Author Archives: Chelsea Hejny

Chelsea Hejny is a writer who covers cycling and training topics. When she’s not interviewing cycling experts and coaches for an upcoming article, she’s helping share TrainerRoad’s latest and greatest content, like the Train Smart, Get Fast email series. Sign up for it to learn how to become a stronger cyclist.


Surprising Takeaways from Aerodynamic Testing

When it comes to aerodynamics, assumptions are often wrong. These lessons learned from aerodynamic testing challenge some common beliefs time trialists tend to have. Coach Chad, Coach Jonathan, and our CEO Nate are on a search for speed. In preparation for their time trial, they went to the Velo Sports Center and did aerodynamics testing…


Never Miss Workout Text Again with New Instructional Text Sounds

Never miss a workout instruction from Coach Chad again. New Instructional Text Sounds will notify you when workout text appears on your screen. How to Turn Instructional Text Sounds Off/On Instructional Text Sounds is on by default. If you want to turn sounds off and on, simply go to your Settings within the TrainerRoad app to…


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…


Browse Workouts Faster with the New Workout Details Feature

Quickly choose workouts on mobile by scrubbing along the graph of any ride to reveal details. Browse Workouts Faster For a quick understanding of the type of work a specific workout entails, riders can now scrub along the graph of any ride to reveal details such as time, target FTP %, target power, and interval duration.…


New Feature: TrainerRoad Workout Images Auto Upload to Strava

All TrainerRoad rides pushed to Strava now include an image of your completed workout. Auto image uploads is a new feature powered by Ride Sync and Gym & Studio Sync by Strava. Now riders can automatically upload their completed workouts to Strava from TrainerRoad by setting up Ride Sync. With the new update, your TrainerRoad rides will…


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…


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…


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…


How Do I Train After I Finish My Specialty Plan and Have No Upcoming Events?

Answer: Typically two weeks of recovery is recommended, but that timeframe could vary depending on your level of fatigue and motivation. Based on the amount of downtime you take, you can restart a Base or Build plan. Decide How Much Downtime You Need If you’ve just completed a Specialty plan and are focused now on…


Why Did My FTP Go Down Between Training Phases?

Answer: Testing days aren’t always your best days. Muscle fatigue, unpreparedness for the discomfort of testing, poor pacing, or low motivation can all lend to a lower FTP result. When you test at a lower FTP, it commonly comes down to one, or a combination, of four things: 1. You weren’t sufficiently recovered following your…


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