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+120w FTP Increase & US Para-cycling Nationals with Successful Athlete Francesco Magisano

Francesco Magisano, blind since the age of 16, is a triathlete, cyclist, and the New York City metro region director for Achilles International, a global organization dedicated to transforming the lives of people with disabilities through athletic programs and social connection. Tune in to learn how Francesco used TrainerRoad to add 120w to his FTP and place second in the 2021 USA National Para-cycling Road and Time Trial Championships.


A season of elite road racing with TrainerRoad athlete Jarret Oldham
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A Season of Elite Road Racing With TrainerRoad Athlete Jarret Oldham

Jarret Oldham can regularly be seen at the front of the fastest crits and road races in the United States. How does he use TrainerRoad to succeed in elite-level racing?


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Managing Mental Health and Training with Successful Athlete John Peter

John Peter is an endurance athlete with a long history of high-volume training and racing that masked many signs of bipolar disorder. But throughout the journey, this father, teacher, and high school coach discovered ways to balance life, training, and mental health.


Qualifying for the Ironman World Championships With Ray Brenkus

For full-distance triathletes, crossing the finish line at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, is the ultimate accomplishment. Getting to the event can be just as challenging as racing it, though. In this episode of the Successful Athletes Podcast, Ray Brunker shares what he did to earn a Kona qualification and his recommendations for other athletes who want to do the same.


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From Couch to Crit with Successful Athlete Logan McPherson

Logan McPherson, a soon-to-be father from Dallas, Texas, wanted to get in on the fast-paced action of crit racing. With the help of Jeff Linder of NorCal Cycling and TrainerRoad, Logan went from sitting on the couch to racing in one of the hardest criteriums in America—Tulsa Tough, and he has some tips to help any beginner racer.


More Than Endurance- Unbound XL Winner Taylor Lideen's Hidden Challenges

More Than Endurance: Unbound XL Winner Taylor Lideen’s Hidden Challenges

Taylor Lideen’s victory at this year’s Unbound XL gravel race was an awe-inspiring achievement of physical endurance. But the sheer absurdity of riding alone for almost 23 hours, over 350 miles of rugged gravel, hides an even more challenging battle Taylor has faced with depression and anxiety.


Tips for Junior Mountain Bikers with Jr. Athlete Dylan Schlageter

When Dylan Schlageter joined his middle school mountain bike team, he didn’t anticipate just how far he’d progress as an XC cyclist. Now with several years of training and racing under his belt, Dylan shares his improvements and what he would recommend to other junior athletes who want to take their training to the next level.


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Ultra-Distance Triathlons with Successful Athlete Melissa Paurowski

Melissa Paurowski, a busy wife, mom, and teacher, searched for a new challenge after her goal event was canceled. She decided to enter a grueling, ultra-distance triathlon, with a 4.8-mile swim, 224-mile bike, and 52.4-mile run. Hoping to finish within the time limit, Melissa crushed her goal with time to spare.


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Conquering Disordered Eating with Alex Sandilands

Alex Sandilands had a rapid rise to 4.8w/kg after transitioning from years of running, but that quickly fell apart after an MRI from an overuse injury exposed disturbing effects of starvation. Fortunately, Alex became aware of his disordered eating and got his health back on track to reach new heights in terms of both power and health.


Finding Motivation and Pushing Through Setbacks With Thrude Natholmen

After winning the Individual Time Trial National Championships in 2014 Thrude Natholmen set her eyes on the next big goal. But when this goal didn’t come together it became a struggle to hold onto motivation and stay on the right track. Learn how Thrude found a new perspective and pushed through her setbacks in this episode of the Successful Athlete’s Podcast.



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