials. Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

Goal Setting: Your Season Ahead

Originally posted October 31, 2018. Updated November 12, 2019.

Goal setting begins the planning process towards your next season. Organizing your thoughts and creating a formal written outline of what direction you want to go with your training, fitness and competitive results is a key piece of the Mental Fitness puzzle. If you don’t know what you want to achieve… then how do you know what you need to do to get there or if you are making progress in the right direction along the way?

Going beyond simply thinking about what you want to achieve and further developing a strategy on how you are going to achieve is the process of setting goals.

Make Goal Setting work for you

The idea of setting goals is something many people are familiar with, but few take the time to formally address. It can be difficult for some athletes to write down goals. However meeting your goals is often more difficult if they are not written down in the first place. Once you have decided upon your goals, take it a step further and write out exactly how you plan to meet those goals (use a pencil here because you may change things a bit as you discuss with your coach or support structure). If you’re not sure of exactly how you are going to meet your goals, obtaining direction from a coach, or friend, can help you talk it out and make the right decisions. Knowing what you want is one thing, but outlining a plan that gets you from where you are now with your physical and mental abilities to where you want to be is what makes goal setting an effective tool in your mental fitness tool box. 

Goal setting is a multi step process that is extremely valuable for all athletes. The following are some helpful steps and techniques you can implement to help make your own goal setting more effective.

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Episode 15: Mobility, Strength & Injury Prevention + Base Builder Week 12

We’re on location this week at Cascade Sports Physical Therapy in Lakewood, Colorado (right next door to Sessions:6 Sport Performance). We sat down with founder and PT, Justin Dudley, to learn more about the importance the role of mobility and strength play, not only in cycling performance, but overall health and quality of life. Learn some basic concepts and tips on how to include mobility ‘training’ (or practice) into your daily routine, as well as the benefit of the knee and hip extension movements that make up the focal point of our Base Builder Gym Training sessions.

We wrap things up as always with next week’s training objectives within our 2020 Base Builder Program. Now on to the 3rd week of Block Two: Strength Build and Aerobic Threshold, we continue to increase the load in the gym and extend the durations of the structured intervals in the bike (ILTs & AeT).

Have a question for Justin? You can send him an email at justin@csinjuryprevention.com

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Train with Us! Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

 

Training Plans. We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder CyclingTraining Plans available via Training Peaks here:https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

Ask Questions on our Forum. To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

Watch Us. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our strength training videos and other fun content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Email Us. To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Check out our Socials. Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

Episode 14: Aerobic Threshold & Cadence Drills + Base Builder Week 11

Cadence (i.e. leg speed) is an important part of the ‘power production formula’. In this episode, we discuss the value of training to improve your cadence in the early parts of the off-season when power production isn’t the primary focus.

Your Aerobic Threshold (AeT) is the balance point between your carbohydrate & fat metabolism. This important ‘low-intensity’ threshold is where you can maximize your aerobic power and ultimately train your body to use more fat, while sparing glycogen for your endurance events.

In block 2 of our Base Builder program, we spend a lot of time training both our cadence and Aerobic Threshold in order to further enhance our fitness base. Listen-in to hear our take and training methodologies on how we structure our early base training to include these two important elements.

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Train with Us! Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

 

Training Plans. We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder CyclingTraining Plans available via Training Peaks here:https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

Ask Questions on our Forum. To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

Watch Us. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our strength training videos and other fun content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Email Us. To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Check out our Socials. Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

Episode 13: Block 2 Strength & Structure

And… We’re back! After a 10-day “ride-cation”, we wrap up the 2019 Colorado NICA MTB season and share insights on training & traveling. We finished Block 1 of our 2020 Base Builder with some final long rides and lessons learned on fueling up for the long days.

Onto Base Builder Block 2: it’s time for building strength in the gym and adding structure on the bike. For the gym sessions, we discuss Block 2 strength details after establishing one-rep-max capabilities upon conclusion of Block 1. Then we dig into the “how-to’s” of the Block 2 structured trainer sessions with all the details on Spin-Ups, Isolated Leg Training, Aerobic Threshold Intervals and High-Cadence Spins. Listen & learn the details, tips & tricks of the trade from Coaches Cody & Kathy!

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Train with Us! Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

We’re starting Block 2* on October 28th and you can join us now to get your base building on track!

* We’ve taken $100 off the registration fee to pro-rate your block 2-4 entry point.

 

Training Plans. We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder Cycling Training Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

Ask Questions on our Forum. To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

Watch Us. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our strength training videos and other fun content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTPKJuJ996z52xbH7fvyLw/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Email Us. To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Check out our Socials. Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

Episode 12: Our Testing Protocol & Base Builder Week 8

With the structured training season right around the corner, it’s almost time for testing on the bike to set benchmarks for the new season ahead. At Sessions:6 we’ve created a more evolved testing protocol for our athletes than the typical “20 minute time trial” for best power. Instead we look at both ends of the energy system spectrum with a sub-maximal aerobic test & two short maximal power test intervals. With these three data points we can track aerobic vs. anaerobic capability and calculate a riders Fatigue Rate to determine training ranges (power & HR zones) that correspond to the energy systems we train.

Get the “how-to” and insights on our testing protocol to be prepared for the upcoming test on our Remote Base Builder Training Program. With a more evolved and in-depth testing method you gain deeper insights into your own fitness and maximize your training efforts. Good Luck!

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

We’re starting Block 2* on October 28th and you can join us now to get your base building on track!

* We’ve taken $100 off the registration fee to pro-rate your block 2-4 entry point.

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Do you live in Denver and want to train with us? You can join us in-house at Sessions:6 in Lakewood. There are only a few spots remaining for 2019/2020! Go to: https://waiteendurance.com/complete-base-builder-program/ to register.

Do you live outside of Denver? Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder Cycling Training Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

Episode 11: Time of Year for New Gear! & Base Builder Week 7

We’re on location this week at The Bikery at the Brewery… a great new bike shop located on the Breckenridge Brewery property in Littleton, Colorado. Our guest is co-owner, Justin Mattison, ex-DH racer turned bike-fit specialist and bicycle know-how guru; so naturally… we talk bikes.

Fall is the best time of year to maintain & upgrade your current bike, or consider selling and buying a new machine for your next season. We discuss both options to help you decide. Making those additions & changes now go a long way to relieving stress and the possibility of failures down the road when you’re focus is on training and racing. We also talk about some of the new technology we’re most excited about for 2020, as well as the importance of a good bike fit.

We even learned a killer new (to us at least) “chain rotation strategy” from Justin to keep your bike running better for longer! Also take Kathy’s advice and think: new year, new chamois, as “no one wants to see your butt crack!”

We wrap up the show as always with a peek into week number 7 of our Base Builder Training Program. Haven’t joined us yet and gotten your base training efforts on track for 2020? What are you waiting for?! Keep reading to learn how you can get on board and start building your base!

Thank you to Justin and the Bikery (thebikery.beer) for inviting us to the shop and sharing good conversation. If you’re in the Denver area looking to upgrade your ride, or thinking of getting a sweet new SCOTT bike for 2020, these are your guys!

Have bike or bike-fit questions for Justin? Send him an email and he’ll get you sorted: justin@thebikery.beer

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

You can join in with us at any time between September and January to get your base training on track! 

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Do you live in Denver and want to train with us? You can join us in-house at Sessions:6 in Lakewood. There are only a few spots remaining for 2019/2020! Go to: https://waiteendurance.com/complete-base-builder-program/ to register.

Do you live outside of Denver? Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder Cycling Training Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

Episode 10: Getting Ready for Trainer Season & Base Builder Week 6

This week we cover all the necessities for setting up your ‘pain cave’ for the coming Trainer Season.

Fall has arrived in the northern hemisphere and that means for many that trainer time is around the corner. Don’t wait until last minute to get your gear sorted; instead optimize your pain cave now in order to maximize your performance later. Everything from Smart vs. Dumb trainers, software, hardware, and even what side of the towel to blow your nose on!

We wrap up the show, as always, with a look into week number 6 of our Base Builder Training Program. Haven’t joined us yet and gotten your base training efforts on track for 2020? What are you waiting for?! Read on to learn how you can get on board and start building your base!

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

You can join in with us at any time between September and January to get your base training on track! 

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Do you live in Denver and want to train with us? You can join us in-house at Sessions:6 in Lakewood. There are only a few spots remaining for 2019/2020! Go to: https://waiteendurance.com/complete-base-builder-program/ to register.

Do you live outside of Denver? Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder Cycling Training Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

Episode 9: Nutrition Periodization & Base Builder Week 5

In this week’s episode we talk travel and working your training around work travel; trainer sessions and why they are so beneficial (even if your climate doesn’t ‘require’ it); and the concept of Nutrition Periodization for endurance sport performance.

You likely periodize your training (think: base, build, peak)… you should also consider periodizing your diet to follow suit to reach peak performance. We touch on what is periodization, the what & how to periodize your nutrition around your training, and benefits that include improved fueling & recovery for increased performance as well as improved body composition.

Now is the time of the year (Fall) to get your diet & nutrition on track with your training so you can make the performance gains you’ve been seeking… Let’s talk Nutrition Periodization!

We wrap up the show, as always, with a look into week number 5 of our Base Builder Training Program. Haven’t joined us yet and gotten your base training efforts on track for 2020? What are you waiting for?! Read on to learn how you can get on board and start building your base!

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

You can join in with us at any time between September and January to get your base training on track! 

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Do you live in Denver and want to train with us? You can join us in-house at Sessions:6 in Lakewood. There are only a few spots remaining for 2019/2020! Go to: https://waiteendurance.com/complete-base-builder-program/ to register.

Do you live outside of Denver? Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder Cycling Training Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

Nutrition Periodization

Nutrition Periodization for Endurance Performance

As your physiological training demands change with your training objectives, your nutritional demands change as well. The basic principle of Nutrition Periodization is simply that: changing your dietary consumption to match that of your training efforts. Periodizing your diet can be achieved on two levels. The first is the larger training block level of macro-cycles. The second is the smaller weekly level of day-to-day training in micro-cycles. The goal of periodizing your nutrition is to improve your cycling training program in two primary ways:

  1. Better Fueling for Improved Performance (increasing fitness)
  2. Maximizing the Quality of your Nutrition (improving health & body composition)

Proper fueling will allow an athlete to maximize their training efforts and adaptations making their training more effective. Similarly, maximizing the quality of your nutrition will enhance an athlete’s recovery from training. In other words, more effective training and enhanced recovery lead to improved body composition and increased fitness. Achieving a lean body composition is critical for maximizing performance in an endurance sport such as cycling. In fact, for many riders carrying an extra 10 pounds or more, it can be the single biggest performance booster there is! For this reason, periodizing your diet around your training program can be a big help in working towards your fitness goals.

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Episode 8: Season Review & Base Builder Week 4

It’s the end of the 2019 training & racing season (for most riders, except cyclocross), and it’s time for reflection! This week we discuss the importance of a Season Review. We sit down and run through some topics you might think about in terms of “what went well” and “what didn’t go so well” for you within your last season’s training & racing efforts, with the intention of helping you take improved action for next year. Reflect upon 2019 to make 2020 even better!

Then prior to running through the details of Week 4 of our Base Builder Program , we dig into our own 2019 seasons, following the same thought process to share a bit about what we felt went well, not so well, and how we can improve our own performance next year.

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

You can join in with us at any time between September and January to get your base training on track! 

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Do you live in Denver and want to train with us? You can join us in-house at Sessions:6 in Lakewood. There are only a few spots remaining for 2019/2020! Go to: https://waiteendurance.com/complete-base-builder-program/ to register.

Do you live outside of Denver? Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder Cycling Training Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

Episode 7: How to Best Use Training Peaks & Week 3 Base Builder

This week we dig in to the basic understandings of using your Training Peaks as a training calendar & log, and the important of TSS within our Base Builder Program. It’s important to be collecting your data correctly now so you have data to work with in the coming months to plan your season and get more “geeky” with it in future episodes.

Before that we touch on the start of cyclocross season and answer some listener & Remote Base Builder member questions regarding Low HR Training and including cross-training (like running & skiing) in your program. As always we wrap up the show with the training details of week 3 of our 2020 Base Builder Program.

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season.

You can join in with us at any time between September and January to get your base training on track! 

Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Do you live in Denver and want to train with us? You can join us in-house at Sessions:6 in Lakewood. There are only a few spots remaining for 2019/2020! Go to: https://waiteendurance.com/complete-base-builder-program/ to register.

Do you live outside of Denver? Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder Cycling Training Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

Episode 6: Low HR Aerobic Training & Base Builder 2020: Week 2

In this week’s episode we begin with some praises for the NICA high school mountain bike league as they begin their fall season of racing here in Colorado and other states around the country (and give kudos to our WE Devo riders that are experiencing the gains they’ve made from their 2019 training efforts!).

Then we discuss the BIG benefits that come from riding slowly at low heart rates (HR) this time of year to establish your aerobic foundation to begin your base build. We wrap things up by digging into the details of Week #2 of our 2020 Base Builder Program, discussing how to modify our program to your preferences including training frequency, daily durations, overall volume and including CX if desired.

Other notes include:

  • LABOR DAY SALE!  all Base Builder Stock Training Plans 25% off via Training Peaks. Use code BASEBUILDER25 at checkout (view plan options HERE).
  • Joining our 2020 Base Builder Programs (Remote or In-House) can be done at any point now through the end of the year. If you’re not ready just yet, join us when you are and we’ll get you up to speed and your base training on track!  (register for the Remote program HERE)

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program to build your best base for your 2020 cycling/triathlon season. Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Do you live in Denver and want to train with us? You can join us in-house at Sessions:6 in Lakewood. There are only a few spots remaining for 2019/2020! Go to: https://waiteendurance.com/complete-base-builder-program/ to register.

Do you live outside of Denver? Join us remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder Cycling Training Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

  • @sessions6endurance
  • @codywaite
  • @kathywaite

Episode 5: Post-Season Transitions & Intro to Strength

In this episode we discuss the importance of taking a break from the bike between ‘seasons’, and the benefits of strength training for the endurance athlete. We also dig into the details of our Base Builder Strength Program and getting started building your strength base.

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program, beginning August 26th, 2019. Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Do you live in Denver and want to train with us? You can join us in-house at Sessions:6 in Lakewood. There are only a few spots remaining for 2019/2020! Go to: https://waiteendurance.com/complete-base-builder-program/ to register.

Do you live outside of Denver? Join us Remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder Cycling Training Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

  • @sessions6endurance
  • @codywaite
  • @kathywaite

Episode 4: Our 2020 Base Builder Program Overview

In this episode we begin by giving kudos to a handful of our S:6 athletes that participated in the 2019 Leadville 100 MTB race before providing a ‘10,000 foot’ view of our 15th Annual Base Builder Program that kicks off next week.

We cover the broad concepts of our base training philosophy from the “on-bike” aerobic training, the “off-bike” strength training, how to incorporate a CX season into the base training phase, and the general overview of our highly successful progressive Base Builder programming that has helped hundreds of riders over the last 14 years prepare for their next competitive spring/summer season of events.

Along with our locally popular (Denver) ‘in-house’ version of our Base Builder program, we are excited to expand our Remote Base Builder program that allows riders from anywhere to train right along with us. Consider joining us for this years program and try it for yourself!

Learn More & Register: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program, beginning August 26th, 2019. Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder Cycling Training Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

  • @sessions6endurance
  • @codywaite
  • @kathywaite

 

Episode 3: Our Six Components of Performance (part 2 of 2)

As preparation for the launch of our 15th annual Base Builder Training Program, Episodes 2 & 3 provide insights into our training philosophy and explain our Six Components of Performance (where the “6” in Sessions:6 comes from)…

Part 2 of this two-part episode picks up where Episode 2 left off, covering the “off-bike” or “in between training sessions” components of performance 4, 5 & 6: Diet & Nutrition, Stress Management, and Mental Fitness.

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Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program, beginning August 26th, 2019. Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Do you live in Denver and want to train with us? You can join us in-house at Sessions:6 in Lakewood. There are only a few spots remaining for 2019/2020! Go to: https://waiteendurance.com/complete-base-builder-program/ to register.

Do you live outside of Denver? Join us Remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder Cycling Training Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

  • @sessions6endurance
  • @codywaite
  • @kathywaite

Episode 2: Our Six Components of Performance (part 1 of 2)

As preparation for the launch of our 15th annual Base Builder Training Program, Episodes 2 & 3 provide insights into our training philosophy and explain our Six Components of Performance (where the “6” in Sessions:6 comes from)…

Part one of this two-part episode focuses in-depth on components 1, 2, & 3: the “on-bike” or “physical training” components of Aerobic Conditioning, Muscular Strength, and Skill Proficiency; why they are important and how we approach each of them in our programming to provide insight into our training philosophy.

Episode 3 will pick up where Episode 2 leaves off, covering the “off-bike” or “in between training sessions” components of performance 4, 5 & 6: Diet & Nutrition, Stress Management, and Mental Fitness.

Join us for our 15th Annual Base Builder Program, beginning August 26th, 2019. Listening to this weekly podcast will provide valuable insights into each week’s training objectives and workout details to help you better follow our Base Builder Program and maximize your training gains. Even without following our program, you can listen in each week to learn concepts you can apply to your own training program for improved results.

Do you live in Denver and want to train with us? You can join us in-house at Sessions:6 in Lakewood. There are only a few spots remaining for 2019/2020! Go to: https://waiteendurance.com/complete-base-builder-program/ to register.

Do you live outside of Denver? Join us Remotely from wherever you are with our Remote Base Builder Program. Follow the exact training progressions, both on the bike and in the gym, that we do in-house and gain the essential knowledge through our weekly podcast. Learn More & Register at: https://waiteendurance.com/remote-base-builder-program/

We also have Base Builder Strength and/or Base Builder Cycling Training Plans available via Training Peaks here: https://waiteendurance.com/stock-training-plans/base-builder-plans/

To have your training related questions answered or communicate with others following our programming, visit our Forum on our website: https://waiteendurance.com/forums/

To have your questions answered “LIVE” on our podcast, email either Coach Cody at cody@sessioins6.com or Coach Kathy at kathy@sessions6.com

Lastly, you can follow us on Instagram at the following accounts:

  • @sessions6endurance
  • @codywaite
  • @kathywaite

Episode 1: Who’s Behind Waite Endurance?

In episode 1, Cody & Kathy provide a bit of their own history on how they got involved in endurance sport, some of their coaching backgrounds, and a bit on the intention of the Sessions:6, powered by Waite Endurance podcast.

The intended listeners are the athletes following their 14-year proven “Base Builder” training program, but they also hope to be able to share training concepts & insights that any cyclist or triathlete can put to use in their own training journey.

Finding Form with these Strategies

  • July 19, 2019
  • Blog

Your Base has been built. You put in the quality Race Prep training. Now you’re just a few weeks out from your A-Race. The time is now for… Finding Form.

What exactly is form?

Form is the combination of high fitness coming from a quality training block, high freshness from appropriate restoration, and race readiness from the right pre-event workouts that leave you prepared for a peak performance.

Finding Form is essentially the taper and peak process going into your A-Event. The final weeks heading into an A-Race can be the most difficult time of the training season for many athletes. At this point in the season, with two weeks to go, the training is done; “the hay is in the barn,” as is said. You worked hard for many weeks, if not months, to build fitness and prepare for a peak performance. Your last few weeks of training may have been among your hardest and/or highest volume depending on your target event demands. Regardless, you should be very fit, and likely quite fatigued from the quality work.

Freshen Up to Find Form

With your fitness at or near its highest point of the season, it is now time to recover and freshen up for a peak performance. With high fitness comes high fatigue (as both come from consistent training). While you can still race well with high fitness and accumulated fatigue, you will almost certainly race even better (ie. “peak performance”) if you can shed that fatigue and replace it with freshness; all while minimizing the loss of fitness… AKA: the taper and/or “finding form.”

Within that statement above is the tricky part of finding form… In order to gain fitness you must accumulate fatigue; meaning you may be very fit, but also a bit tired or lacking freshness. In order to gain freshness you must lose (some) fitness. It’s a balance and one that can be a difficult task to achieve to perfection. You must train hard to get fit. As you train hard you get tired. To perform your best you must train less (for a short bit) to regain freshness and achieve a peak performance. Sounds easy, right?

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In-Season Strength Maintenance

  • June 17, 2019
  • Blog

Strength Training, that is training with weights in the gym (or at home), has become more widely accepted in the endurance sport world over the last 5+ years. There are still some hold-outs on the subject, but most athletes and coaches will agree there are valuable benefits to be gained from lifting heavy weights within an endurance sport training program. Improving your strength from season-to-season only occurs if you perform Strength Maintenance sessions year-round.

The intent of this article is not to spew out the benefits of Strength Training (you can read a previous post that covers all those points); rather my intent with this article is to point out the value of YEAR-ROUND strength training. More specifically, focus on lifting weights within your competitive racing season.

Don’t Lose your Gains, Bro

If you’ve gotten this far, I’m going to assume you’re on board with Strength Training, at least as part of your off-season training program. The majority of endurance athletes do some form of strength training in their off-season. Then what seems to be very common is many athletes cease their Strength Training program once their competitive race season begins. The reasons I hear for dropping the strength training from their training programs are often:

  • Wanting to spend more time on their primary sport (“get more miles in”)
  • Lifting weights makes them slow (“legs too sore/tired”)
  • Don’t want to gain weight (“too much muscle”)
  • Getting bored with the strength training (“same old routine”)

I’m here to encourage you to not stop your Strength Training once your race season begins. In fact if you do stop, I can tell you you’re leaving performance gains on the table!

You may be thinking, “Whoa! Hold up. You want me to lift weights during my race season?!”

Yes I do! And here’s why…

When you Strength Train for 2, 3 or even 4 months of your off-season, you spend the first few weeks working through the soreness of training the muscles. Only then do you begin to make some gains in actual strength of movement. These improvements to your health & performance as an athlete include:

  • Increased muscle fiber recruitment (use more of the muscles you have)
  • Increase top-end power (raise the ceiling of your power curve)
  • Increased anabolic hormone production (balance the catabolic nature of endurance training)
  • Improve range of motion/activation (offset imbalances)
  • Improve the overall “durability” of your body
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The Waite Endurance Race Preparation Plans

  • March 6, 2019
  • Blog

With Spring around the corner it’s time to think about Race Preparation. Most athletes are putting the final touches on their off-season Base Builder training. Following our Base Builder Plan Programming, athletes have gone through an extensive strength building program in the gym combined with a progression through the six primary aerobic energy systems we utilize on the bike; from lowest intensity to highest intensity:

  1. Aerobic (all day power)
  2. Aerobic Threshold (2-4 hour power)
  3. Anaerobic Threshold (32-64 minute power)
  4. Vo2 Max (8-16 minute power)
  5. Anaerobic Power (1-4 minute power)
  6. Peak Power (5-20 second power)

Depending on when they got started with their Base Builder training and how much time available for building Base, athletes went through a 12, 18 or 24 week progression; in 2, 3 or 4 week blocks dedicated to each energy system mentioned above. Regardless of your exact base training protocol you may have followed, as you come to the end of your base phase you may be asking yourself this question:

With my Base now built and general cycling fitness established, what comes next?

Race Preparation Training

Where Base Building is general fitness development; Race Preparation is specific fitness development for your A-priority event(s) of the year.

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The Waite Endurance Base Builder Programming

  • November 9, 2018
  • Blog

It’s the Off-Season. Time off from events means it’s Base Builder time.

Base Training, or Base Builder as we call it, is the theme for this time of year. Despite the common theme, everyone has a slight variation on what base training entails. However the overall theme is the same: to put in the training time to build fitness, from general to specific, before your next racing season.

Autumn and Winter is the time of the year most endurance athletes commonly associate with base training. At this time of year, we’re several months away from race season and it’s time to build our general fitness. With general fitness intact, you’re better able to handle the more demanding loads of race specific fitness that follows. General Fitness to us means the least race specific fitness. Since racing is a ways off, we can spend time on areas that either get neglected or we simply can’t afford to train when in the midst of racing season.

The Energy System Chain-Link Model

We think of fitness as links in a chain. One end of the chain is very low intensity (your all-day riding pace); and the other end of the chain is very high intensity (your 1 rep max anaerobic strength). The two ends of the chain are then connected by all the energy systems that lie in between. From high to low, these include: power movements in the gym, Peak Power on the bike, Anaerobic Power, Vo2 Max, Anaerobic Threshold, “Sweet Spot”, Aerobic Threshold, and Aerobic Endurance.

When we begin to build our base fitness for racing a bicycle we begin by training the outer most links (the least race specific). For example, we first focus on the two far ends of the energy system chain: peak movement strength (ie. weight lifting) and aerobic endurance. After that, from these two “ends” of the energy system chain we move progressively inward as we build base fitness. As a result, we progressively move towards the more race specific energy systems in the middle of the chain. 

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The S:6 Base Builder Program: Block 6

  • March 29, 2018
  • Blog

Five down and one to go!

Our off-season is nearing its end and the competitive season is right around the corner. It’s time to put the finishing touches on our off-season Base Builder Program with our 6th and final block of training. To recap, our in-house group training program began back in November working from the low-intensity end of the energy system spectrum with pedaling skill work and aerobic intervals; then progressing through progressively higher intensity energy systems in monthly blocks: Aerobic Threshold (2-4 hour power), Anaerobic Threshold (32-64:00 power), Vo2 Max (8-16:00 power), and Anaerobic Power (1-4:00 power). The 6th and final block of our Base Build Program is the highest intensity (on-bike) energy system: Peak Power.

Peak Power is your top-end sprint power… Everything you’ve got of 4-8 seconds!

With the racing season approaching we plan to reach top-end intensity to finish off our off-season Base Build Program. This very same 24-week program is available as a downloadable training plan on Training Peaks ( 24-week Base Build Training Plan ). We also have a more condensed 12-week Base Build Training Plan available to those that prefer a shorter, faster build of early season base fitness. Both versions allow you to follow my programming on your own where ever you live!

Upon completion of our Base Build we’re ready for our competitive season of specialized training and racing. At this point we can then begin to back out the intensity while adding in more endurance training to meet our target race fitness goals.

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The S:6 Base Builder Program: Block 5

  • March 4, 2018
  • Blog

Spring is on the horizon and we’re 2/3 complete with our Off-Season Base Build Program with the final 1/3 coming up! I’m not going to lie, the last 8 weeks have been challenging for our 45 in-house athletes training with us Monday-Thursdsay each week. The middle third of our program is perhaps the most challenging on the bike with Anaerobic Threshold intervals (block 3) and even more so the Vo2 Max intervals twice weekly (block 4). Combine that with continued resistance training on Mondays and Wednesdays and you can see how the training load is reaching a peak. See exactly how we structured our Vo2 Max intervals on the bike in our previous post in this series: Block 4.

This very same 24-week program is available as a downloadable training plan on Training Peaks ( 24-week Base Build Training Plan ). We also have a more condensed 12-week Base Build Training Plan available to those that prefer a shorter, faster build of early season base fitness. Both versions allow you to follow my programming on your own where ever you live!

Our upcoming Block 5 makes up weeks 17-20 in the 24-weeks of our Base Build Program. You can read more about each previous block from links at top.

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The S:6 Base Builder Program: Block 4

  • February 3, 2018
  • Blog

It’s February and we’re now halfway through our Off-Season Base Build Program. Our local, in-house program of 45 Denver-based athletes are now beginning to feel the fitness gains! We’ve met 4 days a week, most weeks, for the last 12 weeks for indoor gym sessions, trainer sessions, and testing. A solid base of aerobic and strength training has been established in the first half of the program. We’re now prepared to build off the basic fitness and add some appropriate amounts of higher intensity work in the form of faster more powerful movements in the gym (plyometrics) as well as shorter and more powerful intervals on the bike in the sound half of the program.

This very same 24-week program is available as a downloadable training plan on Training Peaks ( 24-week Base Build Training Plan ). We also have a more condensed 12-week Base Build Training Plan available to those that prefer a shorter, faster build of early season base fitness. Both versions allow you to follow my programming on your own where ever you live!

Block 4 makes up weeks 13-16 in the 24-weeks of our Base Build Program. You can read more about previous blocks from links at top.

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The S:6 Base Builder Program: Block 3

  • January 15, 2018
  • Blog

Happy New Year! January brings block 3 of our Off-Season Base Build Program with our local in-house athletes in Denver. We meet 4 days a week, most weeks, for 6 months for indoor gym sessions, trainer sessions, and testing. Weekends are for getting outside on your own and going longer to build endurance. We also offer the very same program as a 24-week Base Build Training Plan, as well as a more condensed 12-week Base Build Training Plan, to follow on your own where ever you live.

Upon conclusion of Block 2 we took a little recovery time through the New Year holiday window and returned on January 2nd for our second of 4 testing sessions within our 6-month program. Our first test was at the end of October right before we kicked off official training; test two was 8 weeks later right after the new year, tests 3 and 4 will follow in 8-week cycles at the 2/3 point of the program and conclusion of the program. We prefer testing every 8-weeks as this provides enough time for fitness to evolve and provides a carrot of sorts to keep your training consistent so you make the improvements you’re looking for.

With test results in-hand we can check progress, reset training zones, keep motivation high, and get ready for further improvements over the next blocks of training.

Block 3 builds upon Blocks 1 & 2 with continued progressions in the gym and on the bike.

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The S:6 Base Builder Program: Block 2

  • December 14, 2017
  • Blog

It’s December now and we’re digging into our second of six blocks that make up our Off-Season Base Build Program with our local in-house athletes in Denver. We meet 4 days a week, most weeks, for 6 months for indoor gym and trainer sessions. Weekends are for getting outside on your own and going longer to build endurance. We also offer the very same program as a 24-week Base Build Training Plan, as well as a more condensed 12-week Base Build Training Plan, to follow on your own where ever you live.

Hopefully a routine has been established in the first month of training, and you’re beginning to feel some level of fitness returning after your end of last season break. You can get the full rundown in the first post of the Series: Off-Season Base Training: Primer, and get caught up through previous posts in the Series Links above.

Block 2 builds upon Block 1 with continued progressions in the gym and on the bike.

In my previous post I laid out the general weekly schedule that is built around three types of sessions: gym sessions, structured trainer sessions, and endurance sessions. We’ll continue to follow this scheme into block 2 and break down the subtle progressions in each of the three domains. Block 2 makes up weeks 5-8 in the 24-weeks of the Base Build Program.

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The S:6 Base Builder Program: Block 1

  • November 11, 2017
  • Blog

We offer a 24-week Off-Season Base Build Program to our local athletes in Denver. We meet 4 days a week, most weeks, for 6 months for indoor gym and trainer sessions. Weekends are for getting outside on your own and going longer to build endurance. We also offer the very same program as a 24-week Base Build Training Plan, as well as a more condensed 12-week Base Build Training Plan, to follow on your own where ever you live.

The following blog series will share some specifics of what each block of training is made up of and how we progress through our 6-month long base build to reach serious fitness by Spring and ready to dive into more specific Race Prep training for your goal events. The same progression occurs in our truncated 12-week version of the plan; however progression occurs at a much faster pace. This plan is ideal for the more experienced athletes with years of base in their legs or for those that don’t have the time or patience to spend 6 months building a killer base of fitness for the upcoming season.

The first of six blocks comprising our Base Building Program focuses on returning to structured training, finding your rhythm, and adapting to the movements.

There are three basic categories of sessions that make up our regular training week:

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The Waite Endurance Testing Protocol

  • October 30, 2017
  • Blog

In a previous post, Testing: Anaerobic vs. Aerobic & Fatigue Resistance, we explained our testing philosophy. Through frequent testing we look to see improvements in power outputs over 6-12 weeks of training between testing. Our testing revolves around THREE different test durations:

  • One longer one at a specific sub-maximal aerobic heart-rate, to identify Aerobic Power.

  • Two shorter maximal efforts to identify ones Anaerobic Power.

We also introduced the concept of identifying your Fatigue Rate. This sheds light on where your aerobic fitness is compared to your top-end anaerobic power. With this data, we can then track improvements in power as well as improvements in fatigue resistance (ie. endurance). Through testing and training we attempt to maximize both ends for peak performance.

The goal with training is two-fold: maximize your power output & fatigue resistance. The tricky part is, improvements in one usually results in the decrease in the other; and what gets tracked, gets trained.

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Testing: Anaerobic vs. Aerobic & Fatigue Resistance

  • October 24, 2017
  • Blog

Before diving into another season of training on the bike, or jumping into serious training for the first time, it helps to know a few things about your current fitness as you get started. Testing on the bike has become common place for structured training. We’ll focus on the specifics of our Waite Endurance Testing Method here; but most testing protocols are intended to answer questions like these…

  • Where is my fitness at right now? Identify a baseline from which you plan to improve.
  • What are the best ways to spend my training time? In order to maximize your improvement.
  • What effort levels should you should be training at? Set your training zones.

There’s More to Power than Just FTP.

For many years, a rider’s FTP (Functional Threshold Power) has been the focal point of where a rider’s fitness. Percentages of FTP is also how many riders set their training zones. FTP works okay. It shines light on one area of fitness and can be re-tested again and again to check for improvement.

By definition, your FTP is the power you could sustain for one hour, full gas. I say could sustain because who’s going to go all-out for an hour to find this value? So it’s become common place to go hard for 20-minutes and subtract 5% from your average power. Pretty much the Gold Standard, and everyone accepts it. Even going all-out for 20 minutes is pretty tough on your own. For this reason, more recent models are doing one or two 8-minute intervals and subtracting 5-10% from those averages to estimate FTP. All said and done, these methods of FTP testing highlight one energy system (Vo2 max). On top of that, they calculate the FTP from a “one size fits all” percent reduction from the test effort. From here, it doesn’t tell you much else. Does it work? I suppose. However, if you’re like me, you would likely prefer more.

What if we said we can offer you another, possibly better, way to test on the bike to gain insight on your fitness, set zones, and track progress?

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Training Metrics: Power vs. Heart Rate

  • October 19, 2017
  • Blog

We get this question a lot regarding training metrics… What’s the better training metric: Power or Heart Rate?

Power-based training has risen to the status of “must have” for effective training for serious cyclists. Unfortunately, the use of heart rate as a training metric has been tossed aside by many. The power meter is a wonderful tool and one we strongly recommend. However, without the simultaneous use of heart rate you are only seeing half of the story

…our answer is: use BOTH metrics! 

Both Power & Heart Rate training metrics are needed for maximum effectiveness

Using one without the other is a mistake. Here’s why…

  • Power (watts) is the direct measurement of the amount of work that is being done. Many will say, “a watt is a watt, and watts don’t lie”. This is true, power is an absolute. You either have it or you don’t on a given a day. However, the effort required to produce those watts on any given day is effected by many variables. This is where heart rate comes in!
  • Heart Rate (bpm) is an indirect measurement of your bodies response to the work (power) being done. You might hear people poo-poo HR. They’ll claim that it’s affected by so many outside variables; such as sleep, hydration, elevation, temperature, fatigue and so on. But… why are these affects considered a negative attribute? When in fact, it’s these very affects wherein the value of training with HR comes in!

Let’s look at this example of a training block using both Power & Heart Rate training metrics…

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Ideas For Your Off-Season

Fall has arrived and most of us in the Northern Hemisphere are entering our Off-Season. So what exactly is the Off-Season? The term “Off-Season” can be a bit misleading to some. The Off-Season is not time taken off from training, but rather it is time taken off from racing. This all so crucial time away from racing allows you to focus more on your training to allow for bigger advancements in your overall fitness and future racing ability.

Here is how a year of training and competition looks to a committed, high level amateur or professional endurance athlete:

  • END OF SEASON BREAK: after a short 1-2 weeks of time off, truly ‘on vacation’ from their primary sport, they’re ready to get back into training in their off-season. 
    • Pro Tips: As a general rule of thumb, the older and/or lower training volume (ie. time crunched) the athlete, the shorter this break should be. If you only train 8-12 hours a week, you don’t need to take much of a break. Simply changing the type of training you do in the off-season will be enough of a break or change of pace. It is just too hard for most people to get back into ‘training mode’ and too much fitness can be lost if the break is too long. The younger or higher volume athlete may take up to 2 weeks off from training. These athletes will recover faster and have a higher fitness base that will not drop off as much with more rest time.
  • THE OFF-SEASON: the Off-Season is the larger chunk of time sandwiched between your short ‘end-o-season break’ (above) and the start of your competitive race season (below). With the stress of racing and being “race fit” removed in their off-season, they can focus purely on training to improve weaknesses and gain a higher level of fitness for the next race season.
    • Pro Tips: Depending on the athlete and when his/her race season begins, the off-season can be as short as a couple months (ie. end racing in October and begin racing in February); or it can be several months (ie. end racing in September and begin again in April). Keep in mind that the longer your off-season, the more time you have to train and improve your fitness and likely the greater improvement you’ll see in your racing ability the next season. Those athletes that can’t stay away from racing and pack their annual schedule full from spring through fall are often the ones that don’t improve a whole lot from year-to-year, or they are getting paid to compete (and are already at the top of their game!).
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The S:6 Off-Season Base Builder Cycling Plan (a deep dive!)

  • August 18, 2017
  • Blog

The stationary trainer is one of the best tools in your training arsenal.

The highly controllable environment makes it one of the most effective ways to improve your cycling power. By allowing your workouts to be controlled using variables like time, gearing, cadence, power and heart rate you can more easily execute precise, repeatable intervals. On the trainer you can eliminate the uncontrollable variables found in outdoor workouts like varying terrain, wind, weather, traffic, etc. You can focus solely on the work you are performing to make the most out of the time you are putting into your training.

Our 24 Week Base Builder Program/Plan, as well as its condensed little brother: the 12 Week Base Builder Program/Plan, are both designed to be performed during your “off-season”. The term off-season is referring to time off from racing, as opposed to time off from training. This concept is explained in a previous post, Ideas for Your Off-Season.  During this off-season base-building phase your primary objectives are to develop a strong aerobic system and build sport-specific strength.

Training Blocks

Our 24-week Base Builder program is built around six 3-week training blocks. Each block has a specific training focus that builds upon the previous block in intensity and training load. Within each block there are three weeks of loading (training) followed by one week of recovery (low-intensity), before getting into the next block. Each training block targets a specific energy system and the overall progression is from lowest intensity to highest intensity before reaching a peak at the end of your base build.

The energy system block progression on the trainer includes the following:
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Our Six Components of Sport Performance

  • July 30, 2017
  • Blog

It’s common thought that to maximize sport performance you simply need to train more and push harder to be successful. Many endurance athletes are familiar with the 10,000 hour rule (associated with the writer Malcom Gladwell’s book Outliers). This concept says it requires 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to obtain elite level proficiency in cycling, running, swimming or triathlon. In many ways this concept holds true; you need to put in the time for your body to make the physical adaptations. However, we have found that there is more to the equation than just simply training more. You certainly can and do become a better cyclist simply by putting in more miles. Assuming you have the time and fitness to spend 5+ hours a day riding your bike, in time, you will become a highly competent cyclist.

There’s no question that if you put in the time, you will improve. But is this high volume, single-focused training approach the right way to maximize cycling performance? Maybe, maybe not. Is it the only way to maximize performance? Definitely not.

Endurance Sport Training Philosophies 

There are many theories out there to follow, however we have found the answer to be: “It depends”. It depends on who the athlete is. How old is the athlete? What is the athlete’s background in sport? What is the athlete’s lifestyle? Do they have a job and/or a family? Do they have the time, energy and physical capacity to allow them to train 30+ hours a week, week in and week out?

If you’re a 20-something year old, athletic individual with minimal life stress and plenty of financial backing, then it’s time to put in the big volume. However, if you’re over thirty, have to make money to support yourself and/or your family, or are a less than perfect physical specimen, then simply doing more of the same thing is not the best path to follow to reach your fullest potential.

Through working with hundreds of different athletes coming from all shapes and sizes of background in sport, we have found that there are six essential components required to maximize fitness and athletic development.

So how is the aspiring athlete going to maximize improvement when spending endless hours cranking out the effort is not an option? We have found over the years that all athletes must make fitness and sport a lifestyle. Much like a professional, you must focus on both the large and the small components of fitness to build the best possible athlete you can be. We have identified six key elements that are crucial to athletic success. Each one can be implemented regardless of the individual experience level or the amount of time the athlete has to devote to their sport.

Our 6 Components of Performance of Sessions:6 Sport Performance:

  1. Aerobic Conditioning

  2. Strength & Stability

  3. Skill Proficiency

  4. Diet & Nutrition

  5. Stress Management

  6. Mental Fitness

By learning, incorporating and striving to always improve upon these six key components of fitness, an athlete will be better able to reach their fullest potential in sport performance.

The Endurance Athlete’s Training

The first three components, aerobic conditioning, muscular stability, and skill proficiency make up the physical “training” an athlete with do.

Aerobic conditioning is highly trainable. The most common method is by spending more time performing your endurance sport at low to moderate intensities of effort. Training aerobic endurance by extending the durations of your training sessions can also improve aerobic conditioning. Training plans that include high intensity interval training at specific periods are also very effective at improving your aerobic conditioning.

Including muscular strength and joint stability training will improve an athlete’s range of motion, application of force, and overall durability. Improper joint mobility and/or joint stability limits nearly every athlete in some manner. Improving these characteristics through proper strength training modalities, an athlete will become more efficient and able to use more of their given maximal aerobic capacity.

Developing the skills to move the body in the most efficient manner is critical to maximizing performance. Wasted energy through improper movements not only slows you down but wastes valuable energy. Both of which limit your performance. By incorporating deliberate skill practice into your training plan you will maximize gains in strength and coordination leading to increased movement efficiency.

Sport Performance In Between the Training

The last three key components: diet & nutrition, stress management, and mental fitness are efforts made in between the physical training sessions. These details require as much or more effort to incorporate into an athlete’s routine. However they can also often yield some of the biggest results.

Most athletes are aware of the importance of nutrition but few actually take it seriously for any length of time. Many gains can be made through optimal nutrition: you perform better on race day. You’re more likely to achieve optimal body composition for improved performance. You can obtain optimal energy levels to improve training capacity as well as optimal hormone operation within the body to improve health and recovery.

Recovery between training sessions is critical to maximize your training consistency and adaptation. Learning and incorporating proper recovery methods are critical to adapting to your training load. In addition, recognizing non-training forms of stress in your your life and adjusting your training accordingly will allow you to train more effectively. Combined, both efforts will allow you to get more from each training session.

Finally, perhaps the most neglected and overlooked component of success in sport is the power of the mind. Getting yourself in the right mindset to compete to your fullest potential can be difficult to learn. It is subsequently also one of the most important abilities for athletes to transform themselves into champions. Practicing mental strategies and learning how to compete to your true ability will unlock the complete athlete within you.

In Summary

To become the best athlete you can become and reach your fullest potential in the least amount of time possible, you must address these six crucial components of sport performance development: aerobic conditioning, strength & stability, skill proficiency, diet & nutrition stress management, and mental fitness.

When any one of these components is neglected or underdeveloped an athlete will fall short of their maximum ability. Don’t fall into the trap that there is only one path to improvement, doing the same thing over and over. Rather, choose to expand your athletic ability by addressing these six components of performance. Allow yourself to continually evolve and improve as an athlete. By incorporating these 6 components into your daily lifestyle you will be able to consistently improve your performance year after year.

Written by Cody Waite, professional endurance athlete, endurance sport coach and founder of Sessions:6 Sport Performance. Looking for help with your endurance sport training? Check out S:6’s Training Plans, Team Programs, and  Personal Coaching options created to fit your needs and budget.

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