A herniated disk gave me six months off the bike last year and I decided this is a good opportunity to unlearn some deeply-entrenched bad habits.
Even with my fitness currently in the toilet, I can hammer my way through a century. But my form would be all over the place. I'd consider it a greater accomplishment to finish 50 miles with solid, fluid, balanced pedaling form.
Am currently riding rollers with dual resistance units, am building up a fixed-gear bike, and am waiting to hear back from a coach here in San Diego. No racing aspirations, just want to become a solid climber with a minor in time-trialing proficiency. (Who knows? Maybe by focusing on form first, I'll become even better than when I was a young hammerhead?)
What has worked for you?
Would you simply start hammering out miles and let good form emerge...?
...Or concentrate on the position, riding form, and then use it to go after fitness?
Know of any good form-focused DVD's?
Recommend any good coaches or exercise-physiologists in the San Diego area?
I spent 18 years riding a beloved Masi Gran Criterium that really didn't fit, but now have the freedom, funds and focus to go after this. I've also read several books (is there anyone from the 80's who didn't read the Eddie-B. book?) but at the very least would like to have my position looked at.
Any serious responses appreciated. Thanks and safe riding!
-Chris in Carlsbad, CA