So, I began to challenge myself by keeping my speed above a certain mph on my rides and each week or so increase my speed by .5/1mph. My question is what do you do to "train" or improve performance/speed/stamina? And is what I'm doing good?
use a power meter and try to sustain a certain amount of a wattage throughout the ride Going by speed doesn't mean anything because of winds and road gradient changing. You can time yourself on a set distance and just compete against yourself, but that will only do so much if you keep doing the same route
Originally Posted by Scrodzilla
I often need to flip my brain to the freewheel side when reading this forum.
interval training and endurance workouts on machines. i know it's lame but if you stay on a stationary bike and just work REALLY HARD twice a week it's better than having to deal with real world riding.
then again, if you know how to train you can do it on the road pretty successfully.
the only thing you need to buy to gain speed is food, and sometimes expertise. you don't need power meters and you don't need drugs/coaching/ultralight racing components. you just need your bike and your muscles and your brain to tell them what to do. strength is about your brain being able to work your muscles to exhaustion and your digestive system being able to build them up stronger.