What is the best crank length for cycling and how does it affect your power, how to achieve mastery of cycling skills and is muscle soreness a requirement for effective strength training. All this and more in Episode 287 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.



Topics covered in this episode

  • How to know which skills to focus on
  • How to achieve mastery of a skill
  • How to set effective goals
  • Insider tips to getting the most from TrainerRoad
  • How to measure your improvement with TrainerRoad
  • Is DOMS necessary to get benefit from strength training?
  • Does crank length matter?
  • What crank length is best?
  • How crank length affects your power output
  • How to pick the right crank length
  • Does mountain biking make you a faster road cyclist?
  • How COVID-19 has made us faster cyclists
  • Endurance training with limited time
  • Saddle bag or no saddle bag?
  • How to measure distance for indoor cycling
  • Why ramp tests use steps
  • Cold weather cycling tips

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Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee is a Level II USA certified cycling coach and the host of the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast. His background in the sport of motocross has translated into a passion for cycling, mountain biking and all things training. If you have a training question, submit your question for Jonathan to answer on the next episode of TrainerRoad’s podcast.