How to Use Seasons for Year-Round Cycling Fitness

Cycling seasons are unique to every athlete. With Seasons, you can analyze your power PRs over custom time periods. Whether you want to compare growth over multiple years or multiple disciplines with one year, get more personal records and prove your training is working with Seasons.

For more on Performance Analytics check out our Ride Analysis YouTube Playlist.



What Are Seasons?

Tracking your personal power records over multiple timeframes provides a wealth of information that will make you a faster cyclist. Seasons allow you to compare PRs over any timeframe that you choose. You can create custom cycling seasons to focus on a specific discipline, a particular training phase, or even for a time of illness or time off the bike. Additionally, you can examine all of your past rides by importing ride data with Ride Sync.

We designed a PR chart to provide applicable data. The problem with most PR charts is that they don’t give you an accurate comparison. Because fitness is cyclical, you will be more fit at the end of a season than when it began. Additionally, calendar years don’t line up with cycling seasons. Custom Seasons offer a helpful way to measure PRs over any timeframe you wish. You can go a step further by using SeasonMatch to compare the progress in one season to the exact same point in another.

How do I Create Seasons

You can quickly add your seasons by clicking on “Manage Seasons” on the Personal Record page.

Then, create a name for your season, choose a start and stop date, and select “Save Season.”

Comparing Seasons

You can now use your season as part of the Personal Records chart to help analyze and compare your training progress. Let’s look at some examples.

2019 MTB & 2017 MTB

In this example, we are comparing two different MTB seasons and in different parts of a calendar year. The 2019 MTB season was from February to August, while the 2017 MTB season was from April to September. From the PR chart, we can see that the athlete has a 26w increase for 2:38.

2018/19 Road & 2017/18 Cyclocross

Here, we’re taking a look at a cyclocross season (August 2017 to January 2018) and an overlapping road season (December 2018 to June 2019). Looking at the data, you can see the transition in fitness from one discipline to another. They have dropped in short power, but have an increase in wattage in the 30-45 minute range. 

2018/19 Road & 2017/18 Cyclocross with SeasonMatch

These are the same seasons as the example above, but with SeasonMatch selected. We are comparing the exact same point in each season; 27 weeks. SeasonMatch compares where you are in your most current season to the same point in a previous Season.

More Ways to Use Seasons

We asked our athletes how they use Seasons. Here are a few ways they use Seasons to compare:

  • Different bikes 
  • Changes in bike fits
  • Power meters
  • The same event over multiple years by creating a one day season
  • Fitness during or after vacation, illness, or a stressful time in life. 

To learn more about PRs, check out Why You Should Measure Your Power PRs.

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First Race Expectations, Beating the Breakaway, Rest Week Diets and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 242

Setting expectations for the first race of the season, race tactics for when you miss the break, what to eat during a rest week and more is all covered in Episode 242 of The Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • Pete’s takeaways from The Coast Ride
  • Tips to find the best gravel bike for you
  • Setting expectations for the first race of the season
  • How to add aerobic rides for effective training
  • The power of taking notes during training
  • What should you eat during a rest week?
  • How to plan your outdoor workouts for the most benefit
  • Race tactics for when you miss the break
  • Nutrition planning tips for long events

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Off Season, Power Imbalances, Workout Fuel Timing and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 234

How to plan your offseason, fixing power imbalances, optimal timing for workout fuel and more are all covered in Episode 234 of The Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • How long should your off season be?
  • Why you should not immediately start a Build Phase after time off
  • Deep dive on how and when you should fuel your workouts
  • Is it bad to change position during VO2 max intervals?
  • What to do if you have a left / right power imbalance
  • Coach Chad’s tips on how to read while on the trainer
  • Entertainment options on the trainer
  • Do athletes need more cooling as they adapt to putting out more power?

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Training When Sick, Weight Gain to Build Power, Anemia and much more – Ask a Cycling Coach 232

Training while sick, gaining weight to increase power, how to modify training for athletes with anemia and much more will be discussed on Episode 232 of The Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • How to modify training for athletes with anemia
  • What indoor workouts suit rollers better than a trainer?
  • Healthy eating tips that the coaches use
  • Do lighter riders need to put on weight to increase power?
  • What do you lose by skipping recovery rides?
  • Should you still train when sick?
  • How does riding easy on downhills affect normalized power?

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Kona Special Interview – Nate Zarlengo – Ask a Cycling Coach 228

Nate Zarlengo is coming into Kona already having overcome a big obstacle. After so many hard hours training and preparing, hitting a car on his bike days before the race is the last thing he expected. Regardless, he is not going to let it slow him down. Tune in to hear Nate’s experience and his feelings going into IRONMAN World Championships.

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • Nate’s start in triathlon
  • Nate by the numbers
  • Managing work, travel, family, and triathlon
  • Nate’s nutrition strategy
  • Dealing with hitting a car days before the race
  • How Nate heat trained for Kona
  • Nate’s support team
  • Who will win Ironman World Champs this year?

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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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Sprinting, FTP Increase, Leadville Equipment and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 210

Clif Bar Racing’s Pete Morris will join us for a deep dive into the mechanics of a sprint, how much FTP increase you can expect in a year, equipment tips for the Leadville 100, how to regain motivation and more!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • Carson City Off-Road race analysis
  • Congrats to the Stans-Pivot Pro Team and Clif Bar Racing’s Nick Gibb!
  • Course recon tips
  • Triathlon relay tips
  • Low hanging “aero” fruit
  • How to train for a specific course
  • How to know your limits without power
  • What most people misunderstand about fueling rides
  • How to train for races that start hard
  • A deep dive on the mechanics of a sprint
  • Leadville equipment tips
  • How much FTP increase is normal in a year?
  • How to regain motivation

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Cape Epic, DOMS, Strategy with Sofía Gomez Villafañe – Ask a Cycling Coach 209

Special guest and 4x Argentine National Champion Sofía Gomez Villafañe of the Stans Pivot Pro Team joins us for a preview of Nate & Sofía’s Cape Epic plans, a deep dive into DOMS, race strategy and more!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • 4x Argentine National Champion, Sofía Gomez Villafañe
  • Outside workouts are live!
  • Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road Preview
  • Nate and Sofía’s Cape Epic plan
  • Strength training benchmarks
  • How to build an MTB race strategy
  • How to get better at sustained power
  • How to drop somebody that’s faster than you
  • Is muscle pain proportional to training load or quality?
  • A deep dive on DOMS
  • How to feel okay with celebrating
  • How to gain “free” speed

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Dominant Team Tactics, Pre-Workout Snacks, Understanding CTL & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 204

Join us for discussions on dominant team tactics, the best pre-workout snacks, a guide to understanding CTL and more!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • What to pay attention to when you pre-ride a course
  • Tire pressure: how low is too low?
  • Why you should start with lower pressure than you think
  • How to develop a Plan B race strategy
  • Pacing long climbs
  • A guide to understanding CTL
  • Why are you always out of breath climbing stairs?
  • Should you ride with a flat or rounded back?
  • Why you can put out power on climbs, but not flats
  • How to be fast on flat terrain
  • Should you eat beans before your next workout?
  • How to counter a dominant team

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Dominant Team Tactics, Pre-Workout Snacks, Understanding CTL & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 204

Join us for discussions on dominant team tactics, the best pre-workout snacks, a guide to understanding CTL and more!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • What to pay attention to when you pre-ride a course
  • Tire pressure: how low is too low?
  • Why you should start with lower pressure than you think
  • How to develop a Plan B race strategy
  • Pacing long climbs
  • A guide to understanding CTL
  • Why are you always out of breath climbing stairs?
  • Should you ride with a flat or rounded back?
  • Why you can put out power on climbs, but not flats
  • How to be fast on flat terrain
  • Should you eat beans before your next workout?
  • How to counter a dominant team

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Dominant Team Tactics, Pre-Workout Snacks, Understanding CTL & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 204

Join us for discussions on dominant team tactics, the best pre-workout snacks, a guide to understanding CTL and more!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • What to pay attention to when you pre-ride a course
  • Tire pressure: how low is too low?
  • Why you should start with lower pressure than you think
  • How to develop a Plan B race strategy
  • Pacing long climbs
  • A guide to understanding CTL
  • Why are you always out of breath climbing stairs?
  • Should you ride with a flat or rounded back?
  • Why you can put out power on climbs, but not flats
  • How to be fast on flat terrain
  • Should you eat beans before your next workout?
  • How to counter a dominant team

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Dominant Team Tactics, Pre-Workout Snacks, Understanding CTL & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 204

Join us for discussions on dominant team tactics, the best pre-workout snacks, a guide to understanding CTL and more!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • What to pay attention to when you pre-ride a course
  • Tire pressure: how low is too low?
  • Why you should start with lower pressure than you think
  • How to develop a Plan B race strategy
  • Pacing long climbs
  • A guide to understanding CTL
  • Why are you always out of breath climbing stairs?
  • Should you ride with a flat or rounded back?
  • Why you can put out power on climbs, but not flats
  • How to be fast on flat terrain
  • Should you eat beans before your next workout?
  • How to counter a dominant team

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Dominant Team Tactics, Pre-Workout Snacks, Understanding CTL & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 204

Join us for discussions on dominant team tactics, the best pre-workout snacks, a guide to understanding CTL and more!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • What to pay attention to when you pre-ride a course
  • Tire pressure: how low is too low?
  • Why you should start with lower pressure than you think
  • How to develop a Plan B race strategy
  • Pacing long climbs
  • A guide to understanding CTL
  • Why are you always out of breath climbing stairs?
  • Should you ride with a flat or rounded back?
  • Why you can put out power on climbs, but not flats
  • How to be fast on flat terrain
  • Should you eat beans before your next workout?
  • How to counter a dominant team

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Dominant Team Tactics, Pre-Workout Snacks, Understanding CTL & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 204

Join us for discussions on dominant team tactics, the best pre-workout snacks, a guide to understanding CTL and more!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • What to pay attention to when you pre-ride a course
  • Tire pressure: how low is too low?
  • Why you should start with lower pressure than you think
  • How to develop a Plan B race strategy
  • Pacing long climbs
  • A guide to understanding CTL
  • Why are you always out of breath climbing stairs?
  • Should you ride with a flat or rounded back?
  • Why you can put out power on climbs, but not flats
  • How to be fast on flat terrain
  • Should you eat beans before your next workout?
  • How to counter a dominant team

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Dominant Team Tactics, Pre-Workout Snacks, Understanding CTL & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 204

Join us for discussions on dominant team tactics, the best pre-workout snacks, a guide to understanding CTL and more!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • What to pay attention to when you pre-ride a course
  • Tire pressure: how low is too low?
  • Why you should start with lower pressure than you think
  • How to develop a Plan B race strategy
  • Pacing long climbs
  • A guide to understanding CTL
  • Why are you always out of breath climbing stairs?
  • Should you ride with a flat or rounded back?
  • Why you can put out power on climbs, but not flats
  • How to be fast on flat terrain
  • Should you eat beans before your next workout?
  • How to counter a dominant team

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Dominant Team Tactics, Pre-Workout Snacks, Understanding CTL & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 204

Join us for discussions on dominant team tactics, the best pre-workout snacks, a guide to understanding CTL and more!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • What to pay attention to when you pre-ride a course
  • Tire pressure: how low is too low?
  • Why you should start with lower pressure than you think
  • How to develop a Plan B race strategy
  • Pacing long climbs
  • A guide to understanding CTL
  • Why are you always out of breath climbing stairs?
  • Should you ride with a flat or rounded back?
  • Why you can put out power on climbs, but not flats
  • How to be fast on flat terrain
  • Should you eat beans before your next workout?
  • How to counter a dominant team

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Dominant Team Tactics, Pre-Workout Snacks, Understanding CTL & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 204

Join us for discussions on dominant team tactics, the best pre-workout snacks, a guide to understanding CTL and more!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • What to pay attention to when you pre-ride a course
  • Tire pressure: how low is too low?
  • Why you should start with lower pressure than you think
  • How to develop a Plan B race strategy
  • Pacing long climbs
  • A guide to understanding CTL
  • Why are you always out of breath climbing stairs?
  • Should you ride with a flat or rounded back?
  • Why you can put out power on climbs, but not flats
  • How to be fast on flat terrain
  • Should you eat beans before your next workout?
  • How to counter a dominant team

Subscribe to the Podcast

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Dominant Team Tactics, Pre-Workout Snacks, Understanding CTL & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 204

Join us for discussions on dominant team tactics, the best pre-workout snacks, a guide to understanding CTL and more!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • What to pay attention to when you pre-ride a course
  • Tire pressure: how low is too low?
  • Why you should start with lower pressure than you think
  • How to develop a Plan B race strategy
  • Pacing long climbs
  • A guide to understanding CTL
  • Why are you always out of breath climbing stairs?
  • Should you ride with a flat or rounded back?
  • Why you can put out power on climbs, but not flats
  • How to be fast on flat terrain
  • Should you eat beans before your next workout?
  • How to counter a dominant team

Subscribe to the Podcast

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Dominant Team Tactics, Pre-Workout Snacks, Understanding CTL & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 204

Join us for discussions on dominant team tactics, the best pre-workout snacks, a guide to understanding CTL and more!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • What to pay attention to when you pre-ride a course
  • Tire pressure: how low is too low?
  • Why you should start with lower pressure than you think
  • How to develop a Plan B race strategy
  • Pacing long climbs
  • A guide to understanding CTL
  • Why are you always out of breath climbing stairs?
  • Should you ride with a flat or rounded back?
  • Why you can put out power on climbs, but not flats
  • How to be fast on flat terrain
  • Should you eat beans before your next workout?
  • How to counter a dominant team

Subscribe to the Podcast

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Dominant Team Tactics, Pre-Workout Snacks, Understanding CTL & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 204

Join us for discussions on dominant team tactics, the best pre-workout snacks, a guide to understanding CTL and more!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • What to pay attention to when you pre-ride a course
  • Tire pressure: how low is too low?
  • Why you should start with lower pressure than you think
  • How to develop a Plan B race strategy
  • Pacing long climbs
  • A guide to understanding CTL
  • Why are you always out of breath climbing stairs?
  • Should you ride with a flat or rounded back?
  • Why you can put out power on climbs, but not flats
  • How to be fast on flat terrain
  • Should you eat beans before your next workout?
  • How to counter a dominant team

Subscribe to the Podcast

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