Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Too big a leap?

  1. #1
    weirdo
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Reno, NV
    Posts
    1,958
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Too big a leap?

    It pains me greatly to admit it, but I recently started my first ever foray into training. After reading around on forums and other websites, I came up with what I thought was a simple and sound basic program, but now wonder if I need to scale it down even more.

    My goal is a general speed improvement on brevets and non organized distance rides. Basics of my program are brisk 60 mile road loop once per weekend, all out private TT on a 9 mile local loop some time midweek, and keep doing my short daily commute, but go extra easy to serve as recovery rides. The specific part I wonder about is the short TT. Holy smokes! I did it for the first time Wed morning and was amazed at how much a half hour ride could take out of me! I`ve never pulled from the depths of my soul like that in my life, no HS wrestling practice, never raced anything, so I have zero frame of reference. I definitely felt the effort though the rest of that day and until I went to bed that night, much reduced by the next day, and feel completely recovered from it now. Still, not sure it`s a good idea. How do I tell if that 30 minutes of hard effort is too much for me at this point? I`m willing to do it if it might help, but I don`t want to torture myself if its going to be counterproductive.
    Last edited by rodar y rodar; 02-09-13 at 12:36 AM.

  2. #2
    7-speed doomsday prepper ThermionicScott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    CID
    My Bikes
    1991 Bianchi Eros, 1964 Armstrong, 1988 Diamondback Ascent, 1988 Bianchi Premio, 1987 Bianchi Sport SX
    Posts
    8,773
    Mentioned
    11 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You lived. It's not too much.

    FWIW, I feel that the sprints and TT-like riding I did in my commutes leading up to last year's brevets really helped with my strength and speed for those rides.
    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
    RUSA #7498

  3. #3
    Randomhead
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
    Posts
    12,749
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    it doesn't really bother me to take two days to recover from a ride as long as I don't have something it will interfere with during those two days. My understanding is that you should only do 2 such rides a week.

  4. #4
    weirdo
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Reno, NV
    Posts
    1,958
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Unanimous after almost 24 hours. Yeah, I guess as long as I recovered within a reasonable time frame, it seems unlikely that I`m doing any damage. The full length TT stays. Thanks for the words of wisdom.

  5. #5
    Uber Goober StephenH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Dallas area, Texas
    Posts
    10,654
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'll put out what I feel is a reasonable (but hard) level of effort. But if in doubt, get a heart-rate monitor and ask a doctor. No point dying to get in shape.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •