Author Archives: Chad Timmerman

Chad Timmerman is the Head Coach and Co-Founder of TrainerRoad — cycling’s most effective training system. He has nearly 10 years of coaching experience as a Level I USA certified Cycling and Triathlon coach. When he’s not developing structured training plans for TrainerRoad, you can catch him sharing his coaching advice on the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast. To get Chad’s best cycling knowledge delivered to your inbox, sign up for his free 6-part email course Train Smart, Get Fast.


How to Train For Cyclocross After a Season of Road Racing

Cliches aside, cyclocross is coming. In my 25 years of MTB and road racing, I’m venturing into all new territory. For athletes getting ready for ‘cross season with me, here’s a first-hand look at how to train for cyclocross and what I’m doing to prepare for my first cyclocross championship. Of all cycling disciplines, I’d venture…


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…


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…


Sprint Triathlon Training Plans: How to Choose Your Best Plan

Once you’ve decided you want to compete in a Sprint Triathlon, your next step is figuring out the training plan that’s best for you. For many triathletes and cyclists, this step can prove to be somewhat challenging — you’ll soon learn it doesn’t have to be! In this new series of posts, our goal is…


FTP Testing: Outdoors vs. Indoors

Entering winter, as well as transitioning out of the cold-weather months and into spring, are the times riders ask us most to explain the differences between testing their Functional Threshold Power (FTP) outdoors versus indoors. The truth is, there are a lot variances between the two approaches, many of which you’ll discover soon make it…


How to Program Your Body to Burn Fat Instead of Store It with Fasted Training

If you want to lose weight to get faster on the bike, training when your body is in a low glycemic state is one of the most beneficial habits you can implement into your daily or weekly schedule. This practice is known as fasted training. What if you could re-engineer your body to function at…


10 Cycling Books to Help You Achieve Your Biggest Training Goals

Reading a hundred online articles sometimes doesn’t provide the same benefit as reading one great book — at least that’s what I’ve found in my 10+ years of researching cycling topics including power-based training, nutrition, strength training and more. On my office bookshelf alone I have upwards of 250 books. This list of ten are…


How VO2 Max Work Makes You Fast — The Science Behind It All

VO2 max is the maximum level of oxygen your body can consume. Your body reaches its VO2 max once you physically cannot use any more oxygen, regardless of how much you’re taking in. Your workload rises, but your oxygen consumption does not. When talking about VO2 max, you should keep a few terms in mind:…


How to Adjust Your Training When You Have More Than One Goal Event

We often preach how your cycling training plan should be based off the demands of your goal event. While this is true, how you decide on the training plan that’s right for you will differ if you have more than one goal event (aka A race) in a season. When you have a goal to…


How to Set Cycling Goals Based on Power and Past Performances

Setting goals is a big part of racing and cycling in general. How much thought and strategy you put into the goal-setting process can forecast how your race season will turn out. That might sound bold, but there’s some science behind that statement. In a study done by the Dominican University on goals research, they…


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