How to Know if You’re Overtraining with Coach Dee Tidwell

Dee Tidwell is a professional coach and the founder of Train to Ride which provides cycling-specific training programs and plans for mountain biking, road, gravel, and moto riding. He’s also a two time Big Mountain Enduro Master’s Champ and has worked with countless professional athletes including members of the Yeti/Fox Factory professional EWS race team.

We ask Dee:

  • What is the Performance Pyramid, and how does it work? Walk us through each level.
  • Is it OK to skip some of the lower levels and jump right to the top?
  • How electric mountain bike riding and racing this differ from more traditional mountain bike training?
  • Do you find that people really hate cardio so much that they avoid training altogether? Is equipment cost an excuse people use for not working on getting stronger?
  • Is soft tissue therapy something folks can work on at home with foam rollers and massage guns, or is this one area where working with a physical or massage therapist in person is beneficial?
  • Have you seen a shift in the mix of your clients over the years between racers and folks who just want to ride for fun?
  • What are the risks associated with over training? How do you know if you’re over training?
  • Why is full body strength so important for mountain biking?
  • How are golf and cycling related in terms of fitness and mobility? Is it true that mountain biking is the new golf?
  • How can riders deal with pain and fatigue on long rides?
  • How does a lack of strength or fitness contribute to our risk for injury?
  • What can we do to have more fun on the mountain bike next season?

Find more information about Dee and learn about training programs at TrainToRide.com.


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