CoachFergie says "Tapeworm and myself advocate evidence based practice
This is a noble sentiment. I'll highlight though that although you both may aspire to this, you rarely reference studies or post objective data to support your assertions. Tapeworm habitually goes down the route of "studies show..." without reference to said studies, while CoachFergie, as in the previous post (and somewhat ironically) often falls back on personal experience. The story about some riders that came to him carries no more or no less weight than my story; yet is used to belittle my experience as just an anecdote, while his experience is evidence of his truth
If both of you want to advocate evidence based practise, then pony up with the evidence! I think its tough though, much tougher to relate academic studies to real life scenarios than you guys allow; you talk the talk without attempting to walk it - stuff from the journals is rarely cut and dried and specific cases often diverge or at complete odds with the general truth (my granny lived to 105 and smoked 40 a day, etc, etc).
People are strange and physiology is complex; I am only advocating that you keep in mind that the specific is not the general; that it is possible that core stability (for example) could be the key to getting a specific
rider to perform better, but even if that is the case, it does not mean there is a general rule that core stability will
make any given rider perform.
As for my anecdote, as I said I'm not clear why a diet only of Level 2 LSD and core work boosted my 1 minute power; I have a theory given the data available to me. I can attest that was not due to overtraining (as I had a couple of months off prior to this bloke - while the old 1 min was my previous pb) , but I'm happy to hear what other "evidence based" theories you guys would put forward. On "The contradictions within your anecdote are staggering
." I'm afraid dont follow - this feels like a cheap shot to belittle me, mainly because I've given so little information that there's little there to contradict! Regardless - fire away, give me the two or more contradictions and we'll see if either of us can learn something
btw - there's references to core stability and athletic performance here: http://tinyurl.com/7zxj64e
" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (just the link to the reference pages of the elphinston book on google books). The journal of strength and conditioning paper on cycling mechanics is interesting: core fatigue basically led to riders knees wobbling around, but no difference in power during the short testing that they took part in. More re$earch required