Category Archives: Training


Race Analysis: Carson City Off-Road with Keegan Swenson – Ask a Cycling Coach 162

50 miles in three and a half hours may not sound impressive to your average road racer, but digging into the details of Keegan Swenson’s 2nd place ride at the Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road, it’s clear this is a world-class performance.  The Carson City Off-Road has 15-, 35- and 50-mile variants for amateurs,…


Endurance MTB Deep Dive With The Pros – Ask a Cycling Coach 161

Pro mountain bike racers Payson McElveen and Sofía Gomez Villafañe joined us live from the main stage at the Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road for a deep dive on endurance mountain bike training and racing.  Topics covered in this episode How do pros taper for endurance mtb races What do pro mountain bikers eat?…


Dirty Kanza, Running as Cross-training, Overtraining and more – Ask a Cycling Coach 160

Join us live for Episode 160 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast! We’re going to analyze what Geoff Kabush did to get third place at Dirty Kanza, discuss whether running is a good form of cross-training, and dig deep into overtraining. Topics covered in this episode How to register for the 40k TT challenge…


Lost & Found Gravel Grinder, Ending Workouts with Sprints, Flexibility and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 159

What we learned at Lost & Found, is ending a workout with a sprint a bad idea, is flexibility necessary for cyclists and more in Episode 159 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast. Topics covered in this episode Geoff Kabush’s Dirty Kanza Recap Lost & Found Recap What are the best workouts for different…


New Ramp Test Makes FTP Testing More Efficient and Less Stressful

Traditional FTP tests have many downsides so we developed the Ramp Test. It hurts less, removes pacing from the equation, and takes less time to complete. The Need for a New Testing Format Testing is the foundation of effective training. But there’s a problem: traditional testing protocols are difficult to perform and more stressful on…


New Ride Analysis Page: How to Achieve More PRs Analyzing Your Ride Data

Improve your performance by analyzing your ride data with the new Ride Analysis Page. Performance Analytics, our new set of ride analysis tools, was made available to all TrainerRoad users on May 9th, 2018. We’ve already covered how to use the Training Stress Chart and Personal Records Page. Today, we’re going to dive into ways…


FTP Testing and The TrainerRoad Ramp Test: A Comprehensive Guide – Ask a Cycling Coach 158

A comprehensive guide to fitness testing, why we created a new test, pro tips for your next fitness test and more in Episode 158 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast. Topics covered in this episode Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast Facebook Group Lost & Found Gravel Grinder Preview Carson City Off-Road Live Podcast Recording!…


Oval vs. Round Rings, Fasted Training, Beating Cramps and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 157

Do oval rings affect power data, when fasted training actually effective, how to stop cramps and more in Episode 157 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast. Topics covered in this episode Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast Facebook Group Carson City Off-Road Live Podcast What we noticed at the Queen Stage of the Tour of…


Breakaways That Stick, Crit Racing Strategy, Ideal Race Nutrition and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 156

How to make a breakaway stick, can you do too much VO2 work, ideal pre-race and mid-race nutrition and more in Episode 156 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.  Topics covered in this episode Are sprints at the end of a ride a good idea? How to get faster in the offseason Adjusting…


New Personal Records Analysis: Is Your Training Working?

Performance Analytics joins your indoor and outdoor ride data into a set of tools designed to make you faster while leaving out the bloat. This post is dedicated to Personal Records (PRs). Personal Records = Personal Wins Power-based Personal Records are my favorite kind of feedback. It doesn’t matter who showed up to the race,…