By Fred Matheny Unless you live in temperate climes where winter means slipping on a sweater in the cool of the evening, you probably equate off-season training with cold weather. Sure, you can retreat to the trainer and Zwift or the weight room to escape the arctic blasts. But what fun is that? Cycling is an outdoor sport. Even at its January worst, cold weather … [Read more...] about Bicycling in the Winter: Whipping Cold Weather
by Fred Matheny Here's the concept of this article in a nutshell: Forget heart monitors or power meters. Go flat out when riding intervals up to 5 minutes long. Coach Dean Golich is not only infamous for his block training, but has also preached a heretical approach to doing intervals. In the past, he has counseled his riders to ignore the usual methods of gauging … [Read more...] about How Hard Should Your Intervals Be?
by Fred Matheny I live in arid western Colorado, so riding in the rain isn’t a common experience. I rarely face the challenge of bicycling on slick roads. (Sometimes the roads are slippery from a passing cattle drive, but that’s a different story!) … [Read more...] about Braking and Cornering on Wet Roads
How to Reduce the Straining & Use Wind for Training By Fred Matheny To many cyclists, wind is the enemy. We grimace when flags whip, stoplights sway above intersections and litter blows in whirlwinds around street corners. A windy weather forecast can scuttle a whole weekend’s riding plans. It’s not just the thought of groveling into a headwind that makes us opt … [Read more...] about Win Against Wind: A Guide to Cycling in Windy Conditions
by Fred Matheny “If only I had more time to train, I’d be in super shape.” Ever overhear that comment on the club ride? I bet you have. You may have even said it yourself. It ranks way ahead of other cycling “if only’s”—wishes for more power, a faster sprint, or a lighter bike. Give me 20 hours a week on the bike, we fantasize, and Sagan would be in trouble. Sorry. … [Read more...] about Training for Cyclists with Limited Time