Author Archives: Nick Kanwetz

Nick Kanwetz is a writer of all things cycling. Whether he's creating content, interviewing coaches or digging through studies, he's doing it all to make sure you become a faster cyclist and all around better athlete.


New Ride Analysis Page: How to Achieve More PRs Analyzing Your Ride Data

Improve your performance by analyzing your ride data with the new Ride Analysis Page. Performance Analytics, our new set of ride analysis tools, was made available to all TrainerRoad users on May 9th, 2018. We’ve already covered how to use the Training Stress Chart and Personal Records Page. Today, we’re going to dive into ways…


5 Stretches Every Cyclist Should Know

Integrating a stretching routine into your cycling training plan has real benefits, despite being a contentious topic in the world of sports science. Why Should Cyclists Stretch? Let’s be frank, the sport of cycling isn’t exactly forgiving when it comes to the tension that results from numerous hours of training, riding, and racing. Restore normalcy…


I’ve Never Done My Full Race Distance — Will I Be Ready for My Event?

Faced with a long-distance race but aren’t sure you have the fitness you need? You may be surprised to learn that you can tackle long-distance races (and rides) with all the fitness you need, and more, by simply training smart. How the Time-Crunched Athlete Gets Faster The problem many athletes face is the limiting belief…


Peak on Race Day: 5 Questions to Plan Your Perfect Season

Payoffs occur to those who put the right type of work in at the right time. The reason most cyclists don’t see the dividends they desire comes down to improper season planning at the beginning of their training season. To perfect your training season leading up to an important event, or series of events, ask…


Power vs Heart Rate: How Modern Athletes Train

The methods cyclists use to get faster have evolved since the late 1990’s. Twenty years ago, if you were using a power meter you were considered an early adopter. Now, power — whether you’re using a power meter or another source — is the gold standard that modern athletes use to measure their fitness and…


What Every Racer Should Know About Number Pinning

Every second counts on race day. Don’t let a poorly pinned race number add time to the clock and get in the way of your next win. How Athletes are Pinning Their Race Number Wrong The most common mistakes racers are making when pinning their race numbers is either positioning the number out of view…


How to Avoid Losing Fitness While Traveling: 3 Solutions for Cyclists

Family vacations, work trips, even the oh-so dreaded holiday weekend at the in-laws … believe it or not, you can still hold onto your cycling fitness and even be getting faster. Training During Travel As much as we hope that it doesn’t, a training hiatus due to travel longer than a few days can derail…


Training Plans Update: All Off-Road Specialty Plans Are Improved!

All Off-Road Specialty training plans are improved to be more specific to your riding and racing goals. What’s New Each Off-Road Specialty plan includes a TSS progression in line with the improved Build training plans. To allow flexibility for varying racing schedules, training stress remains steady from week to week throughout this 8-week block bringing…


5 Strength Training Exercises to Integrate Into Your Cycling Training Plan

Strength Training for Cyclists The demands of being on the bike for extended durations, coupled with constantly turning over the pedals, brings to light the importance of functional strength for cyclists. Functional strength sounds like a bit of a buzzword, but it has real application in the world of endurance sports. Strength training isn’t often…


Grinduro, Triathlon, and Mauna Kea with Matt Lieto

Professional triathlete and IRONMAN commentator, Matt Lieto, and your podcast hosts recorded a special episode to chop up Grinduro, one of the most interesting races on the calendar that you need to know about, and their preparation for one of the toughest climbs on earth, Mauna Kea. Topics covered in this episode Triathlon and gravel…