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The official podcast of FasCat Coaching, based in Boulder, CO. Coach Frank "Big Cat" Overton shares his extensive experience as a cycling coach to help you ride faster through training and racing tips, nutrition, and beyond.

FasCat Cycling Training Tips Podcast FasCat Cycling Training Tips Podcast

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    • 4.8 • 280 Ratings

The official podcast of FasCat Coaching, based in Boulder, CO. Coach Frank "Big Cat" Overton shares his extensive experience as a cycling coach to help you ride faster through training and racing tips, nutrition, and beyond.

    Which wearables are best? Expert tech reviewer Des Yap of DesFit explains

    Which wearables are best? Expert tech reviewer Des Yap of DesFit explains

    Apple just launched three new watches with measurements for sleep cycles, HRV, blood oxygen levels, and many other things, and Des Yap of the DesFit YouTube Channel was in California for Apple’s presentation. After testing and posting reviews on all three, Des came and joined Frank and Ben for a chat about what's new and interesting with wearables.
    Des specializes in wearable technology like smart watches and fitness and recovery trackers. Which is exactly what this episosde is about: tools like Whoop, Oura, Garmin, and Apple that track your sleep, HRV, and other things and how you can use that data to improve your cycling - or running, swimming, nordic skiing — any endurance sport pursuit.
    Frank and Ben have a lot of questions for Des, chief among them: as someone who has tested all the top wearbles, which wearable do you like best, and why? 
    First, head over to fascatcoaching.com and be sure to use the code ”25podcast” to receive 25% off your first FasCat training plan. All our plans are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee and we have nearly 1,000 five-star reviews.

    • 54 min
    Ask a FasCat #22: HRV, post-event blues, balancing work and training, and more

    Ask a FasCat #22: HRV, post-event blues, balancing work and training, and more

    Our 'Ask a FasCat' episodes are always fun because we take your questions, give them some thought, and FasCat founder Frank Overton delivers advice on a wide range of topics.
    On this episode, we dig into HRV, weight training, weight loss, overcoming plateaus, dealing with post-event blues, which workouts to prioritize when traveling, and much more.
    Ready to move forward with your training? Head over to fascatcoaching.com and be sure to use the code”25podcast” to receive 25% off your first FasCat training plan. All our plans are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee and we have nearly 1,000 five-star reviews.
    Reference links mentioned in show:
    What to eat before early workouts:  https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/video-effective-fueling-for-early-morning-workouts
    Using your Powermeter for Weight Loss Training: 
    https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/using-your-powermeter-for-weight-loss
    What it takes to be a FasCat Coach, as relates to our Mission Statement and Core Values: https://fascatcoaching.com/pages/our-values
    What makes a good coach: https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/what-makes-a-good-coach
    Coach Jake's tip (and demonstration) on using Zwift to FtFP his way to 200 TSS on his training plan: https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/sweet-spot-tss-rides-indoors
    University of Queensland study 'A Validation of Six Wearable Devices for Estimating Sleep, Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability in Healthy Adults' funded the Austrialian Institute of Sport: https://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/22/16/6317/htm
     

    • 1 hr 4 min
    How to Use Power Data to Review Your Season

    How to Use Power Data to Review Your Season

    Top athletes are always looking ahead and planning long term. One of the best ways of doing this is by taking time to look back at how your training went this year: what went right, what went wrong, and what edits might help you improve next year. Using power data to review your season is an invaluable tool. With TrainingPeaks, you can use these charts to lay out some quick metrics to track your season. 
    On this podcast, coaches Isaiah Newkirk and Frank Overton talk with Ben Delaney about how to do exactly that.
    Ready to move forward with your training? Head over to fascatcoaching.com and be sure to use the code”25podcast” to receive 25% off your first FasCat training plan. All our plans are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee and we have nearly 1,000 five-star reviews.
    Other relevant info:
    Use your power data to find the right training approach (video)
    Text version of this podcast
     

    • 58 min
    The Five Pillars of Off-Season Training

    The Five Pillars of Off-Season Training

    Off-season training doesn't mean off the bike! In fact, the time away from competition is the best time to improve and build your body up for racing. 
    In this podcast, we dig into the five pillars of off-season training: creating the Annual Training Plan, the fall foundation, lifting weights, Sweet Spot base, and adding intervals.
    Before you get going on your off-season training, take a break!
    In this pod we touch on OTS - Optimized Training Stress. For a deep-dive on this cutting edge new metric, check out this podcast with Dr. Phil Skiba.
    Our popular Ask a FasCat podcast is coming up soon, so get your questions in at forum.FasCatCoaching.com, via chat at FasCat Coaching.com or via email at help@fascatcoaching.com by September 8th. We are giving away a new Garmin Forerunner 955 to the listener with the most thoughtful question!  And the ForeRunner 955 measures your sleep and HRV and will be compatible with our new app Optimize!
    Ready to get on the 30-week Off-Season Training Plan? Head over to fascatcoaching.com and be sure to use the code”25podcast” to receive 25% off your first FasCat training plan. All our plans are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee and we have nearly 1,000 five-star reviews.

    • 52 min
    How to improve your cycling through good sleep. Tips & tricks from Dr. Lauren Costantini

    How to improve your cycling through good sleep. Tips & tricks from Dr. Lauren Costantini

    We all know that we need good sleep for optimal recovery and performance on the bike, but many of us still skimp on getting enough quality rest.
    On this pod, Dr. Lauren Costantini breaks down some simple tips and tricks for improving your nightly rest so you can fully recover and prime yourself for quality training and racing.
    Dr. Lauren also drops some science from recent studies on sleep and athletic performance, as well as some suggestions for natural sleep aids and a list of things to avoid.
    Dr. Lauren holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. 
    Dr. Lauren is the Chief Scientific Officer at FasCat and a van-traveling gravel racer!
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    Feeling tired and need a break from the season? We got you. Here are some tips on how to best take an off-season break: https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/post-season-break
    Ready to move on to the next phase? Here is a 30-week plan for training in the off-season: https://fascatcoaching.com/blogs/training-tips/off-season-training-plan
    Don’t forget to use the code "25podcast" to receive 25% off your first FasCat training plan. All our plans are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee and we have close to 1,000 five star reviews. https://fascatcoaching.com/pages/reviews-feed

    • 48 min
    Euro Road vs US Gravel with Coach Ricky Arnopol

    Euro Road vs US Gravel with Coach Ricky Arnopol

    Fresh off pro racing in Europe on the road this summer, Coach Ricky Arnopol joined five of his Project Echelon teammates at SBT GRVL, the big gravel race in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. On this episode, Ricky and show cohost Ben Delaney talk about the similarities and differences between the two styles of racing in terms of tactics, power numbers, stress, and fun.
    There are four distances at SBT GRVL, and Ben won the 100-mile Blue course in the men's division, with Tiffany Cromwell of Canyon-SRAM taking the women's Blue title. Keegan Swenson and Lauren De Crescenzo won the 140-mile Black race that Ricky participated in. You can see Ben's power file and analysis up on fascatcoaching.com now.
    The whole FasCat team who attended SBT GRVL had a great time, so much so that we have even bigger plans for 2023, when we hope that you can join us in Steamboat for long weekend. Further, we are cooking up an SBT gravel training camp for next year, likely in June.
     
    Check out www.fascatcoaching.com and use code 25PODCAST for 25% off.
     
    Follow us on Instagram for training tips: @fascatcoaching

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
280 Ratings

280 Ratings

SLOatx ,

Finally Submitting a Review

Self coached cyclist with 10 years structured training finally submitting a review. By far my favorite training podcast, Frank’s straightforward techniques work if you FTFP. Really happy with Ben Delaney’s addition to the team, been a fan for years and he seems like a perfect fit for the podcast! Keep the episodes coming, much appreciated.

R Luckenbach ,

Podcast Volume

Great show great content but the volume on the show is messed up. One dude is talking like he is calling a golf match so you have to turn it up the others are fine but when you turn it up they are too loud. Increase his volume or have him lay off his “radio voice”.

giga chad ukraine ,

Excited to find another good cycling podcast!

There are few podcasts as good as trainerroad. This is one of them. I’m thankful I found this training-focused series.

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