Kona Learnings, L-Carnitine’s effect on Performance, Tapers and much more – Ask a Cycling Coach 230

Join us live for Episode 230 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast where we’ll share what we learned at IRONMAN World Championships, the effect of L-Carnitine on endurance performance, how to alter your taper for specific races and much more.

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • Kona athletes recap from Ironman World Champs
  • Coach Jonathan’s experience of being hit by a car
  • Integrating standing in your TrainerRoad Workouts
  • The effect of L-Carnitine on endurance performance
  • How does a taper differ between types of races?
  • Should gravity racers train cardio differently than other cyclists?
  • Nutrition tips for enduro racers
  • How to keep your bottles from falling off the bike
  • Is cadence and precision important during recovery intervals?

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Kona Special Interview – Norman Banick – Ask a Cycling Coach 226

Norman Banick is a Kona veteran and a previous Ironman winner. This year he is using his experience with consistent training, nutrition, and equipment to be faster than ever. Tune in to learn from Norman’s experience as he prepares for IRONMAN World Championships.

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • What it feels like to win an IronMan
  • Can athletes be successful on a mid-volume plan?
  • How Norman started racing triathlons
  • Norman’s pre-race nutrition plan
  • Positioning and pacing for the swim
  • Norman’s equipment checklist
  • How Norman heat trained for Kona
  • Norman’s takeaways from his previous Ironman World Championship

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Kona Special Interview – Scott Byram – Ask a Cycling Coach 225

Scott Byram is coming to Kona for the first time, with a clear plan for his race. From punctures, to marginal gains and where to find the best pizza, he has it all figured out. Now, time to make it happen. Tune in to hear all Scott’s insights as he prepares for IRONMAN World Championships.

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • How Scott first got into triathlon
  • Balancing training, work, and sleep
  • Scott’s pre- race day nutrition plan
  • Dealing with mid-race punctures
  • What to expect going into the run
  • How Scott paces his run
  • Scott’s preferred post-race meal

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Kona Special Interview – Frida Hedman – Ask a Cycling Coach 224

Frida Hedman is a first time Kona qualifier and exemplifies the discipline that it takes to get there. Frida manages to balance her career, family life and triathlon by using efficient training methods to prepare for Kona all the way from Sweden. Tune in to learn from all of her hard work for IRONMAN World Championships.

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • How Frida started racing triathlons
  • Tips to improve on the swim
  • How Frida manages heavy training loads
  • Dealing with equipment changes before race day
  • How Frida heat trained for Kona from Sweden
  • Frida’s race day nutrition plan
  • How Frida paces the run

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