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.


Races are cancelled. An athlete looks at their computer as they consider whether to continue their training plan or restart base training.

Planning Training and Finding Motivation For A Year Without Racing

Events are cancelled, and athletes are wondering whether to continue their training plans or restart base. With consistency, this season can have long term benefits either way.


A cyclist riding at high intensity near their lactate threshold

What Is Lactate Threshold and How To Train It

For decades, athletes have blamed lactic acid for the burn in their legs during exercise, and considered lactate to be a waste product of the muscles. What does the science actually say?


Carly Williamson on a ride in the Colorado Landscape

Selfless Self-Improvement: How Carly Williamson Used Cycling To Care And Cope

Cycling forms a part of our self-identity. For Carly Williams, her identity and purpose changed in ways she could never have expected, but the structure of training helped push her forward through trying times.


A rider competing in a cycling event.

Preparing For Big Events With Low Volume Training

Training specificity might seem to imply that long events require long training rides, but energy systems are more important than duration or TSS.


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Sugar, Fat, and Insulin: Why An Athlete’s Diet Matters

It’s important to understand how your body processes food differently during exercise, because the long-term consequences of careless eating might be more dramatic than you realize.


TSS: What it is, what it's good for, and why it can be misleading

TSS: What It Is, What It’s Good For, and Why It Can Be Misleading

TSS is the most widely-used way of quantifying workout stress in cycling; it’s also one of most commonly misunderstood metrics in the sport. So what is TSS, and what is it good for?


Cancelled Races, Motivation, and Long-Term Goals

Cancelled Races, Motivation, and Long Term Goals

It’s a strange time for endurance athletes. With pandemic-related cancellations affecting events around the world, many of us face a question: What now?


Facing Challenges with Zach Josie

Facing Challenges and Overcoming Limitations With Triathlete Zach Josie

No one’s body is the same, and every athlete faces physical challenges. For triathlete Zach Josie, dwarfism is just an obstacle to overcome.


The Brain’s Use of Energy and What it Means to Cyclists

Physical and mental energy are both limited resources. Can you train your brain to use this energy more efficiently?


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Criterium Strategy with Legion of LA’s Justin Williams

Criteriums are fast, intense, and unpredictable. How can you use team tactics and sprinting strategies to up your crit game? We asked an expert.



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