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Author Archives: Meghan Kelley

Meghan Kelley is a writer, XC MTB racer and all around fan of trails, rocks, dirt and the desert. Her years spent racing XC and working at TrainerRoad has translated to a passion for all things cycling.


Recovery for Cyclists: Why It’s Important and How to Improve It

Recovery is one of the most impactful parts of a training plan and should be prioritized by all goal-oriented cyclists. You can maximize your recovery with a dedicated recovery process, scheduled rest, and extra attention to your sleep and nutrition.


Finding Motivation and Pushing Through Setbacks With Thrude Natholmen

After winning the Individual Time Trial National Championships in 2014 Thrude Natholmen set her eyes on the next big goal. But when this goal didn’t come together it became a struggle to hold onto motivation and stay on the right track. Learn how Thrude found a new perspective and pushed through her setbacks in this episode of the Successful Athlete’s Podcast.


Nitrates for Cyclists: Does Beetroot Make you Faster?

Can taking beetroot supplements increase an athlete’s aerobic capacity? It may depend. Looking at the benefits, caveats, and trade-offs to beetroot supplementation can help you decide whether or not it’s right for you.


P.C. @kokody, M.C. @TheAlpineStylist

Training’s Impact on Mental Performance

Cycling training doesn’t just fatigue your legs — it can also tire out your brain. Knowing the impact that training has on subsequent mental awareness can help you anticipate the cognitive demands of training and racing.


Strength Training Maintenance for Cyclists

You can extend the benefits of strength training into your cycling training season with a basic maintenance routine. Here’s how you can tell when it’s time for strength training maintenance and how to start building your own strength training maintenance routine.


Supplements for Cyclists and Triathletes: Do They Make you Faster?

Some of the supplements recommended to endurance athletes are necessary to performance, while others offer only minor benefits. You can determine which ones are right for you with a look at your diet and an assessment of the pros and cons that come with each supplement.


P.C. @kokody/ M.C.@jalenbazile

How Does Adaptive Training Make you Faster?

Grow your strengths, target your weaknesses, and get back on track after training interruptions all with Adaptive Training.


Tips for Low-Volume Training From the Successful Athletes Podcast

The flexible yet progressive structure of the low-volume training plan works with a variety of schedules and experience levels—making it the go to volume for many goal driven athletes. To help you get the most out of your low-volume plan here’s five tips from TrainerRoad athletes who have used a low-volume training plan to get faster.


Science of Getting Faster: Recovery and Carbohydrate Intake

We know that the quantity of carbohydrates ingested after exercise impacts the replenishment of glycogen stores, but what about the type of carbohydrates ingested? Does ingesting glucose and fructose, as opposed to just glucose, impact subsequent endurance performance?


Yoga for Cyclists: Five Poses to Make you Faster

Yoga is the perfect tool for cyclists who want to round out their strengths, aid their recovery, and approach mobility and strength training from a different angle. To help you get a feel for Yoga, and some of the benefits it has to offer, here are five beginner-friendly poses with cycling related benefits.



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