ironhanglider wrote:Your plan involves lots of riding by yourself.
DD says that that is not the way to become a good TT rider.....
Since then it seems that Mitch Wright has demonstrated that he is a pretty decent TT rider, and not bad at the other disciplines either.
Mitch ran 3rd in the National u19 Time Trial last year and this year again. He won last years Road Race, went to the World Championships and is also a brilliant track rider. Im pushing him towards a career in 6 day cycling, we will see if that is a possibility or not. Next goal is to win the u23 World Championships.
I should add that I am not his coach, he has a coach who sets his training goals. I help with motorpacing. But I do see what he does in training. And no, its not flogging along at a constant speed day in day out.
For quite a few years now I have helped out Scott Butler, he is a good mate and a friend, and a very experienced rider. Again, I do not tell him how to train but I see what he does. He does love the motorpace sessions and if I had a dollar for every one I have done for him, Id be a millionaire. Scott was 2012 Australian Time Trial champion M4 and has many State and Australian track titles too.
Mark Jewel is also a great time trial rider, he has won everything there is to win, he was NSW cyclist of the year in 2012 and 2015, State criterium champion, and on more than one occasion was Australian track champion of champions. Very experienced guy who coaches himself (no powermeter), but again, I know what he does and ... well lets just say that if you want to win a State or National Title you are going to be up against guys like this who have decades of experience and know how to train properly.
My son could do a 20km time trial at an average speed of 40kph when he was 15 years old ..there is an art to it for sure but one thing that you must have is an ability to hurt yourself. I mean really hurt yourself. On at least 6 occasions I can think of I have had to catch a rider after a TT because they could not get off the bike or they had passed out sitting on the bike.
If you cannot hit 60kph in a short burst you will never time trial at 40kph average. 40kph is fast and you need to include a lot of fast stuff in your training. Thats why we ride around for 2-3 hours behind the moto at 50kph ...to get that speed work done. Ride at 25-28kph by yourself nice and easy, or do some fast stuff, I mean really fast - track work, motorpaced work. If you ride by yourself at 31-36kph then I guarantee you that you will never be any good at any cycling discipline.