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.


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…


Are most cyclists doing their base training wrong?

It’s traditional thinking that during winter when you’re doing base training you should be doing as long of rides as you can and at a very low intensity. This is the correct intention if you have enough time to bring about the type of adaptations you want. But there’s a catch. The majority of cyclists…


Base Training: How to Decide Your Best Approach

Variables like your cycling experience level, schedule and type of event you’re training for determine the approach you should take to base training. Take a look at these three rider-type scenarios to help you decide which approach works best for you. Triathlete Experience: Moderate Availability: Minimal time to train (6 hours/week on the bike) Recommended base…


How to Create a Winter Cycling Training Plan

Your winter cycling training plan should be created based off the demands of your goal event, also known as an A-priority race. After you’ve determined what and when your goal event is, the next step is to pick all the B- and C-priority races you’ll do between now and then to help you prepare for…


How to Stay Motivated to Train Indoors

  There’s no question training indoors is the most effective way to train. Zero distractions mean you’re able to focus on specific skills and nail your intervals with precision. But, despite how effective indoor training may be, the transition that happens predominately before winter from outdoor to indoor training can be a challenge at times. To…


Should I Be in My Aero Position During FTP Tests?

A common dilemma many cyclists face is whether or not they should do their FTP test in their aero position. When assessing your body’s physiological capabilities, determine the position that allows you to find your true FTP. The goal of an FTP assessment is to estimate your functional threshold power as accurately as possible. Your…


How to Challenge Yourself During Group Rides

Group rides are fun. But what happens when your riding buddies are weaker or stronger cyclists than you are? You can either pass up every group ride opportunity you get — or you can implement the tips I share below. Tip #1: Introduce structure to your training A cyclist who does 45-minute group rides outside…


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