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Pacing

Bicycle Training Series Articles: All ABC Handouts ] 12 Beginners' Questions About Exercise ] ACE Tips ] Altitude Tents: How High the Risk? ] Aerobic Training ] Altitude Training for Sea-Level Competition ] Balance Training for Bicyclists ] Century Training ] Climbing & Descending ] Dealing With High Altitude ] Death Ride: Just-Made-It Schedule ] Economy & Efficiency ] Fitness Elements ] Heart-Rate-Based Training ] HIT Tips ] How to Perform VO2 Intervals ] How to Push Riders Uphill ] Isolated Leg Training ] Measuring Training Stress ] Overtraining ] [ Pacing ] Power-Based Training ] Recovery ] Road Racing Basics ] Six Climbing Positions ] Skills Training Principles ] Small Gears ] Sprint Weak? ] Stationary Training ] Stretching ] Tapering for Events ] Thresholds ] Time Trialing ] Torque-Based Training ] Training & Fitness Standards for Excellence ] Training Myths ] Warm Ups for Racing ] Weight Training ] Work of Breathing ] Workout Too Hard ]


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Information in this article is also available in the slide show Pacing.

Free additional article: Pace Like a Lumberjack.

 


Pacing (Introduction)


Pacing means going more slowly at the beginning so that you can go faster at the end. Pacing also means going more slowly at the beginning so that you can reach the end.


Years ago runners used to run the mile by starting out almost as fast as they could go. They invariably pooped out at the end. Roger Bannister broke the four-minute barrier for the mile back in the 1950's by planning on running each quarter mile in just under one minute. That planning allowed him to become one of the most famous athletes of all time.