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Strength is something that every competitive racer needs in order to be successful. Whether it is raw power and fast twitch muscles to help with a sprint, or the kind of strength it takes to grind out a hilly 20 kilometer course. Whether it’s one or the other, one thing is for certain, it all begins in the off season. There is more than one way to go about strength training. One of the more...

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It’s the end of summer and you’re sweating in the 90 degree heat as you pound the pavement with your poles and glide smoothly over the road while your heart beats like a well oiled machine at 180 beats a minute and your whole body screams as it tries to clear lactic acid as quickly as possible. This is level 4 training or race pace training. This training isn’t something that needs to be done...