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How to Plan a Year of Training and Racing – Ask a Cycling Coach 172

Planning an entire year of training and racing can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Episode 172 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast will go over every detail you need to know before planning your next season.  Topics covered in this episode How a podcast listener won a 250mi MTB race…


Consequences of a High FTP, Our First TT, Organizing a Season and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 153

What you need to consider as you raise your FTP, the results from our first time trial, how to organize a busy race season and more in the Episode 153 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.  Topics covered in this episode How vacation affects fitness How to plan a big ride with friends…


How To Get More Aero, Time Trial Recon, Trainer Calibration & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 145

A deep dive into aerodynamic testing, how to recon a TT like a pro, smart trainer calibration and more in this episode of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.  Topics covered in this episode We’re hiring! Apply here. When should you do a spin down calibration on your smart trainer? How to calibrate a…


Low Cadence, Training Stress Guide, Pain Killers & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 144

Low cadence/high force drills, a guide to Training Stress, pain killers & more in this episode of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.  Topics covered in this episode We’re hiring! www.TrainerRoad.com/jobs What you need to know about bike demos What makes a training plan worthwhile? How to train for cycling while training for a…


Peak on Race Day: 5 Questions to Plan Your Perfect Season

Payoffs occur to those who put the right type of work in at the right time. The reason most cyclists don’t see the dividends they desire comes down to improper season planning at the beginning of their training season. To perfect your training season leading up to an important event, or series of events, ask…


How Do I Achieve the Proper Balance of Power, Aerodynamics, and Sustainability?

Answer: It’s a process, and every rider will come to a different balance that suits them. Every step in the process can yield more power, greater aerodynamics, and/or higher levels of sustainability. Who Knew There Was So Much to Time Trialing!? Going fast in a time trial is a marriage, if a polygamous one, of…


How Do I Train After I Finish My Specialty Plan and Have No Upcoming Events?

Answer: Typically two weeks of recovery is recommended, but that timeframe could vary depending on your level of fatigue and motivation. Based on the amount of downtime you take, you can restart a Base or Build plan. Decide How Much Downtime You Need If you’ve just completed a Specialty plan and are focused now on…


Get Faster Now Without Aero Equipment

Faster time trials doesn’t mean you need the most aerodynamic equipment. Getting faster starts with doing the right things with what you already have. Not everyone is ready to invest in the TT bike, the aero helmet, the aero bars, the aero everything … We’re here to tell you that purchasing all the aero gear isn’t…


Why Did My FTP Go Down Between Training Phases?

Answer: Testing days aren’t always your best days. Muscle fatigue, unpreparedness for the discomfort of testing, poor pacing, or low motivation can all lend to a lower FTP result. When you test at a lower FTP, it commonly comes down to one, or a combination, of four things: 1. You weren’t sufficiently recovered following your…


Why Is There a TSS Drop from High-Volume Sweet Spot Base to My Build Plan?

Answer: The High-Volume Sweet Spot Base plan has a very specific training load, in both volume and intensity. This allows for a very high TSS relative to all other training plans. This high training stress score does not translate directly to other plans, including those in the Build Phase. High-Volume Sweet Spot Base is in…



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