I need some help. I've been riding again for over a year now. Have tackled the MS150, and a couple of other 50-75 mile rides, but yesterday I failed to complete my first Century. Not sure quite what happened, possibly the wind, possibly my diet, or I just plain haven't trained properly. I thought I had this thing nailed, but could only get 65miles done before my legs started to cramp and my lower back did me in.
I need some help. I'm contemplating giving up this kind of cycling - there's no reason to not have finished this thing yesterday.
I'm open to suggestions on training books or other information, but I'd really like to actually meet with someone who could put a program together for me, review my bike and my back to see if they can live together or if I should think about something else. I love this sport, but the back pain and leg issues are making it very difficult. Yesterday I had the lungs - but the legs just don't have the strenght to get me over the hills. I cruise on the flats (25-28mph) but when I hit the hills, it all falls apart. I can recover on the flats again, but I need to be able to get up these hills in something other than my 32/23!!! And obviously that wasn't enough yesterday. Problem is the next event I'm doing has some even bigger climbs on it.
How do I go about finding a coach? Is it worth it, as I would expect it to be fairly expensive? Any and all assistance is welcome...
I have a two day event in a month and if I feel like this after day one... I'm not going to making that either.
OK - let me have it...