Author Archives: Nate Pearson

Nate Pearson is the co-founder of TrainerRoad. He is an avid triathlete and cyclist, husband and father of two. His training is fueled by great coffee, BBQ and pie.


Workout Page Update

We’ve been quiet lately because we’ve been working on more long term projects to set us up for some really cool stuff. Workouts Today, we’re releasing an update to the workouts page.  It allows filtering every which way and should make it much easier to find the workout you want. Want to find long threshold…


Ask Chad – Transitioning from Off Season to in Season

“Based on the new plans added yesterday, I’d like to see a (longer) blog post discussing the grand training strategy which describes how best to make use of TrainerRoad from the offseason and transitioning into the race season. I keep getting advice from other sources to spend a long steady trainer rides in “Zone 2″…


Initial Outdoor Workout Testing

We plan on letting you download some of our workouts to your Garmins in order to get some structured workouts outside. I recently did the 8 minute test and Picket Guard (5×12 min Over/Under) outside. Here’s what I found. I’d like some feedback from you guys. 8 Minute Test The 8 minute test was a…


Blueberry Protein Smoothie

I just made this thing for lunch and I’d thought I’d share it will all of you. Ingredients 8 oz soy milk (or regular milk) 2 large spoon fulls ricotta cheese 3 large spoon fulls Greek yogurt One handful of spinach (about the amount of a small salad) One handful of frozen blueberries (your fingers will go purple) Combine…


Ask Chad – Cadence During Workouts and Rest Intervals

This another post in a series where TrainerRoad head coach Chad Timmerman answers questions from our users.  This question came into support@trainerroad.com Hi, first of all I have to say that your software is just great and gives me so much motivation for my indoor workouts, compared to my earlier work this winter. But since…


Ask Chad – 8 Minute Test vs 20 Minute Test

Here’s another post in our series Ask Chad.  This question came in through e-mail. I see you have both an 8min test and a 20min test to estimate FTP. Can you discuss the differences, how we should determine which one we should use and how often to re-test? From my experience, even taking 95% of…


Ask Chad – Recovery Weeks

Here’s another post in our series Ask Chad.  This question came in through e-mail. I’m in the middle of the Advanced Build plan. I’m wondering if there is any benefit in the 8 weeks to a “recovery week” My workouts are good, but I’m wondering if my legs might benefit from a week off. In…


Ask Chad – Racing in Early Base

This is the third post in a new series where Chad answers training questions.  This question came in through support@trainerroad.com Hi Nate/Reid, I intend to start Sunday morning club (road) racing but I was wondering what would be the best way to integrate a Sunday race into the Early Base:Foundation, form & Base plan etc.?…


I Quit My Job!

Who’s coming with me?! It’s time to put the work in that TrainerRoad deserves.  I gave my 4 week notice at my day job today.  I’ll be working full time on TrainerRoad starting March 3rd. It’s a very exciting (and scary) time for my family.  I’m taking a bit of a pay cut to really…


Ask Chad – Power vs Heartrate

This is the second post in a new series where Chad answers training questions.  This question came in through support.trainerroad.com. I have a question on this topic:  How much do you think a persons goal would affect whether they use power, virtual power, or HR? If ones goal was to maximize results in a time trial,…


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