When does BaseCamp start?
BaseCamp begins Monday, November 30, 2020.
Do we ride together?
We do! It's part of how we live our mission: train where you belong. We offer numerous coach-led workout rides and ad hoc social meet ups.
How many group rides are there per week?
Official coach-led rides occur at least 4-5 times per week, typically on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with occasional Saturday challenge events. We offer multiple group workout start times to help fit into your busy schedule.
Do the workouts have to be done indoors?
No. The workouts can be done both indoors and outdoors. The workouts are built in TrainingPeaks' structured format, which means that when you do them indoors, they can be loaded directly to Zwift, TrainerRoad, other online programs, or your trainer. To do them outdoors, simply follow the workout outline as you would any other workout. If you're not sure how to load workouts to third-party apps, just ask us in the Facebook group; we'll help with any technical support you need.
I've never used Zwift, virtual training, or a smart trainer. Do I need to have everything set up before I join?
The BaseCamp team are experts not just in training, but also in the online programs and indoor trainers involved in the program. We'll be glad to help; all you have to do is ask!
Do I need a TrainingPeaks account?
Yes, but it's free! Sign up for a TrainingPeaks basic account here.
Can I link my TrainingPeaks workouts to Zwift?
You bet! You can link your TrainingPeaks and Zwift accounts so that each day's workout is loaded automatically.
Do I have to use Zwift?
No. The workouts can be done on any trainer, bike, or system, as well as outdoors. The workouts are built in TrainingPeaks' structured format and can be loaded directly to any third-party app connected to TrainingPeaks. One note: BaseCamp group rides will take place on Zwift, but while we'd love for you to join us for the group rides, they are not required.
What if I can't join the group workouts on Zwift?
No problem. The workouts are available in your TrainingPeaks account and can be done indoors or outdoors as your schedule allows.
Is the BaseCamp training program focused on a specific event?
BaseCamp focuses on your base/foundation training to prepare you for success in any event. Cycling is an aerobic sport, and this program is designed to build and maximize your aerobic engine. Click here to read how BaseCamp works.
I only have 6-8 hours a week to train. Can I do BaseCamp?
Yes! We supply programs for a range of available training time, typically between 6-14 hours a week.
I have a winter vacation scheduled. Will this blow my training?
Not at all. Our coaching team can give advice on adjusting your training schedule and maintaining fitness during your vacation.
Can I alter or change my training plan?
Of course! And if you need some help, we're available to answer questions and give advice in the Facebook group to help you establish the perfect training program for your goals.
What's the difference between BaseCamp and BaseCamp Pro?
Glad you asked! Click here to see our handy comparison chart for the two membership packages.
Do I need to be on Strava to participate in challenges?
Yes and no; most of our challenges are based on a Strava result, but we do have a manual submission process if you're not on Strava.
Do I need to win a challenge to be eligible for prizes?
No, just participate! We have both a compete and a complete prize package for all challenges.
Can I ask questions?
Yes, please! We are happy to answer any question or comment you have. Just post in the Facebook group or email us.
Strength Training Questions
I have a limited amount of time to train. How much time will strength training take?
Our dynamic circuit format allows you to complete a cycling-focused strength training program in 10-20 minutes a day, doing a workout 2-3 days a week for best results.
Will the strength workouts be in my TrainingPeaks account?
Yes; all the strength program workouts and guide sheets are loaded directly to your TrainingPeaks account.
Do I need weights for the strength program?
No weights are required. All exercises can be done at home utilizing movement and cycling-specific body weight based exercises.
When does the nutrition program start?
Our Fueling BaseCamp online meeting takes place on December 9 for all BaseCamp members. The 8-week Nutrition Boot Camp (included for BaseCamp Pro members but available for anyone to purchase) starts January 4.
Is the Nutrition Boot Camp all about weight loss?
No. Boot Camp is geared to help everyone improve and optimize their daily nutrition and fueling for training. Namrita will help you determine your personal energy and macro needs based on your body composition goals (fat loss, weight/lean mass gain, or weight maintenance) within the overall context of optimizing your training, recovery, and performance.
How flexible are the Boot Camp recipes and meal options? What if I have dietary restrictions?
Nutrition Boot Camp accommodates any dietary preferences, and Namrita will help you learn to swap ingredients to suit your dietary preferences and restrictions. The meal and snack options given are flexible for you to choose from and give you the ability to combine and/or modify them however you like, as long as they satisfy your personal energy and macro needs.
Will a nutrition program really help my training?
Absolutely. In fact, there is probably no greater way to enhance adaptation to exercise strain than fueling your body correctly.