Category Archives: Training


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…


How to Qualify for Ironman World Championship

Strategies to Qualify for Ironman World Championship as an Age Grouper

If you aspire to qualify for Ironman World Championship as an age-group triathlete, this interview with sub-10 Kona-qualifier Emmet Kelly will explain exactly what you need to do. In this episode of the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast, we talk with Emmet Kelly, a 35-year-old IT technician and father of two young boys who qualified…


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10 Best Tips to Prepare for Levi’s Gran Fondo

We rode one of the most popular Gran Fondos in America, Levi’s Gran Fondo, to learn firsthand what riders need to do to best prepare for the race. In this episode of the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast, we talk about our experience and biggest takeaways from riding Levi’s Gran Fondo. Our recap of the…


Time Trial Training and Preparation: 11 Things to Do Before Your Event

So you signed up for a time trial? Follow this 8-week timeline to learn how to train and what to do to prepare for your event. 8 Weeks Out 1. Enter your Specialty phase of training Two months is the ideal amount of time to start honing in your training and fitness to match the…


Time Trial Training: Practice Workouts Designed to Make Cyclists Faster

The 40k TT Specialty training plans include dedicated weekly Time Trial workouts to provide riders with opportunities to ride at their time trial pace, in their time trial position, at roughly time trial durations. These TT-focused workouts are specifically designed to help you achieve your fastest outcome on race day. Examples of Time Trial Workouts in…


How Do I Know If My FTP is Appropriate for My Training?

Answer: If your workouts are challenging but doable, that’s one of the biggest indications you properly estimated your FTP. When your workouts don’t feel like this, it’s time to make some changes. When you first start your structured training with TrainerRoad, your first workout is a Functional Threshold Power (FTP) test. The results of your…


How Do I Achieve the Proper Balance of Power, Aerodynamics, and Sustainability?

Answer: It’s a process, and every rider will come to a different balance that suits them. Every step in the process can yield more power, greater aerodynamics, and/or higher levels of sustainability. Who Knew There Was So Much to Time Trialing!? Going fast in a time trial is a marriage, if a polygamous one, of…


How Much Does Aerodynamic Drag Affect My Speed?

Answer: A lot. Structured training will get you faster, but structured training with a concern for aerodynamic positioning will have the greatest impact on your speed. What is Aerodynamic Drag? Aerodynamic drag, otherwise known as aerodynamic resistance, plays a major role in determining how fast we can push ourselves on our bikes. How much so…


How Do I Train for Faster Time Trials?

Answer: To build up toughness, get accustomed to uncomfortable positioning and ultimately get faster, time trialists must effectively train the ability to pace their highest sustainable power over time trial distances. Think about it like this: It’s about the software, not the hardware. You can put a lackluster rider on the very best equipment and…


What FTP Really Means to Cyclists

Answer: Functional Threshold Power, or FTP, is an estimated measure of your highest sustainable power and is used to anchor training levels. These training levels are associated with particular physiological responses and allow you to design workouts and training plans that address specific types of fitness. Expanded Explanation FTP is a measure of your ability…


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