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Five Commandments for Time Trialing

By Dr. Lisa Colvin
PCG Elite Coach

Peaks Coaching Group

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Hunter Allen's Time Trialing strategies

Don’t you feel it? Spring is in the air! Do you feel like a caged animal ready to claw out of your inside training space and get out on the road? Good! Because it’s time to prepare the time-trialing game plan that will fulfill your racing goals.

First of all, where is your time trial (TT) bike? It is mandatory that you have that bad boy/girl operating in tip-top form. Even if you’ve been riding your TT bike all winter, tune it up.

Now that your bike is ready for action, let me give you my secrets of PR (personal record) time trialing. I call them “Colvin’s Five Commandments for Time Trial Success.”

I. Thou Shalt Know Thine Equipment

II. Thou Shalt Know Thy Course

III. Thou Shalt Warm Up Properly

IV. Thou Shalt Know Thy Start Time

V. Thou Shalt Ride Thine Own Race


Coach C’s “Lap” Mindset Tip: Break your TT into four parts (like running four laps around a track). In the first lap, don’t go out too hard but stay in contact. Second lap, find your rhythm and drill it. The third lap equals opportunity; this is where most time trials or multisport bike legs fall totally apart, so keep the power up while everyone else is trying to rest. The fourth lap always takes care of itself. Bring it home!

Learn from Lisa’s mistakes


Follow these five simple rules, and I give you the Coach C guarantee that you will ride faster, finish happier, and set personal records if you have the proper coaching and training.