By Coach Fred Matheny How do you increase the amount of power you have available, especially as you age? Of course, training is the key to increasing power. Many dedicated cyclists use power meters to accurately record their wattage output during interval training. Then they use sophisticated software to help them analyze the results and plan subsequent workouts. … [Read more...] about Why Weight Training Is Vital for Aging Cyclists
Question: I am a new rider primarily interested in fitness. I got my bike in June and began to ride seriously in July, four days a week, about 30 minutes per ride. I average around 90% of max heart rate. I'm totally spent when I get back home. Should I continue to ride this hard to get the most from my training time? -- Bill P. … [Read more...] about Should I Ride Hard All the Time?
Question: I'm a doctor, often working 12-hour days and on call some weekends. I rode some centuries last season but was undertrained. How can I get the most benefit out of training a maximum of 10 hours per week? -- Eric B. … [Read more...] about How Can I Train Despite Limited Time?
Question: How can I use my new road bike to train for a 40-mile mountain bike race in early September? My plan is to ride 30 miles at least once a week in July and increase to 40 miles in August. Does that sound reasonable? -- Jim G. … [Read more...] about Can I Train on the Road for an Off-Road Race?
Question: Although I've been riding competitively for years, I have trouble balancing my training with my wife's schedule (she also rides), the demands of our 4-year-old son, and my job. My typical training week includes one long weekend ride, a recovery ride and two short tempo or interval sessions. That's all I can manage. And our son brings home colds, which are … [Read more...] about Can I Train Well Even With a Job and Family?