Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tariffville, CT
Bikes: Tsunami Bikes
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 139 Post(s)
I'd worry about too much mileage only if your racing starts to get stale. When I went over a certain number of miles (I was 18 at the time) I finished just one of about 45 races. I was just too fatigued and lacked any snap. Cutting my mileage by 40-50% turned my racing around but it took me a year to realize this.
90-100 rpm is about normal. When you get over about 105-110 rpm it starts to get less efficient, or so I've been told. I had a hard time averaging 120 rpm for an hour, which translates to actually pedaling at 125-130 rpm most of the time. Now I can't imagine doing much more than 110 rpm or so, and 100 rpm avg is really good for me. This means actually pedaling at 105-110 rpm, since the avg rpm takes zero and low rpm into account.
I am a big believer in big miles when you can do it. You fatigue more than normal and you end up becoming a smoother pedaler through necessity. At the end of a 100 mile ride you won't have the energy to pedal really inefficiently all the time. My best years I did massive miles in the off season, JRA type, and this allowed me to race more frequently during the season. This in turn (I think) allowed me to ride harder and therefore increase the effective training cycles of breaking down and recovering. During the season I trained less and raced more.
Finally there are other reasons to go out riding. If riding is a good stress reliever, if it lets you relax, then it's not a bad thing to go riding. Riding, when I was in the 12-17 age, was my way of being on my own.
"...during the Lance years, being fit became the No. 1 thing. Totally the only thing. It’s a big part of what we do, but fitness is not the only thing. There’s skills, there’s tactics … there’s all kinds of stuff..." Tim Johnson