Ryan Kohler Fast Talk Podcast

Ryan Kohler

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He was formerly the sports nutritionist and manager of the Sports Performance Department at the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center.

Prior to that, he worked at the internationally renowned Boulder Center for Sports Medicine with Dr. Andy Pruitt and, before that, spent two years as manager of the BMC mountain bike development team. He also coached with USA Cycling’s junior MTB development program for eight years through regional, national, and international development camps and race camps.

Ryan has a passion for cycling and coaching, particularly in competitive mountain biking. He is a USA Cycling Level 1 coach and USA Cycling certified skills instructor.

Ryan holds a B.S. in exercise science, an M.S. in sports nutrition, and has been published in numerous scientific and popular media outlets. In addition to cycling, Ryan also enjoys telemark skiing and spending time with his wife and two sons.

Ryan appreciates most about sports science is how it gives the everyday athlete the same resources and expertise as elite athletes to be smarter about their training and achieve amazing results.

How to Plan Your Base Season

We discuss the nuances of base season planning, from the appropriate intensity distribution to the time it takes to produce gains from both aerobic and anaerobic work, and much more.

Forget Marginal Gains and Focus on the Fundamentals

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In an age when athletes often focus on the specifics, we address the importance of focusing on the fundamentals: training, recovery, and functioning gear—the things that will bring you the greatest return for your investment of time, sweat, and energy.

Q&A on Cross Training, Workout Complexity, and Pre-Race Nutrition

Ryan and Trevor tackle questions on how running can be used in the base season, recovery for time-crunched athletes, the complexity of workouts, pre-race meal planning, and much more.

Structured Workout: Pre-Race Warm-Up

Coaches Trevor Connor and Ryan Kohler discuss the science of a pre-race warm-up routine and demonstrate how Trevor prepares for time trials.

Coach’s Corner: How to Analyze the Power Duration Curve

Coaches Trevor Connor and Ryan Kohler analyze the Power Duration Curve in order to illustrate how you can train fatiguability.

The North Star: Setting Goals to Give You Direction, with Will Murray

Coach and author Will Murray joins Coach Ryan Kohler for a discussion of what makes a useful set of goals, how to develop them, the psychology of goals, and much more.

Structured Workout: 40/20 “On/Off” Intervals

These "on/off" style intervals will help you push top-end power and cardiovascular adaptations.

How to Create a Race-Day Sports Nutrition Plan, Part 3

Coaches Ryan Kohler and Trevor Connor discuss how to write out your nutrition plan, how to determine what nutrition will be available at aid stations, estimating nutrition needs between aid stations, and much more.

How to Improve Maximal Force Production on the Bike

Coach Ryan Kohler demonstrates ways to train maximal force production, or torque, on the bike.

How to Track the Long-Term Relationship Between Heart Rate and Power

Coach Ryan Kohler reviews season-to-season changes in heart rate/power distributions to illustrate improvements across the different energy systems.