Ok, only been riding a road bike for a month or so, but I am wondering why don't other bikers have as much energy and power as I do.
Here is a quick intro. I am 6'1" @ 225. I was a fullback in college and maintained my muscle mass through out my 8 years in the military. AFter getting out i turned the muscle into fat , but have recently gotten back into somewhat better shape (still have a long way to go). I am big in the shoulders and also have huge quads from hiking and lots of leg presses.
On a lot of recent road rides I have ridden with riders who have been riding for years and even some who have raced in the past. All the riders have much better bikes than mine (i have an 07 allez elite triple) and are in much better shape (i.e. skinny and the "typical" biker). but when it comes time to ride I always seem to pull away from them after the first 10 miles or so and the groups pace is just too slow for me. We have done some 50 milers recently and I find myslef leading the group and always breaking through the wind for the group and I also seem to climb the mountains here (in denver right now) much faster and recover faster than the others.
My insight is that I have learned that most of the bikers i have seen don't do much in the line of working out other than biking (i.e. weights or hiking) and are not breathing correctly (ie. full deep breath from the bottom of the chest is best). Also, they always want to accelerate by getting out of the saddle, while I have found it easiest to stay in the saddle and maintain aerodynamics.
Personally, I look forward to getting in better shape and it feels great now to be able to blow away a skinny little biker on a $4k bike. I now look forward to doing a 100miler and working on more.
your inputs are welcome.