Question: I'm doing squats this winter but am unsure if added strength will help my cycling next season. I read the weight training chapter in your Off-Season Training for Roadies, but should I continue working so hard in the weight room? -- Andy G. Coach Fred Matheny Replies: The answer about whether strength training for legs improves cycling is a definite "maybe." I … [Read more...] about Do Squats Improve Cycling Performance?
Cycling Past 50
Question: I'm 52 and in excellent health based on my last physical. I work out at the gym three times a week (treadmill, stationary bike, weight training). On weekends I ride 20-30 miles. Recently I find myself dragging around, feeling very sleepy and fatigued. Is this connected to the "weekend warrior" aspect of my cycling? -- Bradley P. Coach Fred Matheny … [Read more...] about Why Am I So Tired After Weekend Rides?
Question: I'm 57 and each year find it more difficult to recover. I used to do three or four hard workouts in a row, but now it takes me at least 48 hours to feel lively again. Stage races or week-long tours are tough. It's not just my legs -- my whole body seems to be affected because I lack energy for daily tasks for a frighteningly long time after I ride hard. I know I … [Read more...] about At Age 57, How Can I Combat Poor Recovery?
Question: I'm a 51-year-old recreational rider with a decent sprint and above-average climbing ability. However, wind kills me! When I rotate to the front of a paceline, I can't maintain the group's pace if it's even a little breezy. When I drop back, I often can't hitch onto the end of the line, so I get dropped. Any suggestions? -- Richard D. … [Read more...] about What’s the Cycling Secret to Success in the Wind?
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