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Technology has allowed us to advance the way we communicate during races and our team recently picked up new partners in Retevis to provide us with improved radios for our team cars, staff, and riders. Transcript: "Absolutely perfect timing on this question. Communication during a race is extremely important. There's obviously the old-school form of communication which is simply talking to one another, finding each other in the group, using hand signals, raising your hand, dropping back to the team car and talking directly to your director. All great things. But you know technology has allowed us to advance the way we communicate and we absolutely take advantage of that. So the reason that's perfect timing is Project Echelon just picked up a new partner in Retevis and so this is the RT90. This is the CB radio that's in the team car. So we just got some new CB radios for the team cars and then for our other staff that are on the road, soigneurs and such, we got the RT3S's which are GPS functional as well so we can see where each other are and then we have all the riders equipped with radios as well."
Tubeless tires for mountain bikes provide better rolling resistance, lighter weight, and a lower chance of getting a flat tire. Transcript: "Hey James. I think it depends a little bit on which by cure but specially on a mountain bike, you have so many benefits from tubeless. You have a better rolling resistance, you can save some weight and you have a lower chance for a flat tires."
I like to do 5x5 svo2 sessions on a home trainer, which involves five minutes of maximal effort at a high Cadence (120-125 RPM) with five minutes of recovery in between. It provides a regular effort and is a difficult yet productive session. Transcript: "Nice productive, indoor training session. I think, for me, it's what we call 5x5 svo2, sessions. Five minutes at a basically maximal at a high Cadence 120 RPM, 125 RPM with five minutes recovery, and repeat that five time to think on a home trainer. It gives you such a smooth, pillow strike, it's great for your pedal stroke. It's a really regular effort. Not like on the road where you contend with you know, changes in grade. Audience or different winds or Corners, you get a really constant effort. And I think although it's maybe not my favorite session, it's very difficult session. I've always found it a very productive session."
Many young people try to take shortcuts instead of putting in the hard work and effort needed for success. Transcript: "Common mistake. I see what the young sockless is they try and Reinvent the wheel or come up with another faster, way to get to the top, the nothing beats hard, work diet, all these things. It's all a Balance cycling is a balance. So I think differently. Now I see a lot of young guys, just trying to Fast Track the progress instead of just making the steps needed."
I use the Garmin Fenix 7S for tracking my strength training and running. It has solar charging so I haven't had to charge it since I got it. Transcript: "Hey, Sam. I use a Garmin watch for tracking my strength training and my running primarily. And, recently, I got the Fenix 7S, so that's the one I've been using. Usually, there's not that much change with new generations. But this one actually has solar charging, so I haven't charged it since I got it and just have been wearing it in the sun, which is pretty sweet and definitely worth the upgrade."
I spend an average of 20-25 hours a week in training, rarely going above 30 hours. This allows me to gradually build up fitness without getting sick or mentally drained. Transcript: "So I spend an average training week is probably 20 to 25 hours. Excuse me, a big training week, 30 and rarely, do I go above 30 hours that is saved solely for racing but 2225 there's a good mix of quality recovery and volume in there to really just tick all the boxes. I find that not, I can do many weeks of that number. If I start doing 30 hour weeks, then it's not a sustainable. It's not a sustainable amount of volume for me. I can do a few of them. And I see a benefit for it but then I certainly have to shut it down for a bit as well. Whereas for me ticking over gradually increasing Fitness is in a way that I don't get sick and mentally. I'm in a very good space for. It is kind of 20 to 25 hours"