Ask a Cycling Coach - TrainerRoad Podcast

Ask a Cycling Coach - TrainerRoad Podcast

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TrainerRoad's Ask a Cycling Coach podcast gives you the chance to get answers to your cycling and triathlon training questions with USAC/USAT Level I certified coach Chad Timmerman and other special guests.

Episodes

Ask a Cycling Coach: 91 – TrainerRoad Podcast – Special Guest: Clif Bar Team's Pete "Thor" Morris  

• TrainerRoad is hiring! www.TrainerRoad.com/jobs • Athen's Twilight Criterium preview • Criterium race strategy • How to know if you should get in a breakaway or not • How to make a breakaway stick • How to know if your breakaway will last or not • When should you take a pull? • How long should your pulls be in a group? • Tactics to reposition yourself in a group • Criterium tactics for triathletes • How you should race if you are a Cat 5 • How to stay safe in a group • How triathletes can put roadies in the hurt box • How to prepare for "The Death Ride" • How to pace a big day in the mountains • What to eat during a sportive or gran fondo • Why simply riding at your FTP may be a bad way to get to your goal • How to trend your fitness toward an FTP goal

Ask a Cycling Coach: 90 – TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Our new training tool! chillow.trainerroad.com • Nate's weird anti-snoring test • Muscle biopsy update • How to pick your races based off of your strengths • Are power meters valuable on mountain bikes? • Should single speed MTB riders use power meters? • When should you try to lose weight and when you should try to build power • When and what should you eat before a race • What type of food should you eat when riding? • How to adjust your training plan for a work trip • Is it bad to stick to a single race course? • How to branch out and find races that fit your skills • The best way to get slow in the summer • The benefits of being a fast swimmer in triathlon • How to know when to put more focus on a specific triathlete discipline • How to adjust your training for time off • Should your bike move side to side on the trainer? • How to have a smooth pedal stroke

Ask a Cycling Coach: 89 – TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Nate's sleep study • H24 Camp recap • How to know when to change your A-Race • New Build and Century Plans • How to train with a broken collarbone • What effect does elevation training have on your body? • How to use elevation training properly • How to breakthrough a mental ceiling • When should triathletes use a road bike? • Are deep section wheels really that bad in crosswinds? • What is the ideal wheel setup for climbs • Is riding at night a good way to adapt to a lack of sleep? • Why you should get rid of your heart rate monitor (for racing, at least) • Should BMX racers train indoors? • How strong are BMX racers? • Can you train threshold and VO2max in the same workout? • Is FTP really "hour power"? • How to hit the apex of a turn

Ask a Cycling Coach: 088 - TrainerRoad Podcast – Special Guest: H24 Cycling Director Phil Mooney  

• How to form a cycling team • What is the role of a Director (Directeur Sportif, or DS)? • What is the objective of a team camp? • How to structure a team camp like the pros • What type of rides should you plan for a team camp • Should your training camp be at high elevation, or low at sea level? • How to select races as a team • How to select which racers will go to a race • How to form a race strategy • What to do if your race strategy has fallen through • How to perform a perfect leadout for a sprint finish • Team tactics for sprinting • Tips for riders from successful directors • Tips for team directors • How to race as a team • How to be valuable to a race team as a racer • How to race if you don't have a team • What a team should do if they don't have a director • Should you have a team captain, and what is their role?

Ask a Cycling Coach: 87 – TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Strategies for how to recover mentally after a crash • How to transfer your indoor fitness outside • What type of fitness you should expect in the Base Phase • Is riding out of the saddle bad? • How to feel comfortable out of the saddle • What are the benefits of standing while pedaling? • How to train for Epic Rides Whiskey 50 • How to get structured training if you don't have a trainer • Are lab tests worth it? • What makes data usable as a cyclist? • Is it better to train late at night and risk a poor night's sleep? • How to train with a busy schedule • Can you use a smart trainer without plugging it in? • Is it bad to do extra intervals when feeling good? • What to expect if you are just getting started with bike riding • How does female fitness compare to male fitness? • How to hit your power targets outside

Ask a Cycling Coach: 86 – TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Is it normal to have your wheel lift off the ground in a sprint? • Should you buy a used power meter? • Are dropper posts beneficial for road riding? • What sports drinks have low sodium? • How much sodium should your drink mix have? • Should you focus on your strengths or weaknesses? • What are "limiters"? • How to train for punchy road races • The best way to train for 2017 USAC Road National Championships • Is it a good idea to do hard efforts at the beginning or the end or a long ride? • Is road riding good training for mountain bikers? • How to best train for mountain biking • What crank length is best? • What should you know before you change your crank length • How to know if you are fatigued, ill, or training too hard • Our best descending tips for road racing

Ask a Cycling Coach: 85 – TrainerRoad Podcast  

• How to check your equipment after a crash • How to know if your carbon frame is broken • The effects of mental fortitude on racing • How to shorten your training plan • How to lengthen your training plan • What tires should you use with FLO wheels? • Recovery techniques for stage racing • Should you prioritize one training phase over another? • Tips for training young athletes • How to pace an ultra endurance event • How to do form sprints • How to deal with the increase in difficulty from one training phase to another • Why does TSS drop in the build phase?

Ask a Cycling Coach: 84 – TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Nate's Chico Stage Race Report • How to fit in group rides or races into your training plan • Is it normal to feel fatigued when returning to training after an A Race? • Should you skip base training after an A-Race? • How to break through a plateau • Is it bad to repeat your base phase if you don't have a specific race in mind? • How to adjust your training for illness or injury • How to balance road and MTB racing • Can you balance triathlon and enduro racing? • Is taking in protein a good idea on the bike? • How to develop a tapering strategy • How to eat during a recovery week • Is wireless braking on the horizon?

Ask a Cycling Coach: 83 – TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Why are you getting dropped in races? • What type of fitness do you need for crit racing? • Do pro riders try to steal other riders data? • How to mess up wireless devices like power meters • How to train for a stage race • Race strategy for rainy days • How to prepare for a mountain bike stage race • The best way to train for Dirty Kanza • Should you train differently for shorter TTs? • Is it bad to pause a workout and return to it later in the day? • What's the best way to train for Leadville? • How to use TrainerRoad for Duathlon training • If you could only do one workout each week and wanted to raise your FTP, what should you do? • Should you correct a left/right imbalance? • Is it normal to have a difference in power from your power meter to your smart trainer?

Ask a Cycling Coach: 83 – TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Why are you getting dropped in races? • What type of fitness do you need for crit racing? • Do pro riders try to steal other riders data? • How to mess up wireless devices like power meters • How to train for a stage race • Race strategy for rainy days • How to prepare for a mountain bike stage race • The best way to train for Dirty Kanza • Is 40k TT training intense enough for shorter races? • Is pausing a workout and coming back to it later a bad idea? • How to finish a workout that isn't going well • How to balance indoor and outdoor training while following a training plan • The best way to train for Leadville • How to train for duathlon • How long should your bibs last you? • If you could only train once per week, what workout should you do to raise your FTP? • Should you worry about leg length discrepancies or L/R imbalances? • Is it normal to have different power readings from your power meter and smart trainer?

Ask a Cycling Coach: 82 – TrainerRoad Podcast – Road vs. Crit Racing With The Clif Bar Team  

• How to train for criterium vs. road racing • The importance of addressing limiters for road racing • How to discover and address limiters • What off-the-bike training is helpful for road racing • How your kit changes from crit racing to road racing • How to dress for road racing • Skin suits vs. bibs/jersey • Road vs. crit helmet selection • Gloves or no gloves? • Aero bikes vs. climbing bikes • Crit vs. road specific drivetrains • Deep section vs. shallow wheels • Best handlebar choices for road racing • Bike setup tips for road racing & crit racing • How to know which road race to select • Team tactics in road racing • What strategies apply to heavy vs. light racers • How to properly take a feed in a feedzone • How to handle a mechanical in a road race

Ask a Cycling Coach: 81 – TrainerRoad Podcast  

• TrainerRoad Podcast Ride Day! • What are "openers"? • How to train the day before a race • How to train if you don't plan on racing • Should you take an FTP test after coming back from time off or injury? • More music recommendations from Coach Chad & Jonathan • What our ideal training setups are • What is the best trainer table? • What are the best headphones to use on the trainer? • How does your true VO2Max compare to a suggested one provided by your Garmin? • How to train for sprints • Is it wrong to ride hard early in the year? • Can training twice per day make you faster? • The best cycling / triathlon kit for tall people • Is there a placebo effect to the big ring? • Should you keep your training private, or share it publicly?

Ask a Cycling Coach: 80 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Nate's ISRAMAN performance • ISRAMAN Review • What's the best way to shave your legs? • Is it necessary to take time off between training plans? • Why lower intensity work can feel harder than high intensity • How to deal with a week off from training • How skiing affects your training • Cross training for cyclists in the winter • Best cycling computer mounts • How to mount your phone to your Garmin mount • Does Yoga help cyclists? • How to effectively use stretching for cyclists • Is Soylent a good idea for endurance athletes?

Ask a Cycling Coach: 079 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Crossfit and FTP Testing • Which gearing is best for big climbs? • How to adjust your training plan for a training camp • Is expensive cycling kit worth it? • How to prepare for a multi-day stage race or camp • How to avoid numbness from your saddle • How to find the perfect saddle • Does increasing lean mass make you a better time trialist? • How to train throughout the year if CX is your only goal • Is it better to get a low-cost smart trainer, or an expensive standard trainer? • Does ERG mode give you a better workout? • How to add on more training to Sweet Spot Base

Ask a Cycling Coach: 078 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

The Nate episode! • Nate, Chad and Jonathan's VO2 max & RMR test results • How to prepare for physiological testing • Nate's racing ISRAMAN! (full-distance triathlon in Israel) • How to cram for a big event • How to pace an IRONMAN • How to adjust your TT bike position for optimal power • Mountain bike racing in the mud • Testing ideas to heal sore legs

Ask a Cycling Coach: 077 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• What is metabolic efficiency testing? • How to know how much fat you are burning • Coach Chad, Jonathan and Nate's MET results • Does every athlete's threshold reside at 4mmol/L? • Which trainers are the quietest? • What to do after you reach peak fitness • Can you you maintain a peak for a whole season? • Do oval chainrings make a difference? • Should athletes calculate their caloric burn differently? • Which build plan should you pick: short or general? • How to know if you've had a bad test or if you've lost fitness • What to do if cadence drills don't allow you to hold your power targets • How to become a better climber • How to keep your cycling shoes fresh • What trainer is best for mountain biking? • What testing can help you understand your genetic limitations? • What power-to-weight ratio can you achieve?

Ask a Cycling Coach: 076 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Chad, Nate and Jonathan’s physiological testing • How to test your metabolic efficiency • What is the ideal cadence? • Does dry needling help sore knees? • How to boost your immune system to avoid illness • Why does your smart tainer seize up? • Should you train before an FTP test or just get right into it? • Do spin classes make you a faster cyclist? • How to balance weight training with cycling • Do mountain bikers and cyclocross riders need a strong upper body? • What is the best training approach to improve your power to weight ratio? • Should cyclists practice “bulking”? • Should you use ERG mode during short, intense efforts? • How hard should your sprint intervals be?

Ask a Cycling Coach: 075 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• How to review your year and set goals • Do slow twitch fibers need more recovery time than fast twitch? • How long do the effects of supercompensation last? • Is running good cross training for cyclists? • When to apply chamois cream • How big of an effect can your bike fit have on your power output? • What should you do if you have a left / right imbalance? • Do antibiotics affect FTP? • Is it better to be consistent or go all out during VO2 intervals? • How to plan a season with two peaks • What is the difference between weaknesses and limiters? • How to adjust your training for single speed racing • Why are over-unders so hard?

Ask a Cycling Coach: 074 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Cycling kit etiquette • Is it wrong to wear a championship jersey when training? • What type of garmin should you use in cyclocross? • Is it bad to smell like ammonia when working out? • How to deal with sweat in your eyes • What is the best sunscreen to use on the bike? • How to tell if you are just tired or experiencing chronic fatigue syndrome • What is the difference between over training and Over Training Syndrome • Do massages make you slower? • What type of massage is best for cyclists? • How to train for RAGBRAI • What type of training should you do for a big, non-competitive event? • Should you use a wheel block? • How to level your bike on the trainer • How to control your fan while on the trainer • How to adjust your training plan if you are sick • What is the best way to prepare for a hot race? • Does heat training make you faster? • Can you build power and lose weight at the same time? • What to record in a training diary

Ask a Cycling Coach: 073 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Chainring sizes explained • How to deal with a saddle sore • Do warmups actually work? • Do high fat diets drop your FTP? • Why are our bodies not dependent on fat all the time? • How to do 'spinups'? • How high of a cadence should you be riding at? • What to do if your bike can't be used with a normal trainer • What is maltodextrin? • Does sugar intake halt fat adaptation? • Chad, Nate and Jonathan's most dreaded workouts • The effects of mental fortitude and optimism on performance • Should you have an offseason FTP and weight goal? • How to trend your fitness during the offseason • How to adjust your training plan for vacation or travel • What exactly is "high intensity"? • Should you wear knee warmers inside? • Are knee warmers better than leg warmers? • Why don't the pros use leg warmers? • Is Nate's nasal surgery helping him recover?

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