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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.


How to Add Strength Training to a Periodized Cycling Plan

You can use the structure of your periodized cycling training plan to guide the progression of your strength training. This approach can help you reach strength specific goals without interfering with your cycling workouts.


Get faster with the build training phase
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Building Power and Raising FTP with the Build Phase

Increase your power and raise your FTP with a Build Training Phase. Totaling eight weeks, the Build Phase’s are structured to raise your FTP, improve your repeatability, and increase your work capacity. Build is also the first opportunity in a training progression to focus on the specific skills, and power capabilities demanded in your field of racing or riding.


Overtrainng Symptoms Recovery and Avoidance
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Overtraining: Symptoms, Recovery, and Avoidance of Overtraining

While cyclists need training stress to promote physical adaptations, too much of it can have the opposite effect. A prolonged period of insufficient recovery and excess training stress can lead to non-functional overreaching, and ultimately to overtraining syndrome.


Getting faster with early morning workouts

Tips for Consistency and Early Morning Workouts

Consistency over time is the surest way to becoming a faster cyclist, but staying consistent doesn’t always come easily. In this week’s Successful Athletes Podcast, Michael Brophy shares the real strategies that have helped him train consistently, nail his process goals, and reach 5w/kg amid a busy schedule.


Get Faster with Indoor Cycling Drills
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Eight Indoor Cycling Drills for Efficiency and Strength

Incorporating drills into your indoor workouts is a great way to reinforce good habits and experiment with new techniques. It’s also easy to do. You can add these eight drills to your indoor workouts to enhance your time spent in the saddle and target the efficiency of your pedal stroke.


Timing Your Recovery Drink
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Timing Your Recovery Drink: What and When to Drink

No matter what workout you’re doing, you should always plan on some recovery nutrition afterward. There are numerous benefits to recovery drinks, and timing them correctly will help you feel confident that your glycogen stores are replenished for your next workout.


From Triathlete to Age Group Time Trial National Champion

From Triathlete to Time Trial Age Group National Champion

When Egert Purre decided to race the 2020 Estonian Time Trial National Championship he didn’t think he had a shot at winning. At best he hoped to earn third in his age group, and ideally he’d finish in the top five. His performance on race day told a different story though. Egert left everything he had out on the course and ended up finishing with the fastest time in his age group.


Top Ten Training Tips from Amber Pierce in 2020
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Top Ten Training Tips from Amber Pierce in 2020

Over the past year, Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast host Amber Pierce has offered key guidance on staying motivated, training skills, and creating a healthy and sustainable training process. In case you missed them the first time around, or just need a quick refresher, here are the top ten training takeaways Amber’s given on the podcast (so far!).


Cycling Base Training: Why and How to Build Your Aerobic Base

You can build a strong aerobic base, in a time efficient and effective manner, with a structured base training plan. Here’s why base training and aerobic fitness are important for every cyclist and how you can make sure you’re building your base properly for the season and goals that you have.


how to train for gravel cycling races

Gravel Racing: Training and Preparation for a Gravel Grinder

With the right training plan, skills, and equipment, you can take on any gravel race. Here’s everything you need to prepare for your next gravel event or your first big gravel race.



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