The psychological and physical benefits of openers, what role pain tolerance plays in performance, how to increase confidence and speed in descents, plus your live questions will all be covered in Episode 211 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.

Topics covered in this episode

  • Analyzing Coach Jonathan’s Performance at Tahoe Trail 100
  • How to nail perfect pacing
  • Can you absorb more than 90g of carbs per hour?
  • How to transition to cyclocross season
  • How your body turns food into energy
  • Everything you needed to know about aerobic metabolism
  • Should you mix VO2 and threshold intervals in the same workout?
  • How to get big legs
  • Advantages and disadvantages of wheel-off trainers
  • The psychological and physiological effects of openers
  • How to train for Enduro
  • Variability Index explained

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