TrainerRoad Outside Workouts are the best way to bring your structured workouts outdoors. For riders without a power meter, these workouts are all offered in an RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) version, allowing you to complete your workout by feel. How accurate and effective are they?
Come every August, hundreds of athletes gather in the small town of Leadville, Colorado to test their abilities and challenge their endurance at the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. For many athletes, the objective is to conquer the course and get across the finish line, an incredible accomplishment in and of itself. But for a subset of athletes there’s an added challenge – to finish the race in less than nine hours.
Sweet spot training is one of the most effective and efficient ways to train. However, there are times when you can take a break from the intensity and reap the benefits of a long endurance ride. You can address your aerobic base, experiment with nutrition, and prepare for your event by substituting an endurance ride in place of a sweet spot workout.
Exercise associated muscle cramps can be a frequent issue for endurance athletes. If you experience exercise associated muscle cramps you can use sodium intake, hydration, stretching and maybe even some hot sauce to proactively treat and prevent your muscle cramps.
Cycling intensity levels are commonly organized into Power Zones, with each zone matching a percentage of your FTP. Balancing time in power zones is crucial to proper training.
Bonking is a dreaded experience, an exhaustion of fuel and shutdown of the body’s ability to exert itself. The term gets thrown around a lot, but if you’ve ever felt it you know how bad it can be, and how hard it is to recover from. So just what is a bonk, why is it a bad thing, and how can you avoid it?
Structured training is the most efficient and effective way to become a faster cyclist. But getting started can seem daunting. Don’t worry; getting started with TrainerRoad is easy. In just a few simple steps you’ll be using science-based training, planning and analysis tools that increase your performance.
Why bonking on your rides is not making you faster, how to know if you are going deep enough in your workouts, Improving the efficiency of your training in low and high volume training plans and more in Episode 261 of The Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.
You might need extra water and electrolytes for your indoor workouts. You can make the most of your indoor training sessions by planning your hydration around your sweat rate, and using a fan to assist your body’s evaporative cooling process.
FTP is just a number used to calibrate training, but many cyclists see it it as a status symbol, and seek a constantly improving value as validation. Why does FTP occasionally decline, and what do you do next?
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