Detraining happens any time we decrease training stimulus, but how quickly does it happen, how can you retain as much fitness as possible, and how should you adjust your race strategy as a result? Join us for a deep dive into this and many other topics in Episode 309 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.



Topics covered in this episode

How quickly do you lose fitness and what kind do you lose first?

  • How to adjust your race tactics if you aren’t fit
  • Getting the most from a slow group ride
  • The hosts’ analysis on the first MTB World Cups
  • What contributes to an exceptional performance
  • Why Loana Lecomte is so good
  • Heart Rate vs. Power vs. RPE
  • Flexibility vs. Mobility
  • What is more important: aero or power?
  • How to find the ideal TT position
  • How gaining weight may make you faster
  • How to gain weight but still keep your power to weight ratio

Resources mentioned in this episode

Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast

Successful Athletes Podcast

Science of Getting Faster Podcast


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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.