Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast - Presented by TrainerRoad

Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast - Presented by TrainerRoad

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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June 23, 2022 97 min

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!

 

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(7:08) Substrate util...

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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.

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(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 retur...

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Join us as we analyze Keegan Swenson’s and Alex Wild’s race performances at Unbound Gravel 2022.

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(1:04) Keegan’s race review

(19:00) Alex’s race review

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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.

 

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(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 mo...

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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!

 

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Power-to-weight ratios are a helpful indicator of performance potential, but they can wreak havoc on athlete’s expectations and mental state. Join us for a deep dive into why W/kg may not perfectly represent your potential, as well as discussions on the point of Specialty Phase training and how to use it, how to pace hilly ultra-endurance events and more!  

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(1:22) Maintaining traction on steep and l...

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What can you do to enter a parasympathetic state as quickly as possible post-training, and why is it so hard to achieve sometimes? We’ll cover this and how to build fitness that withstands and doles out attacks, if Epsom salt baths are beneficial for cyclists, and much more in Episode 363 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!

 

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(01:25) Do epsom salt baths help recovery?

(17:50) How to withstand attack...

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Amber, Ivy, and Nate join Coach Jonathan for a discussion on what coaches mean when they say “consistency”, why it matters, and how to prioritize it, how to break away from a strong field, why cyclists have tight hips and what to do about it and much more. Tune in now for Episode 362 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!

 

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(02:23) What is training consistency and why is it so important?

(23:13) How to...

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What is the best type of training to maintain fitness, how to match your nutrition plan to your event, and are complete rest days necessary? Join Coach Chad, Amber, Nate, and Jonathan for these discussions and much more!

 

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(04:07) What’s the best type of training to maintain fitness?

(27:05) How to match your nutrition plan to your event

(50:19) Do you need complete rest days?

(01:11:37) Are you shi...

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Coach Chad, Amber, Nate, and Jonathan discuss what causes high heart rate during training, the effect of altitude on tapering and the specialty phase of training, anaerobic work capacity and much more in Episode 360 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!

 

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(6:44) What causes high heart rate during training?

(24:29) Why tubeless tires are not fixing flats in road races and the hosts’ thoughts on Paris R...

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What effect does body hair have on evaporative cooling, how to find the minimum effective dose with heat training, should openers depend on your event type or your preferences, and much more in Episode 359 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!

 

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(01:52) How does body hair affect evaporative cooling?

(11:49) How to find the minimum effective dose with heat training?

(26:54) Should openers vary dependin...

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Is BFR training your missing piece to getting faster? Coach Chad, Amber, and Jonathan cover this along with pedaling technique, whether cold weather causes cramps, and much more in Episode 358 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!

 

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(03:37) Does blood flow restriction (BFR) training make you faster?

(57:15) Intermission: Host Challenges/Events Discussion

01:06:04 How to appropriately mix carbs, electr...

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Ivy and Nate join Coach Jonathan for multiple questions on nutrition that will give you actionable tips for big improvements, as well as discussions on multi-day event pacing, race anxiety, and new possible podcast host events and challenges!

 

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(5:30) Dropper posts and other innovations in bike racing

(21:20) How to manage pre-race anxiety

(47:55) How to pace yourself during multi-day rides and stag...

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Amber Pierce and Alex Wild join Coach Jonathan for a guide on how to crush long climbs, sleep’s effect on training adaptations, and whether it matters if you train at a specific time of day with consistency. Tune in and share this episode with your friends!

 

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(4:25) Does training time consistency matter?

(22:17) Pacing marathon MTB and gravel courses like the Tahoe Trail 100

(46:33) Rapid Fire Quest...

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Hannah Otto, Coach Chad, Ivy, and Jonathan discuss the point of anaerobic training and how strength training affects it, why different people need to warm up differently and guidance for your next warmup, how to use both indoor and outdoor training to get faster and much more. Tune in now to Episode 355 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!

 

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(01:14) What happens to our body during a warmup?

Why do diff...

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Amber, Ivy, and Coach Jonathan discuss what HRV is, how it’s used in endurance sports, what it means if your HRV is low or high, what your HRV should be, the objective of threshold training and pro tips on how to get better at it, how to have productive conversations on sensitive nutrition issues with endurance athletes and much more. Join us live on YouTube for Episode 354 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast and share this episode ...

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Amber, Coach Jonathan, and Pivot Cycles / DT Swiss’s Hanna Otto join us for a discussion on whether amateurs should train like pros, the crossover effects of aerobic and anaerobic training in different zones, tips from Hannah on technique and equipment choice, and much more. Tune in for Episode 353 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!

 

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(0:57) What Hannah learned from her first UCI XC races of the se...

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Coach Chad, Amber, Nate, and Jonathan take a deep dive into stretching, if it makes you faster, how you should do it, and more in Episode 352 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast. Tune in for this and discussions on heat training, bodyweight vs. weighted strength training and much more!

 

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19:49 Deep Dive on Stretching

01:27:49 How to heat train at various budgets

1:37:45 How to drink and eat during in...

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Santa Cruz’s Keegan Swenson, Amber Pierce, and Ivy Audrain join Coach Jonathan for a discussion on what they do to maintain consistency, how to manage expectations after disappointing early season races, what to do if you’ve experienced a lot of improvement in the Base Phase, Keegan’s plans for the course record at Epic Rides’ 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo and much more!

 

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1:50 What has changed about K...

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Amber, Ivy, and Nate join Coach Jonathan for discussions on rider type discovery and development, as well as riding the line between functional and non-functional overreaching. Listen now for these discussions and much more!

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0:00 Welcome! 

01:37 No more testing! AI FTP Detection is available now

41:57 Functional vs. non-functional overreaching

01:07:12 Discovering and developing rider type

01:14:04 ...

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