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The only podcast dedicated to making you a faster cyclist. 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.

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The only podcast dedicated to making you a faster cyclist. 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.

    Sprinting, Excessive Sugar, Active Recovery, and More

    Sprinting, Excessive Sugar, Active Recovery, and More

    There’s a common mistake that many cyclists make that could be hurting their sprint power. Join Coach Chad, Ivy Audrain, Nate Pearson, and Coach Jonathan for a discussion on this, when should you launch your sprint, what happens when you take in too much sugar on the bike, the scientific research on whether it’s better to spin lightly or stop pedaling between intervals, and more in Episode 370 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!
     
    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE
    (23:16) Does spinning between intervals really help?
    (38:37) Best and worst upgrade ROIs for cyclists
    (01:16:55) What happens when you take in too much sugar on the bike?
    (01:46:56) Is it bad to be the first to sprint?
    (01:58:46) An easy way to raise your sprint power



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    TrainerRoad is the #1 cycling training app. No other cycling app is more effective. Over 13,000 positive reviews, a 4.9 star App Store rating.
     
    Adaptive Training from TrainerRoad uses machine learning and science-based coaching principles to continually assess your performance and intelligently adjust your training plan. It trains you as an individual and makes you a faster cyclist.
     
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    ABOUT THE ASK A CYCLING COACH PODCAST
    Ask a Cycling Coach podcast is a cycling and triathlon training podcast. Each week  USAC/USAT Level I certified coach Chad Timmerman, pro athletes, and other special guests answer your cycling and triathlon questions.
     
    Have a question for the podcast? Ask here: https://trainerroad.cc/34MIniq
     
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    Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3HKPExQ 
     
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    • 2 hr 19 min
    Carbs & Fat, Interval Recovery, Technical Skills, and More

    Carbs & Fat, Interval Recovery, Technical Skills, and More

    Pivot Cycles’ and DT Swiss’ Hannah Otto joins us to discuss her learnings from her recent UCI XC MTB wins in Montana and Alberta, as well as discussions on substrate utilization at different intensities, what research says about the effectiveness of spinning between intervals, her tips for muddy riding conditions, and much more in Episode 369 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!
     
    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE
    (7:08) Substrate utilization at different intensities
    (46:46) Hannah Otto’s feed zone tips
    (1:24:32) Hannah’s tips for riding in muddy conditions
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    TrainerRoad is the #1 cycling training app. No other cycling app is more effective. Over 13,000 positive reviews, a 4.9 star App Store rating.
     
    Adaptive Training from TrainerRoad uses machine learning and science-based coaching principles to continually assess your performance and intelligently adjust your training plan. It trains you as an individual and makes you a faster cyclist.
     
    Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3LBb5Ur
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    ABOUT THE ASK A CYCLING COACH PODCAST
    Ask a Cycling Coach podcast is a cycling and triathlon training podcast. Each week  USAC/USAT Level I certified coach Chad Timmerman, pro athletes, and other special guests answer your cycling and triathlon questions.
     
    Have a question for the podcast? Ask here: https://trainerroad.cc/3HTFXNi
     
    MORE PODCASTS FROM TRAINERROAD
    Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3JmKrN5
    Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3LpuIhP
     
    STAY IN TOUCH
    Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN
    TrainerRoad Forum: https://trainerroad.cc/3uHvLnE
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    Strava Club: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Cryotherapy, Dehydration, Low Heart Rate, and More

    Cryotherapy, Dehydration, Low Heart Rate, and More

    Cryotherapy is a recovery modality that is gaining popularity, but what does science say about its effectiveness? We’ll cover this as well as a look into scientifically-backed hydration strategies, what low heart rate means during races, and more.
    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE
    (0:49) Keegan’s Unbound Experience
    (04:12) Does cryotherapy make you faster?
    (31:51) Why do I have low heart rate during intense races?
    (42:34) How to return to training after time off
    (52:10) How Keegan fueled at Unbound Gravel
    (01:08:23)  Scientific hydration recommendations
    (01:20:09) Is there benefit to perfectly steady intervals?
    (01:28:16) An alternative progressive training strategy? 
    (01:30:57) Live Questions
     
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    TRY TRAINERROAD RISK FREE FOR 30 DAYS!
    TrainerRoad is the #1 cycling training app. No other cycling app is more effective. Over 13,000 positive reviews, a 4.9 star App Store rating.
     
    Adaptive Training from TrainerRoad uses machine learning and science-based coaching principles to continually assess your performance and intelligently adjust your training plan. It trains you as an individual and makes you a faster cyclist.
     
    Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3BasfTM 
    Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/3rF5Cnp 
     
    ABOUT THE ASK A CYCLING COACH PODCAST
    Ask a Cycling Coach podcast is a cycling and triathlon training podcast. Each week  USAC/USAT Level I certified coach Chad Timmerman, pro athletes, and other special guests answer your cycling and triathlon questions.
    Have a question for the podcast? Ask here: https://trainerroad.cc/34MIniq
    MORE PODCASTS FROM TRAINERROAD
    Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/34MGKkO 
    Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3HKPExQ 
     
    STAY IN TOUCH
    Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN
    TrainerRoad Forum: https://trainerroad.cc/3uHvLnE
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/
    Strava Club: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    What Pros Learned at Unbound Gravel

    What Pros Learned at Unbound Gravel

    Join us as we analyze Keegan Swenson’s and Alex Wild’s race performances at Unbound Gravel 2022. TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE
    (1:04) Keegan’s race review
    (19:00) Alex’s race review
    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
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    TRY TRAINERROAD RISK FREE FOR 30 DAYS!
    TrainerRoad is the #1 cycling training app. No other cycling app is more effective. Over 13,000 positive reviews, a 4.9 star App Store rating.
     
    Adaptive Training from TrainerRoad uses machine learning and science-based coaching principles to continually assess your performance and intelligently adjust your training plan. It trains you as an individual and makes you a faster cyclist.
     
    Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3BasfTM 
    Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/3rF5Cnp 
     
    ABOUT THE ASK A CYCLING COACH PODCAST
    Ask a Cycling Coach podcast is a cycling and triathlon training podcast. Each week  USAC/USAT Level I certified coach Chad Timmerman, pro athletes, and other special guests answer your cycling and triathlon questions.
     
    Have a question for the podcast? Ask here: https://trainerroad.cc/34MIniq
     
    MORE PODCASTS FROM TRAINERROAD
    Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/34MGKkO 
    Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3HKPExQ 
     
    STAY IN TOUCH
    Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN
    TrainerRoad Forum: https://trainerroad.cc/3uHvLnE
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/
    Strava Club: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad
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    • 35 min
    Race Winning Plans, Recovery Weeks, Endurance vs. Race Bikes and More

    Race Winning Plans, Recovery Weeks, Endurance vs. Race Bikes and More

    Hannah Otto joins us to cover all that she’s learned from her racing so far this season, as well as a discussion on how to maximize the effect of recovery weeks, whether endurance bikes are actually slower than race bikes, and much more.
     
    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE
     
    (0:33) What Hannah has learned from her Spring 2022 race season
    (31:24) Amber and Hannah’s tips for racing to win
    (39:47) Unbound Gravel
    (52:30) How to get the most from recovery weeks
    (01:02:13) Practical tips on adjusting your training when “life happens”
    (01:16:30) Are endurance bikes slower than race bikes?
     
    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
    https://trainerroad.cc/3xbxbYf 
     
    TRY TRAINERROAD RISK FREE FOR 30 DAYS!
    TrainerRoad is the #1 cycling training app. No other cycling app is more effective. Over 13,000 positive reviews, a 4.9 star App Store rating.
     
    Adaptive Training from TrainerRoad uses machine learning and science-based coaching principles to continually assess your performance and intelligently adjust your training plan. It trains you as an individual and makes you a faster cyclist.
     
    Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3BasfTM 
    Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/3rF5Cnp 
     
    ABOUT THE ASK A CYCLING COACH PODCAST
    Ask a Cycling Coach podcast is a cycling and triathlon training podcast. Each week  USAC/USAT Level I certified coach Chad Timmerman, pro athletes, and other special guests answer your cycling and triathlon questions.
     
    Have a question for the podcast? Ask here: https://trainerroad.cc/34MIniq
     
    MORE PODCASTS FROM TRAINERROAD
    Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/34MGKkO 
    Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3HKPExQ 
     
    STAY IN TOUCH
    Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN
    TrainerRoad Forum: https://trainerroad.cc/3uHvLnE
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/
    Strava Club: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrainerRd
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/TrainerRoad

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Rest Intervals, Minimalist Training, Race Plans and More

    Rest Intervals, Minimalist Training, Race Plans and More

    Amber, Coach Chad, and Coach Jonathan cover how shortening or increasing the intensity of rest between intervals affects adaptations, what the least amount of training is that you can do to get faster or maintain fitness, Ambers tips for how to build a race plan, and more importantly, how to stick to it or adapt mid-race, and much more. Join us for Episode 365 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!
     
    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE
     
    (03:01) How long do rest intervals need to be?
    (29:23) How to build and follow a race plan?
    (01:19:04) Is there a minimum to how much you need to train?
    (01:36:05) How race strategy changes for stage racing
     
    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
    https://trainerroad.cc/3wFNr3y 
     
    TRY TRAINERROAD RISK FREE FOR 30 DAYS!
    TrainerRoad is the #1 cycling training app. No other cycling app is more effective. Over 13,000 positive reviews, a 4.9 star App Store rating.
     
    Adaptive Training from TrainerRoad uses machine learning and science-based coaching principles to continually assess your performance and intelligently adjust your training plan. It trains you as an individual and makes you a faster cyclist.
     
    Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3BasfTM 
    Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/3rF5Cnp 
     
    ABOUT THE ASK A CYCLING COACH PODCAST
    Ask a Cycling Coach podcast is a cycling and triathlon training podcast. Each week  USAC/USAT Level I certified coach Chad Timmerman, pro athletes, and other special guests answer your cycling and triathlon questions.
     
    Have a question for the podcast? Ask here: https://trainerroad.cc/34MIniq
     
    MORE PODCASTS FROM TRAINERROAD
    Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/34MGKkO 
    Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3HKPExQ 
     
    STAY IN TOUCH
    Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN
    TrainerRoad Forum: https://trainerroad.cc/3uHvLnE
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/
    Strava Club: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrainerRd
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/TrainerRoad

    • 1 hr 54 min

Customer Reviews

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3.2K Ratings

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Not only for cyclists!

I listen to the TR podcast while I’m in the car taking road trips, much, much better than bland music for the masses. My wife is a marathon runner and also benefits from hearing about nutrition, training intensity and rest and recovery.

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Should not be free

Listener for years now and this is hands down the best collection of cycling performance information out there. It should not be free haha. I am also a subscriber of TR and have increased my FTP by 50% over the past couple years on largely low volume plans and with an inconsistent schedule. It’s the real deal.

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Really great cycling talk

Not a subscriber (yet), but I love the podcast. I appreciate the longer format. We can always catch up later if it’s too long.

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