Hey guys, I'm looking for advice regarding training in general, and spinning in particular. Sorry in advance for the length of this post, but thanks in advance for any help!
I started a cycling team at my school last April, and the 10 or so of us on the team were all first time racers. We had a fantastic time, and did better than we had hoped. Now that we've got a bit of experience under our belt, we're taking things a bit more seriously.
I've never been one to "train" in the past. I just rode for fun, although I find long distances, big hills, and heavy effort a lot of fun. Now that I've got a team to look after, it's time for training. The spring collegiate season starts the beginning of March. From November to the end of February (and sometimes more) riding outside is impractical due to snow, ice, and salt on the roads. Now I've got no problem toughening up myself (in fact, I commute 10 miles each way to school, through blizzards and whatnot) but I can't ask the other guys to go on regular training rides in this weather. We've convinced the school to let us use the spinning room twice a week.
So we have access to spin bikes and a really good gym. But none of us really know how to train. Can you guys recommend any specific training books that you've used with good results? I'm looking for a good weight routine that compliments biking.
Also, I'm going to "lead" our spinning sessions, since we can't afford to hire an instructor. But I know spinning is more than just pedalling the bike.
Any advice on a good book or two which outline training routines with specific info on weight lifting and spinning? <---I suppose I could have shortened the post to that line, but I wanted you guys to know where we're coming from. We're a bunch of newbies...