Specific Demand Protocol
"Specific-Demand Protocol,” or SDP, is Live It Cycling’s patented training platform. Based on 25 years of experience in bicycle racing, studying, coaching and lab work, SDP takes a scientific approach to training, using elements that have proven successful in other endurance sports to determine the most effective adaptations for cycling. Specific-Demand Protocol also incorporates more traditional cycling methods, balancing the best of old and new.
How does it work?
Specific-Demand Protocol has three main components:
- Train the Limiters: At Live It Cycling, we use field tests and measurables frequently. We look carefully at results to determine the biggest areas of challenge then we build a customized training plan to bring the limiters up to a much stronger level. Areas of weakness may never become true strengths, but they are trainable.
- Play to Strengths: Using measurables and test results, we are able to determine key areas of power. SDP taxes the limiters, but it also aims to improve upon existing strengths.
- Strategize for Targeted Events: All big rides have certain course characteristics that dictate demands of the race such as short, punchy climbs or big gusts of wind. Using Specific-Demand Protocol, we assess the requirements of targeted events to develop a plan that will have you riding your strongest at the critical moments. In addition to being smart, science-based training, this will give you a huge psychological advantage before and during an important race.
Why is Specific-Demand Protocol so effective?
Live It Cycling Clients have a high level of training maturity, meaning they have actively ridden for many years, and therefore possess a capacity for endurance. As we age, physiological abilities for endurance don’t decline as rapidly as other aspects of fitness such as sustained power output. Specific-Demand Protocol trains the areas we shy away from to deliver results that aren’t synonymous with endurance training alone.
Moreover, training the limiters corresponds beautifully with the fitness aspects of youthfulness. Scientists have used telomeres (the end caps of chromosomes) to determine youthfulness attributes in humans. Longer telomeres equate to more youthful functioning physically and cognitively, with a reduced risk of cancers. Shorter telomeres indicate an increase in the rate of aging. The type of training utilized in Specific-Demand Protocol is congruent with exercise that effectively increases telomere length.
Get specialized plans created just for you. This includes indoor and outdoor on-the-bike workouts, workout analysis and file sharing. Learn how to track your power, heart rate, and heart rate changes to train and recover efficiently.
Get more than an online coaching platform – actually spend time with your coach, whether in Vail or at your home location. Live It will work around your demanding schedule to arrange for regular 1-on-1 sessions with Coach Connolly. These sessions will include special training components like on-the-bike video analysis, pedaling biomechanics and off-the-bike strength and conditioning plans.
Synchronize training and nutrition to feel your best year-round. As your training and goals evolve, so should your nutrition. Live It offers variable focuses throughout the year such as a Lean-Out Phase, Threshold Phase, VO2 Phase, Competition Phase, etc.
Assistance with travel reservations, bicycle and parts shipping, as well as the purchase of nutritional supplements and fueling strategies, mailed directly to your home or work.
Reach coaches and concierge via telephone anytime Monday through Saturday. Unlimited access to email and text with coaches and concierge, 24-7.
Bike fitting services and pre-fit’s to determine geometry for new purchases. Special offers on custom bike kits and other Live It Cycling merchandise. Discounts at select shops in Vail and at your home location.
Invitations to private events and camps, domestic and abroad. These offers are reserved for Live It Clients only. Expand your network, explore something new, reconnect with what matters most.