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English, Cycling/Bicycle, 313 seasons, 491 episodes, 6 days, 22 hours, 11 minutes
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TrainerRoad's Ask a Cycling Coach podcast gives you the chance to get answers to your cycling and triathlon training questions with USAC/USAT Level I certified coach Chad Timmerman and other special guests.
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Olympian Savilia Blunk: Paris 2024 Olympics Training and Qualification – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast

Try TrainerRoad risk-free! 👉 www.TrainerRoad.com  // SHARE AND RATE THE PODCAST! iTunes: https://trainerroad.cc/apple2  Spotify: https://trainerroad.cc/spotify2  Google Podcasts: https://trainerroad.cc/google // TOPICS COVERED (0:00) Welcome! (3:59) How to be process driven when results matter (10:00) What sort of interval training do olympic XCO athletes do? (11:51) Are the American XC MTB athletes peaking too early for the 2024 Paris Olympics? (13:47) How Savilia prepared for the heat in the Brazilian UCI World Cup races (15:58) Savilia’s equipment and nutrition strategies for her Olympic year // RESOURCES MENTIONED - Savilia’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saviliablunk  - Decathlon Ford Racing Team: https://www.instagram.com/decathlon_ford_racing_team/  // TRY TRAINERROAD RISK FREE FOR 30 DAYS! https://trainerroad.cc/GetFaster TrainerRoad is the #1 cycling training app. No other cycling app is more effective. Over 17,000 positive reviews, a 4.9 star App Store rating. // HELPFUL LINKS - Have a question for the podcast? Ask here: https://trainerroad.cc/3HTFXNi - Watch our latest Cycling Science Explained video now! https://youtu.be/z2HXE1-il_Q  - TrainerRoad on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/ - TrainerRoad Forum: https://trainerroad.cc/3uHvLnE - TrainerRoad on Strava: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad - TrainerRoad on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrainerRd - TrainerRoad on X: https://www.x.com/TrainerRoad  - Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3LBb5Ur - Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/35Tqtea  - Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3JmKrN5 - Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3LpuIhP - Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN
5/7/202419 minutes, 18 seconds
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Hannah’s Leadville, Steep Climbs, Saddle Problems, and More – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 438

Share the podcast with your friends, and rate it 5-stars! iTunes: https://trainerroad.cc/apple2  Spotify: https://trainerroad.cc/spotify2 Google Podcasts: https://trainerroad.cc/google TOPICS COVERED (0:00) Welcome! (0:50) Hannah’s tips for steep climbs (3:30) Hannah’s analysis of her race at Leadville (5:50) Should you go with an early move, or stick to a conservative pacing plan? (8:00) What to do if you realized you missed the key move in a race (12:30) Why Hannah chose to take time off in the middle of her season (15:30) How Hannah manages rest week anxiety (20:45) Post-race blues / What to do if you don’t have a goal event on your calendar? (22:50) How to balance life and training (25:15) Are group rides replacement for training? (28:10) Does your training have to be intense if you are doing less volume? (36:25) Saddle tips/ Are cycling saddles always uncomfortable, and are we just not talking about it? (39:30) How your posture affects saddle selection (43:45) How chamois cream could actually make saddle problems worse / how bib shorts affect saddle choice (51:15) Signs you are underfueling your workouts (52:45) How pros fuel their training (54:55) Coach Jonathan’s hack for avoiding post-training binges (1:05:55) Are tire inserts actually worth the weight penalty? Watch our latest Cycling Science Explained video now! https://youtu.be/k3IIJqNxNMo    Subscribe to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast below! Spotify: https://trainerroad.cc/spotifysogf  iTunes: https://trainerroad.cc/itunessogf    TRY TRAINERROAD RISK FREE FOR 30 DAYS! TrainerRoad is the #1 cycling training app. No other cycling app is more effective. Over 13,000 positive reviews, a 4.9 star App Store rating.   Adaptive Training from TrainerRoad uses machine learning and science-based coaching principles to continually assess your performance and intelligently adjust your training plan. It trains you as an individual and makes you a faster cyclist.   Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3LBb5Ur Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/35Tqtea    ABOUT THE ASK A CYCLING COACH PODCAST Ask a Cycling Coach podcast is a cycling and triathlon training podcast. Each week  USAC/USAT Level I certified coach Chad Timmerman, pro athletes, and other special guests answer your cycling and triathlon questions.   Have a question for the podcast? Ask here: https://trainerroad.cc/3HTFXNi   MORE PODCASTS FROM TRAINERROAD Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3JmKrN5 Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3LpuIhP   STAY IN TOUCH Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN TrainerRoad Forum: https://trainerroad.cc/3uHvLnE Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/ Strava Club: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrainerRd Twitter: https://twitter.com/TrainerRoad   TrainerRoad Podcast Network Submit your Question to the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast  Subscribe to the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast  Subscribe to the Successful Athletes Podcast Submit your story to the Successful Athletes Podcast Subscribe to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast Submit a topic to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast  
8/31/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 44 seconds
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Pro Cyclocross Strategy, Tire Choice, and More with Tobin Ortenblad – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 432

Share the podcast with your friends, and rate it 5-stars! Spotify: https://trainerroad.cc/spotify2 iTunes: https://trainerroad.cc/apple2 Google Podcasts: https://trainerroad.cc/google    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:   (0:00) Welcome! (1:07) Race audit! Why did you cramp at the Downieville Classic [pacing, heat, elevation, nutrition strategy deep dive] (40:49) Do dropper posts belong on CX bikes?  (46:30) Are tire inserts a good idea for cyclocross? (54:03) Why can’t I put out more power in race starts [how to train for it, how to turn it into a strength, etc.] (1:13:39) What are the best and worst pedals for riding in muddy conditions? (1:19:15) Is there a perfect tire for both CX and gravel? (1:22:51) How do you carry corner speed in cyclocross? (1:30:00) Best drills for singlespeed CX racing (1:33:54) How to get young athletes started in cyclocross   Watch our latest Cycling Science Explained video now! https://youtu.be/NtoCgX1CAUM    Subscribe to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast below! Spotify: https://trainerroad.cc/spotifysogf  iTunes: https://trainerroad.cc/itunessogf    TRY TRAINERROAD RISK FREE FOR 30 DAYS! TrainerRoad is the #1 cycling training app. No other cycling app is more effective. Over 13,000 positive reviews, a 4.9 star App Store rating.   Adaptive Training from TrainerRoad uses machine learning and science-based coaching principles to continually assess your performance and intelligently adjust your training plan. It trains you as an individual and makes you a faster cyclist.   Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3LBb5Ur Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/35Tqtea    ABOUT THE ASK A CYCLING COACH PODCAST The only podcast dedicated to making you a faster cyclist. TrainerRoad's Ask a Cycling Coach podcast gives you the chance to get answers to your cycling and triathlon training questions with USAC/USAT certified coaches, pro athletes, and other special guests.   Have a question for the podcast? Ask here: https://trainerroad.cc/3HTFXNi   MORE PODCASTS FROM TRAINERROAD Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3JmKrN5 Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3LpuIhP   STAY IN TOUCH Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN TrainerRoad Forum: https://trainerroad.cc/3uHvLnE Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/ Strava Club: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrainerRd Twitter: https://twitter.com/TrainerRoad   TrainerRoad Podcast Network Submit your Question to the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast  Subscribe to the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast  Subscribe to the Successful Athletes Podcast Submit your story to the Successful Athletes Podcast Subscribe to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast Submit a topic to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast  
7/27/20231 hour, 44 minutes, 30 seconds
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Welcome to the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!

Welcome to the podcast that’s dedicated to making you a faster cyclist, the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast presented by TrainerRoad. I’m Coach Jonathan Lee and each week on this podcast we answer the questions you submit to make you a faster cyclist. I’m joined by a rotating cast of coaching and pro athlete co-hosts including our Head Coach Chad Timmerman, retired World Tour Pro cyclist Amber Pierce, and many others as we share what we’ve learned while researching your questions throughout the week. If you are just now finding the podcast, you can join us live on YouTube every Thursday at 8:00am Pacific for the latest episode, and for past episodes, I recommend listening to the most recent episode and working your way backward through the catalog. To submit questions to the podcast and get all of the helpful links, go to https://www.TrainerRoad.com/Podcast. If you are interested in discussions with actual researchers performing scientific research in the world of endurance performance, check out our Science of Getting Faster Podcast, and if you want to hear inspiring stories of athletes just like you, tune into our weekly Successful Athletes Podcast as well. Links for those podcasts can be found below in this episode description, at TrainerRoad.com/podcast, and wherever you listen to podcasts. Finally, if you want to start training with cycling’s most effective training system, head over to TrainerRoad.com and sign up today. We’re excited to have you as a listener and look forward to helping you get faster! ---------------------------------------------- ABOUT TRAINERROAD — CYCLING’S MOST EFFECTIVE TRAINING SYSTEM TrainerRoad makes cyclists faster. Athletes get structured indoor workouts, science-backed training plans, and easy-to-use performance analysis tools to reach their goals. Build Your Custom Plan: https://bit.ly/3oR8sme Train Together with Group Workouts: https://bit.ly/3fkaYyd Get Started: https://bit.ly/3unoSnx ---------------------------------------------- SUCCESSFUL ATHLETES PODCAST Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast now!: https://www.TrainerRoad.com/SAP  ---------------------------------------------- SCIENCE OF GETTING FASTER PODCAST Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast now!: https://www.TrainerRoad.com/SOGF  ---------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrainerRd Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TrainerRoad Strava Club: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad 
6/30/20211 minute, 10 seconds
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Happy Holidays and Goal Setting

Thank you to each and every one of your for tuning into the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast every week. It means the world to us ❤️. It's been a hard year in many ways, but we hope training has helped you find balance and progress amidst challenge. Looking forward to more uncertainty in the year ahead, we hope you can apply what you've learned from this year and reach new heights in 2021. Happy Holidays and happy training from the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast crew!
12/24/20204 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 117 – Cross Vegas Preview with special guest: Keegan Swenson

Keegan Swenson (Cannondale 3Rox), #2 ranked pro XC racer in the USA, joins us for his take on cyclocross and a preview of Cross Vegas. Topics covered in this episode: • What makes pro athletes different from the rest of us • Keegan Swenson's power data • Pre-race warmups for cyclocross • Pre-race "leg openers" for the pros • Tire choice and bike setup for grass cyclocross courses • Pedal setup for cyclocross racing • How to pace Cross Vegas and other cyclocross races • How to know if you should ride or run through obstacles  • How to pop a tire onto the bead in an emergency
2/7/201850 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 112 – Transitioning to CX season, trainer maintenance, brick workouts & more

• How to transition to cyclocross season • The effects of humidity on heat training? • Could the Trek Domane be a gravel bike? • Should you maintain your smart trainer? • Can you skip base training if you are fat adapted? • Can you shortcut to peak fitness if a race schedule changes? • Tips for endurance mountain bike racing • Can you use ERG mode during an FTP test? • How to make yourself a sprinter • Are brick workouts really worth it?
8/17/201756 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 111 – Singletrack 6 - Recap

The dust has settled and Coach Chad, Jonathan and Nate share their final thoughts on Singletrack 6. Topics covered in this episode: - How to travel to a race on a budget - The effects of a concussion - How to recover from a concussion - Ideal bike setups for cross country racing - What is the best bike for technical XC racing - How to decide between a hardtail or full suspension MTB - What your pace has to do with cramping - How to ramp TSS for a stage race - Marginal gains for Hydration Packs - Does heat training pay off? - Daily pacing for a stage race - The logistics of a stage race - Tire choices for the interior of BC - Should you use a hydration pack for XC racing? - Marginal recovery gains during a stage race - How to recover from a stage race - How MTB recovery differs from road recovery
8/14/201744 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 110 – Singletrack 6 - Stage 5

Stage 5 of Singletrack 6 took an unexpected turn. Tune into this super quick episode to see what we learned. Topics covered in this episode: – Maintaining focus even when the trail is easy – Why you should never feel ashamed of walking a technical section
8/2/201712 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 109 – Singletrack 6 - Stage 4

The Queen Stage is in the books! Only two stages left of Singletrack 6, but does Jonathan have two stages left in him? Topics covered in this episode: • Using a power meter for mountain bike racing • How to deal with blisters on your hands from mountain biking • Why you are getting flat tires • Using the experience of smart trainer on the trail • The aggressive demands of an XC Stage race • How to know when to back off and let a group go • Trusting your strengths on race day • Stage 5 preview
8/1/201734 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 108 – Singletrack 6 - Stage 3

Stage 3 was the highest stage yet and nearly 100% singletrack, and Coach Chad is back! Topics covered in this episode: • Big pre-race breakfast or constant snacking: which is best? • Pacing in a fast group • How to adjust your race strategy for a bad start position • Things to consider when receiving info about a course • How to manage fear in a race • Avoiding flat tires in rocky terrain • How to know when to back off and let a group go • Trusting your strengths on race day • Stage 4 preview
7/31/201743 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 107 – Singletrack 6 - Stage 2

Stage 2 started hard and remained technical throughout with plenty of riders being caught out by rugged terrain and technical climbs. Topics covered in this episode: • How to manage a hard start in a race • Dealing with dusty conditions • Regrouping after a mid-race setback • How to carry momentum in technical terrain • How to pass and get passed on singletrack • A trick to help you gain time on climbs • How to provide good rider support • Chad's plan for cramp management • Stage 3 preview
7/30/201732 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 106 – Singletrack 6 - Stage 1

Stage 1 is done & dusted, and it left its mark with some serious shake-ups moving forward. Topics covered in this episode: • How not to start a race • Is pushing hard for position early in a race really worth it? • Making steep climbs manageable • Things to remember in technical descents • How did Nate's tire choice end up? • How to tackle steep and loose descents • How to change your mental state mid-race • The host's nutrition strategies • Managing cramps, and how to avoid them • Stage 2 preview
7/28/201753 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 105 – Singletrack 6 - Race preview, stage race prep & more

• Upcoming daily podcasts! • How training for a technical MTB race is different • How to overcome fear on a mountain bike • Different ways to taper for a race • The best way to fly with your bicycle • How to plan transportation for your stage races • How to recon a foreign route from afar • What tires should you pick for Singletrack 6 or a technical MTB race • How to know if you should carry a hydration pack or not • What are tire plug kits? • Conditions you should monitor for a stage race • How to plan meals & nutrition for a stage race • How to pace a 6-day stage race
7/27/20171 hour, 22 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 104 – How to read a race, get upgrade points, and how to build bike skill

• Why maple syrup could be good mid-ride fuel • Pacing a mountain bike TT • How to manage performance on a hot day • Why even XC riders should go ride lifts at a bike park • How to fit training into a busy vacation • The UCI tire width rule that you need to know about • Are night lights keeping you from recovering? • Should you train during high ozone warnings? • Are goosebumps a bad sign when training? • The daily schedules of Nate, Chad and Jonathan • The pros and cons of racing in combined category races • How to read a race and know your competition • How to get upgrade points for your next race
7/21/20171 hour, 6 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 103 – How to Get Faster with Heat Training

Take a deep dive into heat training to learn how it can make you a faster cyclist in hot and cool conditions. - How much does heat affect cycling performance? - What temperature is ideal for heat training? - How to control the temperature of your training environment - Is it better to heat train in humid or dry environments? - How sweating cools your body and how to increase your sweat rate - Should you train at a lower intensity in the heat? - How heat training improves performance - Can heat training improve VO2max? - How to make your sweat more efficient - Hormonal benefits of heat training - Does a post-ride sauna session have the same effect as heat training? -How long do the effects of heat adaptation training last?
7/16/201759 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 102 – How to get faster watching The Tour, why fit people burn more calories

• Why do you want to eat more during rest days or weeks? • Should recovery rides feel hard? • Why are you not good at long climbs? • Bike setup, pacing and technique to make you a faster climber • What is the best way to increase short power? • Is peak power what matters most in a sprint? • Omniums vs. stage races • Omnium strategy • How to fuel during a stage race • Does needing to get out of the saddle mean your workout is too hard? • When is it okay to sprint in the saddle? • How to learn as much as you can while watching the Tour de France. • Is riding zone 2 while watching the tour a waste of time? • Should your workouts be as hard as your races? • Why do you burn more calories when you get fitter?
7/10/201756 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 101 – Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road – Race recap, heat management & more

• Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road recap • How to pace a long MTB race • How to save energy in a mountain bike race • The effects of extreme heat on human performance • How to rebound from overheating • Hydration strategies with aid stations • How to avoid cramps on the bike
6/29/20171 hour, 5 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 100 – Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road – Race prep, course recon & more

• Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road course preview • How to prioritize races • How to set a time goal for an MTB race • What to know before you pre-ride a course • When should you time your course recon? • What is "sessioning" and how to use it • How to find good lines through a turn or obstacle • Is carb loading effective? • How to fuel before a race • How to stay positive during a tricky course recon
6/16/20171 hour, 2 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 99– Shortcuts to fitness, sleep hacks and how elevation really affects you

• Will taking 3 days off in a row hurt your fitness? • Can you fit two weeks worth of training into one? • Why you can't complete long intervals • Sleep hacks • How much does elevation really affect you? • Can you take a week off between training phases? • Does your training improve with a more expensive trainer? • How to treat saddle soreness • What is the difference between saddle sores and saddle soreness
6/15/201758 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 98 – TrainerRoad Podcast – Lost & Found Gravel Grinder Recap

• What to know before you race the Lost & Found Gravel Grinder • Should you warm up before a gravel race? • How to know if positioning is key for your race • How to improve your positioning quickly • What bike should you use for gravel racing? • Accessories and tools to carry in a gravel race • How to pace a gravel race that starts with hard climbs • What tires are best for gravel racing? • How much pressure to run in your tires for gravel racing • Are dropper posts valuable in gravel racing? • How to know if you should stop at aid stations or not • Group tactics in gravel racing • Should your nutrition plan change for gravel racing? • How to race a criterium with a lot of turns • How to "feel out" a pack of unfamiliar racers
6/13/20171 hour, 8 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 97 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• What Coach Chad learned from his trip to The Giro • What Nate has learned about geometry and bike setup • How to build corner speed • How to pace an XC race • Lost & Found Gravel Grinder preview • What to carry with you during a gravel race • Best bike setup for a technical gravel course • The coach's strategies for race day • Nate's calorie counting tips
6/2/20171 hour, 13 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 96 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• Is walking your dog recovery? • Is a carbon, full-suspension XC bike worth the cost? • How to fit your training into lunch breaks • Is active recovery actually better than complete rest? • How to train for “Knife Fights”, or how to be a serious threat in criteriums • How to adjust your plan to fit in big weekend workouts • What metrics should you track in a mountain bike race? • How to break through a wall of resistance on a smart trainer • How to train for TTs, The Coach’s TT challenge • Are warm downs effective? • Will taking 3 days off in a row really hurt your fitness?
5/25/20171 hour, 2 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 95 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to train for criteriums • The best way to train for cyclocross • How to pace a long time trial or bike split • Does riding the trainer cause unique injuries • How to mix low-volume and high-volume training plans • What the coaches look for in their power files • Aerodynamic advantages for triathlon • How to use road shoes in triathlon • Nate, Chad and Jonathan's TT challenge • Are cool downs beneficial?
5/16/20171 hour, 2 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 94 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• DEXA vs. BodPod • Knee pain rehabilitation for cyclists • Coach Chad is going to The Giro! • Is lactate a myth? • What causes pain during a hard effort? • Is it more important to hit your power goals, or stay in aero position? • How to train indoors in a hot environment • Should you wait to take an FTP test after rehabbing from an injury? • Do smart trainers measure power differently than power meters? • Should triathletes train like roadies in the off season? • How to balance massive weekend rides/races with a training plan
5/12/201756 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 93 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• Coach Chad's fasted training • Why just riding inside or just riding outside is not the best approach • Nate's high calorie experiment • Counting calories for cyclists • Why replicating your event's distance is not necessary, but can be beneficial • Nutrition's role on long rides • How to pace a road race that starts with a long climb • How to stay strong during a hard workout • How to psychologically prepare yourself for a hard workout • Does coffee dehydrate you? • Should you skip base if you have already been riding a lot?
5/5/20171 hour, 6 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 92 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• Nate's sleep study results • How sleep can affect your performance on the bike • Are allergy drops worth it? • Muscle biopsy update • Lost & Found Gravel Grinder race plans • DEXA body fat scan results • How to know if you should keep losing weight or just focus on raising power • What to do if you don't have enough time to complete your scheduled workout • How to cram for a Half IRONMAN • How to prepare for Silver King Leadville • Should you follow a high volume plan? • How to balance running and cycling • How to break through a plateau in fitness • Are group rides bad for your training? • The benefits and drawbacks of endurance bikes • Should you adjust your FTP depending on the workout? • How to get better at VO2 and high intensity workouts • How to psychologically train for hard workouts
4/24/20171 hour, 17 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 91 – TrainerRoad Podcast – Special Guest: Clif Bar Team's Pete "Thor" Morris

• TrainerRoad is hiring! www.TrainerRoad.com/jobs • Athen's Twilight Criterium preview • Criterium race strategy • How to know if you should get in a breakaway or not • How to make a breakaway stick • How to know if your breakaway will last or not • When should you take a pull? • How long should your pulls be in a group? • Tactics to reposition yourself in a group • Criterium tactics for triathletes • How you should race if you are a Cat 5 • How to stay safe in a group • How triathletes can put roadies in the hurt box • How to prepare for "The Death Ride" • How to pace a big day in the mountains • What to eat during a sportive or gran fondo • Why simply riding at your FTP may be a bad way to get to your goal • How to trend your fitness toward an FTP goal
4/14/20171 hour, 14 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 90 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• Our new training tool! chillow.trainerroad.com • Nate's weird anti-snoring test • Muscle biopsy update • How to pick your races based off of your strengths • Are power meters valuable on mountain bikes? • Should single speed MTB riders use power meters? • When should you try to lose weight and when you should try to build power • When and what should you eat before a race • What type of food should you eat when riding? • How to adjust your training plan for a work trip • Is it bad to stick to a single race course? • How to branch out and find races that fit your skills • The best way to get slow in the summer • The benefits of being a fast swimmer in triathlon • How to know when to put more focus on a specific triathlete discipline • How to adjust your training for time off • Should your bike move side to side on the trainer? • How to have a smooth pedal stroke
4/7/20171 hour, 3 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 89 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• Nate's sleep study • H24 Camp recap • How to know when to change your A-Race • New Build and Century Plans • How to train with a broken collarbone • What effect does elevation training have on your body? • How to use elevation training properly • How to breakthrough a mental ceiling • When should triathletes use a road bike? • Are deep section wheels really that bad in crosswinds? • What is the ideal wheel setup for climbs • Is riding at night a good way to adapt to a lack of sleep? • Why you should get rid of your heart rate monitor (for racing, at least) • Should BMX racers train indoors? • How strong are BMX racers? • Can you train threshold and VO2max in the same workout? • Is FTP really "hour power"? • How to hit the apex of a turn
3/31/20171 hour, 16 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 88 - TrainerRoad Podcast – Special Guest: H24 Cycling Director Phil Mooney

• How to form a cycling team • What is the role of a Director (Directeur Sportif, or DS)? • What is the objective of a team camp? • How to structure a team camp like the pros • What type of rides should you plan for a team camp • Should your training camp be at high elevation, or low at sea level? • How to select races as a team • How to select which racers will go to a race • How to form a race strategy • What to do if your race strategy has fallen through • How to perform a perfect leadout for a sprint finish • Team tactics for sprinting • Tips for riders from successful directors • Tips for team directors • How to race as a team • How to be valuable to a race team as a racer • How to race if you don't have a team • What a team should do if they don't have a director • Should you have a team captain, and what is their role?
3/27/201736 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 87 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• Strategies for how to recover mentally after a crash • How to transfer your indoor fitness outside • What type of fitness you should expect in the Base Phase • Is riding out of the saddle bad? • How to feel comfortable out of the saddle • What are the benefits of standing while pedaling? • How to train for Epic Rides Whiskey 50 • How to get structured training if you don't have a trainer • Are lab tests worth it? • What makes data usable as a cyclist? • Is it better to train late at night and risk a poor night's sleep? • How to train with a busy schedule • Can you use a smart trainer without plugging it in? • Is it bad to do extra intervals when feeling good? • What to expect if you are just getting started with bike riding • How does female fitness compare to male fitness? • How to hit your power targets outside
3/23/20171 hour, 12 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 86 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• Is it normal to have your wheel lift off the ground in a sprint? • Should you buy a used power meter? • Are dropper posts beneficial for road riding? • What sports drinks have low sodium? • How much sodium should your drink mix have? • Should you focus on your strengths or weaknesses? • What are "limiters"? • How to train for punchy road races • The best way to train for 2017 USAC Road National Championships • Is it a good idea to do hard efforts at the beginning or the end or a long ride? • Is road riding good training for mountain bikers? • How to best train for mountain biking • What crank length is best? • What should you know before you change your crank length • How to know if you are fatigued, ill, or training too hard • Our best descending tips for road racing
3/19/20171 hour, 12 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 85 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to check your equipment after a crash • How to know if your carbon frame is broken • The effects of mental fortitude on racing • How to shorten your training plan • How to lengthen your training plan • What tires should you use with FLO wheels? • Recovery techniques for stage racing • Should you prioritize one training phase over another? • Tips for training young athletes • How to pace an ultra endurance event • How to do form sprints • How to deal with the increase in difficulty from one training phase to another • Why does TSS drop in the build phase?
3/14/20171 hour, 4 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 84 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• Nate's Chico Stage Race Report • How to fit in group rides or races into your training plan • Is it normal to feel fatigued when returning to training after an A Race? • Should you skip base training after an A-Race? • How to break through a plateau • Is it bad to repeat your base phase if you don't have a specific race in mind? • How to adjust your training for illness or injury • How to balance road and MTB racing • Can you balance triathlon and enduro racing? • Is taking in protein a good idea on the bike? • How to develop a tapering strategy • How to eat during a recovery week • Is wireless braking on the horizon?
3/7/20171 hour, 14 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 83 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• Why are you getting dropped in races? • What type of fitness do you need for crit racing? • Do pro riders try to steal other riders data? • How to mess up wireless devices like power meters • How to train for a stage race • Race strategy for rainy days • How to prepare for a mountain bike stage race • The best way to train for Dirty Kanza • Should you train differently for shorter TTs? • Is it bad to pause a workout and return to it later in the day? • What's the best way to train for Leadville? • How to use TrainerRoad for Duathlon training • If you could only do one workout each week and wanted to raise your FTP, what should you do? • Should you correct a left/right imbalance? • Is it normal to have a difference in power from your power meter to your smart trainer?
2/24/20171 hour, 14 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 82 – TrainerRoad Podcast – Road vs. Crit Racing With The Clif Bar Team

• How to train for criterium vs. road racing • The importance of addressing limiters for road racing • How to discover and address limiters • What off-the-bike training is helpful for road racing • How your kit changes from crit racing to road racing • How to dress for road racing • Skin suits vs. bibs/jersey • Road vs. crit helmet selection • Gloves or no gloves? • Aero bikes vs. climbing bikes • Crit vs. road specific drivetrains • Deep section vs. shallow wheels • Best handlebar choices for road racing • Bike setup tips for road racing & crit racing • How to know which road race to select • Team tactics in road racing • What strategies apply to heavy vs. light racers • How to properly take a feed in a feedzone • How to handle a mechanical in a road race
2/21/20171 hour, 5 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 81 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• TrainerRoad Podcast Ride Day! • What are "openers"? • How to train the day before a race • How to train if you don't plan on racing • Should you take an FTP test after coming back from time off or injury? • More music recommendations from Coach Chad & Jonathan • What our ideal training setups are • What is the best trainer table? • What are the best headphones to use on the trainer? • How does your true VO2Max compare to a suggested one provided by your Garmin? • How to train for sprints • Is it wrong to ride hard early in the year? • Can training twice per day make you faster? • The best cycling / triathlon kit for tall people • Is there a placebo effect to the big ring? • Should you keep your training private, or share it publicly?
2/9/20171 hour, 4 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 80 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Nate's ISRAMAN performance • ISRAMAN Review • What's the best way to shave your legs? • Is it necessary to take time off between training plans? • Why lower intensity work can feel harder than high intensity • How to deal with a week off from training • How skiing affects your training • Cross training for cyclists in the winter • Best cycling computer mounts • How to mount your phone to your Garmin mount • Does Yoga help cyclists? • How to effectively use stretching for cyclists • Is Soylent a good idea for endurance athletes?
2/3/20171 hour, 9 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 079 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Crossfit and FTP Testing • Which gearing is best for big climbs? • Is expensive cycling kit worth it? • How to prepare for a multi-day stage race or camp • How to avoid numbness from your saddle • How to find the perfect saddle • Does increasing lean mass make you a better time trialist? • How to train throughout the year if CX is your only goal • Is it better to get a low-cost smart trainer, or an expensive standard trainer? • Does ERG mode give you a better workout? • How to add on more training to Sweet Spot Base
1/26/20171 hour, 40 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 078 - TrainerRoad Podcast

The Nate episode! • Nate, Chad and Jonathan's VO2 max & RMR test results • How to prepare for physiological testing • Nate's racing ISRAMAN! (full-distance triathlon in Israel) • How to cram for a big event • How to pace an IRONMAN • How to adjust your TT bike position for optimal power • Mountain bike racing in the mud • Testing ideas to heal sore legs
1/19/20171 hour, 10 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 077 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• What is metabolic efficiency testing? • How to know how much fat you are burning • Coach Chad, Jonathan and Nate's MET results • Does every athlete's threshold reside at 4mmol/L? • Which trainers are the quietest? • What to do after you reach peak fitness • Can you you maintain a peak for a whole season? • Do oval chainrings make a difference? • Should athletes calculate their caloric burn differently? • Which build plan should you pick: short or general? • How to know if you've had a bad test or if you've lost fitness • What to do if cadence drills don't allow you to hold your power targets • How to become a better climber • How to keep your cycling shoes fresh • What trainer is best for mountain biking? • What testing can help you understand your genetic limitations? • What power-to-weight ratio can you achieve?
1/12/20171 hour, 5 minutes
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 076 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Chad, Nate and Jonathan’s physiological testing • How to test your metabolic efficiency • What is the ideal cadence? • Does dry needling help sore knees? • How to boost your immune system to avoid illness • Why does your smart tainer seize up? • Should you train before an FTP test or just get right into it? • Do spin classes make you a faster cyclist? • How to balance weight training with cycling • Do mountain bikers and cyclocross riders need a strong upper body? • What is the best training approach to improve your power to weight ratio? • Should cyclists practice “bulking”? • Should you use ERG mode during short, intense efforts? • How hard should your sprint intervals be?
1/9/201754 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 075 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to review your year and set goals • Do slow twitch fibers need more recovery time than fast twitch? • How long do the effects of supercompensation last? • Is running good cross training for cyclists? • When to apply chamois cream • How big of an effect can your bike fit have on your power output? • What should you do if you have a left / right imbalance? • Do antibiotics affect FTP? • Is it better to be consistent or go all out during VO2 intervals? • How to plan a season with two peaks • What is the difference between weaknesses and limiters? • How to adjust your training for single speed racing • Why are over-unders so hard?
12/29/20161 hour, 4 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 074 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Cycling kit etiquette • Is it wrong to wear a championship jersey when training? • What type of garmin should you use in cyclocross? • Is it bad to smell like ammonia when working out? • How to deal with sweat in your eyes • What is the best sunscreen to use on the bike? • How to tell if you are just tired or experiencing chronic fatigue syndrome • What is the difference between over training and Over Training Syndrome • Do massages make you slower? • What type of massage is best for cyclists? • How to train for RAGBRAI • What type of training should you do for a big, non-competitive event? • Should you use a wheel block? • How to level your bike on the trainer • How to control your fan while on the trainer • How to adjust your training plan if you are sick • What is the best way to prepare for a hot race? • Does heat training make you faster? • Can you build power and lose weight at the same time? • What to record in a training diary
12/22/20161 hour, 10 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 073 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Chainring sizes explained • How to deal with a saddle sore • Do warmups actually work? • Do high fat diets drop your FTP? • Why are our bodies not dependent on fat all the time? • How to do 'spinups'? • How high of a cadence should you be riding at? • What to do if your bike can't be used with a normal trainer • What is maltodextrin? • Does sugar intake halt fat adaptation? • Chad, Nate and Jonathan's most dreaded workouts • The effects of mental fortitude and optimism on performance • Should you have an offseason FTP and weight goal? • How to trend your fitness during the offseason • How to adjust your training plan for vacation or travel • What exactly is "high intensity"? • Should you wear knee warmers inside? • Are knee warmers better than leg warmers? • Why don't the pros use leg warmers? • Is Nate's nasal surgery helping him recover?
12/16/20161 hour, 16 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 072 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Mud cyclocross tips • How to take a run up • Are 11-speed quick links reusable? • How high can your power-to-weight ratio be? • How to train for Leadville • How long does it take to regain peak fitness? • Why do you smell like ammonia after a hard workout? • How to add extra training stress to your training plan • Is it necessary to do a spindown with PowerMatch? • VirtualPower explained • How to get accurate data with VirtualPower • How to know if your FTP is too low • How to overcome a plateau in fitness • What to do during a recovery interval • What upgrades make you fastest?
12/14/20161 hour, 10 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 071 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Is commuting bad for training? • How does swimming affect rest and recovery? • Do short workouts do anything for long distance racing? • Does pushing a heavy gear make you faster? • How to figure out what gearing you need • Does baking soda make you faster? • How Xterra training differs from typical triathlon training • How to train for Lotoja • How to taper for an event • How to maintain cycling fitness while training for a marathon • How to clean your drivetrain • Does giving blood hurt performance? • Do you need a fan when training in a cold environment?
12/4/201657 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 070 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Is caffeine a performance enhancing drug? • What drugs are and aren't allowed for cyclists? • Can marijuana make you a faster cyclist? • Does sugar intake affect aerobic fitness? • Will a gel nullify the effects of a fasted ride? • Is a z2 ride ruined by intervals? • How to get extra out of your intervals • Whose voice is behind the workout text? • Does splitting a long ride into two separate rides change its effect? • Is it better to train in your aero position or upright? • How to know if you are training too much • How to transition from race season to base season • Is it normal to feel like you are slower when starting training after time off? • Is it better to prolong the base phase if you want to lose weight?
11/30/20161 hour, 8 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 069 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Can you replace a workout with a commute? • Does commuting count? • Does an espresso shot negatively impact my morning workout? • Are power zones different than heart rate zones? • Which is best, power or heart rate? • If you have to skip a workout, how do you choose which workout to skip? • Is it bad to train more than prescribed? • How to not get dropped • How to improve your climbing • Why do different apps give me different power readings? • How does TrainerRoad calculate Normalized Power (NP)? • How to do single leg drills without clipless pedals • Should you skip pedaling drills? • Are rollers bad for your training? • Which type of workouts should you do on rollers? • Bike setup changes that warrant a new FTP test • Fasted training explained • Should you eat sugar on every ride? • How to lose weight during base training
11/24/20161 hour, 2 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 068 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to fix tight hips for cyclists • What is dry needling? • How to use your off-season wisely • Should you use a mountain bike on a cyclocross course? • How to plan a season of mountain bike racing • Which is tougher: east coast or west coast? • How to train for XC • How to plan your training for cyclocross • Sweet Spot or Traditional Base? • High intensity or low intensity for base training? • Is it bad to ride hard on the weekends during base training? • How to integrate weight training with your cycling • Are there any benefits to alcohol for performance? • What is polarized training? • How to avoid burnout • Bulletproof Coffee Recipe • What does ‘grass fed’ actually mean? • Nate’s steel cut oats recipe • How to make oatmeal in a rice cooker. • What type of oatmeal is best for performance? • Should athletes use margarine? • Is it possible to get different FTP test results using different formats? • Which testing format is best for time trialists? • The difference between FTP and stamina • Can you hold your FTP for 60 minutes • How mental fortitude affects your performance • How Bad Do You Want It - https://www.amazon.com/How-Bad-You-Want-Psychology/dp/1937715418 • How to adjust to avoid jet lag for athletes • How to avoid the downsides of flying for athletes • Why North American mountain bikers aren’t as fast as Europeans • Should you skip your workout when you’re sick? • How to know if you should skip a workout or adjust the intensity • How to minimize the effects of a sickness • How to train for a hilly IRONMAN course • How to pace an IRONMAN • Is it normal to see your heart rate increase every interval? • What does an increased heart rate mean? • How to prepare for a stage race • What is the best way to train for ultra endurance racing? • How to train for the Hoodoo 500 • How much fitness will you lose in four weeks of no training? • How to come back after an injury
11/16/20161 hour, 6 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 067 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Should you not train with sore muscles? • Is soreness a sign of fatigue? • How to reduce soreness • How to train for a stage race • Is it best to train for a TT or the road race in a stage race? • Does non-alcoholic beer hurt recovery? • Can you skip base training? • How to know if you have a good aerobic base • How to train for two peaks in one year • How to train for an IRONMAN with road racing • Can you use TrainerRoad outside? • How to follow a TrainerRoad workout outside • What is the best workout for a half ironman and a full ironman • Do you need to replicate your goal event in training? • Is just doing one workout efficient? • How to use one power meter on different bikes • The easiest power meter setup you can get • Do larger riders need different training plans? • Training for clydesdales • Racing strategy for clydesdales • How to save energy during a criterium • How to know which category you should race • Will training on a cyclocross bike not transfer to a road bike? • How bike geometry affects your training • What is the difference between a cyclocross bike and a road bike? • What makes a good road racer? • How to prepare yourself physically and mentally for a road race • Road racing strategy • How to become a great road racer
11/10/201651 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 066 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Jonathan's Deux North Everesting Challenge Recap • How to pace a long ride • What type of nutrition to bring on a long ride • What type of lights to use for an overnight ride • Bike setup for 24 hour rides • What it takes to climb 30,000' • How demanding is a double century • How do you stop without brakes? • Single leg drills with a single-sided power meter • Are cadence/technique drills mandatory? • What data matters most for mountain biking? • Is power relevant for mountain biking? • Alternatives to FTP to measure progress • How can you tell if your getting faster • Is a 1x drivetrain good for road riding? • Are the gaps between gears too big on a wide range cassette? • How to plan a whole season of training • What to do if you have excess time between now and your event • How to adjust your training plan if you don't have enough time to do a full Base, Build, Specialty • How to change your training plan if you are preparing for multiple peaks • What effect does a mid-ride break have?
11/4/20161 hour, 1 minute, 22 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 065 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Everesting Attempts • Is a decline in LTHR bad? • How to use heart rate most effectively • Advantages and disadvantages of smart trainers • Are speed sensors useful if you have a GPS? • Training blocks for cyclocross racers • How to incorporate racing into your training plan • How to balance training stress and recovery • What's the difference between rest and recovery? • How to adjust your training plan for aging athletes • Which supplements should you use to aid recovery? • Recovery tips • How to make the most of your rest days
10/28/20161 hour, 6 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 064 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Kona recap • IRONMAN World Champs • How Andy Potts crashed • What it's like to catch a bike • Spotify playlists for Coach Chad and Coach Jonathan • How to return to racing after pregnancy • Bike handling drills • Activities and habits that make you a better rider • How to practice barriers for cyclocross • What to do when riding through sand • How to improve your corner speed • How burping affects your heart rate • How to avoid a late season fade • Is it normal to see your left / right balance fluctuate? • Should you go back to base training in the off season? • What is ketosis? • Is a ketogenic diet good for cycling?
10/19/20161 hour, 10 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 063 - TrainerRoad Podcast – Special Guest: FLO Cycling

• The aerodynamic research and testing process explained • What depth wheels should you use? • How to know what tire width to use • Does tire width vary from rider to rider and bike to bike? • What tire pressure is best? • Which tire is the most aerodynamically efficient? • Which tire has the least amount of rolling resistance? • How does a cross wind affect a bike? • How to set up your bike for cross winds? • What to look for in a set of wheels • What to look for in an aero bike
10/18/20161 hour, 14 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 062 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Cyclocross racing update • Racing two races in one day • What to learn from the pros about cyclocross • The best gearing for cyclocross • How to build the ultimate CX bike • Dropper posts on cyclocross bikes • How to set up a cyclocross bike for road riding • How to deal with delays in resistance on a trainer • Can sweat ruin your bike? • Why are longer efforts hard for some riders? • How to adjust your workout if an interval is too hard • How long should your offseason be? • Training while traveling • What to do if your training isn't translating to the road • Marginal gains for time trials • Mental fortitude and how it affects performance • Does a rough road surface make you more tired? • What causes cramps? • How to follow a TrainerRoad plan outdoors
10/14/20161 hour, 7 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 061 - TrainerRoad Podcast – Special Guest: Matt Lieto

Professional Triathlete and IRONMAN commentator Matt Lieto. • How to go from average joe to pro triathlete • What type of power it takes to win an IRONMAN • How to pace a triathlon • Do triathletes use elevation training? • How to train for hot weather • How to acclimatize yourself to Kona • How to control your appetite • How to lose weight quickly • How to keep weight off • Tips to overcome food temptations • How to know if you've tapered correctly • What the pros do to taper • High intensity training for ultra-endurance athletes • Managing distractions at a big race • How to stay focused building up to race day • What type of accommodations are best when traveling to a race • Is carb loading best? • How to manage gluten intolerance while traveling • What should you eat before a race or big day of training • Triathlon bike tactics • Triathlon drafting rules explained • Do triathletes actually draft? • How to use drafting rules against your competition • Why you should attack and change your pace in a triathlon • How to deal with cross winds on a TT bike • How to pace yourself on climbs and hills in a triathlon • Are descending skills important for triathlon? • How to increase your efficiency on the bike • Marginal gains to maintain speed on the bike • What mountain bikers and IRONMAN athletes have in common • How triathletes use mental tactics to influence a race • Is it better to go easy on the bike or go hard on the bike? • Ideal gearing for triathlon • How to read wind conditions and use them to your advantage • How to know when to favor power and when to favor aerodynamics • How to manage heat on race day • Do saunas help performance? • How triathletes can benefit from mountain biking • Should triathletes do cyclocross? • What triathletes should do in transition • How to catch a bike
10/12/20161 hour, 1 minute, 23 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 060 - TrainerRoad Podcast – Special Guest: Cuore Cycling Apparel

Scott Tietzel from Cuore Cycling Apparel (cuore.ch) • What makes a jersey aerodynamic? • How to tell high quality kit from low quality kit • Why do companies use different fabrics? • What type of kit to use for different weather • How to wear your kit like a pro • Small things you can do to make your kit more aero
10/11/201640 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 059 - TrainerRoad Podcast – Special Guest: Ryan Leech

Professional trials rider & renown coach Ryan Leech • Bike handling tips for new riders • How to bounce back after a crash • How to build skills effectively • How to bunny hop • How to wheelie • How to manual • How to take switchbacks • Which mountain bike should you get • Should you train on your mountain bike or your road bike? • What accessories make you a better rider
10/4/20161 hour, 43 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 058 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to save energy in cyclocross • How to pace a cx race • CrossVegas review • How to ride barriers • Braking and cornering for cyclocross • How to adjust your workouts to fit in less than 60 minutes • What CTL can you expect from a base training phase? • What gearing is best for cyclocross? • Is it bad to train at night? • Night training vs. morning training • How much do you have to train in order to get better? • How to raise your FTP • How to follow an interval workout outdoors • How to adjust your training plan for missed workouts • Is it worth it to get a power meter? • How to train for a muscular imbalance • How to improve left / right balance • Circadian rhythms • How important is it to train at the same time every day? • How to balance training with an erratic schedule with training • How to train junior athletes • How to motivate an athlete
10/3/20161 hour, 10 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 057 - TrainerRoad Podcast – Special Guest: Geoff Kabush

MTB Legend Geoff Kabush - 15x XCO National Champion, 5x CC National Champion, 1x XCM Champion – How to race at a high level for a long time – How to adapt to different race formats – How pros approach base training – How to train for endurance mountain bike racing – How to prepare for an Epic Rides race – Bike setup and training for mountain bike criteriums – How much power it takes to win a pro mountain bike race – What type of fitness do you need for mountain biking? – Are power meters useful for mountain biking? – How to use a power meter for mountain biking – Should you pace yourself in a mountain bike race? – How to set up your bike for mountain biking – Are wider bars better? – Which is faster: hard tails or full suspension? – Which tires are best for cross country racing? – How to pick the right tire for your race – Why World Cup racers are faster than North American racers – Is cyclocross beneficial for mountain biking? – How to change your training from MTB to cyclocross – Common mistakes of road riders on mountain bikes – Which tire pressure is best
9/29/201645 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 056 - TrainerRoad Podcast – Special Guest: Ray Maker of DCRainmaker.com

Live with DC Rainmaker from Interbike 2016! • How to train for triathlon while traveling • How to travel with your bike • Running power meters • How to measure the difference between two power meters • DC Rainmaker's indoor training tips
9/24/201639 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 055 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to train on vacation • How to follow a training plan while traveling • How to train with power on a gym spin bike • Interbike 2016 plans • How to recover from a scary crash • How to feel comfortable after a crash • The best triathlons in the USA • How to train for Leadville • Is it necessary to replicate your goal event's distance beforehand? • How to prepare for an epic race • How to use Zone 2 training • How long do you have to be in Zone 2 to reap the benefits? • How long do you have to be in the Sweetspot zone to reap the benefits? • How to customize your workouts and training plans to your needs • How to train for a criterium • Are off and on workouts good for criterium racing? • How to tailor your training for your goal event • How to train for really steep climbs • How to train for The Dirty Dozen • Bike setup for steep climbs • Can weight training make you a better climber? • How to train for a century
9/16/20161 hour, 2 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 054 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to maintain fitness in the off season • How to recover physically and mentally between seasons • What are "openers"? • What workout should you do before a race? • Is it bad to work out the day before a race? • The science behind openers • How to identify strengths and weaknesses • Should you train your weaknesses or strengths? • How to simulate a course with TrainerRoad • Why it's better to do intervals than emulate a race course • How power meters work • Do crank-based power meters measure differently then pedal or hub-based? • How much does drivetrain efficiency affect power data • What is Everesting? • How to train for an Everesting attempt • How to train for massive days of climbing • How to increase training volume of a training plan • How to know when you are training too much • How to avoid burnout • How can you know if you are getting fitter instead of just getting better at testing? • How to measure improvement in your training
9/8/20161 hour, 5 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 053 - TrainerRoad Podcast - Special Guest: Clif Bar Team's Pete "Thor" Morris

• Clif Bar Team's Pete "Thor" Morris • How to travel with your bike • Aerodynamics vs. psychological advantage • Does a beard or long hair slow you down? • Is chocolate milk a good recovery drink? • What is the best recovery drink? • How recovery drinks work • Criterium racing tactics • How to become a better road racer • How to race smart and save your energy • What metrics should you use to measure progress? • How to measure and understand your progress • How to warm up for a time trial • How to become a better bike handler • What is the best way to learn bike skills? • Is it possible to become a better bike handler without technical terrain? • The 3 most important tips for better bike handling • Are power meters necessary? • Which bike should always have a power meter installed on it
8/31/20161 hour, 15 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 052 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• What it takes to win a Master's National Championship • How to learn from a bad race • How to salvage a poor race day • Is an offseason break necessary? • How to carry fitness year-round • What is the best way to set up your Garmin? • Which data matters most when training? • Why data is important to watch during an FTP Test • Which Build Plan is best for cyclocross? • Can older cyclists be good climbers? • How to train for long climbs • How to raise your FTP and VAM • Does elevation training work? • How to do elevation training right • What is the ideal elevation to live and train at • How to substitute races for workouts in a training plan
8/25/20160
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 051 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Body fat analysis • How to measure your body composition • What is the best way to lose fat • How to lose fat and gain muscle • How do you compare to Chris Froome? • Chris Froome's VO2 Max, FTP and power to weight ratio • Does poor quality sleep affect performance? • Why measuring your training with mileage is pointless • What is the best way to measure your training • Why isn't your training plan making you faster? • What to do if you feel fatigued • Which earbuds / headphones are best for indoor training • Do aging athletes have to adjust their training plans? • How to adjust your training for your age • What does excessive salt buildup from sweat mean? • Are salty sweat stains bad? • How to use a smart trainer to warmup at a race • How do you know when to start a race hard or go easy? • Why positioning is so important in racing • What course features or characteristics make positioning critical • How to position yourself well in a race • How to pace after a hard start • Different ways to train for cyclocross
8/18/20161 hour, 3 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 050 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to adjust your training during the offseason • How to train for criterium racing • How to pace an FTP test • How the 8 Minute Test works • What type of racing are you best at, and how do you find it? • Does fitness for one type of racing translate to another? • How to train for cyclocross racing • Is fasted training different than fat adaptation? • Is it normal to have your cadence drop during hard efforts? • How to increase your cadence • Is training at night bad? • How to recover even after training at night • Hacks and tips on how to improve the quality of your sleep • How to get back into training after a long hiatus • Is it okay to repeat a base training phase? • How to stay motivated during base training • How to train with a busy schedule • What is better: Normalized Power or Average Power? • Is it possible for normalized power to be lower than average power? • Which matters more during an interval: live power output or average? • How to transition to a different type of cycling • Can crit riders be good endurance riders? • Can endurance riders be good crit racers? • How to race successfully out of your element • Can you change the type of athlete you are, or are you stuck? • How age affects your ability to raise FTP • Thyroidectomies and cycling • Upcoming podcast topics from Interbike!
8/12/20161 hour, 11 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 049 - TrainerRoad Podcast

– How to figure out your power zones – How to figure out your heart rate zones – Are your heart rate zones accurate? – How to get started with structured training – How do you know if you have enough base fitness? – How to train for cyclocross – Best training plan for cyclocross – Should you train for running if you're racing cyclocross? – What is CTL? – What is TSB? – How to measure your training load, fitness and fatigue – How to taper for a century – How to train for a gran fondo – Why triathletes need VO2 max training – How to use high intensity training for triathletes – How to use ramp tests to understand your performance – How to perform a ramp test – How to power the KICKR remotely – Is pedal smoothness important? – Why pedal drills matter – How to know if you have a bad pedal stroke – How to train for time trials – Low volume training plans: how to use them in race season – How to time your cyclocross training for a long season – How does fasted training work? – Is it important to eat before an indoor workout? – How to know if you're a sprinter – How many watts is a good sprint? – Sprint race strategy – What to do in order to be a better sprinter – How to win races if you're not a good sprinter
8/5/20161 hour, 8 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 048 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to upload outdoor rides to TrainerRoad • What are TrainerRoad training camps? • How to learn MTB skills • How to train for cyclocross • how to transition to cyclocross from road • Can you play video games while you train? • How to mix entertainment with your training • What type of stretching should you do after training? • Best stretches for cyclists • How to maintain fitness in the off season • How to use your offseason to get faster • Is positioning important when training indoors? • Which riding position is best to train in? • Which cadence is best? • Is it best to train at an ideal cadence, or the cadence you'll ride at when outside? • Which gearing is best for road riding?
7/29/20161 hour, 3 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 047 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Cross-continent riding • How to train for a triathlon • Best music to listen to while training • How to take an FTP test • How to know if you should redo your FTP test • Is it a good idea to take an FTP test before a race? • How to find the perfect pace for a race • What are "junk miles"? • Is tempo bad? • How to make the most of your training • How to train like a sprinter • Are older riders not good sprinters? • Is it normal to see a decrease in FTP? • How to know the difference between a decrease in FTP and a decrease in sustainable power • Morning routines to start the day • How does heart rate relate to calorie consumption? • Is it better to use power or heart rate to calculate calories? • What is normalized power? • Which is better, normalized or average power? • How to understand power data
7/27/20161 hour, 12 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 046 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to decide the ideal pace for a race or ride • Perfect pacing for a gran fondo • How to prepare for a Rapha Prestige event • How to save energy in a race • Should you attack the climbs or go easy? • How to deal with saddle sores • Which chamois creams to use • How to train for a gravel race • Should you take indoor and outdoor FTP tests? • How to improve your performance on the trainer • How to structure triathlon training • Avoiding overtraining for triathletes • What is the best pedaling technique? • How to tell when a rider is tired or not • How to know when to attack • How to recognize overtraining • Is high intensity better than low intensity? • The trade off between intensity and volume • How to fit in more training in less time • How to use a power meter when traveling • Using Powertap P1 or Garmin Vectors on excercise or spin bikes in a gym
7/15/20161 hour, 8 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 045 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Should you train your weaknesses or strengths? • How to train for criteriums • How to train for breakaways • How to win from a breakaway • Bigger riders vs. smaller riders • What are TSS fillers? • How to use recovery rides • How to raise TSS without adding too much fatigue • Does hot weather make you slower? • How to use temperature to customize your training • Where to position a fan when working out • Do saunas make you faster? • Do short/ intense efforts make you faster? • How to incorporate running into cyclocross training • How to train for cyclocross • How to use fasted training • Which workouts are best to use for fasted training • Are long rides best for fasted training? • Are easy rides best for fasted training? • How to make up a week of your training plan after being sick • How to use indoor training for mountain bikers
7/12/20161 hour, 10 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 044 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Work at TrainerRoad! Software Engineers • What is the ideal weight for a cyclist? • How to know when you've lost too much weight • How slow does an extra pound make you? • Trainer tires vs. standard • Tips on how to install tires • How to pace an IRONMAN bike leg • How to set up your gearing for an IRONMAN • What to do if your legs feel like they are getting tired before cardio • What to do if your cardiovascular system gives out before your legs • How to manage training stress • Is VirtualPower accurate or precise? • How does VirtualPower compare to a power meter • How to get precise power data without a power meter • How to continue training after time off • How to prepare for a century • Can you train with power on a spin bike? • How to train with a power meter while traveling or in a gym • How to perform a power profile protocol test • How to identify strengths and weaknesses as a cyclist • How to pace a sprint, olympic, half- or full-ironman triathlon
7/1/20161 hour, 4 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 043 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Using the Tacx Neo with thru-axles • Is it wrong to take an FTP test on a hill? • Should you only take an FTP test on a flat road or indoors? • Is your max heart rate flexible? • Is it bad to go over your max heart rate? • Which FTP testing format should you pick? • How to raise your FTP in two months • When do the effects of fasted training wear off? • Interval training in InsideRide Rollers • How to train between road and cross season • How to train for short, hard efforts • Which cadence is best? • Is mountain biking harder than road riding? • Is training on a mountain bike bad? • How bad positioning can hurt your training • Should I train for the cadence I'll be riding at or at an ideal cadence?
6/23/20161 hour, 10 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 042 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• The Epic Rides Carson City Off Road • Mountain Biking in Tahoe • TrainerRoad Android leak on Snapchat • What equipment makes you faster? • Tips to make yourself more efficient on the bike • How to keep up with a group ride • Group ride tactics • How to recover from an injury • How to train while injured or recovering • How to train after a goal event • How to transition to the off season • How to make sure you don't lose fitness in the off season • What is Heart Rate Max (HR Max)? • Is an increase in HR Max good or bad? • How to plan a training block • How to get faster in less time • How to use TrainerRoad for Android users • Is failing to complete a workout bad? • How to adjust a workout for completion • Is standing up bad while on the trainer? • How to know if a workout was too hard or if you were too tired • TrainerRoad cycling kit • What are the differences between mountain bike wheel sizes? • Is 29 better than 27.5? • How to pick the right mountain bike • What are the benefits of a low heart rate? • What does a low resting heart rate (RHR) mean?
6/17/20161 hour, 5 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 041 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Can less high intensity training replace more low intensity? • Is low intensity or high intensity training better? • How to prepare for an event with limited time • How to adjust the KICKR with TrainerRoad • Does gearing matter with smart trainers? • How to pick a cycling training plan • How to adjust a training plan for a busy schedule • Does running make you a faster cyclist? • Cross training for cyclists • How to improve your FTP • How to prioritize your training • How to train with limited time • How mental is the sport of cycling? • Does bike handling really matter? • Is nutrition or training more important for athletes? • How to maintain fitness while on vacation • How to balance your triathlon training • Do trainers wear out tires? • How to supplement your training with commuting
6/9/20161 hour, 4 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 040 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to warm up for mountain bike races • How to train for fast race starts • How to train for CX and XC MTB • How to use TrainerRoad as a group • How to use TrainerRoad for Duathlon training • How to set up a training space • Using a TV with TrainerRoad • Individual leg drills for cyclists • High inertia vs. low inertia trainers • Which trainer is most quiet? • How to train with a newborn baby in the house • How to recover after an IRONMAN • Is saddle numbness normal? • How to pick the best saddle • How to stand up on the trainer
6/3/20161 hour, 8 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 039 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Is it okay to use on old bike on the trainer? • What to know if you are using two different power meters • Are smart trainers better than power meters? • What is supercompensation • How to use supercompensation in your training • What is the best smart trainer? • Are smart trainers worth it? • How to train for long, steady climbs • How TrainerRoad workouts are named • How to avoid flat tires on the trainer • Are trainer tires better than normal tires? • How to set up your tire for the trainer • Can you expect big improvements when starting structured training? • How much improvement is normal? • How to recover from a workout • Do TENS Units work? • Does gearing or bike setup affect FTP? • Are short recovery rides beneficial? • Diabetes and cycling
5/27/201651 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 038 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• What is a power-to-weight ratio in cycling? • Are heavy cyclists slow? • Is weight important in criterium and road racing? • How to win a race even if you’re heavy • How to balance fatigue and training load • How to taper for an event • How to structure your training plan • What is supercompensation? • Are electronic groupsets better than mechanical? • Is cadence more important than power? • Which cadence is ideal in cycling? • Training for weaknesses or strengths • How to train without a specific event in mind • Training for casual cyclists • How to have smoother power output • Why is my power output so inconsistent? • How to use TrainerRoad outdoors • How to perform intervals outside • How to come back to training after an injury • How to train for year-round racing • How to increase your 1 minute power • How to become a better sprinter • How to increase power with interval training
5/24/20161 hour, 51 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 037 - TrainerRoad Podcast - High Elevation with Phil Gaimon

• Tour of California Stage 5 • Why should you train at high elevation? • Should you train at high elevation or low elevation? • Should you recover at high elevation or low elevation? • Train high, recover low vs. train low, recover high • How hard are pro stage races? • Phil Gaimon's "Real Talent" Podcast on PelotonBrief.com • High intensity vs. low intensity training • How do pro cyclists use weight training? • How do pro cyclists recover in stage races? • Is pro cycling as competitive as it used to be?
5/20/20169 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 036 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• TrainerRoad is on Snapchat! • TrainerRoad at Sea Otter • How to get faster • How to raise your FTP • Is speed irrelevant when training inside? • How to measure improvement for cyclists • Where to start with a cycling training plan • How power meters work • How single leg power meters work • Is alcohol bad for athletes? • Is beer a good recovery drink? • How much alcohol is too much for cyclists? • How to use TrainerRoad in a gym when travelling • What is Heart Rate Max (HRM)? • How to use heart rate data • Can you increase your max heart rate? • How to know when to chase down a breakaway • Race tactics for road and criterium racing • What is the difference between different types of mountain bikes? • Which mountain bike to start out with • Are early morning workouts bad for you? • How to stay motivated with your training?
5/17/20161 hour, 11 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 035 - TrainerRoad Podcast - Bike Setup with Specialized's Brad Copeland

Brad Copeland of Specialized Factory Racing is one of the only mechanics trusted with building and working on Specialized's top MTB and triathletes' bikes. Brad tells us how the pros set up their bikes so we can get faster. For more information on this conversation and links to all the products mentioned, see this post on our blog: http://blog.trainerroad.com/fast-tires-choices/
5/11/201651 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 034 - TrainerRoad Podcast - Gran Fondos & Epic Rides with Neil Shirley

Neil Shirley, Editor of Road Bike Action, ex-pro cyclist, unofficial Gravel Worlds Champ and famed slayer of epic rides shares his racing and training secrets with us.
5/5/201639 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 033 - TrainerRoad Podcast

– How does speed relate to FTP – Is speed better than heart rate? – Is speed better than power? – Is heart rate better than power? – How to use your power meter indoors – How to use your power meter and electronic trainer – Is it normal to have power data fluctuate? – How do you know if you're doing VO2 intervals? – How to perform high intensity workouts – How to do a VO2 Max workout – How to warmup before a race – Criterium warmups – Mountain Bike warmups – Cyclocross warmups – How to adjust your training plan – How to train when injured
4/28/20161 hour, 4 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 032 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• Weight loss for cyclists • How to use Training Peaks with TrainerRoad • How to measure your body fat • How a power meter works • Does low cadence affect power readings? • How to maintain fitness • How to deal with a plateau in fitness • How to use rollers with TrainerRoad • Do rollers make you faster? • Are rollers better than trainers? • How to raise your FTP • In which racing category should you start? • How to keep training with a newborn in the family • How to balance training and family • Does burping affect heart rate? • How to estimate your FTP • How to build fitness and train for road racing • Which build plan is best for road racing? • How to warm up for a cross country mountain bike race • How to know if you are too tired to train
4/15/201659 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 031 - TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to measure body fat • Weight loss for cyclists • How to train for a short time trial • How to pace a time trial • How to recover after a workout • How to know when you should bridge to a breakaway • Race tactics for cyclists • How to establish a breakaway • How to judge a race • What is the ideal weight for a triathlete? • How to pace a half-ironman • Is lighter always faster for cyclists? • How to train for single speed racing • How to train for Leadville
4/7/20161 hour, 1 minute, 35 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 030 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to use a smart trainer with TrainerRoad • How cadence affects electronic trainers • How to lose weight while retaining muscle • How to count calories for cyclists • How to know if you are sugar adapted • How to reduce reliance on sugar • How to use TrainerRoad with a coach • How to make your own custom workouts • How to use VirtualPower • Why does indoor FTP differ from outdoor FTP? • How to set up your trainer • How to adjust the intensity of a workout in TrainerRoad • What cadence should you ride at? • Is low cadence better than high cadence? • What gear should you use on an electronic trainer? • How to use your power meter with TrainerRoad • How to use PowerMatch
4/4/20161 hour, 4 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 029 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to perform an FTP Test • Which FTP Testing protocol is best • How to train when you're sick • Can you train too much? • What is overtraining? • How to avoid overtraining • Can you use TrainerRoad outdoors? • What is an LSCT? • How to tell if you're in good form or not • How fasted training works • What does your body due during fasted training? • Is fasted training only effective in the morning? • How long do you have to not eat for fasted training to work? • Does pushing through a bonk make you faster? • What to watch when you're on the trainer • How to adjust your workouts if your FTP is too low • How to combine fasted training with high intensity training • Do oval chainrings make you faster? • Do oval chainrings improve traction and pedal-bob for mountain bikes? • What temperature is ideal for indoor training? • How to use saunas for training • Does training in heat make you faster? • How much improvement can you expect in a year? • Does training differ for junior athletes?
3/27/20161 hour, 2 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 028 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• Do shaved legs make you faster? • Why do cyclists shave their legs? • How to train for mountain bike racing • Weight training for cyclists • How to fuel on the bike • What's the best food to eat on the bike? • How fasted training works • Pre-race nutrition • When should you take an FTP test? • Core training for cycling
3/23/201659 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 027 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to do hill repeats • How to do interval training outdoors • How to do interval training without a power meter • Are you a bad FTP tester? • Is your FTP wrong? • How to test your FTP • Is warming up good? • Do warmups work? • How to warm up for a race • Quadricep pain for cyclists • How to set up your bike for indoor training • Best gearing for indoor training • Why isn't your power data smooth? • How to pace for a Gran Fondo or Sportive • How to set up your bike for steep climbs • Is it bad to turn up the intensity of a workout?
3/18/20161 hour, 9 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 026 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• Do different types of trainers affect your FTP? • How inertia affects FTP • How to use cycling to lose weight • How power relates to VO2max • What should females know about body fat analysis • Is it normal to not see an increase in FTP? • Does expensive cycling kit make you faster? • Is your FTP too low? • What is VO2max? • Does VO2max training make you faster? • What your body goes through during an interval workout
3/11/20161 hour, 1 minute, 58 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 025 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to salvage a stage race • How to mix vacation with training • How to measure body fat • How to fix knee pain for cyclists • Stretching and physical therapy for cyclists • How to train for a Half-IRONMAN • Is overtraining a myth? • What to do if you're feeling tired during training • Do low-inertia trainers cause knee pain? • Should I retake my FTP test? • How to use indoor training for triathlon
3/4/20161 hour, 3 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 024 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• Why is my heart rate different inside and outside? • Should I take my FTP test in my aero position? • Power versus heart rate for cyclists • Cross training for cyclists • Does base training raise your FTP? • Do all power meters measure the same? • How much time off hurts your fitness? • How to adjust your training plan • How to know if you're burned out • Do endurance rides help burnout? • How to train with a complicated schedule • Are short, intense workouts best if you are limited on time? • How to rebuild after a peak
2/25/20161 hour, 4 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 023 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to use a heart rate monitor for calorie burn • What time of day is best for training? • How to taper for a race • Is it a good idea to get a massage before a race? • Using base training to lose weight • How to use fasted training for cyclists • How to get stronger in the flats • How to analyze your pedal stroke • How to use heart rate for indoor training • Why is my heart rate different when training indoors? • Should you take an FTP test indoors or outside?
2/19/20161 hour, 2 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 022 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• Will more training volume make you a faster cyclist? • How to follow a structured training plan during a group ride • How to use power meter data to get faster • How to train for a late race breakaway • How to peak twice in one season • Do I need a recovery week between training phases? • How to train if you don't have a specific race in mind • How to pick the best chamois • Is extra training volume bad? • What does my power to weight ratio mean? • How to eat during high intensity workouts
2/12/20161 hour, 2 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 021 – TrainerRoad Podcast – Crit Racing 101 with The Clif Bar Team

In this special episode of the podcast we spoke with The Clif Bar Cycling Team, some of the best criterium racers in the USA, about how to become a better Crit Racer. • How to train for criterium racing • How to know if you're a sprinter or a breakaway racer • How to train for a flat criterium • How to train for a hilly criterium • How to perform a breakaway • How to do a leadout • How to use team tactics in a criterium • How to race against a team in a criterium • Top tips for criterium racing
2/5/20161 hour, 9 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 020 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to train for a triathlon with TrainerRoad • What time of day is the best time to train? • Does bike geometry affect power output? • Can you compare power from one cyclist to another? • Does running make you a slower cyclist? • How to take an FTP test? • Using ERG mode during an FTP test? • What is the best gearing for indoor training? • Do electronic trainers increase your cadence? • How to quantify cross-training for cycling • How to use walking for recovery and training for cyclists • Do electronic trainers cause injuries? • Are smart trainers detrimental? • How to improve core strength for cycling • Does old age affect FTP and VO2 Max • How to adjust your training for old age
1/27/20161 hour, 3 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 019 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• Why can't I hold steady power? • How to use cadence to analyze your training • Is heart rate better than power? • How to use power meters to measure your performance • Why heart rate zones and power zones don't line up • How to use VO2 Max for cyclists • How VO2 intervals increase endurance • What is the difference between tempo and sweetspot • What benefits come from high intensity training • How does tempo training improve endurance? • Is tempo training bad? • How to plan weight loss for cycling • How to use indoor training during race season • How to know when to bail out of an interval workout • What does resting heart rate mean in terms of performance? • How to mix high intensity intervals with base training • How to use tabata training for cycling • How to improve your VO2 Max • How to use weight training for cycling • How to incorporate indoor training with group rides
1/20/20161 hour, 2 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 017 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How sleep affects recovery • How to improve power at VO2 Max • Is DNA Testing valuable for cyclists? • Can I substitute low intensity workouts for high intensity workouts? • Does high intensity training ruin base training? • How to use a mag trainer with TrainerRoad • How to prepare for a sportive or gran fondo • How to perform an FTP test • How to extend the length of a workout • How to raise your FTP • How to do base training for triathlon • How to adjust your training volume • How long should each phase of training take? • How to train for a season of racing • How to pick a base training plan • How to adjust your training after a hard race • How long will it take to reach race fitness • How to perform indoor workouts outside • How to use recovery drinks and nutrition for indoor training • How to plan a recovery workout
1/15/20161 hour, 2 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 018 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to adjust your training after a severe injury or illness • How to balance your training between low and high intensities • How to use resting heart rate to understand your performance • How to shorten a training plan • How to use rollers and TrainerRoad • Are rollers better than trainers? • How to base train for mountain biking • How to use indoor training for mountain biking • Is distance important for indoor training? • How to adjust a training plan for a busy schedule • How to use TrainerRoad to train for triathlon • High intensity training for endurance athletes • Why is my indoor FTP different than my outdoor FTP? • How to plan a training camp • How to build a pacing plan for a race
1/13/20161 hour, 2 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 016 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to set up your Garmin for triathlon • Is fasted training bad? • How to do hill repeats • How TrainerRoad structures their workouts • How important is weight in cycling • How to train with limited time • How to pace an Ironman • How to maintain fitness with a busy work schedule • How to not get dropped on a group ride • How to do base training for triathlon • How to shorten your training plan • How to lose weight during the base phase • How to train in between races • How to transition from one training plan to another • Is it normal to see your FTP drop in the off season? • How to use gravel grinding to train for triathlon • How to use commuting to compliment your training
1/3/20161 hour, 6 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 015 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to set up your bike on the trainer • How to measure your recovery • How to switch training plans • How to improve pedal stroke efficiency • How to become a faster sprinter • Does base training hurt your FTP? • How does gearing affect an electronic trainer? • How to train for the Dirty Kanza • How sprinters can train for climbing • Should you train your weaknesses or strengths? • How to train for steep climbs • How to adjust training for missed workouts • Is tempo training beneficial for triathletes? • Why is my indoor power higher than my outdoor power? • How to do form sprints • How to measure an FTP test • How to base train for triathlon • Should I workout indoors with a fan?
12/17/20151 hour, 6 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 014 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How does sitting at a desk affect my recovery? • How to get the most out of every interval • Lactate threshold vs. training with power • Individual Leg Drills • How to add swimming and running to TrainerRoad triathlon training plans • How to train for a Gran Fondo • How to train for an epic training camp • How to train for a season of road racing • How to prioritize your season's races • How to train during a business trip or vacation • How to calculate power zones • Should I avoid tempo or, "grey zone" training? • How to incorporate sports into your cycling training plan • Why you should follow a structured training plan • How to avoid getting dropped • How to plan a year of training • Which approach should I take with base training?
12/9/20151 hour, 1 minute, 53 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 013 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How much improvement should I expect in my FTP? • Should you expect a decline in FTP during the off season? • How do I raise my FTP? • How to add swimming and running workouts to TrainerRoad training plans? • Should masters athletes do high intensity intervals? • How to adapt a triathlon training plan for duathlon • How to do form sprints • Reverse periodization • Running as cross training for cyclists • Nutrition planning for base training • Weight training for cyclists • Using a TT bike on the indoor trainer • How do I compare heart rate zones to power zones? • How often should I assess my FTP? • How to shorten your training plan • Is there such thing as too much sweet spot work? • How to not lose weight for cyclists • How to taper for your A-Race
12/3/20151 hour, 2 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 012 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to prevent cramping for cyclists • Does shaving my arms and legs make you faster? • How much improvement should you expect from a training plan? • Is low-intensity training or high-intensity training better for endurance athletes? • How weight loss affects triathlon bike splits • Power meter price wars • How to shorten your training plan • How to use indoor training for mountain bike racing • How to incorporate cross training with road racing • How to maintain peak fitness for a long period of time • Is track racing or indoor training more effective for endurance athletes? • Aluminum or carbon wheels for a cobbled sportive? • What tire pressure should you run in your tires? • How to ride cobblestones, gravel and rough roads on a road bike • How to raise your FTP for triathlon • How to plan a big training block for cyclists • How to adjust your training plan for a week off • How should you make up for missed workouts in your training plan • How to train for cyclists with ketogenic, low carb or paleo diets • How to start training after a serious injury • How to transition from Half-Ironman training to Full • How to use indoor cycling for recumbents and Velomobiles
11/23/20151 hour, 6 minutes
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 011 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to use your FTP to build a race plan • How to structure your work / recovery weeks in a cycling training plan • How to adjust your training plan if you aren't improving • How to incorporate commuting into my base training? • How to follow TrainerRoad's Sweet Spot Base training plan • How to maintain peak fitness for a long period of time • How to shorten your training plan when you're time crunched • How to accommodate a training camp in the middle of your training plan • How to prioritize races in your race season • How to avoid heart rate spikes • Which heart rate monitors are best for cyclists • How to reduce or increase your training volume in the middle of a training plan • How to train for short, hard climbs • How to lay out a multi-year training plan • How to adjust your training for a busy schedule or travel • Recovery tips for cyclists who travel • How to determine your amount of training volume • Which approach should you take for base training?
11/19/201558 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 010 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• Numbness in teeth and gums during high-intensity intervals • Is base training necessary? • How to know when you've 'peaked'? • What is TSS and how does heart rate affect TSS? • Ironman bike training for runners • How weight training can improve cyclists' bone density • How to stay motivated with indoor training • How to choose between sweet spot and traditional base training • How to use heart rate for cyclists • How to adjust your training when tired • How to know when to adjust the intensity of a workout • How to avoid training in the 'grey zone' / why interval training works • How to measure your lactate threshold • How cadence affects power output • How to adjust your training for family time • How to train between races • How fasted training affects your performance • Crossfit as cross training for cycling • Why is my outdoor power higher than my indoor power • Why is my indoor power higher than my outdoor power • How TrainerRoad can structure your interval training
11/12/201557 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 009 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to become a faster climber • Why you should get rid of needless tension in your body when training • How to ride faster in the flats • How to choose between oval and standard chainrings • How to plan your meals around training • How to train for cycling at an old age • How to manage training stress • Why you should always train with a power meter • Why mid-season slumps happen and how to manage them • How to train for a long event with short training • How to control your electronic trainer with your power meter • Why does my power meter read differently than my electronic trainer • How to combine running with an indoor cycling plan • How your heart rate zones relate to your power zones • How to manage cramping for cyclists • Can I race during base training • How to use the Kinetic inRide 2.0 with TrainerRoad
11/4/20151 hour, 3 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 008 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to prepare for an XC Marathon endurance race • How to train for a long distance time trial • How to use high-intensity interval training for endurance racing • How to become a faster climber • How to pick the right base training plan • How to compare data from a power meter to VirtualPower • How does power output relate to heart rate • How does bike fit affect power output • How to find your FTP • How to raise your FTP • How much should a cyclist train • Is it okay to use a TT bike on the trainer • How to prepare for a training camp or big block of training
10/30/20151 hour, 2 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 007 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to plan your nutrition for training • How to become a faster climber • How to add volume when training for cyclocross • What to eat before training in the morning • How to become a faster cyclist in less time • How your base training plan will make you faster • How to recover after an Olympic Distance Triathlon • How to adjust your training after vacation • How to extend your base training • What is ultra endurance racing • How does FTP relate to VO2 Max • How to train for a full Ironman • Can I skip base training • How to train for Leadville • How to use TrainerRoad outdoors • How to train for a Gran Fondo • How to train for road racing • How to train while recovering from a knee injury • How to taper for a 40k time trial • How to build core strength for cycling • How to start training for a beginner cyclist • How to use TrainerRoad's training plans • How to increase FTP with lower-intensity intervals • How to train for a Sprint Triathlon • How to train for a sportive • How to incorporate running into triathlon training • How to incorporate cross country skiing into cycling training • How to use weight lifting for cyclists • How to pace a time trial • How to raise your average speed as a cyclist • Traditional base training vs. sweet spot • How to use indoor training for elite cyclists • How to train for The Dirty Kanza • How does bike fit affect power output • Is on-the-bike and recovery nutrition necessary for low volume training • How to work group rides into base training • How to train for track racing
10/20/20151 hour, 23 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 006 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to train in the offseason for triathletes • Post-season Ironman Training • How to adjust your training when sick • How to use resting heart rate to measure recovery • Is base training still needed if I'm an experienced cyclist? • How to structure a road racing training plan • Should I train in my aero position even though my power output is lower? • How to train for a long season of racing • How to fit group rides into your training plan • How to use FTP to create heart rate training zones • How to incorporate commuting into a training plan • What is the best training plan to use in order to lose weight • How to train for 10 km - 15 km time trials
10/7/201559 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 005 – TrainerRoad Podcast – IRONMAN Triathlon Champ Liz Lyles

We talk faster bike splits and how to be a faster triathlete with multi-time IRONMAN Champion and 7th place Kona finisher Liz Lyles in this special episode of the TrainerRoad Ask a Cycling Coach podcast.
9/30/201542 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 004 – TrainerRoad Podcast – Time Trialist Justin Rossi

We talk faster time trialling with nationally ranked Cat 1 time trialist and road cyclist In this special episode of the TrainerRoad Ask a Cycling Coach podcast.
9/28/20151 hour, 12 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 003 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to incorporate weekend rides into a training plan • How to adjust your training if you're feeling tired • Which training plans to follow for multiple peaks • Why your threshold heart rate is different when running and cycling • Fast and slow twitch muscle fibers and long term changes • How to train for an Olympic distance Triathlon • How to adjust your training during recovery from an injury • How to become a better climber • Self-coaching vs. hired coaching • Back-to-back build plans • How to train for Race Across America (RAAM) • What to do in between training blocks • How to know how much time you should take off in the off season • How to use cyclocross as cross training • How to train for a Sportive or Gran Fondo • How to lose weight and manage Caloric deficits with cycling • How to pick a training plan and how power-to-weight ratios affect this • How to manage overuse knee injuries for cyclists
9/21/20151 hour, 3 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 002 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• Seasonal FTP testing • Gran Fondo training • Weight training for cyclists • FTP testing out of the saddle vs. in the saddle • Offseason training for triathletes • Pre-race and mid-race nutrition, and recovery meals • Improving short power for ultra-endurance athletes • Gravel race training • Cross-training on rest days • Cadence training for cyclocross • VO2 max-based training zones vs. FTP-based training zones
9/2/20151 hour, 2 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ask a Cycling Coach: 001 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• How to structure a cycling training plan • How to use heart rate zones in conjunction with power zones • What is the optimal cadence? • How to avoid and deal with Burnout • How to use Training Stress Score (TSS) • Bike fit and proper riding position • How to use heat training for cyclists • How to train for a Half-IRONMAN • Pacing strategies for endurance riders • How to train for Cyclocross season • How to follow TrainerRoad training plans outdoors • Power output discrepancy between indoor and outdoor training • How to train for Criterium racing • Using TrainerRoad with Sufferfest videos • Nutrition guidelines for cyclists • How to follow your training plan on vacation • How to become a faster climber • Using TrainerRoad's Workout Creator • How to use left / right power measurement • Using TrainerRoad with Tacx trainers • When to bail out on a workout • Using Heart Rate Variability (HRV) to adjust training
8/17/201550 minutes, 50 seconds