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Chasing Peak Fitness? Why TSS, ATL, CTL and TSB Matter

We’re all chasing peak fitness. We want it on — not before, not after — the day of our highest priority race. Timing that kind of fitness is a top concern for athletes. That concern can quickly morph into a struggle without a solid understanding of a few cycling terms: TSS, ATL, CTL and TSB.…

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Training with Power: What Every Cyclist Who Wants to Get Faster Should Know

Power is the only objective metric you can use to train with. Other metrics — distance, heart rate, RPE — are subjective. This isn’t newfound knowledge. Most cyclists know this, but there are far fewer cyclists who have spent the time to really get it. So why is having more than a baseline understanding of…

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How Aging Athletes Can Get Faster (Yes It’s Possible)

Let’s cut to the chase: if you’re not seeing improvements within your season as an aging athlete, adjustments must be made. This is keeping in mind that training, and thereby training adaptation, is cyclical in nature. So the magnitude of improvements will be largely dependent on what level of athlete you already are. Nonetheless, there…

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Triathletes: How to Choose and Adjust Your Training Plan

Knowing which training plan is best for you is the first step toward becoming a stronger triathlete. To help triathletes discover their best-matched triathlon training plan, we have a video featuring our Head Coach Chad. All Successful Triathletes Follow a Training Plan Coach Chad designed our Sprint-, Olympic-, Half- and Full-Distance triathlon training plans with…

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Product Update: Follow a Training Plan!

I’m pleased to announce you can now pick a training plan to follow on TrainerRoad. This has been one of our biggest requests. How It Works There’s now a call to action to pick a training plan on your Career. We’ve found that riders who follow our plans and stay consistent with their training reap the…

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The Science of Supercompensation and How It Makes You Fast

We want results and we want them fast. So how do we get them? In sports science theory, empirical research now backed with scientific evidence identifies a way our bodies achieve the desired metabolic and muscular response of increased aerobic capabilities and strength. The methodology and actual training adaptation that gets you there is supercompensation.…

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Altitude Training: How Long Before You See Improvements?

The human body naturally adjusts to different elevations. Although you may not notice, on the cellular level it’s constantly adjusting to support your external environment. Cyclists have learned to use this knowledge to their advantage through what’s known as altitude training. Altitude training helps to adjust the amount of oxygen your body is exposed to…

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Is Alcohol the Reason You’re Not Getting Faster?

Alcohol is intimately related to cycling and racing in general. Post-ride trail brews, podium champagne and “recovery beers” are all a regular part of our cycling vernacular and culture, but if you’re trying to take your training seriously, should they be? The effects of alcohol on performance can be narrowed down to two things: how…

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Tire Choices to Make You Faster on Race day

Could your tires be holding you back from your next win? As research develops, so does our understanding of how smart tire choices can help reduce the amount of time left on the table on race day. If you’ve ever walked into a bike shop or browsed a tire catalog online, you’ll know that the…

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Core Training Principles That Make You a Faster Cyclist

5:30 a.m. isn’t a good time to wake up — it’s a great time to be at work. That’s how our Head Coach Chad Timmerman sees it. By the time most people come into the office for their first cup of coffee, Coach Chad is several pages deep into a science-dense training book (a routine…

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