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Peak performance Gareth Cole (above), head of education at The Third Space in London, trains members in the club’s hypoxic chamber (left)


The Third Space is also looking to


acquire some Wattbikes in the near future. Cole explains that these bikes can measure the amount of pressure applied on the pedals, as well as any muscular imbalances during the ride. Recommended and partly developed by British Cycling – the governing body for cycling – every pedal turn is analysed across 39 parameters, 100 times a second, so that the rider’s power output can be monitored accurately for a greater training effect.


preparing body and mind Cole is keen to stress the importance of recovery and re-conditioning sessions as an integral part of an athlete’s training programme. In Dunmore’s case, these were used to supplement the exercise sessions to help improve his time when on the bike. “The sessions helped increase Eric’s range of movement and mobility both on and off the bike, helping to ease the glutes, quads and lower back to get the maximum potential out of his body,” Cole says. Regarding nutrition, Cole says there


are equations that must be done regarding the body weight of the athlete.


“You need to work out the amount of glycogen uptake the individual athlete needs, as well as carbohydrates, fl uids and electrolytes. You also need to work out what that particular person can easily consume. Some athletes can have a huge meal before a race, while others need to allow four hours for digestion,” he says.


august 2010 © cybertrek 2010 “On race day, ideally the rider should


mimic the training diet, rather than grab something from the roadside that they haven’t tried before, which might result in an upset stomach. “Eric and I worked out what he could


and couldn’t digest during his training. Before the race, he took in a large amount of glycogen and made sure he was properly hydrated. During the race, the varying amounts of water, salt and electrolytes he took in depended on the terrain and the intensity of the ride. “The standard mantra during a race


is: eat when you’re not hungry and drink when you’re not thirsty, so the body doesn’t lack the fuel to maintain form and technical ability. In reality, no athlete can replenish completely, because it burns off more calories than it consumes, but you can try to delay the process,” Cole says. Probably the only part of Dunmore’s


preparation Cole didn’t get involved in was mental attitude, although he places a huge importance on sports psychology.


“When the athlete can’t train any more and is as fi t and as competent as the rider next to them, then mental strength is a huge advantage. I always advise clients to see a sports psychologist to help them prepare their own mantras and visualisations, which help them recognise that they’re more than ready for the challenge.”


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