Training plan for a clyde
Hello all, recent lurker here and I've learned a lot from reading posts way back. I've not seen much about structured training for clydes, and I apologize if I've missed it.
I'm 43, 315 lbs., have been riding seriously now since about April of this year. I began by riding a Trek 7.2FX to work a couple days a week (17 miles each way), I stepped up to road tires and wheels on my Trek, and then I purchased and am now riding an Orbea Onix road bike which I absolutely love. I'm still riding my 34 mile round trip work commute a couple days a week and then usually a good mountain bike ride (15 miles) and a 30-ish mile road ride on the weekends. I also do a group fitness workout 3 days a week for an hour each day, running stairs, lunges, hill running, pushups, dips, etc. I've lost about 60 pounds in the last 9 months or so, and my fitness level has improved a ton.
I am ready to improve my cycling, and I'm wondering if any of you have used a specific training program suited to a Clyde. Right now, I just get out and ride and really enjoy it, bike paths only. How should I go about specifically training to improve my speed, climbing, endurance? Should I just keep riding varied rides, or is a more structured program right for me?
I'm planning to ride the MS150 in June of 2010, and I want to make sure I'm ready for that.
Thanks all for any help.
All my racer buddies who really do well swear by heart rate based training programs like those of Joe Friel's. He's got a couple of books that are specific to various sports. There are other people out there who coach in similar ways.
I've got his mountain biking book. I swear, some day, I'm going to get started on a real training program. I can never do it. I like to ride for the fun of it. I just can't seem to give up my "junk miles".
In the meantime, I've found that group road rides are a good way to push myself. Lots of fun, and learning how to ride in a group is proving to be almost as beneficial to my overall speed as outright improved fitness would be.
+1 on Joe Friel's book. I just picked it up myself. You mignt also take a look at Cycling Past 50.