• About Nate Dunn

    Nate Dunn has always been passionate about understanding human performance. What started as a fascination with heart rate monitors in high school led to the completion of his Masters Degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from CSUS and the founding of his cycling coaching business Data Driven Athlete. He can typically be found reading exercise physiology research, talking excitedly about athletic performance with clients, or backpacking around the NorCal wilderness with his wife and young daughter.


    Does Stretching Make You Faster On The Bike?

    by  • March 9, 2015 • trainin and tactics


    I hate stretching.  I’ve never been close to “flexible”.  Sit-and-reach in grade school?  Off the charts terrible.  Stretching before high school basketball games?  Not gonna happen.  With each inflexibility benchmark, guilt mounted.  Stretching was suppose to be good for me right?  Improve my performance, reduce my risk of injury…something like that. Science and stretching In the...

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    ‘Murica, The Tour, and Optimal Cadence

    by  • July 1, 2014 • trainin and tactics


    There’s nothing quite like celebrating ‘Murica, pounding hot dogs, and enjoying three weeks of the Tour de France.  July is the real “most wonderful time of the year” during which the greatest bike racers on the planet battle over the most storied tarmac in our sport.  For nearly 100 years the discussion over cycling cadence has...

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    When to Ignore the Data

    by  • May 7, 2014 • trainin and tactics


    The integration of data and exercise has grown exponentially in the last few years. For cyclists, accurate data can maximize your training efficiency, help you plan specific race strategy, or give you something to mull over during a slow day at work. Heart rate, normalized power, left-right balance, gear selection; the list of available...

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    The Pink Dot

    by  • February 10, 2014 • too random

    The Pink Dot

    Taking in deep breaths of air it seemed beyond belief that I was experiencing a vitality of life impossible to comprehend nearly six months earlier. As we rolled past palm trees and shoreline, sharing scars of donation and transplantation, I introduced Jacob to his first ride along the Pacific Coast Highway. Two men, one...

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