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    Help! New to road cycling

    I'm new to road cycling and I'd like to get into "race shape" (club meets) by next season.
    I'm an ex-hockey/soccer player (varsity level) and though I've fallen off the bandwagon lately, I'm used to putting in at least 1h/day at the gym 6 days/wk (alternating cardio/strength).

    I commute everyday on my bike, all year-round, carrying textbooks, groceries, laundry -everything- all the time, up and down hills. Probably a total of 20km per day. And this has been my lifestyle for the last 5 years.

    The question is: what would be the best workout schedule to get myself into "race shape"? I'm used to working out and I can devote at least 2hrs/day (7days/wk), sometimes more.

    Thanks for your help on this!
    P.S. suggestions on any books would be good too (I heard some about Hinault's book...)

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    Welcome to road cycling (though it already sounds like you have your feet wet). Probably the most talked about and recommended book is Joe Friel's The Cyclist's Training Bible.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cyclists-Train...4538169&sr=1-1

    I believe everything you will need to know about racing and training will be covered in this book. It covers great depth of interval trainings which may be the best training tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bfloyd
    Welcome to road cycling (though it already sounds like you have your feet wet). Probably the most talked about and recommended book is Joe Friel's The Cyclist's Training Bible.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cyclists-Train...4538169&sr=1-1

    I believe everything you will need to know about racing and training will be covered in this book. It covers great depth of interval trainings which may be the best training tool.
    Thanks bfloyd! That's really great advice- I'll pick up that book for sure! (especially at that price)
    -S-

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    Quote Originally Posted by bfloyd
    Welcome to road cycling (though it already sounds like you have your feet wet). Probably the most talked about and recommended book is Joe Friel's The Cyclist's Training Bible.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cyclists-Train...4538169&sr=1-1

    I believe everything you will need to know about racing and training will be covered in this book. It covers great depth of interval trainings which may be the best training tool.
    Good advice. Carmichael's "the ultimate ride" is also a good book.

    I'd also suggest you look for some cycling clubs in your location.
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