Entries by Gary Tingley

5 Early Season Race Prep Indoor Workouts

In many parts of the U.S., early season racing will soon be upon us. Get tuned up with these indoor race-specific workouts. I perform these on my SportCrafters Omnium Trainer and use a large floor fan for cooling. Note: For pacing using PE or a HRM, see Power Training Levels by Training Peaks. More at […]

The Future of Disc Brakes on Road and Time Trial Bikes

While I am a fan of the concept of increased braking performance, two issues I believe will greatly slow the adoption of disc brakes use in road and time trial racing are increased weight and increased drag. http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/11/bikes-and-tech/the-torqued-wrench-12-road-disc-questions-answered_308954 “Discs will add somewhere between 250 and 750 grams, depending on the component choices made.” “Do discs harm aerodynamics? Most […]

Faster Triathlon using Time Trial Races for Training

The bike leg of triathlon and duathlon is essentially a time trial race sandwiched in between swimming and running. You will find subtle differences in training for a true time trial race, such as frequency, duration, and other TT specific workouts. Here are a few tips for your first time trial…

Time Trial Aerodynamics

(Originally written in 2009) My first time trial was nine years ago at a Fiesta Island TT. I rode a Specialized M4 road bike with Spinergy Rev-X wheels and clip on aerobars. Coming from a cross-country mountain bike background, and having dabbled in multisport events the previous year, I assumed that racing and training for […]

Aero Helmet Wind Tunnel Testing

We tested several aero helmets. Not surprisingly, we found that every athlete responds differently to aero equipment. One common theme is that there were “good” and “bad” helmets, regardless of the rider that was testing them. Results for the Louis Garneau and Giro are shown above. Surprisingly, the old Troxel titanium dimpled helmet also tested well.

How to Calculate Cycling Aerodynamic Drag Using a Power Meter

Originally seen at http://cyclingillustrated.com/how-to-calculate-cycling-aerodynamic-drag-using-a-power-meter/ Don’t have access to a wind tunnel or velodrome? No problem. You can test your own time trial position or gear/helmet changes using the following instructions. All you need is a calm day, an uninterrupted flat course, a power meter, and the following instructions. Using details in the screenshot image above, and […]

Racing a Time Trial: Preparation, Strategy, Recovery

Originally seen at http://cyclingillustrated.com/how-to-prepare-for-a-time-trial-part-1/ It’s the day before the big event, and you are wondering “should I take it easy today?” Yes, absolutely. One of the most important race preparation elements is relaxation. You should arrive at the event relaxed and prepared to give your best effort. The goal is to line up the day of […]

The 10-Minute Cycling Core Maintenance Plan

As seen on CyclingIllustrated.com  http://cyclingillustrated.com/category/gary-tingley/ Let’s face it, core work is often overlooked and many riders avoid it altogether. It can be a hassle to find time to incorporate it, and with so many variations, where do you start? What if a simple, 10-minute, daily routine could prevent future overuse and back strain problems, increase […]