gert jan theunisse, pretty sure he was king of the mountains in 88, had a rear wheel with a hight profile rim filled with with lead.......it worked for him i say !(-:
That is the plan. Only time will tell how effective it is for me. Ultimately, I agree with a few on here, I simply need to train more, better, harder, smarter, etc. That is something that I did not keep up on during the race season.
I used to ride century rides every week or two last year, that appears to have help with my endurance last year. I am integrating those rides back into my off days and I will pay attention to signs of fatigue and over-training. I am also setting up some training in the various canyons that we have access to here in SL,UT. I love being minutes (less than 30) away for the mouth of several great canyons/hills; Emigration, Millcreek, Big Cottonwood, Little Cottonwood, Suncrest, etc.
I saved up and brought a set of very light track wheels and made the mistake of using them first time at our regional champs in a 500m TT. Spent most of the ride bouncing around the track.
Most track riders do all their training on the track in race kit, race helmets, skinsuits and race wheels.
I would suggest the specificity principle applies to using similar equipment in training as you race in much the same way it applies to performing intervals in a similar manner to how you intend to perform.
Understood, thanks for the insight. Training with race gear makes perfect sense...although, I don't believe that I am at the level where training with full race gear is helpful, or that switching will be harmful to my performance. I simply need to train smarter.
What I feel happened was I rode with my race gear (light steel bike
with Mad Fiber wheels) for everything. I placed well in the first few races, even podiumed twice. A few months later and I can tell that I've lost leg muscle mass, more likely to the lack of attention to keeping up on the training when I was not racing, but ultimately I got slower as my fellow racers (that did not train in the winter) got faster. I think that my recovery rides became too casual and riding on the Mad Fiber wheels for just about everything actually ended up hurting me.
Just build slowly and you basically will b riding abouut 1-2 gears shorter cos of the heavier wheelset
I thought the same so I ordered a 12-28 cassette for the new wheels...chrome plated ~400 grams of anti-WW goodness.
I will update all with the final wheel weight once the wheels are built up and ready to go. Thanks to all for their comments thus far.