Hot Weather Tips, Rest Weeks, Aero Field Testing & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 205

Hot weather training and racing tips, why you might not need rest weeks, tips for aerodynamic field testing and more, all covered in this week’s episode of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast. Join us live this Thursday at 8:00am Pacific!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • How to beat hot weather
  • Why you may not actually need rest weeks
  • Are hiking and stair running good cross training
  • How to balance training with pregnancy
  • How long can you ride in the Sweet Spot zone?
  • How the digestive system reacts to a race
  • Tips for riders with small hands
  • Tips for aerodynamic field testing
  • How to pin your race number

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Hot Weather Tips, Rest Weeks, Aero Field Testing & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 205

Hot weather training and racing tips, why you might not need rest weeks, tips for aerodynamic field testing and more, all covered in this week’s episode of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast. Join us live this Thursday at 8:00am Pacific!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • How to beat hot weather
  • Why you may not actually need rest weeks
  • Are hiking and stair running good cross training
  • How to balance training with pregnancy
  • How long can you ride in the Sweet Spot zone?
  • How the digestive system reacts to a race
  • Tips for riders with small hands
  • Tips for aerodynamic field testing
  • How to pin your race number

Subscribe to the Podcast

For more cycling training knowledge, listen to the Ask a Cycling Coach — the only podcast dedicated to making you a faster cyclist. New episodes are released weekly.


Full Transcription of Podcast

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Hot Weather Tips, Rest Weeks, Aero Field Testing & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 205

Hot weather training and racing tips, why you might not need rest weeks, tips for aerodynamic field testing and more, all covered in this week’s episode of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast. Join us live this Thursday at 8:00am Pacific!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • How to beat hot weather
  • Why you may not actually need rest weeks
  • Are hiking and stair running good cross training
  • How to balance training with pregnancy
  • How long can you ride in the Sweet Spot zone?
  • How the digestive system reacts to a race
  • Tips for riders with small hands
  • Tips for aerodynamic field testing
  • How to pin your race number

Subscribe to the Podcast

For more cycling training knowledge, listen to the Ask a Cycling Coach — the only podcast dedicated to making you a faster cyclist. New episodes are released weekly.


Full Transcription of Podcast

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Hot Weather Tips, Rest Weeks, Aero Field Testing & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 205

Hot weather training and racing tips, why you might not need rest weeks, tips for aerodynamic field testing and more, all covered in this week’s episode of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast. Join us live this Thursday at 8:00am Pacific!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • How to beat hot weather
  • Why you may not actually need rest weeks
  • Are hiking and stair running good cross training
  • How to balance training with pregnancy
  • How long can you ride in the Sweet Spot zone?
  • How the digestive system reacts to a race
  • Tips for riders with small hands
  • Tips for aerodynamic field testing
  • How to pin your race number

Subscribe to the Podcast

For more cycling training knowledge, listen to the Ask a Cycling Coach — the only podcast dedicated to making you a faster cyclist. New episodes are released weekly.


Full Transcription of Podcast

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Hot Weather Tips, Rest Weeks, Aero Field Testing & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 205

Hot weather training and racing tips, why you might not need rest weeks, tips for aerodynamic field testing and more, all covered in this week’s episode of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast. Join us live this Thursday at 8:00am Pacific!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • How to beat hot weather
  • Why you may not actually need rest weeks
  • Are hiking and stair running good cross training
  • How to balance training with pregnancy
  • How long can you ride in the Sweet Spot zone?
  • How the digestive system reacts to a race
  • Tips for riders with small hands
  • Tips for aerodynamic field testing
  • How to pin your race number

Subscribe to the Podcast

For more cycling training knowledge, listen to the Ask a Cycling Coach — the only podcast dedicated to making you a faster cyclist. New episodes are released weekly.


Full Transcription of Podcast

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Weight and VO2 Max, Why Interval Order Matters, Training Camps and More – Ask a Cycling a Coach 189

Join us for Episode 189 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast! We’ll cover how weight gain affects VO2 Max, why the order of the intervals in your workout matters, a comprehensive guide to training camps, and much more!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.





Topics covered in this episode

  • How to understand aero savings
  • Which bike is best? aero vs. climbing
  • What is the best type of bike racing for beginners?
  • What to do when you miss a workout
  • Why century training is easier than you think
  • Does running build cycling fitness?
  • How to find local races
  • Is there a benefit to racing while completely fatigued?
  • How does weight affect VO2 Max?
  • Does the order of your intervals matter?
  • The best training plan for Leadville
  • A big announcement from Coach Jonathan
  • How to incorporate a training camp into your training plan
  • What we’ve learned from training camps

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Aero Deep Dive in The Specialized Win Tunnel – Ask a Cycling a Coach 188

Gain 50 watts in a single day!? We went to the Specialized Win Tunnel to find out how to get faster. Episode 188 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast is live!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.



Topics covered in this episode

  • What’s so special about the Specialized Win-Tunnel?
  • Are aerodynamics important?
  • Pros vs Joes with equipment and performance
  •  How does going into the drops effect aerodynamics?
  •  Does bar length matter?
  •  How to shift your head to gain watts
  •  Why do some riders create a better drafts than others?
  •  Does sitting up with a tail wind help?
  •  Does optimizing aerodynamics make a difference on the draft?
  •  When do you not want to wear an aero road helmet?
  •  How to choose a bike based on your strengths
  •  Glasses and Beards – do they cause more drag?
  •  Head position on a road bike
  •  Does lateral movement decrease aerodynamics?
  •  Why are shaved legs faster?
  •  Why is the UCI beginning to crack down on sock length?
  •  Skin suit vs. skin tight race kit
  •  The evolution of wheel design
  •  Why aren’t mountain bikes aero?
  •  Does Nate’s “Franken Bike” make sense for gravel racing?
  •  Do downhill and enduro athletes benefit from aerodynamics?
  •  What effects do number plates have on aerodynamics?
  •  Aero bars vs. round bars
  •  Are hydration packs beneficial?
  •  Does Jonathan actually have a world class CdA?
  •  Do the UCI rules cause frustration for product engineers?

Links Mentioned in this episode


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