Author Archives: Nick Kanwetz

Nick Kanwetz is a writer of all things cycling. Whether he's creating content, interviewing coaches or digging through studies, he's doing it all to make sure you become a faster cyclist and all around better athlete.


Get Faster for Time Trials with the 40k TT Plan

40k TT Specialty training plans have been improved to be more specific to your riding and racing goals. What’s New All 40k TT Specialty plans have a dedicated weekly Time Trial workout. These workouts will help athletes create time trial power, in a time trial position, at roughly time trial durations. TSS has also been…


How do I adjust my training plan following time off?

When life events, illness, and even injury get in the way of your training, Coach Chad Timmerman shares his advice to help you get back on track. Adjusting your training plan following time off boils down to two things: How much time you’ve missed and what derailed your training to begin with. How do I…


Strengthening FTP Through Sweet Spot Training

Training in the Sweet Spot power zone is one of the most effective ways an athlete can improve their aerobic capabilities. Sweet Spot training is used to consolidate, or solidify, all the mixed types of training seen in a structured training plan. The idea is that an athlete can use Sweet Spot work to strengthen…


The Science Behind Getting Faster and Breaking Through a Fitness Plateau

The infamous fitness plateau is a state no athlete wishes to face. We’re going to make sure you never find yourself there. Throughout this discussion, we will introduce two foundational theories to understand what happens to our bodies when we train. By doing so, we aim to illuminate why certain practices yield results, while others achieve…


Can You Have a Lower Weekly TSS and Still Get Faster?

High Training Stress Score (TSS) is the only way to become a faster cyclist, right? This can be true in many cases, but it’s largely dependent on the types of stress, when you apply it, and how well you manage it. A lot of people get hung up on the numbers. And that’s not to…


The Training Process that Makes Cyclists Faster

Working hard will only get you so far. There comes a point when you need to strategically plan how to best use your hard work to maximize fitness gains — that’s what training smarter is all about. By exploring our training plan process, we aim to clarify the purpose of each training block you’ll work…


How to Check If Your Indoor Training Equipment Works with TrainerRoad

There are a ton of equipment combos you can use to get started training with power. While some setups are more popular than others (check out the three most popular indoor training setups among TrainerRoad users), more often than not the equipment you already have, or are looking to invest in, is exactly what you…


Should Aging Athletes Hold Back on Intensity During Base Training?

When it comes to base training, Head Coach Chad Timmerman usually recommends Sweet Spot Base. Sweet Spot Base is more intense than a Traditional Base training approach. Everything from neuromuscular bursts to VO2 max intervals and Sweet Spot work is included to get you generally fit in a hurry. When an athlete who’s — physiologically —…


VirtualPower: Structured Training Without a Power Meter

With VirtualPower®, you don’t need a power meter to get the benefits of structured indoor power-based training. It’s unanimous, the primary metric to train with today is power. But power meters are pricey, and not everyone is ready to invest in one. The good news is you no longer need one! VirtualPower allows you to…


Beards and Buns: Can They Make You Faster?

“Why does that guy have a beard and long hair? That’s gotta make him less aero…” In episode 53 of the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast, we sat down with Clif Bar Team Rider Pete Morris and received the question above. For all you long-haired bearded riders out there, let’s get to the bottom of…


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