I got inspired by Midgets post regarding MTB vs Roadies. I ride a road bike - pink and white - a beauty, of course! Anyhoo as some of you know, I am trying to go faster...and I hear spinning is the answer. So I just wanted to get some tips. Has anyone felt like they chug along at a clams pace, think the Slowskys! (I love them) In my Winter Base Mileage Group Rides I am the almost slowest. The slowest ends up turning back - and I end up finishing. We were at about 13 MPH on the first 501 miler...then 14.X the next ride (56.5) miles. So how do I do it???
Here's what I did - rode up with the front group as much as possible. For a while I was in my Big ring... and then 2 of the guys whom are excellent riders came by and coached me to take it easy - and always ride in the second ring on these rides - and just spin a ton. I ask you guys HOW!!! It's not easy.
It's a ton of work so I am looking for inspiration!!
I run as well to lose weight - and yesterday hit the treadmill for a 5mile run. I usually go at 10.5 to 11 mph...slow again. Today I will lift weights and first run a faster mile at maybe 9mph.maybe that's the way to get better at the long distances - but increasing speed on shorter rides? Problem is in the winter I only have the Saturday LONG ride and maybe a Sunday ride- though lately not so much.
OK Your thoughts....
A. Miss B you are one lazy rider
B. Who Cares?
C. Ah miss B it's cadence...it is hard...just pedal and pedal - keep your feet flat at all times... maximize efficiency...eat more...
E. All of the Above
F. None of the Above
And More Info:
I am about 40 pounds over weight to be in top top form..... riding since June...can run 5 miles...and ride at a slow pace 100.
Info on the bike: Specialized Dolce Elite - Not compact gearing....triple..
Crankset: Shimano Tiagra, 30/39/50 teeth
Bottom Bracket Sugino Shell Width Unspecified
Rear Cogs 9-speed, 11 -28 teeth
THanks Guys - look forward to reading your ideas to ake Miss B HTFU!