Morning Campers. Gearing up for a live chat about biking! whoop whoop
no geeky questions though!
Hey Michelle. I think the biggest thing is just being specific with your training. Look at what your goal/race is and tailor your training to that race. If you are training for an IM your focus should be on steady state riding more than Vo2 type intervals
Power is a useful tool, but isn't something you should become reliant on. I have raced a couple of times in the last few years when my power meter hasn't worked, so i've had to go on feel. It can also be a limiter sometimes...instead of pushing to a new level, you might just hold the watts at your current fitness level. So in answer, i think it is grea to use but not all the time
Hey Montana. great question and if i told you that i'd have to kill u! But it's more than one
This one is from Kristin Wylie: What is your opinion on training inside versus riding outside? Is it hard to get the speed outside when all your training is on a trainer or in spin class?
Riding indoors is great for focused specific sessions. There are no distractions or no outside influences that can vary from day to do. It's also a great way to test your mental strength. I like to do both indoor and outdoor riding at all times throughout the year.
race day is not a magic day, you are not going to be able to get out there and all of a sudden swim faster, push more watts on the bike, or run quicker just cos it's race day. You should have a good idea from your training on your current fitness levels. Listen to that, and race smart. In your first IM, your first goal should be to finish. That was my goal in kona 2010 :)
A)I'm not a big sushi fan. had a bad experience my first time! B) it's so dependent on conditions but if it's similar to last 3-4yrs i'd say 4:59:31 ...or around there
I have made some pretty big changes in my fit since Clearwater in 09. We are going to post some pics to show the difference. I think as pro's you have to keep looking at ways to get faster, and bike fit is one way you can do that. I think of it as free time that maybe other girls dont look at getting
the same goes for equipement choices. Their are always advances, you have to try and stay ahead of the curve, else u are giving up seconds or minutes here and there
Bike fit is one thing that i really think is worth spending the time and money on. And i'm not just saying that cos @matsteinmetz is sat next to me :)
i have worked with @matsteinmetz since 2010 not only on fit, but also he has helped coach/advise me the last couple of years. He is also Crowie's bitch, and has helped Rinsta improve her bike this year
Yep everyone is different. But you have to find out what works for you. You can do some simple tests to see what you are most efficient at. Also look at what your natural cadence is. I will get back from some 4-6 hr rides and more often than not my avg cadence for the ride is 82.
CC, thanks for chiming in! Dream crusher is strickly roadie for now!
The last couple of years i have been training for the Abu Dhabi tri in march which has a 200km bike in it. So my winter training has been revolved around that. I'll typically take 2 weeks off after my last race, then do 2 weeks unstructrued training. Then i'll build back into things. There is def a bigger focus on strength and conditioning in the gym, but that is also something i like to keep in the program all year round
From LeAnn Schrotzberger: Is the best way to get stronger on hills just to ride more hills?
Hills: yes riding hills will probably make you better at riding hills. U can just ride them or do hill repeats. If you dont have hills you can easily replicate them on the trainer. I lived in houston for 2 yrs after college and had never seen a hill :)
Thats all for today folks. Same time same place manana, and we can chat about how to race specifically here in Hawaii. Later