Question: Because of my work schedule, I have ridden sporadically for the last 20 years, logging about 1,500 miles annually and doing one or two centuries just for fun. Last winter I took early retirement and decided to devote full time to cycling. I rode 5,000 miles in 8 months and improved fast. But now I’m tired and can’t stand the thought of hammering with the young … [Read more...] about Is Retirement Dangerous to My Cycling?
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: You've said that for long time trials, a rider should be able to go hard for approximately double the race distance. Does that hold true for short TTs, too? In other words, in training for a weekly 10-mile TT, should I do a race-effort 20-miler once a week, or break up the distance into shorter intervals? -- Max M. RBR Replies: If you can go at race effort … [Read more...] about How Should I Train for Short Time Trials?
Question: I'll be in China on business for the next three weeks, with only a stationary bike in the hotel's fitness room. The best I can hope for is 45 minutes a day of boring pedaling. Prior to this trip, I've been averaging 150 miles a week with interval work and climbing. Any suggestions for maintaining form? -- Gary S. RBR Replies: If you can ride the hotel bike 3-5 … [Read more...] about Can I Keep Cycling Fitness During a Business Trip?