LBKA (formerly punkncat)
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: OTP South
Bikes: Spec Roubaix SL4, GT Traffic 1.0
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Goal oriented question for a training newbie
I got back on my old bike several months ago, and have been riding around the neighborhood and local trails at a moderate to easy pace. Just before Christmas, I was riding at least three days a week, about 7-10 miles, at around an 8-10 mph pace.
I picked up a new road bike, and have noticed that I can go much farther, and a bit faster with less effort. By spring (March) I would like to be able to ride 25 mile, 16mph club rides.
I have ridden three days this week, plan to ride tomorrow as well, and take the weekend off. I rode one day a bit light, skipped a day, the next was an average day, and today I pushed pretty hard for a bit more speed and half again my normal distance. Tomorrow I plan to ride at a relaxed pace, but to put in as near my normal distance as I can.
My plan was to slightly increase the distance and speed each week, with a similar schedule, weather permitting, so 4 of the 7 days.
Is it best that I increase the frequency of my rides, and gently push the pace? Should I stay about the same, but increase my distance? Do both? Ride one or more hard days a week with the same rides for recovery inbetween?