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  • What are you doing to prepare for 2017? If you want to make big gains during the off season and maintain motivation throughout the year, you should consider incorporating resistance training into your cycling plan. At Achieve Training & Coaching, our athletes will typically spend 8 weeks of the off-season in the gym, focusing on building […]

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  • When you think of receiving cycle coaching, what comes to mind? What do you expect from your coach and what kind of relationship do you envision? Cycle Coaching isn’t like Other Sports Cycle coaching is unique from other sports in that your coach isn’t with you on the sidelines during every training ride. Instead, most […]

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  • Why Everyone Should Try Cyclocross

    By Sofia Marin | In General, Race Tips | on August 12, 2016

    Cross is coming! Whether you’re a new rider, seasoned road or mountain bike racer, or weekend warrior, you should give cyclocross a try. While the sport has been around for decades, the recent rise in popularity in the U.S. has made it super accessible to all riders. The local cross scene offers up a colorful, […]

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  • Pre-Race Homework

    By Sofia Marin | In General, Optimal Performance, Race Tips | on August 4, 2016

    One of the Most Important Practices the Best Bike Racers Do that you need to Adopt a.s.a.p. Long before you toe the start line of a race, there’s one thing you can do to seriously increase your odds of success. I like to call it, Pre-Race Homework. The best bike racers in the world are […]

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  • It’s getting hot out there! Are you prepared? Dealing with the heat requires a proactive approach rather than a reactive one. For hot weather training and racing, it’s essential that you anticipate the effects of the hot environment and prepare a specific hydration and body cooling strategy. Sweat evaporation is the most important cooling mechanism your […]

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  • We are extremely pleased to work with TrainingPeaks and share our expert tips to help you take your crit racing to the next level. See our TrainingPeaks article written by Achieve’s Coach Sofia Marin. “Winning a criterium requires proper preparation, vigilant positioning tactics, keen attention to energy conservation, and a smart finishing strategy.” Follow this link […]

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  • How many hours per week do you spend training your body? How about training your mind? Often it’s our minds, not our bodies, that will take us to the next level in athletic performance. Check out our 9 mindset and mental training techniques below and learn how to use sports psychology to improve confidence, motivation, and […]

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  • The Most Important Six Inches

    By Dana Williams | In General, Optimal Performance, Race Tips | on April 2, 2016

    Start with a question, “What Are The Most Important Six Inches?” Think about it as you read the following. Introduction Be careful for what you wish for, to paraphrase the old adage – for you may just get your wish. Your thoughts control your actions and your actions have direct correlation to outcomes. A strong, focused […]

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  • Goal Setting for Athletes

    By Sofia Marin | In General, Race Tips | on March 10, 2016

    Do you know why you train and race? What keeps you coming back to the bike, day after day? When it’s dumping rain and you have a training ride scheduled; when you kit up and get out the door before the sun rises; when you dig so deep everything starts to go black; when you […]

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  • Intro: As part of our look at Group Rides in the Bay Area, this week we look at another North Bay Classic, The Divine Ride. On the Divine Electric team website under Group Rides you will find the following disclaimer:  “While we can’t guarantee that they are “no-drop rides”, we generally allow for hills to […]

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