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.


Training Basics: Get the Most Out of Your Cycling Training

Becoming a faster cyclist takes hard work. But how can you get the most out of your training? Here are ten training principles that help make your next season the best one ever.


How to Lose Weight Through Cycling

Cycling is a great weight loss tool. Combining a healthy diet with structured training paves the way for increased performance. Whether you have a little or a lot to lose, these tips will help you lose weight and be a faster cyclist.


How to Manage Postexercise Hypotension

You’ve finished a ride and are resting with your feet up. Then you stand up and suddenly feel lightheaded. What gives? You’ve just experienced the effects of postexercise hypotension. But what is postexercise hypotension, the causes, and how can you manage it?


How to Use Your Power Curve to Find Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Every cyclist has strengths and weaknesses. The good news is that specific types of fitness are highly trainable. How do you use a power curve to discover what you’re good at, what needs work, and what can you do with that information?


Muscles Used for Cycling and How to Train Them

Cycling is usually thought of as cardiovascular activity and rightly so. But bike riding also works the skeletal muscles. The production of power to drive the pedals involves complex activation of several muscle groups. Of course, the muscles most used in cycling are the legs, but you use muscle groups through the trunk and upper body. Depending on your cycling discipline, the level activation of these groups will vary.


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How David Curtis Went From The Couch to a Sub-9 Leadville with TrainerRoad

David Curtis went from total beginner to sub-9 finisher at the Leadville Trail 100. As a new cyclist, David experienced a steep learning curve with plenty of challenges along the way. But changes in lifestyle, diet, and structured interval training with TrainerRoad, he added 100w to his FTP and doubled his w/kg.


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How to Plan Your Offseason: When to Start and What to Do

With events postponed and canceled, the usual ebb and flow of the cycling seasons have subsided. With months of training in your legs, it might be time for a break. Choosing when to take time off and what to do with your offseason can set you up for future success.


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Interval Training for Cyclists: Interval Types & How to Use Them

Interval training is the best way to become a faster cyclist. By selectively training specific energy systems, you can make the most of your training time. With so many types of intervals, choosing what to do can be a bit overwhelming. In this article, we’ll cover the ins and outs of interval training.


How to maximize your training time

How to Maximize Your Available Training Time

Schedules change all the time. Sometimes life happens, and you find yourself with minimal time to train. At other times, you find yourself with tons of time for training. Whether you have extra or minimal time, you can make the most of the time you have to maintain or increase your fitness.


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Cycling Numbness: Dealing with Numb Hands, Feet, & Saddle

Spend any time cycling, and you will likely experience numbness in your hands, feet, or perineum. With a few small changes in your fit and equipment, you can increase your comfort on the bike.



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