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.


Off-Road Racers: How to Choose and Adjust Your Training Plan

Knowing which training plan is best for you is the first step toward becoming a stronger off-road racer. To help off-road racers discover their best-matched training plan, we have a video featuring our Head Coach Chad. All Successful Off-Road Cyclists Follow a Training Plan Coach Chad’s training plans are broken up into three sequential phases:…


Salty Sweat Stains: Why They Happen and Are They Preventable?

Salt-stained kits: some riders get them, some don’t. So what gives? In episode 51 of the Ask a Cycling Coach, a rider submitted a question to the podcast asking if he could prevent salt buildup on his black kit. Compared to his buddies he rides with, he gets a lot of it and finds it…


Want to Excel In a New Cycling Discipline? Blame Genetics Last

When a rider decides to try a new discipline different from the one they already excel in, the mind tends to get in the way. We tell ourselves our bodies are the problem. But really, a huge percentage of getting over the hump of starting a new style of racing is mental. You can train…


Road Racers: How to Choose and Adjust Your Training Plan

Knowing which training plan is best for you is the first step toward becoming a stronger road racer. To help road racers discover their best-matched training plan, we have a video featuring our Head Coach Chad. All Successful Road Cyclists Follow a Training Plan Coach Chad’s structured training plans are broken up into three sequential…


Chasing Peak Fitness? Why TSS, ATL, CTL and TSB Matter

We’re all chasing peak fitness. We want it on — not before, not after — the day of our highest priority race. Timing that kind of fitness is a top concern for athletes. That concern can quickly morph into a struggle without a solid understanding of a few cycling terms: TSS, ATL, CTL and TSB.…


Training with Power: What Every Cyclist Who Wants to Get Faster Should Know

Power is the only objective metric you can use to train with. Other metrics — distance, heart rate, RPE — are subjective. This isn’t newfound knowledge. Most cyclists know this, but there are far fewer cyclists who have spent the time to really get it. So why is having more than a baseline understanding of…


Triathletes: How to Choose and Adjust Your Training Plan

Knowing which training plan is best for you is the first step toward becoming a stronger triathlete. To help triathletes discover their best-matched triathlon training plan, we have a video featuring our Head Coach Chad. All Successful Triathletes Follow a Training Plan Coach Chad designed our Sprint-, Olympic-, Half- and Full-Distance triathlon training plans with…


Tire Choices to Make You Faster on Race day

Could your tires be holding you back from your next win? As research develops, so does our understanding of how smart tire choices can help reduce the amount of time left on the table on race day. If you’ve ever walked into a bike shop or browsed a tire catalog online, you’ll know that the…


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…


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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