Mark Florence had the honour of interviewing top GB time triallist Matt Bottrill. Bottrill is 37, got into time trialling in 1998, started winning at the national level in 2000, and in 2014 won the national 10, 25 and 50 mile competitions. You can listen to the whole Matt Bottrill interview, which I highly recommend, but I've also made a few notes here of the key points.
In run-up to the nationals, he finishes his high intensity sessions so that he can't walk afterwards!
He avoids over-training by using "training peaks". The biggest mistake people make is to over-train in the winter months, which means that they will then de-train during the season.
Being postman (for the last 18 years) is good for cardio. He doesn't ride a bike now though - posties aren't allowed!
2014: 27 rides, and lost once - to Wiggins.
2016 ambition: triathlon (and hopefully ironman). He wants to compete at Kona by the age of 45 (in 7 year's time). However, recovery is getting harder as he is getting older.
It's important that you break down your goals; people are often just doing too much.
Matt also reveals his top 5 training sessions. He states that his training is based on power, but the first four routines he describes use heart rate to set the intensity.
He claims to have the fastest TT bike in the world - and has obsessed over every detail. He is sponsored by wind tunnel tester drag2zero.com, and has probably spent around 6hrs in the tunnel himself.
14 September 2019 (Saturday): Iceni Velo 10-mile time trial
15 September 2019 (Sunday): ECCA 25-mile time trial
22 September 2019 (Sunday): Godric CC 25-mile time trial