Category: Physiology

Quantifying Myself

In my obsession with getting faster, I’ve taken a number of tests to assess my athletic potential. In a series of blog posts, I’ll describe these tests and their relative value in “quantifying myself.” In a few decades’ time, assessing (and even enhancing) an athlete’s genetic potential will be quite straightforward. Genetic testing is already

Position Changes for Shorter Cranks

The benefits of short cranks, particularly for triathletes, have been debated at length. Studies show that crank length may affect maximal power output and oxygen uptake, though efficiency may be more related to pedal speed (i.e. 2π * crank length / cadence). Thus, if you move to shorter cranks and keep your cadence and power