Training & Nutrition - Considering doing Time Trials, any suggestions?
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12-16-03, 02:00 PM
Never really considered myself a person to compete, but I'm getting very interested in maybe trying some Time Trials. Any advice would be a great benefit. Need advice on training and how to get started in them and find where they are held. Koffee, I know I said I wasn't a racer, in my email to you, but if you could give me some input that would be great. I know the bike has something to do with it, but considering my bike is not a year old, I'm not considering to replace it. I'm also hoping to buy a house in a year so the money for a new bike would have to come out of that budget which just isn't going to happen. I appreciate everyone's advice, and thanks in advance.
12-21-03, 03:37 PM
I'm not sure about Delaware, but I live in New Jersey and there are lots of time trials here over the season. Many are short (like 5 to 10 miles) and would be a great way for you to get started.
Check out the NJBA web site for more info. Jersey should be close enough for you to drive up for a race.
As far as the bike is concerned, it makes no difference what you ride, because at this level, you are competing against yourself and the clock, so anything that fuflills the race's requirements is fine. There is even the Eddy Mercx class which doesn't allow any kind of aerodynamic speacialized bikes. Just a regular bike and the ride of truth. You could even ride a mountain bike if you want to.
For training, find out what the best way is to increase your maximum sustainable speed. You basically need to go as fast as you can sustain for about 30 minutes to one hour for a time trial. Getting better over time will be your motivation and reward.
12-21-03, 03:42 PM
...forgot to include this link. It is in California, but there is a lot of good information here about time trials and training for them, even at beginner levels.
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