How long does it take to build a base?
Years. Many years.
But really, most folks say 1000 miles, but that's a minimum IMHO. I've been averaging about 100 miles/week, building base since the beginning of last October, (what a wimp, eh Machka?) so that's about 2000 miles. Though that's not all "base." I enjoy a hard group ride on Sunday, and spend some time at, but not above, LT - maybe 1/2 hour a week average in an average 3-4 hour ride. I'm probably in a Build phase now, but just building Z3 strength, no intervals yet.
How long should my rides be. or weekly totals.
Whatever time you've got, depending on your commitments in your life and to cycling. It'll take everything you've got. The more you ride, the more you can
In what zone?
Hooo. Ratio maybe: 1 hrs. Z1, 2 hrs. Z2, 2 hrs. Z3, 1/2-1 hr. Z4, 5-20 minutes Z5. People will probably disagree with that, saying you need less time in the upper zones. These estimates are just from my records; what I really do.
How long does it take? 4 weesk? 6 weeks...etc
Yeah, the rest of your life. "They say" the average person can start riding base in March and be riding centuries in July.
How many x's a week?
5 is good. Don't let 3 days go by without riding. That's the main thing.
I've never race (weekend worrior) before but I would like to see how far I can push my body.
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