Category Archives: Successful Athletes


Jon Kaslow uses low-volume training to dramatically increase his FTP

Increasing FTP 80w and Gaining Confidence: Low-Volume Training with Jon Kaslow

Jon Kaslow started cycling on a whim, but this busy rider used TrainerRoad’s low-volume plans to dramatically improve his FTP. His strategies are a great example for any time-crunched athlete.


How to Improve Your Technical MTB Skills

Becoming a skilled technical rider doesn’t just happen — it takes hard work and dedication. Professional MTB racer Sparky Moir Sears shares how she developed her technical riding skills and continues to grow those skills on a weekly basis to be a faster and more capable XC racer.


How an Ordinary Cyclist Increased Their FTP by 100 Watts

Elite athletes aren’t the only cyclists that benefit from structured training. For Brad Kundracik, balancing life commitments and training meant that he needed an efficient way to grow his fitness. Using TrainerRoad, Brad added 100w to his FTP, lost 35 pounds, and almost doubled his watts/kg. This ordinary cyclist saw some impressive results, and he has some advice for anyone trying to makes the most of their time.


sonya looney professional mountain bike racer and mother

Balancing Motherhood With Work and Professional Mountain Bike Racing

Balancing a demanding training load with a busy schedule is a challenge for any athlete. Entrepreneur, mother, and professional mountain bike racer, Sonya Looney, shares how she fits training into her busy schedule without compromising the time and responsibilities that are important to her. For Sonya Looney’s full episode check out Succesful Athletes Podcast Ep 12.…


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.


Tips for Your First Mountain Bike Stage Race with Brandon Watson and Alex Mallet

Longtime friends and stage racing teammates, Alex Mallet and Brandon Watson, did their first major stage race at one of the most challenging stage races in the world —the Cape Epic in Cape Town, South Africa. From their achievements to their mistakes, here’s how Alex and Brandon tackled their first big stage race, and what they recommend to any athlete interested in mountain bike stage racing.


David Curtis went sub-9 at the Leadville Trail 100

How David Curtis Went From The Couch to a Sub-9 Leadville with TrainerRoad

David Curtis went from total beginner to sub-9 finisher at the Leadville Trail 100. As a new cyclist, David experienced a steep learning curve with plenty of challenges along the way. But changes in lifestyle, diet, and structured interval training with TrainerRoad, he added 100w to his FTP and doubled his w/kg.


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.


Everesting on Everest

Everesting at High Altitude with JJ Zhou

After successfully Everesting in January of 2018, TrainerRoad athlete JJ Zhou decided to take on a new Everesting challenge —Everesting on Mount Everest. On this week’s successful athletes podcast, JJ goes over his preparation for his Mt. Everest ride and what he did to adjust his pacing, training, and planning for a high altitude goal.


Life or Death Motivation: How Cam Summerson Used Cycling to Save His Son

Life or Death Motivation: How Cam Summerson Used Cycling to Save His Son

Motivation in training is a personal thing. For Cam Summerson, the motivation was saving his young son’s life.



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