Join Date: May 2011
Bikes: GT Transeo 5.0, 2014 Giant Defy 1
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Distance vs. Frequency for a newbie
I am still very new to cycling. Started at the beginning of May. At that point I could barely break 2 miles in a single ride and was winded beyond belief. Yesterday I rode 8 miles, which was my longest ride to date.
My question is about the best riding strategy. Everything else being equal would it be better to go for less frequent long rides (relatively speaking) or more frequent shorter rides.
I have been trying to increase my distance every couple of times out. But at my current level of fitness my legs are pretty sore after a 7 mile ride. I would be able to ride more frequently if I was staying between 4 -6 miles. But I dont know if I should focus on 4 - 5 shorter rides during the week or 2 -3 longer rides. My ultimate goal is to lose weight. But my short term goal is to be able to do a 20 mile ride before the end of the summer. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.