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Did the 3mile TT tonight in 7:48...............(2 posts)

Did the 3mile TT tonight in 7:48...............STEELYeyed
Aug 22, 2001 5:55 PM
I will be 40 next June,what kind of time do I need to achieve to be competetive in time trials next year? I have ridden 2800 miles since April,but have not really worked on strength or conditioning,I have just been logging miles.
Thanks,
STEELYeyed
re: Did the 3mile TT tonight in 7:48...............Jon Billheimer
Aug 22, 2001 6:54 PM
Steely,

The guys in your age group in my Masters club are doing 40K TTs in about 1 hr. or under. Our fastest member, 39 yrs. old, goes in just over 52 min.! A 7:30 pace for the 3 mi., without slowdown, would get you a 1 hr. 40K. So you'd probably need about a 7 min. or faster 3mi. time from a training perspective to account for the slowdown effect on longer TTs. However, there are riders of all ages of all abilities at time trials. The object is to get out there, do your best, then compete against yourself. Everything else will take care of itself. When I started two years ago, I was dead last every time! I've now moved up to about the middle of the pack in my age group on a real good day. And I'll never make the top ten. But I have a hoot trying!

My advice for you is to get Joe Friel's Cyclist's Training Bible. Use the information to set up your own periodized annual plan and then follow it systematically. Guaranteed you'll get faster. BTW, there's nothing wrong with a 7:48 off base-miles training. When you start working on aerobic power and speed-endurance you'll get a lot faster.