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Faster Category Upgrades, Saddle Discomfort, Blood Donation & More

How to upgrade categories faster, getting rid of saddle discomfort, and how giving blood affects fitness. All of this and more in Episode 130 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!

Topics covered in this episode

  • TrainerRoad Party at Cyclocross National Championships!
  • We’re hiring software engineers! Apply here.
  • Why you should sync Strava and Garmin Connect to TrainerRoad
  • Everything you need to know about category upgrades in road racing
  • How many points do you need to upgrade to the next category?
  • Do you get more points for a road race than a crit?
  • How to upgrade road race categories faster
  • What is a good FTP?
  • How fit are professional motorcycle racers?
  • How to fit big weekend rides into your training plan
  • What to carry with you on long rides
  • Should you carry your spares in your jersey or saddle bag?
  • How to extend base training
  • How to extend your training plan
  • Why your saddle is uncomfortable
  • How to find the right saddle
  • Why your saddle isn’t the cause of your discomfort
  • What makes a good saddle
  • What makes a good bibshort
  • Stretches and exercises to fix saddle discomfort
  • How to maintain cycling fitness while training for a marathon
  • Does giving blood make you slower?

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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.