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Old 08-30-12, 11:16 PM   #1
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How to progress from casual to in-training?

I have a bit of a problem that, fortunately, I don't believe very many people have to tackle. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to approach the issue

I've been building up my endurance (read: saddle tolerance) for the past couple months now and I think I'm ready to start pushing for longer and faster rides. The only problem with this is that I'm not exactly in any shape to start measuring how much effort I put forth or how far I've traveled. They don't sell those clip-on monitors for heart-rate or distance traveled or anything here, and the roads don't have any distance-marker signs or anything. The locals are great for finding places to ride, but their sense of distance is... strange... It's not uncommon to get 20-50 percent variance on distances depending on who I ask.

So with no sure way of measuring anything besides time (since I always have my watch on), where do I go from here for improving my performance? Do I just keep riding "for the sake of riding"? Is there any way, besides interval training, to reliably and incrementally improve? What's the best way to interval train since I can't track speed or heart-rate?
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Old 08-30-12, 11:19 PM   #2
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Get one of these....I use one.

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Old 08-31-12, 05:03 AM   #3
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I agree a computer on the bike is a must. A heart rate monitor can wait (unless oyur Doctor says you need one)

Once you have a computer you can map out a route and check your time, say a 20 mile loop. if your riding har and can cover that in say 1 hour and 15 minutes you can then try and cut the time to 1 hour 10 minutes and so one.

Riders trained for decades with nothing more than a wrist watch or stop watch.
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Just get a computer and ride up lots of hills. I've never "trained" a day in my life -- sounds like that would suck the fun out of it.
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Old 08-31-12, 10:42 AM   #5
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Can you order a computer online? Where we lived in Australia, finding cycling-related stuff was difficult because we were quite remote so we ordered most things online.

You might check to see if UK companies will deliver to you. We found that North American companies were more than happy to charge an arm, leg, and first born to ship stuff to us in Australia, but the shipping was often free or very inexpensive from the UK.

Check sites like Wiggle, Chain Reaction Cycles, Ribble, SJS Cycles, ProBikeKit ... and see if there's any way they'll ship to you.
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