Training Stress Score (TSS), Intensity Factor (IF), and Workout Levels are useful ways to quantify the challenge and effect of a workout. Taken together, these 3 metrics help tell the story of your training, but it’s important to understand the differences of each. What does each metric mean, and how can you use them to get faster?
TSS is the most widely-used way of quantifying workout stress in cycling; it’s also one of the most commonly misunderstood metrics in the sport. So what is TSS, and what is it good for?
Every bike race offers an opportunity to learn and improve, no matter how you finish. Let’s learn how to analyze data from a criterium so you can be a more effective competitor nice time you race.
Normalized Power (NP)® is a mathematically adjusted measurement of average cycling power, designed to better reflect the variable experience of riding a bike. How does Normalized Power work, and how can you use it to analyze your performance and get faster?
Weight goals can seem like they are at odds with power goals, but there is a healthy way to achieve both. We’ll cover this as well as whether it is better to struggle through a workout or bail early, what is the definition of “junk miles” and if they have a place in training, and much more. Tune in now to Episode 291 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!
Getting faster doesn’t always mean massive weekly training stress. This can be true in many cases, but improving fitness is mostly dependent on the types of stress, when you apply it, and how well you manage it.
Nailing your pace is essential in long cycling events. The right pacing plan will remove the guesswork before your next event and help you cross the finish line faster.
Training while sick, gaining weight to increase power, how to modify training for athletes with anemia and much more will be discussed on Episode 232 of The Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.
Pacelines, normalized vs. average power, balancing cravings with race weight, allergies and more. More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum. Topics covered in this episode Flying vs. driving to races How your warmup affects your race How to manage expectations as a Type A bike racer Why big racers can be successful in…
Is a higher cadence actually better, how is crank length affecting your power output, and cornering drills that make you faster. All of this and more in Episode 129 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast! Topics covered in this episode How Cyclists Can Avoid Losing Fitness While Traveling Is a higher cadence actually…