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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.


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?


Use productive New Year's resolutions to become a faster cyclist this season.
P.C. Alonso Tal, M.C. @human_trash_heap

Ten New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Become a Faster Cyclist

Productive and sustainable New Year’s resolutions can help lead your training in a positive direction. Reach your best this year with our favorite Training Resolutions.


TrainerRoad employees offer advice for becoming a faster cyclist
TrainerRoad CEO Nate Pearson

Advice for Getting Faster From TrainerRoad Employee Cyclists

From professional racers to absolute beginners, TrainerRoad employees include cyclists of all abilities and experience levels. Collectively, we’ve learned a whole lot about using TrainerRoad to get faster, so we asked our employee athletes their favorite lessons they’ve learned along the way.


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

Zone 2 Training for Cyclists: Where Endurance Training 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.


cyclocross racer Austin Killips uses process goals to get faster amidst hormonal imbalances.
P.C. @alli_bikes

How Cyclocross Racer Austin Killips Works Through Hormonal Imbalance to Get Faster

Training and fatigue can dramatically affect the body’s hormone levels. For cyclocross racer Austin Killips, understanding hormonal imbalances and establishing good habits have helped her become a faster, healthier athlete.


An athlete pins a number on during their first season racing.
P.C. Nick Wilson, M.C. Calvin Smith

10 Tips for Success and Fun in Your First Season Racing Bikes

Getting started with bike racing can be intimidating. It’s easy to overthink it, and convince yourself you’re getting in over your head. But in reality, your first few races are some of the most exciting experiences you’ll have as a cyclist. If you approach these events with an open mind and a sense of curiosity, you can lay the foundation for a long and successful future in the sport. These are our top 10 tips for your first season racing bikes.


A cyclist utilizes an efficient cadence
P.C. Alonso Tal, M.C. @human_trash_heap

Cycling Cadence: What’s Most Efficient? (And Cadence Drills to Make You Faster)

We all know one cadence feels very different from another, but few cyclists really understand how cadence affects our efficiency on the bike. What is the optimal cycling cadence, and how can you use pedaling drills to become more efficient?



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