New to the sport -- looking for advice!
Hey all.. this is actually my first post so try to bear with me if I begin to ramble on. Anyways, I am a very active person, nearly 20 yrs old, and am looking into joining my schools cycling team. I have played football, soccer, and rowed for the majority of my life and am trying to transition to cycling. I was directed by the cycling team to check out one of their "connections" where I picked up a Fuji SL-1 (full Dura-Ace) for under $2000. I have been on the bike for a total of about 75 miles and absolutely love it.
Being that I am new to the sport, but not new to lifting weights or other forms of exercise and diet, I would like any advice one would give me in terms of where to start training. So far I have heard to just pack on the base miles as I will need them during the racing season. Should I be doing interval work as well or just build up some long endurance rides? Should I be lifting weights at all or save that for the fall/winter? When I do start lifting, I read that sticking to a good endurance program (12x12) is key and just to start off with low weight and work your way up slowly. Also, in terms of nutrition, aside from a well balanced 3 full meals and 3 "energy" snacks, a multi-vitamin should keep me fresh, right?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!