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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.


The impact of sleep deprivation on racing and training

Restless: The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Racing and Training

You’ve put in months of hard work training, until nervous energy keeps you wide awake the night before your event. Is your big day ruined? Probably not, but better sleep could still be the key to getting faster.


Georgina von Marburg uses TrainerRoad to get faster
Photos courtesy of Georgina von Marburg

Getting Faster and Staying Positive With Enduro Racer Georgina von Marburg

Competition runs in Georgina von Marburg’s blood. From the tennis court, to criteriums, to elite Enduro races, this versatile Australian athlete feeds on a challenge. She’s also faced setbacks along the way, but her love of cycling and commitment to consistency help her succeed and get faster.


TrainerRoad head coach Chad Timmerman picks his 5 favorite workouts to improve your FTP
TrainerRoad head coach Chad Timmerman

Coach Chad’s 5 Favorite Workouts to Increase Your FTP

Workouts come in all different shapes and sizes, but what if you only had a few to choose from? What five workouts would be the most productive to raise your FTP and make you faster if those were the only workouts you did? We checked in with TrainerRoad’s head coach Chad Timmerman to find out.


Polarized Training is a specific Training Intensity Distribution in cycling.
PC: @_nickwilsonphoto MC: @gc_cake_az

Polarized Training For Cyclists: What It Is and How To Try It

In Polarized training, the majority of training stress occurs at low or high intensity, with little to no time spent at moderate intensity. It’s a hot topic in cycling, but it’s also the subject of widespread confusion and uncertainty.


Dialed Health's Derek Teel discusses strength training and consistency.
photo courtesy Derek Teel

From Downhill Racing to Endurance and Strength Training, With Dialed Health’s Derek Teel

For Derek Teel, being fast means being strong. Derek is a former pro downhill racer and owner of Dialed Health, a strength training service for cyclists. Derek’s advice on getting stronger can make every athlete faster.


The Science of Getting Faster - Ketones and Recovery

Science of Getting Faster: Ketones and Recovery

Exogenous ketone esters are a hot topic in cycling. In our second conversation with Dr. Chiel Poffe, we learn about his research into using ketone esters to benefit recovery from high-volume training.


Introducing Adaptive Training. Get the Right Workout, Every Time.
P.C. Nick Wilson @_nickwilsonphoto, M.C. Nathaniel Imani Davis @illumin8te

Introducing Adaptive Training: The Right Workout, Every Time.

Have you ever wished TrainerRoad could actively respond to your unique strengths, weaknesses, and scheduling needs, to train you as an individual and make you faster? Now it can! Introducing Adaptive Training, the biggest update ever to TrainerRoad. Adaptive Training uses machine learning, science-based coaching principles, and an unprecedented data set to train you as an individual and make you a faster cyclist.


An athlete trains to maximize their power-to-weight ratio.
P.C. Alonso Tal, M.C. @human_trash_heap

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.


The Science of Getting Faster: Bicarbonate and Ketones

Science of Getting Faster: Bicarbonate and Ketones

If you’ve been paying attention to professional cycling over the last few seasons, you’ve probably heard talk of ketone esters. Can this substance improve performance? And if so, how?


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Strength Training and Ultra Endurance Fat Bike Racing With Art O’Connor

After more than 30 years racing bikes, professional strength coach Art O’Connor continues to push himself with new challenges. Learn how he used smart training to conquer a 21- hour race in extreme cold conditions.



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