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May 23rd, 2020 by

“The training you do must be horrific !!”.

Posted by paulhart on  23rd June 2020

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This is one of the many things that has been said to me recently. Many think I must have completely removed the fun from my cycling and now just hammer the turbo trainer until my heart rate reaches maximum… every day! Not true. Here is something that might surprise you. You can train hard, you can follow a structured progressive training plan, you can improve, AND you can enjoy it! It doesn’t have to be miserable!!! It’s crucial to me, and fundamental to my coaching approach that everyone enjoys the process and the mind remains fresh. Sure we do hard

Wout Van Aert – Phenomenon?

Posted by paulhart on  23rd June 2020

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So… Van Aert has won the biggest cross races in the world. He also beats the best in time trials, and now out sprints the best on the world’s biggest stage. This shouldn’t be possible.. should it? Cross races and time trials are polar opposites aren’t they? The power delivery of a time trial should be a perfectly consistent horizontal line. The power delivery of a cross race is the opposite, the graph looks like the teeth of a saw, just like a crit. BUT if you remove the first 5 minutes, the heart rate of a cross race is

Only 7.2% of local time trialling entries are women. 😔

Posted by paulhart on  27th May 2020

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This Saturday HPC have a number of athletes heading to the final round of the Victoria TT series, and for the first time since I can remember the ladies have their own section of the event. 12 ladies have entered and are grouped together to enable proper competition. (86 total entries). I therefore decided to look back at other popular local TTs this season: Hainault Hilly 8/102 Maldon Hilly 6/63 Chelmer Hardriders 4/84 18 females from a total field of 249 (7.2%). It’s such a shame. In the Eastern Cyclocross leagues the ladies have to race with the Vet 50

Before you achieve, you must believe. Is this really the case?

Posted by paulhart on  23rd March 2020

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Matthew Hayman is my Monday Motivation. Paris Roubaix 2016 is one of my favourite races and certainly inspires me. Most of us cannot relate to Tom Boonen. That guy who was just born to win races. But we can all relate to Matthew Hayman. The underdog. The guy who is expected to just make up the numbers, the guy who tries hard. There is always someone faster isn’t there. Hayman broke his arm at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 5 weeks before Roubaix. His classics season over. He continued to train on the turbo not even knowing if he was going to

It’s the end of the road season. So what now?

Posted by paulhart on  23rd November 2019

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It’s time for a break. The body needs a rest, but off season is mainly about the psychological benefits. A break from the mental pressure is vital. When we become more ambitious, we take training more seriously and look to perform well in big events, cycling can become another stress on top of things such as work and family. Before you start your winter training program towards the 2020 season, ask yourself this question: “Do i have the motivation to train hard all winter for another long season? If the thought makes you tired, then its rest. You cannot start

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