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Time Trial Masterclass session

Do you want to improve your time trial ability ahead of the ACT Champs, Vets Champs or Australia Masters Champs?

Here is the perfect opportunity to develop your TT skills while getting in a great workout in the lead up to these events.

TT Masterclass

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Jason Mahoney Friday 06 September 2013 at 5:28 pm | | Default, News, Race Reports, Rider Info, Tips, Training Sessions, Linkdump | No comments

Sports nutrition for cyclists

Getting The Basics Right

One of the most frequent questions  I get asked pertains to food and hydration for training and racing.   Without a doubt poor nutrition is responsible for many a cyclists good intentions going pear shaped.  Getting it right can be quite simple but first you need to know the basics, so here they are.

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Jason Mahoney Wednesday 07 August 2013 at 08:23 am | | Default, News, Race Reports, Rider Info, Tips, Training Sessions, Linkdump | No comments

Power Profile Test and Calculator - Now Available

Power profiling was introduced as a method of determining the current level of fitness across the range of energy systems.   The test itself involves completing seven all-out efforts over durations from 6 seconds to 10 minutes, with the shorter efforts providing an insight into the anaerobic abilities and the longer efforts revealing more details about the aerobic energy system, including power at aerobic capacity (Vo2) and threshold power.

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Jason Mahoney Monday 05 August 2013 at 4:00 pm | | News | No comments

Changes to the website

Over the coming months I will be gradually transitioning content off the riders section of this site on to the main site.  This means that there will be a substantial number of new blog posts with lots of training tips, racing advice, etc.    It will also include the additional of a power profile and nutrition tool to the main site to compliment the already popular bike fit and heart rate training zone calculators.

These changes will further enhance the content on the website and hopefully provide a range of useful information and tools for all cycling enthusiasts.

 

Regards

 

Jason

Jason Mahoney Saturday 03 August 2013 at 2:51 pm | | News, Default | No comments

Training plans for NSW and Australian Masters Championships

The NSW and Australian Masters road cycling championships are two of the most popular events of the year.  Both events offer masters riders the chance to challenge themselves over three disciplines; time trialling, road racing and criteriums.

Riders wishing to target these events will benefit from a dedicated and structured training plan and at Argonaut Cycle Coaching we have just what you need, with programs for all three events.

The first event of the championships is an individual time trial (ITT) and our 8 week ITT specific program is the way to go. At just 10-12hrs per week this program should meet just about everyone’s needs.  If you’re planning on racing the NSW Masters championships then this program would start on 14th July, just under weeks away!

Next up is the road race and the terrain for this event is usually over undulating terrain, making our one-day classic training program and ideal choice.  This program is 9 weeks in duration and has two options, the first being 8-12hrs per week and the second has 12-15hrs per week.  If you intend on hitting up the NSW masters road champs then you need to get this program now as you will need to start your serious work next week, yep 7th July is only 9 weeks out to the NSW Masters Championships.

Finally it’s the criterium.  Often raced hard and fast by the masters contingent, you will need to be at your best for this one.  Luckily we have that covered as well with our 7 weeks to faster crits program.  Although if you intend on racing the road race, that program will also get you in great shape for crit racing.

 

How to get the programs?

All of our training programs are available through the Training Plans page on our website.  The plans for the masters championships range from $40-$55 each. To purchase a plan, simply go to the website and click on the plan you want.  Then simply pay using a credit card or PayPal account and the training plan will be immediately sent to your email account.  Simple as that.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions on the training plans before purchasing then please contact us.

Changes to Motorpacing services

As of 24th May motorpacing services will no longer be available to non-coached riders, other than on an 'invite basis' for sessions being conducted for coached riders.

The motorpacing page has been removed from the website to reflect this change.

Jason Mahoney Friday 24 May 2013 at 6:43 pm | | News | No comments
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Lemond Revolution and Golden Cheetah Realtime Training

First up, I am a big fan of the Golden Cheetah software (http://goldencheetah.org/) and I have used it for years.  More recently I have been looking to utilise the Realtime Training functionality as a means to do bike fits and testing while out of the studio.

To make this work you need a trainer or sensors that transmit speed (and preferably cadence) data, via ANT+, to your computer or laptop.    An additional benefit is that for some trainers you can also see a 'virtual power' figure, which is calculated of a power curve for that type of trainer.    I have the Lemond Revolution as my race-day and out-n-about trainer and this is one of the trainers that provides virtual power so I set about testing the functionality. 

These are my thoughts on the setup process, accuracy and usability of the system as it stands at the moment.

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Jason Mahoney Sunday 28 April 2013 at 09:43 am | | News | Four comments

Garmin 510 – LiveTrack

When deciding to purchase the new Garmin Edge 510, the LiveTrack feature wasn’t high on my list of reasons for selecting this model over the 500.   However, as it turns out its becoming one of my favourite features.

Once my 510 arrived and I checked out the details of the LiveTrack functionality I was left scratching my head a bit as to when and how it might be useful.  Mobile phone reception is the biggest issue as the feature only works when there is a signal to transfer the data.     This mainly limits it’s use to metropolitan areas or rural areas with good mobile coverage.   In Canberra that means anything west of the suburbs is pretty much out for me.   Never-the-less I persisted looking at the feature and came up with a few ideas on how it might be useful.

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