Iíve been riding for a year, and so far have competed in 6 races this season. 3 have been road races and 3 have been crits.
I have put in a lot of time and effort leading up the beginning of this season. I went out in the cold, and put in the miles and time. Iíll admit that I donít have a training plan or schedule.
I ride by myself, with a few buddies or with large groups.
In the races and crits I have not done as well as Iíd like to have done. In fact, in all of the races I have been dropped at one point or another, usually between ľ and Ĺ way through the race.
I recently purchased a heart rate monitor, which I think will help me with my training.
But to the main point of this post. I think it is my breathing that is causing me the most problems. My legs seem to burn rather quickly when Iím riding hard. I try to spin, not mash large gears, and I think I do that pretty well.
But my breathing though seems more of the huff and puff type than the controlled breathing. Could that be my problem? Iíve read that I should try to breathe from my gut and take deep breathes but more importantly exhale hardly with my stomach. Could this be one of the biggest reasons that I am not doing as well as I think I should?
Anyone have tips for breathing more effectively.