Hi all, am considering getting into some structured training on my rides. I'm 52 and have been riding about 2000 miles a year for the past eight years. Almost every time I go out I push myself hard trying to get in better shape, and lose weight, and although I am a lot stronger than I was before, I cant help from thinking that maybe a lot of my miles are relatively wasted because I dont train with a HR monitor.
These days I want to try and get the most good out of my rides instead of being a loose cannon, or otherwise just going out and hammering until I puke like I have been. I still have some more weight to lose, as I'm at about 235 lbs and want to get down below 200.
Does any of you think I could benefit from a HR monitor? If so, are there any books I could buy that would help me fine tune my training better than I have been? My longest rides so far have been around 54 miles, and I usually ride 50-70 miles per week. These days I just go out there and hammer for ten miles or more every day, being a slave to my average speed and just generally competing against myself.
I've had some health issues in the past and had heart by-pass surgery in '97, but my cardiologist has given me the green light in my bike riding. He thinks its great, but he's no sports doctor on the subject.
Thanks for any insight.