For some reason I've caught the TT bug, and it is something that I would like to pursue for the long term as a hobby. I like going fast, I find it an awesome challenge against myself and others, and I actually like the pain of pushing myself that hard...
I am a recent college grad (not rolling in cash) that spent about 6 months getting parts together to build up a time trial bike, and about a month ago I finally put it together. I raced it last weekend in a practice time trial with the UC San Diego Triathlon Club at Fiesta Island in San Diego. The course is pretty flat and uninterrupted, and I managed to finish the 12.30 mile course in 29:40 with an avg speed of 24.9mph.
For my first race on the bike, I am neither disappointed nor satisfied. I want to go faster. I've been riding for about a year now, and I have a big frame (6'5" 192lbs) so I know that physically I have much room for improvement.
So, for the serious time trialists out there, how do you train? How much intervals / base training do you do, and do you do it all on your TT bike? What is a typical week like? How do you incorporate your training into your work / personal schedule? How many TT's do you do per year?
For the sake of this thread, I would like to keep equipment-related input to a minimum. I am most interested in the training and mental aspect of time trialing for those of us who don't have all day, every day to train.
Other information: I do not train with a power tap and I prefer not to use a heart rate monitor. I do have a stationary trainer.