Category Running


Beat the Heat: Essential Racing Strategies for Hot Weather

When nearing a race, few things can be as disheartening as an extended forecast with temps north of 80 degrees.  This is because experienced athletes know that of the many race day challenges, extreme heat presents a unique and dangerous wildcard.  This makes adapting your preparation, approach and execution crucial to ensuring you have a …


Optimize Your Training with Metrics & Testing

For many casual endurance athletes, assessing performance and tracking metrics begins and ends with a training journal.  Athletes diligently chart training mileage along with their performance on race day, using the limited data set to tweak their recipe and improve. While this approach can be effective for moderate gains, the science of training has much …


Zoom Performance Partners with Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series

Zoom Performance is excited to announce a new partnership with the Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series (IMBCS) for 2016! We’re joining forces with the organizers of the mountain bike racing scene in Iowa to help open the door to those who want to try the sport for the first time, as well as support racers …


Your Personal Hydration Needs: An Overview

Congratulations! You made it. You have survived another Iowa winter, or at least, like, 90% of it. It still might snow at the beginning of May, but we all can feel warmer temperatures lurking around the corner. It is only a matter of time before garage rides are a thing of the past and only …


A Rising Tide: Four Powerful Benefits of Group Workouts

It wasn’t too long ago that the term boot camp was reserved for military recruits and virtually all “group rides” took place on Harleys. Those days are long gone as group fitness has forever changed what it means to work out for millions of Americans. Even participants in traditionally individual sports like cycling and running …


Outdoor Fitness in Winter: Adjust your gear and your approach

Cold winter temperatures can combine with limited daylight to sap the enthusiasm of even the most devoted athletes.  It is simply easier to stay inside on a bike trainer, hit up a treadmill, or forego a workout altogether. Reject that inclination.  By injecting outdoor fitness into your routine, you can stay motivated, enjoy winter, and …


Goals over Resolutions: Five key behaviors to help you build a plan and win 2016

‘Tis the season of resolutions. One need only turn on a television to be inundated with ads for nicotine gum and weight loss programs as the undisciplined vow to reverse course, make a fresh start and finally take action.  Again. More American will make resolutions than watch the Super Bowl in 2016– and yet 92% …


Case Study — solving tendonitis

Many cyclists have experienced knee issues in one form or another. I can remember having bouts of tendonitis where riding was out of the question for extended periods. The high volume of miles, hours and pedal revs will wildly magnify any imperfections or alignment issues in the pedal stroke causing inflammation and irritation in the …


The Benefits Of Resting

Ever since my race in Mexico I have been struggling to get things going again. I was a little sick going into the race and then really sick coming out of it, some kind of mucous-cold thing or maybe allergies, I don’t know. So after the race I took a week relatively easy to let my …


Racing and Training Nutrition

I was out riding with one of my clients recently on a long-ish ride. We were both pulling out our food items and I noticed he had home made banana bread and I had a sweet/salty granola bar. Believe it or not, I was happy to see that he was eating something other than traditional …

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