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Core Training Principles That Make You a Faster Cyclist

5:30 a.m. isn’t a good time to wake up — it’s a great time to be at work. That’s how our Head Coach Chad Timmerman sees it. By the time most people come into the office for their first cup of coffee, Coach Chad is several pages deep into a science-dense training book (a routine…

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How to Get Your Best FTP Test Results

When an athlete gets started with TrainerRoad, the first workout they’re asked to do is a Functional Threshold Power test, aka an FTP test. There’s a very important reason for this. The results of your FTP test will calibrate the intensity of the rest of the workouts you’ll do on TrainerRoad. Since your FTP is…

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Is Your Pre-Race Warmup Helping You Win or Lose?

For many cyclists, their warmup routines before a race look a lot like riding around at a moderate pace for 10-20 minutes, depending on how long their event is. This is changing. In place of loose, unspecific pre-race workouts are structured workouts that riders are opting to do on the trainer — you may have…

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10 Small Changes That Can Make You Faster

Big wins don’t just happen. They’re the culmination of tens, often hundreds of smaller everyday wins that mold you into a stronger, faster cyclist. These small wins, better known as marginal gains, can help you overcome that all-too-often frustratingly small gap between winning and losing on race day. To help you bridge that gap, I’ve…

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How to Train for a Gran Fondo or Sportive — Advice from Ex-Pro Neil Shirley

There are some races you can go into with confidence without a lot of prior training — a 100-200 mile bike race is not one of them. These one-day epics take a lot of preparation. And we’re not just talking about getting your body in good physical shape either. There’s equipment, your bike set up…

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2X IRONMAN Champion Embraces Parenthood and Wins Big

Despite her talent, Liz Lyles never wanted to be a professional triathlete in her twenties. She wanted a family. After the self-described homebody proudly had her two gorgeous kiddos with her husband Chip, she finally decided it was her time to do what so many athletes dream about: turn her passion into her career. That…

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What Your Racing Category Says About You

If you’re brand new to racing, it’s pretty straightforward to know which racing category you should start out in. But what if you’re coming back to racing? What category should you race and, more interestingly, what does it say about you as a racer? These are just a couple questions I’m about to dig into. Cycling…

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How Much Faster Can You Get Watching TV?

Time and time again we’ve heard our users say they love watching their favorite TV shows while putting in time on the trainer. In honor of the new season of Game of Thrones returning to HBO this weekend, we decided to figure out just how fast TrainerRoad athletes can get while making their way through…

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3 Advanced Tools Cyclists Can Use To Measure Fat Loss or Weight Loss

The goal of every cyclist is to optimize their power-to-weight ratio (w/kg). More power with less weight is going to make you faster —but how do you know if you are losing the right type of weight? Today’s post explores three methods cyclists can employ to measure their weight loss with precision. Overview Fat does…

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Olympic Triathlon Training Plans: How to Choose Your Best Plan

Whether you are simply inspired by the Olympic-distance format or making the upward leap from a Sprint Triathlon, longer distances require a bit more training than the latter to help develop your threshold power across three disciplines. Sounds challenging? It is — but that just means choosing the right training plan is even more critical…

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