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The Big Wheel Coaching Podcast

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On the Big Wheel Podcast we discuss training and preparation tips, tricks, hacks, as well as Athlete stories to help Athletes everywhere achieve their best. Although our primary focus is cycling of all types, the concepts discussed are applicable to Athletes in other sports. We hope you enjoy the po… read more

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Bike Maintenance Tips From A Pro To Keep You On The Road & Not At The Shop: BWC EP53

September 4th, 2020


Maintaining your bicycle is likely not the first thing that comes to mind when training, but a well-working bike is most certainly key to a great workout!

What's more, bike shops are swamped with repairs, meaning if …

Understanding Intrinsic & Extrinsic Motivation To Keep Your Training Productive In A Pandemic: BWC EP52

August 19th, 2020


Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation are often thought to exist in a Yin and Yang relationship.

One is zen-like motivation and the other is about …

Scratch The Itch: ZWIFT Racing & Training w/vJMSR Champ Jordan Cheyne EP51

July 21st, 2020


July is simply not the same without the Tour de France and world class bike racing to watch...

Thankfully, with ZWIFT there is a platform where …

A Community Initiative That Needs Our Support: Meet Kimberly Calvin Of The Akoma Unity Center

June 25th, 2020


As parents, Coaches, and two people that want to see the next generation of young people grow up to achieve all they are capable of, we are dedicating this episode of the BWC podcast to the incredible work done at the …

Gaining Power & Speed: How Posture & Bike Fit Can Make You Faster!

June 13th, 2020


**New Episode & Flash SALE On BWC Summer Edition Kits**

Efficiency of power transfer and economy of effort are two important concepts that all …

Prioritizing & Emphasizing Hydration Before, During, & After Training w/Dina Griffin Sports Dietician

May 29th, 2020


Did you know, for most training rides, especially those lasting less than 90min., hydration (rather lack thereof) makes a greater impact on performance than nutrition.

And with the summer-heat upon us, the importance …

Nutrition For Cyclists: A Little Less 'Space-Food'/A Lot More Real Food With SNAAK Bar Founder Anke Thiel

May 13th, 2020


"Food Is Fuel" is a mantra that is often under-appreciated in this age of packaged meals, powdered nutrition, and pills pitched to cure all.

Yet for cyclists everywhere their desire for nutrition in the form of tasty, …

Work Your Weaknesses/Broaden Your Strengths While Events Are On Hold: Take The #BigWheelBenchmark Challenge

April 25th, 2020


Humans are hunting creatures, we get what we aim at...

And without goal events to target, what should Athletes be aiming at?

We suggest assessing …

Bikes Aren't Cancelled! Reassessing Your Fitness Goals During Covid-19: Podcast Episode 45

April 4th, 2020


No matter where you are when you read this email it is highly likely that you are "in the thick" of the Covid-19/Corona Virus pandemic.

Here in SoCal the virus is gaining steam and experts project a mid-April peak in …

Work From Home Hacks For Athletes "Sheltering In Place": Podcast Episode 44

March 28th, 2020


So you are working from home and already getting the "shelter in place" restlessness?

As Athletes with jobs, families, and busy lives, there is often a mountain of tasks between you and your workout. And although …

Strength Training Through The "Shelter In Place Order" With Shawn Wayland: Episode 43

March 21st, 2020


Complying with the recent "shelter in place" order for the state of California, and elsewhere, means citizens should avoid public gatherings.

One …

Reclaiming Your Best After A Injury With Jordan Cheyne Of Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling

March 15th, 2020


"Sometimes healing the body is the easy part, and the lasting impact of an injury is a loss in confidence." -Jim Rutberg, Author/Coach

If you ride and train long enough you are bound to experience setback and injury, …

Group Riding With A Purpose: Why, How, & When To Use Your Local Race-Pace Road Ride To Enhance Your Event Preparation

March 8th, 2020


Daylight Savings Time is a nuisance for most folks, but for cyclists everywhere it usually brings evening group training sessions that are fast and …

Debunking Long-Standing Recovery Myths "Good To Go" Book Review Pt. 2

February 29th, 2020


"Any fool can go train more...It takes courage to rest!"

These words come from the lips of Trond Nystad the former Head-Coach for the U.S. ski team.

How A Pursuit Of Wellness Can Impact Performance: The BackMate Story: EP39

February 1st, 2020


Eric Bostrom is a legend amongst two-wheeled motor racing enthusiasts. As a multi-time champion road racer and Flat-Track star "E-Boz" was known to …

Good To Go, What Athletes Can Learn From The Strange Science Of Recovery: A Book Review Pt.1/EP38

January 15th, 2020


"In recent years RECOVERY has become a sports fitness buzzword. Anyone who works out or competes at any level is bombarded with the latest recovery products and services: from drinks and shakes to compression sleeves, …

Advanced Goal Setting To Fuel Your 2020 Cycling Successes: Podcast Episode 37

January 6th, 2020


With the New Year upon us, one can't but help think about making "resolutions" to make this year better than the last...

But, as an Athlete you are …

Why A Growth Mindset Is The Foundation To Build Your 2020 Performance Goals With: Podcast Episode 36

December 21st, 2019


Before you listen to this weeks podcast, consider this question:

Athletic ability and the best performing athletes have what balance of talent (what they were born with) and work ethic (what can be developed)?

Is it …

1-Part Strength + 1-Part Tactical Savvy, A Deep Dive Into Tactics & Strategy For Racing Success: Podcast Episode 35

December 6th, 2019


Bike racing culture is steeped with adages and truisms.

Two of the most poignant include:

A- There are only two ways to win a race... Solo or in a …

The CBR Category 4 Race Tactics Experience Criterium With Jeff Prinz: BWC EP34

December 3rd, 2019


Racing road bicycles is not for the faint of heart...

Not because of the blazing speeds or close-quarters riding, no, bike racing challenges an Athlete both physically and mentally as it requires riders to make …

Why Treading Water Is Moving Ahead During The Holiday Season: Holiday Training Do's & Don'ts BWC EP 33

November 29th, 2019


Most cyclists have a love-hate relationship with the holiday season...

They love the time away from work which most often provides extra training …

Indoor Tips & Training To Beat The Fall DST Blues, Podcast EP32 With Coach Brady

November 15th, 2019


The advent of direct-drive indoor trainers has changed the "winter" training game for cyclists.

These pieces of equipment when coupled with …

Get To The Gym! Building Strength & Endurance For A Full Season Of Power, Podcast EP31

November 8th, 2019


Many cyclists have a love/hate relationship with strength work...

They love the strength built in the gym, but often struggle converting it to "on the bike" power and loathe the extra mass that comes with a traditional …

"Aero Is Not Everything": One Specialists Time-Trial Advice That Can Benefit Every Cyclist! BWC EP30

October 25th, 2019


Time-Trialing is known as the "race of truth", and for good reason, because the discipline is simple: it's you verse the clock, racing to cover the course as quickly as possible.

But since Greg Lemond dramatically won …

Length Over Strength: How Myofascial Release Therapy Can Help You Perform Optimally, Podcast EP29

October 18th, 2019


When you hear, "myofascial release", most Athletes think of recovery products like a foam-roller or possibly TriggerPoint balls, but did you know …

The Endurance Coaching Summit By TrainingPeaks: The Freshest Science & Ideas To Fuel Your Best Performance BWC EP28

October 11th, 2019


The TrainingPeaks Endurance Coaching Summit is an annual event for Cycling, Running, and Triathlon Coaches bringing together the newest science and latest ideas to fuel optimal performance.

But it's more than …

Going Fast & Leveraging The Power Of The Peloton: A Review Of The Mammoth Peloton Experience (BWC EP27)

September 18th, 2019


Our Peloton Experience at the Mammoth Gran Fondo was a massive success with the peloton swelling to 100+ riders at various points and finishing with our biggest group yet!

Gran Fondo's and other big rides are so much …

Racing For Today With Jordan Cheyne Of Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling: BWC EP26

September 10th, 2019


"Race for today" is the team motto at Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling... and has been since the program began.

This mindset is about never letting an opportunity pass and bringing out the best in the riders each and every day …

Special Episode: Join The BWC Peloton At The Mammoth Gran Fondo (BWC EP25)

September 3rd, 2019


With 75% of the 102-mile route closed to cars, the Mammoth Gran Fondo is a unique chance for cyclists to take-over the roads and enjoy the amazing scenery without the "hum" of traffic buzzing by...

For the …

20yrs After His First Leadville Trail 100 MTB Todd Brown Scores A New PR! BWC Podcast EP24

August 24th, 2019


The Leadville Trail 100 MTB race is iconic in the world of endurance racing and has absolutely exploded in participation over the last ten years.

How Great Athletes Think, Train, & Thrive, The Champion's Mind Book Review Part 3: BWC Podcast EP23

August 16th, 2019


"The ultimate is not to win, but to reach within the depths of your capabilities and compete against yourself to the greatest extent possible. When …

Lead-Up Events As A Dress Rehearsal For Your Big Goal: BWC Podcast EP22

August 9th, 2019


Having a great ride at your Goal Event takes focused preparation and so much more...

One of the best ways to test your preparation and see if you are on track, as well as uncover any weak links, is by doing "mock …

Good Sleep Is The Best Way To Guarantee A Great Ride: BWC Podcast EP21

July 26th, 2019


Endurance Athletes everywhere have felt the drag of doing a hard workout after a restless night in bed...and almost as powerful is the feeling …

Mindset Tips Honed By Olympic Experience, The Champions Mind Book Review Part 2: BWC Podcast EP20

July 19th, 2019


Do you have a Champion's Mind? 

As Athletes we spend nearly all of our time addressing our physical preparation, through interval work, endurance training, and pedaling dynamics...

Rarely do we devote time and energy …

A Gold Medal Mindset, The Champions Mind Book Review Part 1: BWC Podcast EP19

July 12th, 2019


There is far more to being a successful cyclist than pushing the pedals hard, but you already know that! Although being 'fit' is …

An Athletes Guide To Training While Traveling: BWC Podcast EP18

July 5th, 2019


Being an Endurance Athlete takes a lot "sport-specific" training in order to be competitive, meaning that it takes a lot of saddle time to maintain your best fitness. 

But for busy professionals that have jobs requiring …

Bike Fit 101, Why A Poor Position Is Costing You Speed: BWC Podcast EP17

June 28th, 2019


Is your bike a tool that is adapted to you, meaning you feel comfortable and ready to get the most from your body on every ride?

Or, are you …

From Bolivia On A 125lb. MTB To 100-Mile Gravel Events In NorCal: Meet Athlete Erik Andrejko BWC Podcast EP16

June 21st, 2019


"The toughest challenge I have ever faced on a bike was 3-days in the Gobi Desert when I thought I was lost and had to spend the majority of my day walking my bike through the deep sand..."

Not many competitive …

When Experience Counts...And There Is Little To Be Had: Lessons Learned At Dirty Kanza 2019

June 14th, 2019


It was just two weeks ago that Big Wheel Coaching made a pilgrimage to one of the most challenging races ever-imagined...The 200-mile Dirty Kanza Gravel Race.

Although the race has earned the reputation as the "World's …

Beating The Summer Sizzle, Strategies To Help You Train & Race Better In The Heat: BWC Podcast Episode 14

June 8th, 2019


The summer heat has arrived across much of the United States, especially in Southern California at BWC Headquarters, and that means one thing...

Helping our Athletes train properly and race effectively in the …

BWC EP13: Special Edition Interview With Dirty Kanza Race Director LeLan Dains!

May 29th, 2019


Ahead of Coach Brian's first participation in the ultra-endurance Dirty Kanza 200, he spoke with Race Director, LeLan Dains who has some great tips …

Why You Should Sign-Up For A Bucket-List Event: BWC Podcast EP12

May 24th, 2019


There is an old-saying that goes like this...

Question: "How do you eat an elephant?"

Answer: "One bite at a time!"

Signing up for a bucket-list …

EP11: Tony Rago Has 9 Podium Finishes In 11 Race Weekends An Incredible Ratio By Any Measure!

May 17th, 2019


Coach Brian and his Athlete Tony Rago have been working together for a few years now, but 2019 has been filled with success for Tony.

What has been the difference? In short, one part mindset and one part training, to …

Two Pillars Of Recovery Fundamental To Great Training: BWC Podcast EP10

May 10th, 2019


Sleep hygiene and proper nutrition are most likely not the first two things an Athlete thinks of as fundamental in their preparation for a big goal, …

EP9: Preparing For Your Epic Endurance Event, Training Tips & Tricks

May 3rd, 2019


In this episode of the BWC Podcast, Coaches Joy and Brian overview Endurance Training and share tips you can implement into your training routine to help you thrive in your upcoming epic endurance event.

EP8: BWC Athlete Eric Zook Won His First Race & Is Working Hard For More!

April 25th, 2019


In this episode of the BWC Podcast, we interview Athlete Eric Zook and his coach, BWC's Leo Bugtai to share some insights into Eric's training and how he went from casual masters racer to a fit and confident race …

BWC EP7: Active Recovery For Endurance Athletes, Why It Is Important & How To Optimize It In Your Training

April 19th, 2019


It doesn't take a whole lot of hard training for an Endurance Athlete to develop an appreciation for their recovery days, but unfortunately what is …

BWC EP4: Coaches Brady and Brian Talk "Lessons Learned" From Team Coaching For Individual Athletes

April 12th, 2019


Coaches Brian & Brady share insight that transcend group coaching environments to help individual Athletes achieve their very best.

BWC EP: 6 Marginal Gains For The Every Day Cyclist With Coach Joy & Brian

April 12th, 2019


Coaches Joy and Brian over-view a recent TrainingPeaks article titled "Marginal Gains For The Everyday Cyclist" and share their coaching experience to help Athletes of all levels focus their energies on the areas that …

BWC EP: 5 Athlete Profile Interview With Fred Archambault

April 12th, 2019


BWC Athlete Fred Archambault just completed his very first stage race at the San Dimas Stage Race. Although this was not his goal event, it was …

BWC EP: 3 Coach Leo And The Redlands Bicycle Classic

April 12th, 2019


Coach Brian interviews Coach Leo from the Tour de Taiwan while Leo is racing his second Redlands Bicycle Classic. In the discussion important topics are covered that focus on the preparing for and performing optimally …

BWC Podcast EP: 2 Mental Toughness w/Coach Joy

April 12th, 2019


Coaches Joy and Brian review mental toughness and how it can benefit your athletic endeavors!

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