Thanks for reading this. I'm trying to put together a training plan for 2006. My main goal is to ride a century, but I would like to try a race in 2007. My question is about putting in 500 miles of low HR riding at the beginning of the season before increasing training intensity.
I commute to work each day, including right now in the winter. My winter route is a 1/2 hour each way on snow/ice riding a MTB with studded tires. Its very difficult to keep my HR low. It usually averages over 150 bpm (my max is around 181). And my legs are tired by this point in the week (Thursday).
I just started riding a road bike last fall. I put on only 500 kms on it so far and its my first road bike. I've been commuting with my MTB for 2 years year-round (approx 4,000 kms per year).
My question is: when April comes and the snow melts, should I do the 500 base miles on my new road bike before trying any intervals or such? Or do I already have some kind of "fitness level" because of my commuting and doing the long, slow rides would not improve my fitness?
P.S. If you're really interested in my plight...since I'm over forty I would like to be lifting weights, too. To be honest, I find it very difficult right now - the winter commute is quite tiring for my leg muscles. I do not drive a car and don't really like the bus. Thanks again.