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  • One of your's on the big box last weekend. Garrison Minter takes first place in Chainbusters ,Cat 2, 14-19, 3 hour.....International Horse Park, Conyers GA. His lap times would have given him a podium in every category except Cat 1 40-49. Fast and strong on your training program. Thanks!

    Bart Minter March 2016 6 Hour Race Training Plan

  • Hey Drew, Great effort today. Looks pretty solid although it felt more up and down during the TT. Lot of stress today at work but it did not seem to have much of an effect. I believe that is a record 20 min TT. Thanks for getting us there. This is a really big milestone for me/us, over 350W for 20 minutes, that's just crazy good. Let me tell you how I really feel. So very excited. This made my day, week, month, year. I can do better!

    Troy Zimmerman 2015 National US Marathon Champion 50+ and Multi-State FSC Champ

  • Big thanks to Drew Edsall who was my coach for the past year and got me ready for the Leadville Trail 100. I was ready, I was strong, and I hit my goal. It wasn't easy, but it was worth it.

    Doug B. Leadville 100 Finisher

  • Thanks to your expert advice, training plan, and coaching skills... I not only met my goals, I exceeded them!! Can't wait to see what 2016 brings!

    Madison McDaniel Multi-time winner as Junior Racing Expert/Pro Class 2016

  • Training with Drew has been the best thing for my racing career. He has pushed me to limits that I didn't know that I could achieve

    Tim Zimmerman Expert 40+ Georgia State Cahmp, SERC Champion, Multi-time State Series Champ

  • The whole reason I bought this mountain bike training plan was to be competitive in the Tennessee XC State Championship. I had never even raced a Cat 1 race before starting the training program. This past weekend I became the Cat 1 15-29 State Champion.

    Chase Peeler Cat 1 15-29 XC Racer

  • Training with Drew has been the single most beneficial thing for my race career.  I could not have progressed as fast without Drew's expert advice & coaching.

    Lauren Gregg Cat 1 and Current Pro Mountain Bike Racer 2016

  • With the help of Drew Edsall I have met my goals and finished second overall in the Elite Florida State Championship Series in 2014 and then switched gears in 2015 to endurance racing and won the elite overall title in the Chainbuster Southeastern Endurance Cup 6 hour race Series. There are numerous coaches out there. The reason I chose Drew is because of his organization, engaging/challenging training plans, and most importantly to me, his racing knowledge and expertise.

    Dwayne Allgire Cat 1 30-39 XC and Endurance Mtn Bike Champion Elite Category 2016

  • Hi Drew, Just wanted to thank you for your training guide for Peter and I, we were very happy with our results this season (I got 3rd overall and Peter got 5th overall for the Florida State Championship Series) and felt the difference your training plan made in our riding.

    Brooke and Peter Cat 2 30-39 XC Racers

 

Heart Rate: not a performance indicator but performance enhancer

I just got done reading a great article in Training Peaks on Heart Rate (HR), Lactate Threshold Heart Rate specifically. One of the most common questions I get is "since my Threshold HR changed is my fitness getting better or worse" or "my threshold HR is 175 but so and so's is 185, so he/she must be faster?".

I see this common mistake of athletes associating Threshold HR and changes in HR with decreased or increased mountain bike performance.....don't fall for this!

Heart rate is a great way to improve your training regime. It helps organize the workouts in the training plan into a more readable and easy to follow workout. I.E. Go ride 3 hours at Zones 1-3. Having heart rate zones allows you, the athlete, to quantify "how hard" zones 1-3 is by having Heart Rate zones. That's the BEST part of heart rate.......it is an easily accessible way and affordable way to manage your intensity for a workout. But it is NOT a means to identify current fitness levels, past fitness levels, or to be used when comparing yourself to another athlete.

Changes in HR can indicate changes going on in your body, but without true race data or power data (such as power or Time Trial changes) you have no reliable data suggesting increases or decreases in fitness with only HR.

HR by itself is simply a great means of helping you establish training goals, train more effectively and efficiently, and perform workouts better. You can also use it somewhat for evaluation purposes, but these evaluations are not useful unless you have other data such as power and / or race data associated with it to help out

Read more up from this great article written by Mike Schultz of Highland Training: Does it Matter if Your Threshold Heart Rate is High or Low?