I've gotten settled on my new bike. I got my helmet and basic gear. However now that I'm beginning to ride I want to ride with a purpose of improving and not aimlessly ride.
I've search through this section and the forum and I see the advice for the new guy is just ride for a few months / 1 year then worry about techniques or training... Honestly I think that is ridiculous.
1) I'd be bored and give up riding if all I did for a year was sit and pedal for hours or x miles as a goal (I would have gotten a hybrid or touring bike instead of a caad10)
2) I strongly believe that if I develop a bad technique at the beginning I would waste time unlearning in it
I am definitely a competitive person who enjoys details and tracking progress. My goal is to EVENTUALLY ride competitively and also be able to easily ride centuries etc..
I'm looking for a book or resources (website or books) that can explain basic form, posture, pedaling technique, building simple training plans to get from newbie to intermediate (not race ready just yet). I am specifically looking for ways the track progress beyond miles. I'm the guy that would be interested using a heart rate monitor, bike computer and sensors to see improvements...
Here is what I found so far:
The Training Bible - (the reviews/forum suggest this was mainly for when you're intermediate to beginning racing is this true?)
Time crunched Cyclists - (the reviews/forum suggest: and easier read than the training Bible, also for "intermediate" only?)
Serious Cycling - (the reviews/forum suggest not much details other than this is a good book)
The Heart rate monitor book for cyclists Sally Edwards (member koffee seems to promote this, are there others that are better)
The big book of cycling (good amazon reviews nothing found on this forum)
The bicycling big book of cycling for beginners (a few mentioned it but no details)
Bicycling magazine new cyclists handbook. (good amazon reviews)
I'll be looking for websites or you tube too.
Of all these or anything you want to add; which would be the best for a beginner to improve fitness with measured results?
I bought an e-book and regret it because it spent most of the time talking about describing what different bikes are and how to inflate tires road safety... Very beginner almost for a 7 year old kid. I'm looking to avoid paying for a book that is like that while avoiding overwhelming books or websites
Thank You in advance for your insight/advice.
Oh and I love this site but I find that I would have to sift through a lot or keyword search specifics. I'd rather have the resources centered in 1 place then come here for specific inquiries.