My objectives are getting in shape, rehab for my foot/ankle injury, and Q-time with the lady.
Health wise my story is that I’m on the verge of needing medicine to control high bp. I need to strengthen my right foot/ankle and leg after a terrible karting accident. I need to lose weight. I need to drastically improve my diet so that my energy levels go back to when I was younger. Basically I need to get healthier. My lady has been riding for about a year and I used to ride when I was a kid so I figure this will be a good way to meet all my goals.
I’m 38 about 5’ 9” and 190#. I wish to lose about 20# while getting into better shape. I ride between 15 – 25 miles at least 3 or 4 times a week (only been at it for 2 months now). The rides last about 70 minutes. I wish to increase the distance to 25 miles and the time to about 90 minutes each time out. I could also increase the frequency each week. Right now I’m very motivated. So any training tips to maximize weight lose and increase endurance are greatly welcomed.
Currently my ride is a Trek FX 7.5 Disc. I have a Garmin Edge 305 with Cadence / Speed and Heart Rate. I’m using Nike Kato 4 shoes. I have just purchased some Specialized S-Works Road Shoes and Speedplay X-5 pedals. I will start using them next week when they come in. Now for some training and equipment questions.
Will the Trek FX 7.5 Disc be the best choice for getting in shape as my distance start approaching 50 miles or more? Will I get better results from a more road / race bike at those distances? For those who have had both types of bikes those distances, which type did you find more comfortable?
I haven’t had the Trek completely fitted so at the 30 minute mark I get numbness in my “unit”. I have started using biking shorts and adjusted the saddle height / tilt which has extended this time to 50 minutes with less numbness. Should I continue adjusting things or is this normal? Do I just need to stand / move around more on the saddle?
What do you do for upper body training to balance the lower? Especially to target the gut.