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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 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.


Structured Training effectively, without a power meter or smart trainer.
PC: @_nickwilsonphoto MC: gc_cake_az

Structured Training Without A Power Meter

Power is the only truly objective way of assessing performance in cycling, but power meters and smart trainers are a luxury for many athletes. Find out how you can get the benefits of structured training without a power meter, and why this type of training can even benefit riders with access to expensive equipment.


Detraining is the opposite of training, when physical adaptations of fitness reverse.
P.C. @_nickwilsonphoto, M.C. @seesmith_ and @gc_cake_az

Detraining: What Happens When You Lose Fitness?

Fitness is never stagnant, and if you reduce training stress, you experience detraining. Find out what it is, why it happens, and the rate at which it occurs.


Photo courtesy Stephen Morina

Gaining 107 Watts and Staying Motivated With Low-Volume Training

Stephen Morina’s job entails many long days of physical labor, but he’s used smart training strategies to raise his FTP and stay motivated. His approach can serve as an example for any athlete with demanding schedule.


5 Core Exercises for Cyclists to Improve Strength and Efficiency

5 Core Exercises for Cyclists to Improve Efficiency and Strength

Cycling is synonymous with the legs, but a strong core makes you more efficient, powerful, and resistant to injury. We’ve chosen 5 of our favorite core exercises to help you get stronger.


A TrainerRoad athlete practices good recovery techniques

How Aging Affects Cycling Recovery, And What You Can Do About It

Recovery is key to getting faster, but it seems to take longer as we get older. Luckily, there are many factors beyond age that influence your ability to recover.


Jessica Kuepfer uses TrainerRoad to land on the podium in multiple sports.
Photo courtesy of Jessica Kuepfer (@lacesandlattes)

Setting Priorities and Reaching Podiums With Multisport Athlete Jessica Kuepfer

It’s tough enough to succeed at one sport. But Jessica Kuepfer takes things further, achieving podiums in multiple disciplines of cycling and running. Best of all, she continues to have fun along the way, thanks to a healthy perspective and thoughtful prioritization.


An athlete plans their season with TrainerRoad
P.C. @kokody, M.C. @TheAlpineStylist

How To Choose The Right TrainerRoad Training Plan to Start Your Season

It’s common to feel nervous about starting a training plan, especially after a long break or if you’re new to structured training. But it’s easy to find the right plan and start getting faster.


A cyclist trains using information gleaned from their power curve
P.C. Alonso Tal, M.C. @trilla_e

How Your Cycling Power Curve Can Help You Get Faster And Win Races

The relationship between time and intensity in cycling is called a power curve, and charting it can offer important insights. But like other cycling metrics, it can also be misleading if not considered in the proper context. How can you use your power curve to get faster and win races?



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