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. RBR Replies: I'm afraid there isn't much physical progress you can make in one week. Exercise physiologists (and experience) say that it takes … [Read more...] about Can I Train for a Time Trial in One Week?
QUESTION: I'll have a great week with solid rides and even new personal bests, but the next week, due to weather, family, work or lack of motivation, I just go through the motions. What's the key to training more consistently? -- Randy W. RBR REPLIES: Here's our belief: The recreational roadie who juggles career, family, and other responsibilities with "serious" cycling has … [Read more...] about How Can I Train More Consistently?
By Coach Rick Schultz This summer, I took a bucket-list cycling trip to France to ride on many of the roads – including many of the most famous climbs – featured in the Tour de France. After my return, I've been asked about the trip, and my preparations for it, by many cycling friends. So I decided to write an article detailing a few tips you, too, might benefit … [Read more...] about How Should You Train for a TdF Cycling Tour?
Question: I'm 48 and in the past rode 12-15 hours per week but was usually overtrained. This season I'm trying to recover better by doing 10-hour weeks including weekend rides of about 100 miles and building up only for major events. I'm planning to ride one of Australia's toughest "classics," Grafton-Inverell. It's 140 miles, starting at sea level and ascending to about 4,000 … [Read more...] about Do Training Rides Need to Be As Long as Events?
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D. A new research report shows that you can improve athletic performance with proper training, even if you are over 100 years old. Traditional feeling among scientists is that aging is progressive and inevitable, and that your genetic programming causes you to age no matter what you do. This paper shows that physical training can reverse … [Read more...] about Even a 100-Year-Old Can Improve With Training