How to race a Time Trial
- Keep an effect which is about 5% lower than your usual average wattage figures developed under similar conditions in the first 4-5 minutes.
For shorter periods with hills or in headwind it is advantageous to increase the impact with about 5-10% than the average power consumption. You should reduce the impact at descent and in tailwind, instead of trying to keep a constant power consumption at all times.
If you do not have a Watt Meter you can race Time Trials reading your pulse if you have a Pulse Meter. When you are completely recovered, you should be able to use the calculations from our Training Zone Calculator.
Please note that your pulse does not show you how many watts you drive down into the pedals. If you have bad days, your heart rate will react differently than on a good day, even if you should be fully rested. On these days you need to race with less than the 90% to find a heart rate you can stay in every 45-50 minutes