Author Archives: Jesse Fortson

Jesse Fortson lost over 145 pounds with TrainerRoad's help. He uses his experience as a teacher and race mechanic to get faster for crits, gravel, and marathon XCO races.


Five Ways to Increase Your FTP From Ordinary Cyclists

Elite cyclists aren’t the only athletes that have great tips for getting faster. Here are five training tips from ordinary, successful athletes who used TrainerRoad to increase their FTP by a total of 333 watts.


From Dead Last to Podium: How Will Stinger Trained For LoToJa

Will Stinger went from dead last in a road race to fifth place in the longest one-day USAC race. Along the way, he raised his FTP 64 watts and suffered a terrible crash that he came back from even stronger. He did all this while balancing a demanding career as an OBGYN and married life with four children. Whether you want to race LoToJa or conquer a big ride, Will’s got some tips for you.


How to Manage Life Stress While Training

Life happens. And sometimes, the stress that comes with it threatens to derail your training. But don’t worry, there are plenty of strategies for controlling stress that can help your general well-being and keep your training on track. Here are some tips for managing life stress.


Sleep and Endurance Training: Tips for Improving the Quality of Your Sleep

When it comes to endurance training, your sleep is just as vital as your workouts. In the age of marginal gains, improving your sleep is the most significant change you can make to improve your performance. This article will cover how you can increase your sleep quality and quantity.


Training for Bikepacking: How One Cyclist Used Low-Volume to Prepare for 100 Rugged Miles

Structured training is a helpful tool for every cycling discipline. Rob Belsom used TrainerRoad’s low-volume plan to prepare for a rugged 100-mile bikepacking event. Juggling work and family commitments, Rob has some tips for anyone seeking adventure through bikepacking.


The Neuromuscular Energy System: What It Is and Why It Matters for Cyclists

The body has three energy systems. As an endurance sport, cycling focuses on the aerobic system. But for those quick moments when peak power output is needed, the neuromuscular energy system is supreme. This article will cover how the neuromuscular energy system works, how you use it, and what you can do to train it.


Anaerobic Energy System: What It Is, Why It’s Important, and How to Train It

The body has three primary ways of creating energy. These physiological pathways are called energy systems. This article will cover how you use the anaerobic system to put power to the pedals and how you can train it to become a faster cyclist.


How to Manage Food Cravings When Trying to Lose Weight

Managing food cravings while balancing weight loss and training is a challenge. But there are several things that you can do to help keep food in the right perspective. These tips for identifying triggers and managing cravings can help you reach your goals.


How an Ordinary Cyclist Increased Their FTP by 100 Watts

Elite athletes aren’t the only cyclists that benefit from structured training. For Brad Kundracik, balancing life commitments and training meant that he needed an efficient way to grow his fitness. Using TrainerRoad, Brad added 100w to his FTP, lost 35 pounds, and almost doubled his watts/kg. This ordinary cyclist saw some impressive results, and he has some advice for anyone trying to makes the most of their time.


How to Get Faster With Low TSS

Getting faster doesn’t always mean massive weekly training stress. This can be true in many cases, but improving fitness is mostly dependent on the types of stress, when you apply it, and how well you manage it.



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