Your Questions

We have all been beginners once. Through the more than 20 years of direct involvement with competitive sports I have discovered that a helping hand during those first steps or in moments of hardship as an athlete makes a world of difference.

I do not claim complete expertise when it comes to training, endurance sports, and cycling, however, through many trials and errors (mostly errors) I have collected a lot of practical experience that has put me in the right direction. We all makes mistakes, even the PROs make beginner’s mistakes (YES they all do), I guess that’s what makes them human after all. On that note, I have found that sharing and discussing questions, ideas, and goals with likely minded people to be inspiring for everybody involved. Therefore…

If you have any comments or questions, ideas of what you want to see on this website  you can reach me at:

banishki [at} gmail [dot} com

I, Nikola Banishki, would be more than happy to answer. Thank you in advance!

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17 Responses

  1. A.Lipkovich
    A.Lipkovich · March 18, 2013 at 09:35:21 · →

    ich benutze GoldenCheetah V3 auf meinem iMac /moutain lion.
    Frage: Habe mehrere Athleten gespeichert. Wie kann ich einzelne wieder löschen?

  2. Emilio CS
    Emilio CS · May 24, 2013 at 07:52:14 · →

    Hello Nikola, first congratulations for sharing your thoughts and knowledge to all of us. I recently installed “Golden Cheetah” but I don´t have a powermeter (too expensive for me) but I have a powermeter in my indoor bike (bkool) and I wonder if you think is posible to extract usefully information from all rides (indoor / outdoor), or is best to use only indoor workouts.

    Could I use the Strava Suffer Score as xPower, and insert it manually with other data like Energy Output and Average Power?

    I found very interesting your “EASY 5 WEEK TRAINING PROGRAM” and I reviewed your weekly sumary from january ¿did you make your own training plan?

    What do yo think about the “12 week lance armstrong comeback training plan”? I did a CTS test few months ago but now that I have a PC value I find it hard to establishing their zones (SS, CR, PI…) in my own zones (z1 to z7).

    Too many questions? Sorry 😉
    Thanks in advance!

  3. Emilio C.S.
    Emilio C.S. · June 3, 2013 at 09:20:16 · →

    Thanks a lot four your reply Nikola 😉

    I checked that the Suffer Score in Strava is the same as the xPower in Golden Cheetah when training with my indoor power meter (bkool), so I think that I will use this value to get an approximation of my stress value for my outdoor rides until I get a power meter to my bike.

    About the “12 week lance armstrong comeback training plan”, I don’t know If I can link to the entire PDF (I found it searching for a training plan on the web) but here is a link where Carmichael explains how to do it ( Days ago I thought that I could update my CTS value with the “critical power” obtained from the last training session with “Golden Cheetah”, but now I’m sure that it would be a bad idea.

  4. Koen
    Koen · August 26, 2014 at 17:17:53 · →

    Hello Nikola, First of all you are big inspiration and I learned already a lot of the blog here.

    I have a question, I like to determine with an adjustment on my pedals : with/without spacers what’s the best power output. With some changes in my development I think it’s better to ride without and some bikefitter told me I should try. So I have a power tap and I have a tacx trainer, so How can I do this the best? And the best objective way. How would you do it? For example ride at 140W for 5-10minutes and see what’s the lowest HR ?

    I don’t know, and I like to experience. With the spacers on my pedals I can’t take the corners not as deep as I like. ,


    Greetings Koen

  5. Jeroen Ransijn
    Jeroen Ransijn · November 12, 2014 at 11:44:28 · →

    Nikola, awesome site. Inspiring to check your posts.
    I am training for almost 3 years on a medium entry level road bike.
    Going to buy a power meter and a garmin so I can make most use out of my training when the sun is shining again in spring.

    My idea is to upgrade my bike as I go along.

    If I want to go from, lets say, a Crankset of 105 (I have now) to DUR ACE, is this possible without putting extra wear on the new crank?
    Changing the chain is a must I guess, but besides that, can it do any harm then when you upgrade the whole set from a 3 year old 105 to DUR ACE?

  6. Jeroen Ransijn
    Jeroen Ransijn · November 13, 2014 at 21:37:42 · →

    Thnx so much for the response, didn’t knew that all shimano wether they are 10 or 11 speed, are interchangeable with each other. So a new crankset doesn’t suffer from an older chain and/or cassette? thnx!

  7. Chris Bergen
    Chris Bergen · November 9, 2015 at 04:15:32 · →

    Hey Nikola, I was wondering what type of clothing you wear for cycling? I’m 6’8″ myself and was wondering if you had any insight for skinsuits or jersey’s that would fit a fellow tall cyclist. Thanks!

  8. Tony
    Tony · March 27, 2016 at 16:47:31 · →

    I am just wondering what you eat while you are on a 5-6 hour endurance ride or race?

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