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The Effect of Running Cadence on Running Economy

By Mat Popovich and TCR Sport Lab Running, as a sport, has been gaining significant popularity over the past decade (Rizzo, 2021). Running dynamics can be analyzed using various metrics including ground contact time, vertical oscillation, stride length, and cadence (Adams et al., 2016). Running cadence is defined as the number of steps taken per […]

Training after Disease and Cancer

“What I don’t understand is how my conditioning can be this good when I don’t do hard workouts. Felt strong.  Best ride I’ve had since I started my treatment in August 2020.  Feels good!” – BM Not long ago, the road back from cancer or disease was limited to what you received in the hospital. […]

Flowy FTP

Flowy FTP“…your heart, blood and intuition are telling you what to do, listen in.” Cyclist or runner, most of us use a marker to judge the intensity of our workout.  For example, “Today we are going to work at 90% of your FTP for 4 sets of 5 min…”  The concept also applies to runners […]

Legs or Lungs?

What is your limiting factor?  Think back to your last interval workout or long effort. What was most fatigued when you finished?   Where your legs burning or where you out of breathe?   Traditionally, most of the off-season training that we undergo is designed to increase your tolerance to pain.  Lactate Tolerance is the official […]

More than Gravel

Gravel bikes are a relatively new genre in bikes even though riding on dirt and gravel roads is not. Randonneuring has been around for over 100 years, the original bike races covered many miles of gravel roads because that is what they had. The original Clunkers would race down logging roads on flat bar bikes. […]

Polarized vs Sweet-spot Training

By Selina Campbell, PhD Polarized model vs a Sweet-spot/threshold model I often get asked when it comes to training, which way is better – Polarized model or a Sweet-spot/threshold model.I know people want me to say the latter as the former involves 75-80% of Z1-2 time (boring!) whereas the latter involves going harder and working […]

What do my numbers mean?

What do my bike power numbers mean?Now that we are done over a month of training and some secret testing in classes, you are probably wondering what the heck that was all for?!   We were able to pull out data from your workouts to create your power profile.Looking at the data, you can tease out […]

Resiliency & Rebound

Coaches CornerResiliency and Rebound! The Shelagh Coutts story Dr. Shelagh Coutts is the quiet and determined type.  In 2012, she was a “top 40 under 40” nominee as she became one of Canada’s top researchers on triage and treatment with stroke patients.  On her downtime, she is an avid cyclist with a love of mountain […]

The Power of the Pack

Training with others have been proven over and over again to yield better results for the majority of people. Not only does it push you just that little bit harder knowing your teammates are right there with you, but it also builds the sense of camaraderie on a team. It is also purposeful for the […]

One Rest Day or Two?

One Rest day or Two? Recently, Campagnolo, the famous Italian part manufacturer, wrote a short blog on what professional riders do on a rest day while competing in the Giro d’Italia.  Although these riders were high-end athletes, it was interesting to note what they did in order to perform well the next day.   The riders: […]