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.


The Road to Cyclocross Nationals

In just one season of training, TrainerRoad user Justin Thomas achieved a top 5 finish in one of the most competitive fields at the 2018 Cyclocross Nationals. Translating success from one discipline of riding to another takes hard work. When Justin, a former mountain bike champion and Masters racer, learned that Cyclocross Nationals was going…


How to Qualify for the IRONMAN World Championship: Real Advice from 29 Kona Participants

Only three percent of age group athletes qualify for the Ironman World Championship. With such small odds, it begs the question: what exactly does it take to vie for a slot at triathlon’s biggest event? In 2016, we started interviewing TrainerRoad users who have made their Kona-qualifying dreams a reality. We kicked things off with…


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…


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