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    Basic Training

    Hey

    I've been mountain biking on local trails and a couple local tracks for about 2 years now and I think it's time for me to really start getting into competitive racing, probably XC. I'm kind of at a loss of a way to get myself in better shape. Could any of you maybe give me some suggestions on some basic training techniques for me? And maybe some nutrition suggestions as well?

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    Do intervals (alternating hard and easy riding) or ride more hills.

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    start doing 40 miles offroad, twice a week. ride less and easy the rest of the week

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    Pick up a copy of Joe Friel's Mountain Bikers Training Bible. You will be amazed at how much information it has. For less than $14 you can't go wrong.

    Also, if you really want to be competetive racing mountain bikes be prepared to do a lot of road riding. It's much easier to be consistant when training when riding the road, you also break a lot fewer parts.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edzo View Post
    start doing 40 miles offroad, twice a week. ride less and easy the rest of the week
    Wow, 40 miles off road twice a week around here would kill most people. Concentrate more on time and quality than miles. Miles don't mean crap.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
    Wow, 40 miles off road twice a week around here would kill most people. Concentrate more on time and quality than miles. Miles don't mean crap.
    ok then ride 2 hours a night,

    and 4 hours twice a week

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