Category Archives: Training


Weight and VO2 Max, Why Interval Order Matters, Training Camps and More – Ask a Cycling a Coach 189

Join us for Episode 189 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast! We’ll cover how weight gain affects VO2 Max, why the order of the intervals in your workout matters, a comprehensive guide to training camps, and much more! More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.  Topics covered in this episode How…


Aero Deep Dive in The Specialized Win Tunnel – Ask a Cycling a Coach 188

Gain 50 watts in a single day!? We went to the Specialized Win Tunnel to find out how to get faster. Episode 188 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast is live! More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.  Topics covered in this episode What’s so special about the Specialized Win-Tunnel? Are…


Nose Breathing, Recovery Drinks, Double Days and More – Ask a Cycling a Coach 187

Join us for Episode 187 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast! Topics to be discussed: does nose breathing actually improve performance, are recovery drinks essential, why and when you should consider double days and more! More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.  Topics covered in this episode The best way to measure…


KOM Hunting with Pros, CX Pacing, Power and Heart Rate Zones and More – Ask a Cycling a Coach 186

Jonathan goes KOM hunting with one of the best mountain bikers in the USA, why your pacing plan for CX is wrong, why your power and heart rate zones don’t match and much more in Episode 186 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast. More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.  Topics…


Pedaling Technique, Smarter Racing, TT vs. Road Bikes and More – Ask a Cycling a Coach 185

Join us for Episode 185 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast! We’ll be having a discussion on whether proper pedaling technique is a myth, how to win races with low power output, when triathletes should use a road bike instead of a TT bike and taking your live questions. More show notes and discussion…


Single Events vs. Seasons, Commuting, Explosive Power & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 184

Training for a single event is straightforward, but what about a whole season of racing? Join us live for a discussion on this, fitting commuting into a training plan, how to build explosive power and more in Episode 184 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast! More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.…


Dropping Weight, Stretching Peaks, Recovery & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 183

Dropping weight while raising power, making peak fitness last for multiple races and recovering properly are all very difficult ideals for a cyclist to achieve. Episode 183 will explore how to discover and push your limits for each of these ideals. More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.  Topics covered in this…


Racer Interview – Justin Thomas – Ask a Cycling Coach 182

Justin Thomas is a Masters XC National Champion who shifted focus to a Cyclocross National Championship in 2017. Tune in and bring your questions as we dig into what it took to be nationally competitive in CX, how it differed from MTB, and how he balanced training, career and family responsibilities. More show notes and…


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…