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: 070 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Is caffeine a performance enhancing drug? • What drugs are and aren't allowed for cyclists? • Can marijuana make you a faster cyclist? • Does sugar intake affect aerobic fitness? • Will a gel nullify the effects of a fasted ride? • Is a z2 ride ruined by intervals? • How to get extra out of your intervals • Does splitting a long ride into two separate rides change its effect? • Is it better to train in your aero position or upright? • How to know if you are training too much • How to transition from race season to base season • Is it normal to feel like you are slower when starting training after time off? • Is it better to prolong the base phase if you want to lose weight?

Ask a Cycling Coach: 069 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Can you replace a workout with a commute? • Does commuting count? • Are power zones different than heart rate zones? • Which is best, power or heart rate? • If you have to skip a workout, how do you choose which workout to skip? • Is it bad to train more than prescribed? • How to not get dropped • How to improve your climbing • Why do different apps give me different power readings? • How does TrainerRoad calculate Normalized Power (NP)? • How to do single leg drills without clipless pedals • Should you skip pedaling drills? • Are rollers bad for your training? • Which type of workouts should you do on rollers? • Bike setup changes that warrant a new FTP test • Fasted training explained • Should you eat sugar on every ride? • How to lose weight during base training

Ask a Cycling Coach: 068 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• How to fix tight hips for cyclists • What is dry needling? • How to use your off-season wisely • Should you use a mountain bike on a cyclocross course? • How to plan a season of mountain bike racing • Which is tougher: east coast or west coast? • How to train for XC • How to plan your training for cyclocross • Sweet Spot or Traditional Base? • High intensity or low intensity for base training? • Is it bad to ride hard on the weekends during base training? • How to integrate weight training with your cycling • Are there any benefits to alcohol for performance? • What is polarized training? • How to avoid burnout • Bulletproof Coffee Recipe • What does ‘grass fed’ actually mean? • Nate’s steel cut oats recipe • How to make oatmeal in a rice cooker. • What type of oatmeal is best for performance? • Should athletes use margarine? • Is it possible to get different FTP test results using different formats? • Which testing format is best for time trialists? • The difference between FTP and stamina • Can you hold your FTP for 60 minutes • How mental fortitude affects your performance • How Bad Do You Want It - https://www.amazon.com/How-Bad-You-Want-Psychology/dp/1937715418 • How to adjust to avoid jet lag for athletes • How to avoid the downsides of flying for athletes • Why North American mountain bikers aren’t as fast as Europeans • Should you skip your workout when you’re sick? • How to know if you should skip a workout or adjust the intensity • How to minimize the effects of a sickness • How to train for a hilly IRONMAN course • How to pace an IRONMAN • Is it normal to see your heart rate increase every interval? • What does an increased heart rate mean? • How to prepare for a stage race • What is the best way to train for ultra endurance racing? • How to train for the Hoodoo 500 • How much fitness will you lose in four weeks of no training? • How to come back after an injury

Ask a Cycling Coach: 067 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Should you not train with sore muscles? • Is soreness a sign of fatigue? • How to reduce soreness • How to train for a stage race • Is it best to train for a TT or the road race in a stage race? • Does non-alcoholic beer hurt recovery? • Can you skip base training? • How to know if you have a good aerobic base • How to train for two peaks in one year • How to train for an IRONMAN with road racing • Can you use TrainerRoad outside? • How to follow a TrainerRoad workout outside • What is the best workout for a half ironman and a full ironman • Do you need to replicate your goal event in training? • Is just doing one workout efficient? • How to use one power meter on different bikes • The easiest power meter setup you can get • Do larger riders need different training plans? • Training for clydesdales • Racing strategy for clydesdales • How to save energy during a criterium • How to know which category you should race • Will training on a cyclocross bike not transfer to a road bike? • How bike geometry affects your training • What is the difference between a cyclocross bike and a road bike? • What makes a good road racer? • How to prepare yourself physically and mentally for a road race • Road racing strategy • How to become a great road racer

Ask a Cycling Coach: 066 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Jonathan's Deux North Everesting Challenge Recap • How to pace a long ride • What type of nutrition to bring on a long ride • What type of lights to use for an overnight ride • Bike setup for 24 hour rides • What it takes to climb 30,000' • How demanding is a double century • How do you stop without brakes? • Single leg drills with a single-sided power meter • Are cadence/technique drills mandatory? • What data matters most for mountain biking? • Is power relevant for mountain biking? • Alternatives to FTP to measure progress • How can you tell if your getting faster • Is a 1x drivetrain good for road riding? • Are the gaps between gears too big on a wide range cassette? • How to plan a whole season of training • What to do if you have excess time between now and your event • How to adjust your training plan if you don't have enough time to do a full Base, Build, Specialty • How to change your training plan if you are preparing for multiple peaks • What effect does a mid-ride break have?

Ask a Cycling Coach: 065 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Everesting Attempts • Is a decline in LTHR bad? • How to use heart rate most effectively • Advantages and disadvantages of smart trainers • Are speed sensors useful if you have a GPS? • Training blocks for cyclocross racers • How to incorporate racing into your training plan • How to balance training stress and recovery • What's the difference between rest and recovery? • How to adjust your training plan for aging athletes • Which supplements should you use to aid recovery? • Recovery tips • How to make the most of your rest days

Ask a Cycling Coach: 064 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Kona recap • IRONMAN World Champs • How Andy Potts crashed • What it's like to catch a bike • Spotify playlists for Coach Chad and Coach Jonathan • How to return to racing after pregnancy • Bike handling drills • Activities and habits that make you a better rider • How to practice barriers for cyclocross • What to do when riding through sand • How to improve your corner speed • How burping affects your heart rate • How to avoid a late season fade • Is it normal to see your left / right balance fluctuate? • Should you go back to base training in the off season? • What is ketosis? • Is a ketogenic diet good for cycling?

Ask a Cycling Coach: 063 - TrainerRoad Podcast – Special Guest: FLO Cycling  

• The aerodynamic research and testing process explained • What depth wheels should you use? • How to know what tire width to use • Does tire width vary from rider to rider and bike to bike? • What tire pressure is best? • Which tire is the most aerodynamically efficient? • Which tire has the least amount of rolling resistance? • How does a cross wind affect a bike? • How to set up your bike for cross winds? • What to look for in a set of wheels • What to look for in an aero bike

Ask a Cycling Coach: 062 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Cyclocross racing update • Racing two races in one day • What to learn from the pros about cyclocross • The best gearing for cyclocross • How to build the ultimate CX bike • Dropper posts on cyclocross bikes • How to set up a cyclocross bike for road riding • How to deal with delays in resistance on a trainer • Can sweat ruin your bike? • Why are longer efforts hard for some riders? • How to adjust your workout if an interval is too hard • How long should your offseason be? • Training while traveling • What to do if your training isn't translating to the road • Marginal gains for time trials • Mental fortitude and how it affects performance • Does a rough road surface make you more tired? • What causes cramps? • How to follow a TrainerRoad plan outdoors

Ask a Cycling Coach: 062 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• Cyclocross racing update • Racing two races in one day • What to learn from the pros about cyclocross • The best gearing for cyclocross • How to build the ultimate CX bike • Dropper posts on cyclocross bikes • How to set up a cyclocross bike for road riding • How to deal with delays in resistance on a trainer • Can sweat ruin your bike? • Why are longer efforts hard for some riders? • How to adjust your workout if an interval is too hard • How long should your offseason be? • Training while traveling • What to do if your training isn't translating to the road • Marginal gains for time trials • Mental fortitude and how it affects performance • Does a rough road surface make you more tired? • What causes cramps? • How to follow a TrainerRoad plan outdoors

Ask a Cycling Coach: 061 - TrainerRoad Podcast – Special Guest: Matt Lieto  

Professional Triathlete and IRONMAN commentator Matt Lieto. • How to go from average joe to pro triathlete • What type of power it takes to win an IRONMAN • How to pace a triathlon • Do triathletes use elevation training? • How to train for hot weather • How to acclimatize yourself to Kona • How to control your appetite • How to lose weight quickly • How to keep weight off • Tips to overcome food temptations • How to know if you've tapered correctly • What the pros do to taper • High intensity training for ultra-endurance athletes • Managing distractions at a big race • How to stay focused building up to race day • What type of accommodations are best when traveling to a race • Is carb loading best? • How to manage gluten intolerance while traveling • What should you eat before a race or big day of training • Triathlon bike tactics • Triathlon drafting rules explained • Do triathletes actually draft? • How to use drafting rules against your competition • Why you should attack and change your pace in a triathlon • How to deal with cross winds on a TT bike • How to pace yourself on climbs and hills in a triathlon • Are descending skills important for triathlon? • How to increase your efficiency on the bike • Marginal gains to maintain speed on the bike • What mountain bikers and IRONMAN athletes have in common • How triathletes use mental tactics to influence a race • Is it better to go easy on the bike or go hard on the bike? • Ideal gearing for triathlon • How to read wind conditions and use them to your advantage • How to know when to favor power and when to favor aerodynamics • How to manage heat on race day • Do saunas help performance? • How triathletes can benefit from mountain biking • Should triathletes do cyclocross? • What triathletes should do in transition • How to catch a bike

Ask a Cycling Coach: 060 - TrainerRoad Podcast – Special Guest: Cuore Cycling Apparel  

Scott Tietzel from Cuore Cycling Apparel (cuore.ch) • What makes a jersey aerodynamic? • How to tell high quality kit from low quality kit • Why do companies use different fabrics? • What type of kit to use for different weather • How to wear your kit like a pro • Small things you can do to make your kit more aero

Ask a Cycling Coach: 059 - TrainerRoad Podcast – Special Guest: Ryan Leech  

Professional trials rider & renown coach Ryan Leech • Bike handling tips for new riders • How to bounce back after a crash • How to build skills effectively • How to bunny hop • How to wheelie • How to manual • How to take switchbacks • Which mountain bike should you get • Should you train on your mountain bike or your road bike? • What accessories make you a better rider

Ask a Cycling Coach: 058 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• How to save energy in cyclocross • How to pace a cx race • CrossVegas review • How to ride barriers • Braking and cornering for cyclocross • How to adjust your workouts to fit in less than 60 minutes • What CTL can you expect from a base training phase? • What gearing is best for cyclocross? • Is it bad to train at night? • Night training vs. morning training • How much do you have to train in order to get better? • How to raise your FTP • How to follow an interval workout outdoors • How to adjust your training plan for missed workouts • Is it worth it to get a power meter? • How to train for a muscular imbalance • How to improve left / right balance • Circadian rhythms • How important is it to train at the same time every day? • How to balance training with an erratic schedule with training • How to train junior athletes • How to motivate an athlete

Ask a Cycling Coach: 057 - TrainerRoad Podcast – Special Guest: Geoff Kabush  

MTB Legend Geoff Kabush - 15x XCO National Champion, 5x CC National Champion, 1x XCM Champion – How to race at a high level for a long time – How to adapt to different race formats – How pros approach base training – How to train for endurance mountain bike racing – How to prepare for an Epic Rides race – Bike setup and training for mountain bike criteriums – How much power it takes to win a pro mountain bike race – What type of fitness do you need for mountain biking? – Are power meters useful for mountain biking? – How to use a power meter for mountain biking – Should you pace yourself in a mountain bike race? – How to set up your bike for mountain biking – Are wider bars better? – Which is faster: hard tails or full suspension? – Which tires are best for cross country racing? – How to pick the right tire for your race – Why World Cup racers are faster than North American racers – Is cyclocross beneficial for mountain biking? – How to change your training from MTB to cyclocross – Common mistakes of road riders on mountain bikes – Which tire pressure is best

Ask a Cycling Coach: 056 - TrainerRoad Podcast – Special Guest: Ray Maker of DCRainmaker.com  

Live with DC Rainmaker from Interbike 2016! • How to train for triathlon while traveling • How to travel with your bike • Running power meters • How to measure the difference between two power meters • DC Rainmaker's indoor training tips

Ask a Cycling Coach: 055 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• How to train on vacation • How to follow a training plan while traveling • How to train with power on a gym spin bike • Interbike 2016 plans • How to recover from a scary crash • How to feel comfortable after a crash • The best triathlons in the USA • How to train for Leadville • Is it necessary to replicate your goal event's distance beforehand? • How to prepare for an epic race • How to use Zone 2 training • How long do you have to be in Zone 2 to reap the benefits? • How long do you have to be in the Sweetspot zone to reap the benefits? • How to customize your workouts and training plans to your needs • How to train for a criterium • Are off and on workouts good for criterium racing? • How to tailor your training for your goal event • How to train for really steep climbs • How to train for The Dirty Dozen • Bike setup for steep climbs • Can weight training make you a better climber? • How to train for a century

Ask a Cycling Coach: 054 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• How to maintain fitness in the off season • How to recover physically and mentally between seasons • What are "openers"? • What workout should you do before a race? • Is it bad to work out the day before a race? • The science behind openers • How to identify strengths and weaknesses • Should you train your weaknesses or strengths? • How to simulate a course with TrainerRoad • Why it's better to do intervals than emulate a race course • How power meters work • Do crank-based power meters measure differently then pedal or hub-based? • How much does drivetrain efficiency affect power data • What is Everesting? • How to train for an Everesting attempt • How to train for massive days of climbing • How to increase training volume of a training plan • How to know when you are training too much • How to avoid burnout • How can you know if you are getting fitter instead of just getting better at testing? • How to measure improvement in your training

Ask a Cycling Coach: 053 - TrainerRoad Podcast - Special Guest: Clif Bar Team's Pete "Thor" Morris  

- Clif Bar Team's Pete "Thor" Morris – How to travel with your bike – Aerodynamics vs. psychological advantage – Does a beard or long hair slow you down? – Is chocolate milk a good recovery drink? – What is the best recovery drink? – How recovery drinks work – Criterium racing tactics – How to become a better road racer – How to race smart and save your energy – What metrics should you use to measure progress? – How to measure and understand your progress – How to warm up for a time trial – How to become a better bike handler – What is the best way to learn bike skills? – Is it possible to become a better bike handler without technical terrain? – The 3 most important tips for better bike handling – Are power meters necessary? – Which bike should always have a power meter installed on it?

Ask a Cycling Coach: 052 - TrainerRoad Podcast  

• What it takes to win a Master's National Championship • How to learn from a bad race • How to salvage a poor race day • Is an offseason break necessary? • How to carry fitness year-round • What is the best way to set up your Garmin? • Which data matters most when training? • Why data is important to watch during an FTP Test • Which Build Plan is best for cyclocross? • Can older cyclists be good climbers? • How to train for long climbs • How to raise your FTP and VAM • Does elevation training work? • How to do elevation training right • What is the ideal elevation to live and train at • How to substitute races for workouts in a training plan

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