I wondered if someone could shed some light on this. I have looked around and can't find anything definitive.
I have been cycling for about a year and a half. Before that I ran marathons. Not particularly well I might add. 5 plus hour times. 6'4" and 210 lbs 32 YO. Body fat is probabaly around 13-14%. My doctor and some friends conviced me to do Triathlons to spread out the "damage" and I became a certifeid bikeaholic. I go to meetings at least twice a week over flats and rolling hills. I love it!
So here's the delima. For whatever reason my body has taken to the bike with gusto. I can ride for Hours with no problem. My endurance seems unatural. If I am alone I would be ridding at 18-19mph on flats. Maybe 17.0 avg on hills. I love going of 60 plus miles.
Winter came so I have been doing Spin classes at the gym to keep in shape during the week. I live in an urban area so dark early morning rides don't really work too well. I use an old set of cycling shoes to make it harder. I have used these workouts to work on form so that I do not bounce and use my entire stroke. Here is the end result:
I can ride for hours at a lower heart rate (say 140-145). If I go on a group ride, I have quite a bit of explosive power. I can close a gap or speed over short hills with the best of the group. If, however, I need to sustain a burst for longer than a minute, I completely and totally melt down. I get blown of the back and it becomes a solo ride. If the pack gets up to 30-33MPH my day goes downhill quick.
It seems I have endurance, and explosive power, but that I miss something in between. How can i delvelop this middle ground? What is it called? Any workout sugestions?
My max cycling heart rate I have seen at 178 (seems low). I breath HARD at around 168. Mid 140's are no problem. They feel like a cool down.
I have done "intervals" that have consisted of sustained burst for around a minute. The thought of going longer seems impossible. Should I control these bursts more?
Please, help me feed my addiction! I am looking to make my high last longer and better! Help a fellow Bikeaholic PLEASE!!!!!