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" Is there any advice you all can offer me in terms of a training regimen?[/QUOTE]"
A good journal is VERY helpful when you are training for competition. Keep track of everything you can think of, including how you feel. You'll be able to spot trends and make corrections to your training sooner.
A few suggestions to track: Sleep hours & Quality, waking HR, weight, Diet, Workout Time/distance/quality/average HR, Stress level, body measurements ... Body fat % is nice to know.
Look at the numbers collectively. Don't let the bathroom scale or mileage total dictate your training. If your cycling performance is improving, stay the course. If you plateau or decline, change it up (more or less recovery, more or less volume/intensity etc).
I measure my progress by doing a moderate time trial at a prescibed HR (~75% or max, ~ 20 bpm below my race pace). As the season progresses my times drop even though I'm at the same heart rate.
I've tried several comercial journals but perfer to make my own custom spreadsheet.
Best of luck and have fun!