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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.




Ask a Cycling Coach: 116 – 3 types of motivation, how long does fitness last, beginner crits & more

• Join us and author Matt Fitzgerald in person for a live podcast recording! Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Rapha Cycle Club in San Francisco, CA! • XC MTB suspension setup guide • What motivates you to race? • How to use your off-season wisely • How long does fitness last? • Should you use a full suspension MTB on the trainer? • Which pedals should you get? • How to win a crit for first-time riders

Duration: 01:27:43

Ask a Cycling Coach: 115 – More carbs = more speed, cold weather tips, power data from the pros

• Join us and author Matt Fitzgerald in person for a live podcast recording! Saturday, November 4, 2017, @ Rapha Cycle Club in San Francisco, CA • How more carbohydrate actually improves performance • Updated mobile apps! • Depleted glycogen stores vs. skipping breakfast • What it takes to win Park City Point 2 Point (beat the best XC racers in the country) • Can CX training replace Base training? • Is cold training as important/beneficial as heat training? • Gear and strategies for cold...

Duration: 01:13:12

Ask a Cycling Coach: 114 – How much racing is too much, rest intervals, crossfit & more

- Join us and author Matt Fitzgerald in person for a live podcast recording! Saturday, November 4, 2017, @ Rapha Cycle Club in San Francisco, CA - Nate's new MTB - "Park City Point 2 Point" MTB race - New cyclocross plans! - How to fix shifting problems on a smart trainer - Is precision during rest intervals important? - Can you do too many or too few races in a season? - Cyclocross in the Crossfit games!?

Duration: 01:08:24

Ask a Cycling Coach: 113 – Different FTPs, bike fits, visualization and more!

• Live podcast recording at Rapha Cycle Club in San Francisco Nov. 4! • Why Breck Epic is one of the hardest races in the world • Nate's new approach to nutrition • Should you have different FTPs for different circumstances? • How focus and motivation can improve your performance • Is visualization damaging or enabling? • How to know if your helmet is ruined • How bike fits work and how to pick the best one • Do sugar coated pills hurt fasted training?

Duration: 00:55:27

Ask a Cycling Coach: 112 – Transitioning to CX season, trainer maintenance, brick workouts & more

• How to transition to cyclocross season • The effects of humidity on heat training? • Could the Trek Domane be a gravel bike? • Should you maintain your smart trainer? • Can you skip base training if you are fat adapted? • Can you shortcut to peak fitness if a race schedule changes? • Tips for endurance mountain bike racing • Can you use ERG mode during an FTP test? • How to make yourself a sprinter • Are brick workouts really worth it?

Duration: 00:56:10

Ask a Cycling Coach: 111 – Singletrack 6 - Recap

The dust has settled and Coach Chad, Jonathan, and Nate chop up Singletrack 6. In the final episode in this series, the guys discuss their experiences and analyze how their preparation stacked up against such a challenging event. Topics covered in this episode: - How to travel to a race on a budget - The effects of a concussion - How to recover from a concussion - Ideal bike setups for cross country racing - What is the best bike for technical XC racing - How to decide between a hardtail...

Duration: 00:44:03

Ask a Cycling Coach: 110 – Singletrack 6 - Stage 5

Stage 5 of Singletrack 6 took an unexpected turn. Tune into this super quick episode to see what we learned. Topics covered in this episode: – Maintaining focus even when the trail is easy – Why you should never feel ashamed of walking a technical section

Duration: 00:12:51

Ask a Cycling Coach: 109 – Singletrack 6 - Stage 4

The Queen Stage is in the books! Only two stages left of Singletrack 6, but does Jonathan have two stages left in him? Topics covered in this episode: • Using a power meter for mountain bike racing • How to deal with blisters on your hands from mountain biking • Why you are getting flat tires • Using the experience of smart trainer on the trail • The aggressive demands of an XC Stage race • How to know when to back off and let a group go • Trusting your strengths on race day • Stage 5 preview

Duration: 00:34:21

Ask a Cycling Coach: 108 – Singletrack 6 - Stage 3

Stage 3 was the highest stage yet and nearly 100% singletrack, and Coach Chad is back! Topics covered in this episode: • Big pre-race breakfast or constant snacking: which is best? • Pacing in a fast group • How to adjust your race strategy for a bad start position • Things to consider when receiving info about a course • How to manage fear in a race • Avoiding flat tires in rocky terrain • How to know when to back off and let a group go • Trusting your strengths on race day • Stage 4 preview

Duration: 00:43:47

Ask a Cycling Coach: 107 – Singletrack 6 - Stage 2

Stage 2 started hard and remained technical throughout with plenty of riders being caught out by rugged terrain and technical climbs. Topics covered in this episode: • How to manage a hard start in a race • Dealing with dusty conditions • Regrouping after a mid-race setback • How to carry momentum in technical terrain • How to pass and get passed on singletrack • A trick to help you gain time on climbs • How to provide good rider support • Chad's plan for cramp management • Stage 3 preview

Duration: 00:32:26

Ask a Cycling Coach: 106 – Singletrack 6 - Stage 1

Stage 1 is done & dusted, and it left its mark with some serious shake-ups moving forward. Topics covered in this episode: - How not to start a race - Is pushing hard for position early in a race really worth it? - Making steep climbs manageable - Things to remember in technical descents - How did Nate's tire choice end up? - How to tackle steep and loose descents - How to change your mental state mid-race - The host's nutrition strategies - Managing cramps, and how to avoid them - Stage 2...

Duration: 00:53:09

Ask a Cycling Coach: 105 – Singletrack 6 - Race preview, stage race prep & more

- Upcoming daily podcasts! - How training for a technical MTB race is different - How to overcome fear on a mountain bike - Different ways to taper for a race - The best way to fly with your bicycle - How to plan transportation for your stage races - How to recon a foreign route from afar - What tires should you pick for Singletrack 6 or a technical MTB race - How to know if you should carry a hydration pack or not – What are tire plug kits? - Conditions you should monitor for a stage race...

Duration: 01:22:12

Ask a Cycling Coach: 104 – How to read a race, get upgrade points, and how to build bike skill

• Why maple syrup could be good mid-ride fuel • Pacing a mountain bike TT • How to manage performance on a hot day • Why even XC riders should go ride lifts at a bike park • How to fit training into a busy vacation • The UCI tire width rule that you need to know about • Are night lights keeping you from recovering? • Should you train during high ozone warnings? • Are goosebumps a bad sign when training? • The daily schedules of Nate, Chad and Jonathan • The pros and cons of racing in...

Duration: 01:06:44

Ask a Cycling Coach: 103 – How to Get Faster with Heat Training

Take a deep dive into heat training to learn how it can make you a faster cyclist in hot and cool conditions. - How much does heat affect cycling performance? - What temperature is ideal for heat training? - How to control the temperature of your training environment - Is it better to heat train in humid or dry environments? - How sweating cools your body and how to increase your sweat rate - Should you train at a lower intensity in the heat? - How heat training improves performance - Can...

Duration: 00:59:56

Ask a Cycling Coach: 102 – How to get faster watching The Tour, why fit people burn more calories

• Why do you want to eat more during rest days or weeks? • Should recovery rides feel hard? • Why are you not good at long climbs? • Bike setup, pacing and technique to make you a faster climber • What is the best way to increase short power? • Is peak power what matters most in a sprint? • Omniums vs. stage races • Omnium strategy • How to fuel during a stage race • Does needing to get out of the saddle mean your workout is too hard? • When is it okay to sprint in the saddle? • How to...

Duration: 00:56:44

Ask a Cycling Coach: 101 – Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road – Race recap, heat management & more

• Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road recap • How to pace a long MTB race • How to save energy in a mountain bike race • The effects of extreme heat on human performance • How to rebound from overheating • Hydration strategies with aid stations • How to avoid cramps on the bike

Duration: 01:05:33

Ask a Cycling Coach: 100 – Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road – Race prep, course recon & more

• Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road course preview • How to prioritize races • How to set a time goal for an MTB race • What to know before you pre-ride a course • When should you time your course recon? • What is "sessioning" and how to use it • How to find good lines through a turn or obstacle • Is carb loading effective? • How to fuel before a race • How to stay positive during a tricky course recon

Duration: 01:02:48

Ask a Cycling Coach: 99– Shortcuts to fitness, sleep hacks and how elevation really affects you

• Will taking 3 days off in a row hurt your fitness? • Can you fit two weeks worth of training into one? • Why you can't complete long intervals • Sleep hacks • How much does elevation really affect you? • Can you take a week off between training phases? • Does your training improve with a more expensive trainer? • How to treat saddle soreness • What is the difference between saddle sores and saddle soreness

Duration: 00:58:35

Ask a Cycling Coach: 98 – TrainerRoad Podcast – Lost & Found Gravel Grinder Recap

• What to know before you race the Lost & Found Gravel Grinder • Should you warm up before a gravel race? • How to know if positioning is key for your race • How to improve your positioning quickly • What bike should you use for gravel racing? • Accessories and tools to carry in a gravel race • How to pace a gravel race that starts with hard climbs • What tires are best for gravel racing? • How much pressure to run in your tires for gravel racing • Are dropper posts valuable in gravel...

Duration: 01:08:15

Ask a Cycling Coach: 97 – TrainerRoad Podcast

• What Coach Chad learned from his trip to The Giro • What Nate has learned about geometry and bike setup • How to build corner speed • How to pace an XC race • Lost & Found Gravel Grinder preview • What to carry with you during a gravel race • Best bike setup for a technical gravel course • The coach's strategies for race day • Nate's calorie counting tips

Duration: 01:13:35

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