Pro tips for racing in heavy crosswinds, how cyclists should deal with “adaptive muscle shortening,” using your commute to get faster and more is all covered in Episode 243 of The Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast. 

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Topics covered in this episode

  • Takeaways from the first race of the season
  • Using Plan Builder to train for a race with little time
  • Should cyclists be worried about “adaptive muscle shortening?”
  • The biomechanics of pedaling
  • Tips to improve your pedaling efficiency
  • Can longer races build fitness for short races?
  • How to use your commute to get faster
  • What is the purpose of TrainerRoad Workouts with fluctuating sustained power?
  • Pro tips to race in heavy crosswinds
  • Does skipping rest intervals increase the workout’s effectiveness?

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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.