Sir Bradley Wiggins had a stellar 2012. The pro cyclist was the first to win Olympic gold and the Tour de France in the same year, exploits that earned the now-34-year-old Belgiun-born talent the title of “Sir” and propelled him into some elite company.
After an up-and-down 2013 that saw him take home silver in the time trial at the world championship but struggle through the Giro d'Italia and miss the Tour de France with a knee injury, Wiggins is prepared to take on the world again in 2014. He talked to us about his favorite gym exercise, the value of video, and why it's essential to pretend the summit is just a bit further than you'd like it to be.
Break Hills into Two-minute Blocks
If it's a 20-km climb, I don't hit it and think, 'I have to sustain this for 20 km.' That would be crazy. I focus on two minutes. Really small hurdles. I get to the first two-minute barrier and normally the pace has slowed down. You start to recover a little bit and work on the next two minutes. Riders recover and there's usually another acceleration, which I try to sustain for two minutes. Before you know it, you're already six minutes into the climb. You can also apply that philosophy to a weekly training program. Rather than wonder how you're going to fit everything in around your work, break it down. Focus on tomorrow and figure out when you're going to ride. Worry about Tuesday when that comes. Never think too far ahead.
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