Question: I've been unable to follow my regular training schedule because of work. In fact, I've done nothing but easy rides for two months. A friend talked me into racing a time trial next week. How can I get ready? -- Brenda N. Coach Fred Matheny Replies: I'm afraid there isn't much physical progress you can make in one week. Exercise physiologists (and … [Read more...] about Can I Train for a Time Trial in One Week?
By Coach Fred Matheny In time trialing, the most important aspect of aerodynamics is rider position, not the aero qualities of the bike. Teardrop-shaped down tubes and seatposts make a difference, but it isn’t significant compared to your furiously pumping legs and wind-catching chest. As a result, a road bike fitted with aero bars and set up so the rider is in an optimum … [Read more...] about Time Trialing on Your Road Bike, Part 2
Question: My big goal this season is the cycling portion of a triathlon relay. The 55-mile (90-km) course is fairly hilly. I've never done a time trial longer than 15 miles. What type of training should I do? -- Dave R. Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Preparation for a long time trial differs from training for the traditional TT distances (20K and 40K) in a couple of … [Read more...] about How Do I Train for a Long Time Trial?
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?
Question: In a recent report, five different interval programs were studied, ranging from 4 8-minute intervals at race pace with one-minute recoveries to 12 30-second hard intervals with long recoveries. The conclusion suggests using the 30-second interval program in the final three-week tapering period before a time trial. This approach is unique compared to the standard … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Interval Training for Time Trials?