Author Archives: Chelsea Hejny

Chelsea Hejny is a writer who covers cycling and training topics. When she’s not interviewing cycling experts and coaches for an upcoming article, she’s helping share TrainerRoad’s latest and greatest content, like the Train Smart, Get Fast email series. Sign up for it to learn how to become a stronger cyclist.


How to Qualify for Ironman World Championship

Strategies to Qualify for Ironman World Championship as an Age Grouper

If you aspire to qualify for Ironman World Championship as an age-group triathlete, this interview with sub-10 Kona-qualifier Emmet Kelly will explain exactly what you need to do. In this episode of the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast, we talk with Emmet Kelly, a 35-year-old IT technician and father of two young boys who qualified…


How Do I Know If My FTP is Appropriate for My Training?

Answer: If your workouts are challenging but doable, that’s one of the biggest indications you properly estimated your FTP. When your workouts don’t feel like this, it’s time to make some changes. When you first start your structured training with TrainerRoad, your first workout is a Functional Threshold Power (FTP) test. The results of your…


What FTP Really Means to Cyclists

Answer: Functional Threshold Power, or FTP, is an estimated measure of your highest sustainable power and is used to anchor training levels. These training levels are associated with particular physiological responses and allow you to design workouts and training plans that address specific types of fitness. Expanded Explanation FTP is a measure of your ability…


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…


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…


Why is TSS Reduced Between Training Phases?

Answer: FTP increases and applying different forms of training stress require small planned decreases in TSS to maximize training benefits. Reduce TSS Between Training Phases to Get Faster Within a progressively structured training plan, each new week sees a slight increase in the overall amount of stress (TSS), while each workout sees a similar bump…


How Do Outside Rides With Higher TSS Affect My Plan?

Answer: Riding outside generally means a higher intensity and higher TSS than a plan’s prescribed structured workout. Depending on a rider’s goals, their outside ride could hamper later workouts. It’s really a question of what you want to get out of your rides and how much time you’re willing to dedicate … If you’re looking…


Progressive Training for Cyclists: Scientific Support for the Base, Build, Specialty Cycle

To get faster, our training has to inspire physiological adaptation in our bodies. This adaptation is spurred by various forms of stress we undergo during cycling training — as long as said training disrupts the body’s state of equilibrium, aka its physiologic homeostasis. Disruption is most effectively achieved through progressive training — the foundation for…


TrainerRoad for iOS and Android is Elegantly Redesigned

Get faster with the elegantly redesigned TrainerRoad for iOS and Android. As the saying goes, “The details are not the details, they make the design.” Countless improvements — some so minor even the most veteran TrainerRoad athletes could miss — were made to enhance the way you train on your favorite iOS and Android devices.…


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