Author Archives: Meghan Kelley

Meghan Kelley is a writer, XC MTB racer and trail enthusiast. Her years spent racing XC and working at TrainerRoad has translated to a passion for all things cycling.


Consistency Makes You Faster

Consistent training makes you faster and can even prevent training setbacks. Here’s how you can keep your training consistent and adjust your plan to reinforce your long term goals.


Tips for Your First Mountain Bike Stage Race with Brandon Watson and Alex Mallet

Longtime friends and stage racing teammates, Alex Mallet and Brandon Watson, did their first major stage race at one of the most challenging stage races in the world —the Cape Epic in Cape Town, South Africa. From their achievements to their mistakes, here’s how Alex and Brandon tackled their first big stage race, and what they recommend to any athlete interested in mountain bike stage racing.


Overcoming a Fitness Plateau

How to Overcome a Fitness Plateau

Hitting a fitness plateau doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve reached your physical limits. Reassessing your training, your nutrition, and your recovery can help you address and push through a fitness plateau.


Race Tactics for Small Fields and Large Fields

Race Tactics for Small Fields Vs. Large Fields

In road racing the size of the field plays an important role in the demands of the race. You can use the tactical principles of field size to adjust your tactics for different field sizes.


Everesting on Everest

Everesting at High Altitude with JJ Zhou

After successfully Everesting in January of 2018, TrainerRoad athlete JJ Zhou decided to take on a new Everesting challenge —Everesting on Mount Everest. On this week’s successful athletes podcast, JJ goes over his preparation for his Mt. Everest ride and what he did to adjust his pacing, training, and planning for a high altitude goal.


Healthy Training Habits vs Exercise Addiction

How to Create Healthy Training Habits

Knowing how to recognize unhealthy training habits and make positive adjustments can make you faster, prevent exercise addiction, and help you foster a positive long term relationship with your sport. For more information on structured training check out Ask a Cycling Coach Ep 259. Find links to mentioned studies and join the discussion on the…


How to Sustainably Push Mental Limits

How to Sustainably Push Mental Limits

When you reach your limits during a workout, pushing through the mental discomfort can be as challenging as pushing through the physical discomfort. But just as your fitness can improve with training, so can your mental stamina. You can sustainably challenge and expand your limits with a growth mindset and incremental steps forward. For more…


How to Use Outside Workouts to Prepare for Your Events

Using Outside Workouts to Prepare For Your Event

Taking your structured workouts outside with Outside Workouts doesn’t just benefit your fitness. You can also use your Outside Workouts to reinforce technical skills, work on outside conditioning and prepare for the specific challenges of your events.


Sub-nine Leadville Finish

Sub-Nine Leadville Finish With Sergio Sandoval

Come every August, hundreds of athletes gather in the small town of Leadville, Colorado to test their abilities and challenge their endurance at the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. For many athletes, the objective is to conquer the course and get across the finish line, an incredible accomplishment in and of itself. But for a subset of athletes there’s an added challenge – to finish the race in less than nine hours.


Cramping 101

Cramping 101: Prevention and Treatment

Exercise associated muscle cramps can be a frequent issue for endurance athletes. If you experience exercise associated muscle cramps you can use sodium intake, hydration, stretching and maybe even some hot sauce to proactively treat and prevent your muscle cramps.



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