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Heart Rate Deep Dive, Tulsa Tough, FTP and VO2Max and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 313

Heart Rate Deep Dive, Tulsa Tough, FTP and VO2Max and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 313

Coach Chad is back! This week we dig into how VO2max affects FTP, why heart rate may be lower or higher for different people at different times, and discussions about positioning in aggressive groups, heat, crashing and more inspired by Tulsa Tough.


Losing Fitness, Raising Power with Nutrition, Aero vs. Power and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 309

Losing Fitness, Raising Power with Nutrition, Aero vs. Power and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 309

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.


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How to Improve Your VO2 Max and Get Faster With Structured Training

VO2 max is not fixed, and structured training can significantly improve this key factor, especially if maintained consistently over the long-term. Let’s take a look at how.


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Cycling Power Zones: Training Zones Explained

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.


Aggressive Racing, Sprint Power, Over-Unders and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 297

Aggressive Racing, Sprint Power, Over-Unders and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 297

Where should you draw the line with aggressive racing, why your sprint power may be lower than you want and how to improve it, why over-unders are so hard and what you can do to improve with them and much more in Episode 297 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.


Detraining, Is Recovery Trainable, Mental Health and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 293

Detraining, Is Recovery Trainable, Mental Health and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 293

How quickly do you lose fitness and how quickly does it come back, do you get better at recovering as your training experience increases, how to improve your mental relationship with cycling and much more in Episode 293 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!


Base Training Myths, Cycling Team Roles, MTB Stage Racing & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 281
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Base Training Myths, Cycling Team Roles, MTB Stage Racing & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 281

What happens when you do high intensity efforts during base training, what it was like for Amber to be a pro domestique, and tips for beginner racers on their first year of racing and mountain bike stage races. Tune into Episode 281 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast for this and more!


Running Out of Matches, VO2 Training for Steady State Athletes and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 151

How to avoid running out of “matches”, should steady state athletes skip VO2 training, a testing protocol for different positions and more in the Episode 151 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.  Topics covered in this episode TrainerRoad’s new fitness testing protocol How much difference can you expect in FTP on your TT…


Warmup Science, Pre-Workout Nutrition, Recovery Drinks & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 135

What happens to your body during a warmup, the do’s and don’ts of pre-workout nutrition, why you may reconsider your next recovery drink & more in this week’s episode of the Ask a Cycling coach Podcast.  Topics covered in this episode TrainerRoad CX Nationals Athlete Panel Event We’re hiring three software engineers! (www.TrainerRoad.com/jobs) Why…


Can I Skip Base Training?

It may seem counterintuitive to revert to base training every year after reaching new heights of performance, but this strategy pays dividends come race season. What is Base Fitness? Base fitness is synonymous with aerobic-base fitness, and this type of fitness is achieved via specific training that spurs particular physiological adaptations. Much like the name…



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