By John Marsh, Editor & Publisher A study reported in the September 1 issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that bicycle-related injuries have increased significantly over the past 15 years, especially among those older than 45. The study was based on data culled from 100 emergency rooms nationwide that compared the period 1998-1999 to … [Read more...] about Bicycling-Related Injuries Up Among Riders 45 and Older
Cycling Past 40
Question: I'm 43, in decent shape, and would like to improve. I ride about 100 miles a week, an hour at a time, and my heart rate averages about 145 beats per minute. I tend to really push hills, up to 175 bpm. Should I decrease intensity, or increase it? — David A. … [Read more...] about How Much Intensity Is Enough?
Question: I'm a 48-year-old recreational rider who trains 100-200 miles a week. I'm not built like a climber and go up hills slowly. This year, I've climbed a lot, ridden 2 or 3 "spinning" classes each week and lifted weights. But when the road gets steep, I still lack power to turn the gears. How do I improve? -- Giny C. Coach Fred Matheny Replies: I get lots of … [Read more...] about How Can I Gain Climbing Power?
Question: I'm a 44-year-old recreational rider who also does a couple of citizens races each year. I can keep up on the flats and even long climbs, but I get dropped on short, steep hills. To me, this says that I need to work on my power at lactate threshold so I can hang on without going anaerobic. So what training should I be doing? -- Dave M. Coach Fred Matheny … [Read more...] about How Should I Train for Short, Steep Hills?
Question: I'm a 49-year-old cyclist who enjoys riding centuries at a 5-hour pace. But I also like to time trial and want to break the hour for 40K next season. Can I train successfully for fast time trials AND fast centuries? -- Aaro H. Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Yes. You can do it if you work on speed as well as endurance. Training for long rides like centuries gives … [Read more...] about Can I Go Fast for 40K and 100 Miles?