Category Archives: Racing


8:49:04 Ironman Arizona Win: How Scott Bowe, the Fastest Amateur, Trained

There are a number of qualities and views on training that set Scott Bowe, the fastest amateur at Ironman Arizona, apart from the rest. For starters, he set hefty goals for himself going into his big race: “Get a Hawaii spot.” “Break 9.” “Win my age group.” “Be the top amateur.” With an impressive overall…


Winter Training Guide: 11 Ways to Become a Faster Cyclist

A successful spring/summer racing season hinges mainly on one thing: the type of work you put in right now to prepare for it. Did you catch that? I said the type of work you put in — not how much work you put in. For most cyclists, the brisk air coupled with shorter days are…


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…


9:45:12 Ironman Canada Age Group Win With TrainerRoad

Once a novice to endurance sports, Daniel Clarke worked hard and trained smart. The culmination of all his efforts paid off this past July when he won his age group at Ironman Canada. For a guy who had a humble start to his triathlon career — he finished second to last overall in his first…


Improved Cycling Training Plans

A training plan will guide you, push your limits to the precise amount (never too much or too little) and in the end, help you reach your goal in peak form. But picking the right plan can be tough due to the overwhelming amount of options to choose from. As a result, we’ve been hard at…


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13 Year Old National Champion Committed to TrainerRoad

Do you ever wonder what could have been if only you had a little more direction and focus as a kid? Something tells me 13-year-old Madison McDaniel will not be asking herself this anytime in the near future as she leaves no stone unturned in her cycling endeavors. Madison took home the 2014 USA Cycling…


Staying fit while traveling

4 Tips for Staying Fit While Traveling

One of the trickiest things about pro-level mountain bike racing is that it doesn’t exactly stick to one location. Events take place week in and week out all across North America and unless you’re one of the lucky few getting flown to them, you’re in for quite a bit of driving. Over the last 6…


3 Tips for Recovery During Stage Racing

Question: You’ve done several stage races, what have you found to work best for recovery methods to get through the stage race and how long will it take post-stage race before one can realistically expect to race in good form again? Answer: While many athletes put a large focus on training, fitness, and nutrition, I…


Lessons from The Valley of Fire

I’d love to pretend that once I learn a lesson I can then catalog it away and know that the information acquired will automatically inform future decisions and effortlessly steer future actions. Ah, if only that were the case. Too often, I find myself repeating mistakes I’ve made in previous races only to endure an…


Green Light/Red Light: Submaximal Warmup

A while back I stumbled onto a novel and really interesting method that serves the dual purpose of pre-workout warmup as well as a method of determining whether or not your body is up for the challenge of the day’s workout – all based on effort below FTP. But while I loved the idea, I…


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