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BOOM! Explosive Bike Strength!

(Adapted from the January 2011 issue of Triathlete Magazine)

So, you say you want to get faster and stronger on the bike? “But it’s too cold/hot outside for a hill workout!” you protest. Well, fret no longer, because this is the workout for you!

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Strength Training Sundays: A+ Pushups (Back to Basics)

"It's just like landing on an aircraft carrier!"

On any given Saturday morning, round abouts 3:30 am, anyone who happened to be cruising through a tiny neck of the woods in Rhode Island would be likely to come across Mr. Caron, the infamous XC/Track coach and health teacher of Ponaganset High School, diligently raking the trails of the school’s cross country course or setting out orange cones on the track by the light of the high beams on his ancient white van with a grin on his face. This sight might give you pause, and the occasion to ask yourself, “Why?” The answer would of course invariably be, “Because it’s Mr. Caron. That’s why.”

In honor of Mr. Caron and his incredible commitment to his students and athletes over the years, I’d like to dedicate this first iteration of the hopefully regularly recurring “Strength Training Sundays” to a technique that will be forever burned into my brain: A+ Pushups. If you were to ask me to sum up the essence of A+ Pushups, I would probably respond with the old Mr. Caron adage that has been shouted across the track since somewhere around the Beginning of Time (since that’s when Mr. Caron started coaching) – “IT’S JUST LIKE MAKING FRENCH FRIES!!!”

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