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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 certified coaches, pro athletes, 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 certified coaches, pro athletes, and other special guests.

    How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off with Dr. Kyle Pfaffenbach – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 463

    How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off with Dr. Kyle Pfaffenbach – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 463

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    (0:00:00) Caloric Needs and Body Composition Management

    (0:00:33) Viewer Question on how to lose weight and keep it off

    (0:03:37) The Energy Availability approach explained

    (0:23:32) Kyle’s take on diets

    (0:32:00) The Menstrual Cycle and gender roles in dieting

    (0:38:27) The challenges of nutrition studies

    (0:39:16) Why gradual weight loss is best and how to do it

    (0:43:38) The importance of consistency in diet

    (0:49:47) Ideal protein, fat, and carbohydrate intake for cyclists

    (0:56:55) Kyle’s protein balance perspective

    (1:01:45) The importance of consistency in your training

    (1:03:56) TrainerRoad’s groundbreaking new feature

    (1:05:05) How sleep deprivation nullifies training

    (1:11:55) How to learn from disappointing results



    // RESOURCES MENTIONED

    - Science-Backed Nutrition Strategy for Cyclists https://youtu.be/z2HXE1-il_Q 



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    - Watch our latest Cycling Science Explained video now! https://youtu.be/z2HXE1-il_Q 

    - TrainerRoad on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/

    - TrainerRoad Forum: https://trainerroad.cc/3uHvLnE

    - TrainerRoad on Strava: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad

    - TrainerRoad on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrainerRd

    - TrainerRoad on X: https://www.x.com/TrainerRoad 

    - Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3LBb5Ur

    - Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/35Tqtea 

    - Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3JmKrN5

    - Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3LpuIhP

    - Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN

    • 2 hr 36 min
    Overtraining vs. Overreaching, Fatigue, Collagen, and More – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 462

    Overtraining vs. Overreaching, Fatigue, Collagen, and More – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 462

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    (0:00) Welcome!

    (2:53) Hannah’s recovery strategies for stage races

    (5:28) Nutrition that helps you recover between races

    (18:42) Is the pro peloton behind the curve with nutrition?

    (23:23) What Hannah learned from racing the Mediterranean Epic

    (33:17) New Triathlon plans including Masters Plans!

    (37:15) Big Update:Red Light Green Light is in Early Access!

    (56:24) Overreaching vs. Overtraining

    (1:06:52) Avoiding fatigue with strength training

    (1:20:14) Could collagen actually make you faster??



    // RESOURCES MENTIONED

    - Enable Red Light Green Light here: https://www.trainerroad.com/app/profile/early-access 

    - Mediterranean Epic Results: https://sportmaniacs.com/en/races/mediterranean-epic-mtb-2024

    - New Triathlon Plans: https://www.trainerroad.com/forum/t/announcing-masters-triathlon-plans/90889

    - Red Light Green Light Early Access: https://www.trainerroad.com/forum/t/red-light-green-light-is-available-in-early-access/90933

    - Hydrolyzed Collagen Supplementation on Lower Body Stiffness in Recreational Triathletes, Nunez-Lisboa et al., 2021: https://trainerroad.cc/Lisboa2021 

    - Influence of specific collagen peptides and 12-week concurrent training on recovery-related biomechanical characteristics following exercise-induced muscle damage—A randomized controlled trial, Bischof et al., 2023: https://trainerroad.cc/Bischof2023 



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    // HELPFUL LINKS

    - Have a question for the podcast? Ask here: https://trainerroad.cc/3HTFXNi

    - Watch our latest Cycling Science Explained video now! https://youtu.be/z2HXE1-il_Q 

    - TrainerRoad on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/

    - TrainerRoad Forum: https://trainerroad.cc/3uHvLnE

    - TrainerRoad on Strava: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad

    - TrainerRoad on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrainerRd

    - TrainerRoad on X: https://www.x.com/TrainerRoad 

    - Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3LBb5Ur

    - Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/35Tqtea 

    - Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3JmKrN5

    - Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3LpuIhP

    - Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Pro Tips, Fatigue Management, Sweat Loss, and More with Alex Wild – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 461

    Pro Tips, Fatigue Management, Sweat Loss, and More with Alex Wild – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 461

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    (0:00) Welcome!

    (7:57) How to deal with bad start positions

    (13:48) Balancing a career with pro racing

    (19:33) What causes “bad days” on the bike?

    (22:33) Do pros take time-off mid-season?

    (29:27) How to decide when to pace yourself or not

    (34:05) Managing a disappointing race result

    (39:13) Late-season fatigue management

    (40:50) How to figure out how much sweat you lose

    (46:15) Why weighing yourself after training isn’t a good sweat test

    (47:11) Alex’s nutrition strategy

    (49:14) Bike setup tips for the Epic World Cup



    // RESOURCES MENTIONED

    - Alex’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexwildmtb



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    // HELPFUL LINKS

    - Have a question for the podcast? Ask here: https://trainerroad.cc/3HTFXNi

    - Watch our latest Cycling Science Explained video now! https://youtu.be/z2HXE1-il_Q 

    - TrainerRoad on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/

    - TrainerRoad Forum: https://trainerroad.cc/3uHvLnE

    - TrainerRoad on Strava: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad

    - TrainerRoad on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrainerRd

    - TrainerRoad on X: https://www.x.com/TrainerRoad 

    - Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3LBb5Ur

    - Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/35Tqtea 

    - Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3JmKrN5

    - Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3LpuIhP

    - Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN

    • 58 min
    Mental Health and Performance, Gravel vs. XC, and More with Haley Smith – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 460

    Mental Health and Performance, Gravel vs. XC, and More with Haley Smith – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 460

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    // TOPICS COVERED

    (0:00) Welcome!

    (01:34) ​​What is Orthorexia?

    (04:08) What is the difference between disordered eating and an eating disorder?

    (06:47) How is training for gravel different from XCO

    (22:26) The biggest change Haley has made to her training since going to gravel

    (33:33) Suggestions for keeping training fun for kids and your friends

    (47:02) How to manage the weight of expectations from previous results



    // RESOURCES MENTIONED

    - Haley’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/haleyhuntersmith/ 



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    https://trainerroad.cc/GetFaster TrainerRoad is the #1 cycling training app. No other cycling app is more effective. Over 17,000 positive reviews, a 4.9 star App Store rating.



    // HELPFUL LINKS

    - Have a question for the podcast? Ask here: https://trainerroad.cc/3HTFXNi

    - Watch our latest Cycling Science Explained video now! https://youtu.be/z2HXE1-il_Q 

    - TrainerRoad on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/

    - TrainerRoad Forum: https://trainerroad.cc/3uHvLnE

    - TrainerRoad on Strava: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad

    - TrainerRoad on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrainerRd

    - TrainerRoad on X: https://www.x.com/TrainerRoad 

    - Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3LBb5Ur

    - Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/35Tqtea 

    - Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3JmKrN5

    - Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3LpuIhP

    - Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN

    • 59 min
    Sleep Deprivation, How Pro Cyclists Train, Perfectionism, Fat vs. Carbs vs. Lactate – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 459

    Sleep Deprivation, How Pro Cyclists Train, Perfectionism, Fat vs. Carbs vs. Lactate – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 459

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    // TOPICS COVERED

    (00:00) Welcome!

    (02:22) Sleep deprivation’s effect on performance

    (31:25) Red Light Green Light Progress

    (43:17) How Pro Cyclists Train

    (01:09:03) How to manage perfectionism

    (01:30:53) Why are top pros burning more carbs?



    // RESOURCES MENTIONED

    - The role of perfectionism in predicting athlete burnout, training distress, and sports performance: A short-term and long-term longitudinal perspective https://trainerroad.cc/Květon2021 

    - Sleep Deprivation TikTok: https://trainerroad.cc/thatsleepdoc 

    - Relationships between training dose and record power outputs in professional road cyclists: insights and threats to validity  https://trainerroad.cc/Galloetal2023 

    - The Impact of Sleep Duration on Performance Among Competitive Athletes: A Systematic Literature Review https://trainerroad.cc/Kirschen2018 

    - Aitor Viribay Morales’ Tweet Thread: https://trainerroad.cc/AitorViribayMorales 

    - The Norwegian Method: Episode 3: https://trainerroad.cc/NorwegianMethodEp3 



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    https://trainerroad.cc/GetFaster TrainerRoad is the #1 cycling training app. No other cycling app is more effective. Over 17,000 positive reviews, a 4.9 star App Store rating.



    // HELPFUL LINKS

    - Have a question for the podcast? Ask here: https://trainerroad.cc/3HTFXNi

    - Watch our latest Cycling Science Explained video now! https://youtu.be/z2HXE1-il_Q 

    - TrainerRoad on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/

    - TrainerRoad Forum: https://trainerroad.cc/3uHvLnE

    - TrainerRoad on Strava: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad

    - TrainerRoad on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrainerRd

    - TrainerRoad on X: https://www.x.com/TrainerRoad 

    - Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3LBb5Ur

    - Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/35Tqtea 

    - Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3JmKrN5

    - Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3LpuIhP- Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Late Night Workouts: Scientific Deep Dive w/Dr. Kyle Pfaffenbach – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 458

    Late Night Workouts: Scientific Deep Dive w/Dr. Kyle Pfaffenbach – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 458

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    // TOPICS COVERED

    (00:00) Welcome!

    (00:05) Meet Dr. Kyle Pfaffenbach

    (01:09) Addressing Late-Night Training Challenges

    (02:53) Aligning Training with Body Clock

    (5:31) Melatonin supplementation’s effect on our bodies

    (27:14) Effects of carbs and protein on sleep and training

    (43:41) Recovery drink misconceptions

    (44:29) Macros and calories: How to

    (57:00) Do carbs cause obesity and cancer?

    (1:15:55) Are high fructose drinks bad for you?



    // RESOURCES MENTIONED

    - Kyle’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kylepfaffenbach

    - Eastern Oregon University: https://www.eou.edu/ 

    - Brooks Beasts: https://www.instagram.com/brooksbeaststc 

    - Lumos Tech: https://lumos.tech/ 



    // TRY TRAINERROAD RISK FREE FOR 30 DAYS!

    https://trainerroad.cc/GetFaster TrainerRoad is the #1 cycling training app. No other cycling app is more effective. Over 17,000 positive reviews, a 4.9 star App Store rating.



    // HELPFUL LINKS

    - Have a question for the podcast? Ask here: https://trainerroad.cc/3HTFXNi

    - Watch our latest Cycling Science Explained video now! https://youtu.be/z2HXE1-il_Q 

    - TrainerRoad on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/

    - TrainerRoad Forum: https://trainerroad.cc/3uHvLnE

    - TrainerRoad on Strava: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad

    - TrainerRoad on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrainerRd

    - TrainerRoad on X: https://www.x.com/TrainerRoad 

    - Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3LBb5Ur

    - Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/35Tqtea 

    - Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3JmKrN5

    - Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3LpuIhP

    - Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN

    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

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3.5K Ratings

3.5K Ratings

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Casual Cyclist Excited to do more

This podcast has been a great stepping stone to move from a casual pedal pusher to someone training for performance. From nutrition, training, gear, technique, and more, the TR crew is always entertaining and informative.

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I’m new to cycling and I love this show!

This show is fantastic for me as a newb, not because it’s easily digestible for newbs, but that it reaches many depths that demonstrate how complex this hobby/lifestyle is. Jonathan does such a great job of making any data, stories, anecdotes, and discussion relevant to riders of all experiences. It shows that they know who their audience is. They recently did an episode on nutrition (ep 458, released ~Jan 18, 2024) that was about the most informative thing I’ve ever listened to. It helped to clear up so much. That episode, and the one following it (459) really show how passionate these guys are about cycling. Inspirational. I’ve been listening for 8 months now and I’ve felt the same positive feelings about a lot of the shows, a handful of which I’ve listened to multiple times, which I can’t say I do that regularly with any other podcast, or any form of media in general.

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Great podcast. Love the positive tone. Keep it up!

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