"Smudger" <[email protected]
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> "Undercover Elephant" <[email protected]
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> > Hi
> > As the start of the time trialling season is upon us, I thought it might
> > a good idea to take it more seriously this year.
> > Main quiery is training (for 10 milers). How much and what sort of
> > produces the best results? (in general, I know everyone's different).
> > Also, what is the best stuff to eat and does anyone use any kind of supliments?
> > Sorry about all the questions, please forgive the novice!
> > Max
> I found cycling fast helpful.
> Seriously, my last test was in 1993 so I may be a bit out of date. I
> found that my times would be best if I did a hard interval session (on the turbo) two days before
> an event and resting the day before.
> I used to hum "right to party" by the Beastie Boys in my head during an event. It helped me
> maintain cadence.
> Roll over hills in the saddle, don't change down unless you really have
> If you change down or honk then you'll slow down and upset your rhythm (IMHO).
> Get low but keep your head up.
> Warm up properly and arrive at the start as late as you can (but be careful - I got loads of late
> starts by getting my timing wrong).
> Don't go beserk at the start. The pressure is on to look great in front
> everyone else when you start but you'll only punish yourself. Start reasonably fast but build up
> to your racing speed sensibly.
> Training - fast, quality miles. If you're only doing 10s and 25s then you don't need loads of
> miles, just quality.
> Get rid of your speedometer and use a HRM. Know your maximum HR and your ideal racing HR and use
> that during the race. You're brain will tell you
> slow down but you'll have plenty in your legs and heart - the HRM will
> you this.
> Give up beer. If you don't you'll go slower.
> Eat pasta.
> Pinch yourself just before the start to give yourself that little extra adrenaline boost.
> Wear clean socks - I got told off once for wearing filthy socks. I also
> told off for swearing by the starter when I pulled my foot out of the
> (yes, that long ago!).
> Pump your tyres up hard. Use tubs if you can, they're still hard to beat.
Oh my times. Hmmmm, not spectacular - 23 23 for a ten and 1 00 06 for a 25. I was gutted about
not getting under the hour for the 25. I waved at somebody on the course and I'm sure that cost
me the seconds.