Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Bothell, WA
Bikes: 2012 Specialized Sirrus Comp
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2013 STP Training Plan for a Noob?
Greetings, My wife and I are noobs to the sport and have a goal of being able to complete a 2-day STP in 2013. First, is this realistic? I'm 41 and about 30lbs overweight at 5'11 3/4", 204lbs. Wife is 51, 4'11 and around 155lbs. We just purchased our first bikes (hybrids): Specialized Sirrus Comp and Vita.
Our immediate goal is just to get out there and start riding. However I believe we'll also need a structured training plan to get into shape for next year's ride. I don't know much about the sport, but here are some things I'm already thinking about
1) We both need to shed some lbs, aside from the aesthetic benefits, will definitely help for comfort/endurance on longer rides
2) Nutrition/fitness - I lost 25lbs on the Body for Life eating/exercise regimen a year ago (and gained it back when I stopped), so wondering if this is appropriate to build cycling fitness. Concern is the cardio workouts are short duration/high intensity, which from what I've read is opposite of an STP ride.
3) Probably need to join a cycling club to learn about the sport and get used to riding in groups. Thinking about Cascade Bicycle Club out here in Seattle.
4) Is it too early to start formally training for this? The training plan on the STP site starts in Feb, so perhaps I just plan to "ride a bunch" until then?
Appreciate any help or advice from fellow Clydesdales/Athena's out there. Headed to the bike shop for some shorts and gloves right now!