Question: I'm leaving on a three-week business trip to Ohio. I'll be able to ride, but the roads are flat. I'm quite fit because I've been training for the Mt. Evans Hillclimb here in Colorado, but now I'll have to miss it. My question: How should I train during the trip? Intervals? Long rides? My next event isn't for almost three months. -- Tom G. RBR Replies: If I were … [Read more...] about How Should I Train Outdoors on a Business Trip?
Question: A friend tells me that I can improve my climbing power by riding a steep half-mile-long hill in the big ring at a slow cadence. Wouldn't that ruin my knees? – Jerry S. … [Read more...] about Will Cycling Up Hills in Big Gears Hurt My Knees?
QUESTION: I need your advice on my training schedule. I work 4 consecutive days of 13 hours each, then have 4 days off when I have unlimited time to ride. I usually do 2-4 hours, but especially on the first day I feel sluggish. I just turned 50, and my fitness and endurance seem to be on the decline. How can I turn things around, given my weird work schedule? -- Rick … [Read more...] about Is My Cycling Fitness Doomed By My Age and Work Schedule?
QUESTION: I confess – I didn't ride very much during the winter and early spring. But I want to get in shape for a metric century coming up this summer. Is there any hope? – Calvin R. RBR REPLIES: Don't panic, Calvin. You and everyone who had a less-than-productive off-season can gain sufficient fitness for an event. If you want to do a 62-mile (100-km) ride then, let's … [Read more...] about How Can I Get in Shape Fast for an Upcoming Cycling Event?
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. ROAD BIKE RIDER 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?