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My name is Damian Ruse, cycling coach, cyclist, and podcast host. I help competitive cyclists to upgrade their fitness and performance with actionable advice from the latest science-based information.

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Episode #92 – Brain Training to Perform Under Pressure

Episode #92 – Brain Training to Perform Under Pressure

Performing under pressure is crucial to training and racing success. The key to controlling pain and other emotions is awareness that starts with your body, then your mind, and finally your situation. This episode will give you tools directly from the military that will help you to deal with each of these areas. Helping you expand the time you can spend in the pain cave.
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Episode #91 –  Increase Your Pain Threshold with Practice

Episode #91 – Increase Your Pain Threshold with Practice

Learn how to PROs deal with pain, and how you can start to understand your own relationship to pain. This episode explores the issue of pain and how cyclists deal with it differently than other athletes, and non-athletes. We also look into the pain cave, and how you can extend your time in there, and increase your pain threshold. Listen to Episode

Episode #90 – Evaluating Your Race Performance with Race Reports

Episode #90 – Evaluating Your Race Performance with Race Reports

Hard race data like power is important but can only take you so far in understanding why you did, or did not perform to your expectations in a race. Using a race reports as a tool to gather and record vital subjective information will help shape your training, race preparation, and ultimately your performance.Listen to Episode

Episode #89 – An Introduction to Power Based Training

Episode #89 – An Introduction to Power Based Training

Learn the 5 steps you should take the moment you buy a power meter; including, why not to test straight away, what to test and why, and why you shouldn’t Froome-dog it! Listen to Episode

Episode #88 – How to Budget Your Upgrades with Andy Blair

Episode #88 – How to Budget Your Upgrades with Andy Blair

Andy Blair from the Swell-Specialized Mountain Bike Team talks how to upgrade your bike based on dollars per gram. I also touch on if it is even worth upgrading for roadies by looking at how weight reduces climbing times, what to look for in new wheels, debunking the rotational weight myth, and we tackle to aero versus weight debate.Listen to Episode

Episode #87 – Turning Pro the Phil Gaimon Way

Episode #87 – Turning Pro the Phil Gaimon Way

Phil Gaimon from the Garmin-Sharp Pro Cycling Team is here with us this week to talk about how to turn pro even if you have a late start and don’t make your way through the traditional development route. Phil really gets into what it takes to be a Pro, and what you can do to better your cycling, whether you want to be a pro or not.
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Episode #86 – Plyometrics Training for Cyclists

Episode #86 – Plyometrics Training for Cyclists

Plyometrics are supposed to help with explosive anaerobic power, but what does the science say? Learn the ins and outs of plyo – and even if you should even bother adding to your training at all.Listen to Episode

Episode #85 – Surviving Sportives and Epic Rides with Matt de Neef

Episode #85 – Surviving Sportives and Epic Rides with Matt de Neef

Sportives and epics create the perfect environment to challenge your physical and mental limits. Finding ways to survive any epic ride your about to do will not only increase your chances of enjoy it more, but finishing the ride in the first place. This show focuses on the Scody 3 Peaks Challenge in Australia, but the lessons apply to any epic adventure you set out to conquer.Listen to Episode

Episode #84 – Demystifying Sprint Technique with Jonathan Fraley

Episode #84 – Demystifying Sprint Technique with Jonathan Fraley

Sprinting is a rare thing in cycling – a skill we can actually practice. Ignoring tactics, positioning and panache – actually learning how to sprint is vital for every racing cyclist, and even non-racers. This episode breaks down the skill of cycling, including how to read your power meter to analyse your sprint.Listen to Episode

Episode #83 – Pre-Season Checkup: Make Sure You’re Ready for Race Season

Episode #83 – Pre-Season Checkup: Make Sure You’re Ready for Race Season

The race season is coming so it’s time to get everything in place to start with a bang. This episode covers 5 ways you can prepare your body and your mind, plus some skills for good measure. Listen to Episode