Power Tests: What, When and Why Do Them?

Fitness testing is an essential part of improving as a cyclist as it allows you to quantify where you are, set training zones for your workouts (either through heart rate or power), and track your progress over time. If you are new to riding with power, where do you begin?  Power testing to determine...

Going Beyond Threshold Power – The SYSTM 4DP Power Profile

With the advent of accurate, reliable smart trainers like the KICKR and SNAP, more athletes are taking advantage of the benefits of training with power. With that comes a greater focus on metrics like Functional Threshold Power (FTP). For the uninitiated, FTP is typically defined as the highest power output you can maintain for...

Warming Up Before a Run

While it can be tempting to roll out of bed, lace up your shoes, and head out the door for your early morning run…perhaps this time around you pump the brakes. While many runners may not think twice about running without a warm-up, it may be time to start reconsidering.  Why is Warm Up...

The Importance of Structured Training

When it comes to following a structured training plan, many cyclists may believe this is best left to professionals alone. The truth is, structured training plans are meant for anyone working towards a goal – a race, person best on a local route, or looking to complete a century. No matter how large or...

Ian Boswell’s Cape Epic Ride By The Numbers

Based on the stories, sounds like Absa Cape Epic absolutely lived up to its name once again- eight days with over 600 kilometers of riding and over 15.000 meters of climbing!  It is the most televised mountain bike race in the world, labeled as the off-road Tour de France and classed as hors categorie...

Knights of Sufferlandria

The list of distinguished Knights and Dames is growing. The below list is in honor of the hard work each of these athletes has put in. AUSTRALIA AUSTRIA  BANGLADESH BELGIUM BRAZIL CANADA CHILE COLOMBIA CROATIA DENMARK ESTONIA FINLAND FRANCE GERMANY GHANA HONDURAS HONG KONG HUNGARY ICELAND INDIA IRELAND ISRAEL ITALY JAPAN LEBANON LIECHTENSTEIN LITHUANIA...

The Performance Myths Between Men and Women

It is obvious that there are physical differences between men and women. Men are typically taller, more muscular, and therefore usually outperform women when it comes to upper body performances (like lifting), strength, and power events. This is also true when it comes to shorter-distance events; historically, men outperform women. That being said, this...

What is Overload Training?

Whether you are planning to implement a training camp or a stage race into your next training block, there are a few key pieces to consider when planning your build. We will dive into what makes up overload training, and how to safely implement these high-volume weeks into your own training plan.  What is...

La importancia del entrenamiento indoor

Indoor training has had a bad rap for a long time. While indoor training has historically been viewed as the training “alternative” option, it is quickly becoming the go-to option for many athletes globally. This shift is not just due to weather patterns affecting their outdoor riding plans, but instead the wide range of...

Why Focusing on FTP is Making You a Slower Triathlete

If you’re a triathlete you’ve probably heard this piece of training advice: If you want to get faster on the bike, you need to focus on steady-state workouts to build your FTP. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Not only does the bike leg demand more than just steady power, focusing on FTP might actually be...

Using Sleep Tracking To Make Performance Gains

Sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our body, and yet still 1 in 3 adults do not get enough of it. Many of us are endurance athletes, and it usually goes without saying that we care about our bodies, we care about our performance, and we want to...

Bring Your Indoor Workouts Outside

The SYSTM Training App will now be able to support both indoor and outdoor workouts. What does this mean as a user? You can now select a training plan or workout from the app, add it to your calendar, and sync it with your bike computer for both indoor and outdoor training sessions.  The...

On-road and Off-Road, ELEMNT ROAM Turn-by-Turn Guidance

ROAM Improves On Device Routing for MTB Project, Singletracks, and Strava! Get out and explore more with expanded turn-by-turn directions for the ROAM! With new on device Turn By Turn support, the ROAM bike computer now provides turn-by-turn route guidance for every routing app including Singletracks, MTB Project and Strava as well as every...

Indoor Cycling Tips For Training in ERG Mode

There was a point when riding the trainer was viewed for times only when the weather was too treacherous to ride outside, or for rehabilitation from an injury. Wintertime was the only season when cyclists could muster up the mental strength to subject themselves to riding in a fixed position for a few hours...

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