An open challenge to Nytro readers...
I'm willing to bet that most of you like riding your bike competitively. I realize that is loosely defined, but many of us do so, whether it's a big local race, the Saturday group ride, catching the guy in front of you.
But what about competition? I know many that have training goals to keep them at it, and know the satisfaction of reaching those goals. Well, I would like to propose a 2011 goal for you, dear reader: beating the hour for the 40K Individual Time Trial. That's right. Averaging at least 24.8mph for an hour straight.
Now, this might sound like a daunting task, but putting that aside, it is worth considering that covering 40K under one hour is considered the bar for time trialists. If you can do that, you're considered fast. And who wouldn't want to be considered fast?
Truth be told, it's not as difficult as you might think, and with proper attention to fitness, aerodynamics, and course management, it is a goal not out of reach for most cyclists and triathletes. You heard me, if you've read this far, you have it in your capacity to do it.
A common misconception about time trialing is the emphasis put on power output: How hard you can turn the pedals. And the emphasis on the newest, fastest gear. Well, there is a lot more to it than that, and in many local races (and sometimes international competition) I see riders overlook the small things that add up to make a difference against the clock.
The next few weeks will see a series of articles written by yours truly. The purpose? To help you, dear reader, to beat the clock. And the hour.
A little inspiration: http://vimeo.com/16468046