Author Archives: Sean Hurley

Sean Hurley is a bike racer, baker of sourdough bread, and former art professor. He is a connoisseur of cycling socks, and a deep believer in the power of periodized, science-based training. Rumor has it he also runs a famous cycling instagram account, but don't tell anyone about that.


Minimum Effective Dose: How much should you train to get faster?

Minimum Effective Dose: How Much Should You Train To Get Faster?

It might seem logical that more training makes you faster, but big volume and intensity can sometimes do more harm than good. The minimum effective dose of training strikes a healthy balance, ensuring consistent improvement over the long term.


Joe Byrne's journey from full-distance triathlon to road racing success.
P.C. James Wright/ Triathlon Ireland Media

Joe Byrne’s Journey From Full-Distance Triathlon to Road Racing Success

Across all distances of triathlon and now in road racing, Joe Byrne has consistently pushed out of his comfort zone in search of bigger challenges. Along the way, he’s proven how smart training and racing strategies can conquer any obstacle.


Road Racing is one of the most diverse and challenging disciplines in cycling.

Road Racing Guide: How to Be a Faster Road Racer

Road Racing is one of the most diverse and challenging disciplines in cycling. These events take many forms, and require a specific mix of skills and fitness. This article will explain the most common types of road racing, and consider how you can target your training for success in these events.


TrainerRoad is the most cost-effective way to become a faster cyclist.

The Cost of Getting Faster

Cycling and triathlon can be expensive sports. You start with a bike and kit, then add events, nutrition, and travel to the bill. Factor in coaching, equipment upgrades, and other marginal gains, and costs can quickly get out of hand. But how much does it actually cost to get faster, and what purchases are worth


The top 10 ways TrainerRoad makes you a faster cyclist

The Top 10 Ways TrainerRoad Makes You a Faster Cyclist

TrainerRoad’s mission is simple: to make you a faster cyclist, whoever you are and whatever your discipline. We’ve helped tens of thousands of athletes reach their goals, but how do we do it? What makes TrainerRoad cycling’s most effective training tool?


Professional Supercross racer Justin Brayton uses cycling and TrainerRoad to get faster.
Photo courtesy Justin Brayton

How Pro Supercross Racer Justin Brayton Gets Faster With TrainerRoad

TrainerRoad is all about helping athletes work towards goals, and for Justin Brayton those goals don’t even involve a bicycle. The fitness and training strategies he gets from TrainerRoad help Justin succeed as a professional Supercross racer, and lessons he’s learned might help you win your next bike race, too.


Triathlete and busy dad John Tarrant avoided injury with TrainerRoad to succeed in his first triathlon.
P.C. Yasmin Tarrant

Avoiding Injury and Increasing FTP 70w With John Tarrant

Every athlete faces obstacles on the way to reaching success. For first-time triathlete John Tarrant, a history of injury and a demanding family life combined with the restrictions of lockdown to make his season a challenge. But with thoughtful planning, a positive attitude towards goal-setting, and the flexibility of TrainerRoad, John came out on top.


The Elements of Getting Faster: How Recovery Helps You Improve and Get Faster

Recovery: The Elements of Getting Faster

It’s easy to think of recovery as secondary to training, but it’s actually the most directly impactful part of the training process. Only through recovery does your body actually get stronger, and only through rest do you get faster.


A cyclist trains in the Endurance Zone to build aerobic fitnes
Athlete: Calvin Smith, P.C. Nick Wilson

Endurance Training for Cyclists: Where Zone 2 Fits in Your Training Plan

The low-intensity, aerobically-powered Endurance training zone doesn’t get much attention. But if you ride and race bikes regularly, you probably ride at this pace more often than you realize, and it can carry some significant benefits. Let’s take a look at the details of this oft-overlooked training zone.


An athlete trains to maximize their power-to-weight ratio.

Power-to-Weight Ratio for Cyclists: When Watts/kg Matters, and How to Improve It

Power-to-weight ratio is one of the most important metrics in cycling, but it can also be a negative influence driving athletes to obsess over weight. Learn how it can help make you faster if used correctly.



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