Author Archives: Nick Francis

Nick is a writer who spends his days picking the brains of cyclists and coaches at TrainerRoad. He gathers what he finds to help athletes improve their training to become faster cyclists.


Sweet Spot Base Training Plans Update

Long weekend endurance rides have been replaced with shorter Sweet Spot workouts across many Sweet Spot Base plans, and our high-volume Sweet Spot Base plans have been drastically reworked. Which plans have been updated so far? Roughly half of all training plans include long endurance weekend rides. Currently, minor updates have been made to Sweet…


The Best Cycling Training Advice of 2016

Start the new year off right with the best cycling advice from 2016 with our 10 favorite episodes from the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast. Episode 59 Why we love it: This episode is truly a must-listen for every type of rider — pro rider Ryan Leech joins the guys at Interbike 2016 to cover…


Meet TrainerRoad Head Coach Chad Timmerman

Meet the man behind every training plan and structured workout at TrainerRoad: Head Coach Chad Timmerman. Over the last two decades, Coach Chad has dedicated his life to helping athletes see improvements on the bike. From challenging the status quo to testing new methods of physical training, everything he does is to help cyclists get…


How to Upload Your TrainerRoad Workouts to TrainingPeaks

Ride Sync makes it easy to upload your TrainerRoad workouts to TrainingPeaks. Ride Sync automatically uploads your TrainerRoad rides to your TrainingPeaks account. It’s super easy to use, and it helps you evaluate your performance for every TrainerRoad workout you do. Ride Sync is available for every TrainerRoad workout. So whether you’re following a workout…


How to Log Your Indoor Cycling Workouts on Strava

Make all your indoor cycling workouts count when you sync TrainerRoad with Strava. TrainerRoad’s Ride Sync automatically uploads your workouts to your Strava account. It’s super easy to use, and it helps you keep track of all the rides you do — on the trainer or on the road. From keeping tabs on your total mileage to…


How 6 Amateur Cyclists Raised Their FTP

Over the last year, we asked six TrainerRoad athletes — some recovering from injuries, some returning from an extended break from cycling and others brand new to the sport — to share their fitness improvements with us. We wanted to know exactly what training plans they followed to achieve their results. Here are six of their stories. Each one…


Introducing TrainerRoad for Android™

Android users — the wait is over! Today, we’re proud to introduce the TrainerRoad for Android™ beta app.  Current Android Beta Features Complete power-based workouts from your Android device. Train without a power meter with VirtualPower®. Control your smart trainer with PowerMatch. Connect your training devices via Bluetooth Smart and ANT+. What’s Next? We’ll be…


Should You Quit Your Workout or Just Dig Deep?

Every situation is different, but there are a few rules you can abide by to determine whether you should quit your cycling workout or put your head down and suffer through it. How Often Are You Training? If you’re following a low-volume plan… Harden up. You’re training just a few times a week and if you…


3 Ways to Determine if You’re Following the Right Training Plan

It’s easy to choose which plan to follow based on your upcoming event. Deciding how much training your plan should consist of, however, isn’t always so obvious. There are three aspects of your training that can tell you if you’re on the right path: the type of workouts you’re doing, the intensity of your workouts…


Is It Time to Ditch Your Evening Cycling Workouts?

Sometimes working out late at night is the only option, but evening workouts have the potential to negatively affect your training. This begs the question: are cycling workouts done just before bedtime even worth doing? It’s a struggle many cyclists are familiar with: finding time to train during daylight hours can be tough. Jobs, family…


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