"The 33"-Road Bike Racing - training advice
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I'm relatively new to serious riding(was a runner), and really want to get into racing. I ride almost everyday (20mi/40/20/40...) but don't feel like I'm getting enough out of my rides, anyone have any tips they feel like sharing it'd be huge. Thanks.
06-23-03, 09:21 PM
use a heart rate monitor... it is invaluable to help track your training progress. it's more useful than even a speedometer on your bike.
if you don't feel like you're getting enough out your rides, you're probably not. up your cadence (the speed of your pedaling) so that you're using your cardio strength more than your leg strength to move the bike. i'm a runner myself, and i've found that the cardio strength of my running training directly transferred into my cycling.
Have you read "Serious Cycling" by Ed Burke? This covers racing from a-z. Training, riding in groups, position on the bike, the bike, it's like Ragu-it's in there!
06-24-03, 10:32 PM
Depends on how serious you want to get. First bit of advice is you could consider developing a training plan. IMHO the Lance Armstrong book is not bad as you can develop from a variety of base fitness levels - and it works in just seven weeks of riding. The heart rate monitor is very useful as well. Once you know where your levels are you can develop a racing program to suit.
06-28-03, 11:05 AM
Find local clubs and try and meet up for midweek training.This will be mainly on tues/thurs.If it is well organised and has some fast guys, it will do wonders for your training and as most of the midweek 'chaingangs' are racing the pace is usually fast and trys to replicate races.It can make you push yourself that bit harder than you would training alone
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