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  • With the short Prologue successfully behind them, competitors faced the first major challenge of Cape Epic with the 98 km Stage 1. Our teams all came out of the prologue well-positioned and feeling good. How did they fare today?


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  • Beginning and ending at the University of Cape Town, this opening time trial was far too short and early in the race to cement an overall victory, but a major setback or crash here could have ended the chances of success for the rest of the week. How did our athletes fare in their first day of racing at Cape Epic?

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  • Join Jonathan Lee and Trainerroad’s Rossouw Bekker as they break down the Cape Epic route, considering the unique demands and challenges that await them in each stage.
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  • Cape Epic is finally here! Tune is as we get to know each team, what their preparation has been like, how they plan to execute and more.
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  • High carb intake and endurance sports go hand-in-hand, but is this damaging to your health? Join us and Orange Seal Off-Road’s Hannah Finchamp as we dig into the relationships of glucose, insulin and workout intensity to know how you can prioritize health and performance, and much more!
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    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE

    - Intro 0:00
    - What happens when our bodies eat sugar? 5:21
    - How does insulin work? 8:38
    - How does activity affect insulin? 15:52
    - Are high-carb endurance athletes at risk of becoming diabetic? 20:30
    - Data-driven ways to plan meal timing 50:59
    - Hannah’s tips for bike choice 1:30:40
    - A pro’s guide to chaotic race starts 1:35:59
    - Live questions and answers 1:53:54
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    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

    - Threshold Intervals for Cyclists: Benefits, Examples, and Tips for Success

    - +61w FTP and Full-Distance Tri Finish with Lauren Hackney - Successful Athletes Podcast Episode 60

    - Successful Athletes Podcast

    - Adaptive Training

    - Hannah’s Instagram

    - TrainerRoad’s Instagram

    - Coach Jonathan’s Instagram

    - Coach Chad’s Instragram

    - Regulated transport of the glucose transporter GLUT4

    - Exercise, GLUT4, and skeletal muscle glucose uptake

    - Insulin and insulin resistance

    - Exercise alleviates lipid-induced insulin resistance in human skeletal muscle-signaling interaction at the level of TBC1 domain family member 4

    - Exercise-Induced alterations in intramyocellular lipids and insulin resistance: The athlete’s paradox revisited

    - Metabolic Syndrome

    - Continuous vs interval training on glycemic control and macro- and microvascular reactivity in type 2 diabetic patients

    - Update on the effects of physical activity on insulin sensitivity in humans

    - Moderate-Intensity Exercise and High-Intensity Interval Training Affect Insulin Sensitivity Similarly in Obese Adults

    - The Effect of Regular Exercise on Insulin Sensitivity in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

    - Effects of exercise and lack of exercise on glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity

    - Changes in Aerobic Capacity and Visceral Fat but not Myocyte Lipid Levels Predict Increased Insulin Action After Exercise in Overweight and Obese Men

    - Muscle Oxidative Capacity Is a Better Predictor of Insulin Sensitivity than Lipid Status

    - Update on the effects of physical activity on insulin sensitivity in humans

    - Increased Skeletal Muscle Capillarization After Aerobic Exercise Training and Weight Loss Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Adults With IGT

    - The “Ups” and “Downs” of a Bike Race in Type 1 Diabetes: Dramatic Differences in Blood Glucose Responses from the Paris to Ancaster Spring Classic

    - Ryan Standish’s Instagram

    - The TowWhee Adventure Tow Strap

    - Stretches for Cyclists: 5 Stretches You Should Know

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  • Anaerobic training is important for many athletes, but does its high-sugar burning nature lower your FTP? We’ll dig into the science of anaerobic training, lactate threshold, glycolysis, meal timing and much more in Episode 326 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!
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    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE

    - TrainerRoad launched a Free Trial!
    - How much is too much anaerobic training?
    - What anaerobic training does to your body
    - Does anaerobic training hurt FTP?
    - How does your body break down, store, and use sugar?
    - How to time your meals for ideal performance
    - Easy recipes for athletes
    - Should you hire a nutritionist?
    - Pairing nutrition with load and deload phases

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    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

    - https://trainerroad.cc/3igDK3L The Science and Translation of Lactate Shuttle Theory
    - https://trainerroad.cc/2Wlv2K1 Rehabilitating lactate: From poison to cure
    - https://trainerroad.cc/3ii9oOB Track cyclist spinning +200rpm
    - https://trainerroad.cc/3F1iw3B The Science of Winning: Planning, Periodizing and Optimizing Swim Training
    - https://trainerroad.cc/39J8PIH Pete’s Easy Bowl Recipe

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  • Cross-training is not usually considered as necessary for cyclists, but should it be? We’ll cover the science of cross-training, how to raise power while dropping weight and much more in this episode of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!
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    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE

    - TrainerRoad launched a Free Trial!
    - How to raise power while losing weight
    - Why some athletes drop power while losing weight
    - The science behind cross-training and why cyclists should do more of it
    - Rapid Fire questions
    - How to level up your sprint skills in a week
    - Is pre-workout weight training a way to get more adaptations?
    - Is it better to focus on the effort or distract yourself?

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  • We know you burn energy in training, but what about when you recover? What processes happen in your body and how much energy does it take? We’ll cover this and go into the do’s and don’ts of training camps with two pros from the Orange Seal Off-Road Team, Hannah Finchamp and Alex Wild!
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    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE
    - Intro 00:14
    - Why do pro athletes still have elevated breathing rates on the podium? 13:07
    - What happens in your body after a hard effort 17:04
    - Is your caloric burn still elevated after training? 29:19
    - Adjusting training for high-stress situations 1:22:44
    - A guide to planning training camps from the pros 1:31:32
    - When should you increase training volume? 1:43:10
    - Is harder training actually better training? 1:50:29
    - Live questions and answers 2:01:54
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    STUDIES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
    Effects of incomplete pulmonary gas exchange on VO2 max. Powers, et al 1989: https://bit.ly/3BVWnS9 9:36

    Calorimetric measurement of postexercise net heat loss and residual body heat storage. Kenny, et al 2008. https://bit.ly/3zXeqXC 22:52

    Triglyceride/fatty acid cycling is increased after exercise. Bahr, et al 1990. https://bit.ly/3zTHQWq 28:43

    Effect of Exercise Intensity, Duration and Mode on Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption. Borsheim & Bahr 2003. https://bit.ly/3E58YUM 29:24

    Effect of exercise intensity on post-exercise oxygen consumption and heart rate recovery. Mann, et al 2014. https://bit.ly/3hjG1Lk 31:09

    Effect of exercise intensity and duration on postexercise metabolism. Gore, et al 1990. https://bit.ly/3l8bt0b 32:15

    Exercise modality effect on oxygen uptake off-transient kinetics at maximal oxygen uptake intensity. Sousa, et al 2015. https://bit.ly/3lbKgJJ 37:41

    Fat-free Mass and Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption in the 40 Minutes after Short-duration Exhaustive Exercise in

    Young Male Japanese Athletes. Tahara, et al 2008. https://bit.ly/3BUqskR 40:59

    Muscle lactate metabolism in recovery from intense exhaustive exercise: Impact of light exercise. Bangsbo, et al 1994. https://bit.ly/3zYskIZ 41:13

    Effect of an acute period of resistance exercise on excess post-exercise oxygen consumption: implications for body mass management. Schuenke, et al 2002. https://bit.ly/38VII0O 45:01

    Effects of exercise intensity and duration on the excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. LaForgia, et al 2006. https://bit.ly/3BXIYc8 47:27

    Faster oxygen uptake kinetics during recovery is related to better repeated sprinting ability. Dupont, et al 2010. https://bit.ly/3tAvK2g 48:36

    Effects of long-term aerobic exercise on EPOC. LeCheminant, et al 2007. https://bit.ly/2X1sst7 53:04

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  • BWR Asheville winner Sofía Gomez Villafañe joins Coach Chad and Jonathan for a deep dive on elevation training, when to train high, when to train low, using elevation tents and more.

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    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE

    - Sofia’s BWR Ashville experience 5:49
    - How do the fitness requirements differ between gravel and XCO 9:53
    - Cape Epic update and the physical toll of stage racing 12:59
    - Altitude training deep dive 27:14
    - Should you train at a high altitude? 1:24:58
    - How to time altitude training 1:28:54
    - Nutrition for long events 1:50:54
    - What bike is the best all-around off-road bike 1:53:12
    - Live questions and answers 1:57:48

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    STUDIES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
    Exercise-induced arterial hypoxemia. Dempsey, Wagner 1999: https://bit.ly/3gWGlzq 33:03
    Ventilation, oxidative stress, and nitric oxide in hypobaric versus normobaric hypoxia. Faiss et al 2013: https://bit.ly/3yAjLlX 38:27
    Effect of hypoxic dose on physiological responses and sea-level performance. Wilber et al 2007: https://bit.ly/2VedcrQ 47:10
    Effects of incomplete pulmonary gas exchange on VO2 max. Powers et al 1985: https://bit.ly/3BEmMDF 51:30
    Hyperoxic training increases work capacity after maximal training at moderate altitude. Chick et al 1993: https://bit.ly/38B9rjm 52:22
    Erythrocytes retain hypoxic adenosine response for faster acclimatization upon re-ascent. Song et al 2017: https://bit.ly/3zFgMu5 56:51
    Contemporary Periodization of Altitude Training for Elite Endurance Athletes Mujika et al 2019: https://bit.ly/38xieCO 1:12:04
    Application of Live Low-Train High for Enhancing Normoxic Exercise Performance in Team Sport Athletes. Mclean et al 2014: https://bit.ly/3zMkr9y 1:25:36

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  • Keegan Swenson joins us to talk about his Leadville and Breck Epic wins and to help us answer your questions on training with bad air quality, finding your strengths and weaknesses and much more. Tune in now and get faster!
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    TOPICS COVERED IN TODAY’S EPISODE

    Keegan’s experience at Leadville and the Breck Epic (00:28)

    How to prepare for long and short events at the same time (26:49)

    How air quality affects performance and health (41:08)

    Suspension for gravel bikes (1:02:13)

    What to carry in a saddlebag (1:04:24)

    Finding your strengths and weaknesses (1:39:35)

    Tips for increasing carbs without GI distress (1:47:14)

    Live questions and answers (1:58:51)
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    This week, we have a very special episode of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast! Before she was a professional cyclist, Amber Pierce was a high-level swimmer aspiring to be an Olympian. However, the physical, emotional, and mental stress of transitioning to college athletics, eventually led to a breaking point. Tune in as Amber shares the first part of her story about motivation, identity, and self-doubt in the world of sports, in this episode of the Successful Athletes Podcast.
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  • We interviewed 10 of the fastest athletes taking on the Leadville 100 to find out how they are uniquely preparing their bodies, equipment and execution strategies to find success at one of the biggest mountain bike races in the world. Tune in to hear from Sarah Sturm, Eddie Anderson, Laura King, Peter Stetina, Katerina Nash, Alex Wild, Hannah Finchamp, Keegan Swenson, Rose Grant and Alex Howes!
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  • As the race season comes to an end, it’s time to begin to reflect on your journey. Moving forward, what are your plans for next season? We’ll cover this and more in Episode 319 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!
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  • How are testosterone levels, recovery and adaptation affected by hair-loss drugs, how do you train explosivity, and how do you build an ideal leadout train? We’ll cover this and more in Episode 318 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!
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    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE

    - How to pace yourself in a fast race
    - Do hair loss treatments make you a slower cyclist?
    - Surging vs. steady power: which is best?
    - Who is your spirit Disney character and why?
    - HR Monitors and Adaptive Training
    - The hosts analysis of the Olympic Cycling events
    - How to build an ideal leadout train
    - Should cyclists focus on explosive or slow and stable strength movements?

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  • Santa Cruz Bicycle’s Keegan Swenson joins us to talk about his two National Championship wins and his unexpectedly bumpy ride at Belgian Waffle Ride, as well as answering your questions on recovery modalities and joining us for a discussion on leadout train tactics and training.
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    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE

    - Intro 0:00

    - Keegan’s learnings from National Championships 1:04

    - Nate’s learnings from Tahoe Trail 100 22:233

    - Managing hunger during training blocks 32:45

    - Tips for strong riders in weak fields 53:09

    - Keegan’s Belgian Waffle Ride experience 1:04:23

    - The value of equipment upgrades1:36:30

    - Recovery modalities that actually work 1:48:57

    -What’s the best bike and equipment for Leadville? 1:54:26
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  • What muscle fiber type is best for cycling, how do you influence it, and how much of it is genetic? We’ll cover this as well as pro cyclist data and why many athletes don’t share it, how to race in dangerous circumstances and manage crashes and much more in Episode 316 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!

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    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE

    - Intro 0:13
    - Jonathan’s learnings from National MTB National Championships 5:41
    - Nate is racing again! 39:04
    - Why pro cyclists don’t share data 42:47
    - A deep dive on muscle fiber composition for cyclists 54:11
    - Race-day focus tips 1:20:33
    - Publishing data insights from TrainerRoad’s data-set 1:23:52
    - Do gels replace aid stations? 1:29:16
    - Do recovery shakes get nullified by post-ride meals? 1:31:55
    - How to mitigate risk in criterium racing 1:46:08
    - How to avoid crashes in a criterium 1:52:23
    - Why are cyclists so susceptible to broken collarbones? 1:55:21
    - How to learn to crash safely 1:57:46

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    - The muscle fiber type-fiber size paradox: hypertrophy or oxidative metabolism?

    - Plasticity of human skeletal muscle: gene expression to in vivo function

    - Human soleus muscle: A comparison of fiber composition and enzyme activities with other leg muscles

    - Adaptations of skeletal muscle to prolonged, intense endurance training

    - Mechanical Plasticity: Skeletal Muscle Adaptations

    - Strength and muscle adaptations in heavy-resistance-trained women after detraining and retraining

    - Human single muscle fibre function with 84 day bed-rest and resistance exercise

    - Muscle fiber typology substantially influences time to recover from high-intensity exercise

    - Muscle fiber typology is associated with the incidence of overreaching in response to overload training

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  • This week, we have a very special episode of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast! We caught up with 10 professional mountain bikers to learn how they prepared for the MTB National Championships in Winter Park, CO. Learn how these athletes prepared for high elevation, what nutrition plan they’re following for the race, much more all covered in this week’s Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!
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    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE

    - Welcome to a very special episode!
    - Athlete Introductions
    - How did you prepare for altitude?
    - Did you do anything special to prepare for this course?
    - Did you taper for this race? Was it different than you would taper for a typical race?
    - What’s your nutrition plan for race day?
    - What unique equipment choices did you make or are planning on making for this race?

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  • Does metabolic efficiency change at different intensities, when do you choose to mark a rider or go solo and make them chase, how to increase your sustained power abilities and much more all covered in this week’s Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!

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    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE

    - Carrying momentum while cornering in a group 15:53

    - Does metabolic efficiency change at different intensities? 36:27

    - The hosts’ thoughts on the start of the 2021 Tour de France 1:06:58

    - Sodium Loading 1:15:10

    - Should motor pacing and group rides be excluded from KOMs? 1:18:18

    - A practical way to gauge VO2max capabilities 1:22:23

    - Improving sustained power 1:27:24

    - When to mark a rider or go solo 1:36:12

    - Live Questions 1:48:15

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  • Welcome to the podcast that’s dedicated to making you a faster cyclist, the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast presented by TrainerRoad.

    I’m Coach Jonathan Lee and each week on this podcast we answer the questions you submit to make you a faster cyclist.

    I’m joined by a rotating cast of coaching and pro athlete co-hosts including our Head Coach Chad Timmerman, retired World Tour Pro cyclist Amber Pierce, and many others as we share what we’ve learned while researching your questions throughout the week.

    If you are just now finding the podcast, you can join us live on YouTube every Thursday at 8:00am Pacific for the latest episode, and for past episodes, I recommend listening to the most recent episode and working your way backward through the catalog.

    To submit questions to the podcast and get all of the helpful links, go to https://www.TrainerRoad.com/Podcast.

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  • Coach Chad is back! This week we dig into how VO2max affects FTP, why heart rate may be lower or higher for different people at different times, and discussions about positioning in aggressive groups, heat, crashing and more inspired by Tulsa Tough.

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    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE

    - Intro 0:04

    - Jonathan’s Tulsa Tough experience 12:20

    - The difference between racing for a win versus a solid finish 20:54

    - How to ride in an aggressive group 24:30

    - Mental and strategic tips for racing in aggressive fields -28:47

    - How to beat a dominant team 46:10

    - How does VO2 Max affect FTP? 1:19:58

    - Does cadence affect aerodynamics? 1:27:55

    - Why does heart rate vary between athletes? 1:34:03

    - Live questions and answers 1:56:12

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