Our 200th episode of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast will feature discussions on happiness and performance, how to understand and overcome your performance limiters, how training changes your body at a cellular level, and much more! Join us live on Facebook and YouTube at 8:00am Pacific on Thursday, March 28.

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • How to use a lack of race fitness to your advantage
  • New race analysis videos: sag climbing and descending
  • What beet juice actually does for performance
  • How to overcome fitness blocks
  • How to do a fair self-analysis of your cycling potential
  • Why muscle fiber composition isn’t a strict determinant of performance
  • How training changes our body at the cellular level
  • A guide to strategic decision making in race situations
  • How to recognize changes in wind
  • How to know if you should abandon a race plan or stick to it
  • Why a faster cadence is almost always a better solution for climbing
  • How long does it take to lose the benefit of a warmup?
  • Why and how you should calibrate your power meter every ride
  • Is sparkling water bad for performance?
  • How being happy makes you faster
  • Why you shouldn’t get out of the saddle toward the end of the
  • TrainerRoad ramp test

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Ian Meintjes

Ian Meintjes is a pro enduro racer and the producer of the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast. Ian’s successful track record in cross-country and enduro racing, along with years of experience as a customer support agent have made him an expert on all things training and racing with power.

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