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Old 03-30-05, 11:16 AM   #1
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Best Training methods

starting out on road, wondering what you guys did to start training for best results?
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Old 03-30-05, 11:25 AM   #2
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There's a whole sub-forum about training and nutrition. You might want to post and/or search there, too.
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When the pedal comes up, push it down again.

It's really that simple.
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you'll want to take it easy for a while. build a good base of miles first. usually slower speeds over a long distance is best. add mileage gradually, and level off once in a while. take a recovery day or two during the week as well. once you have a good base of 500 or so miles (some go much longer) you can start to increase the intensity of your workouts.
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starting out on road, wondering what you guys did to start training for best results?
Build a good base, and don't worry about "training" for awhile. You need to get some mileage under your butt.
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If you are just starting out, I would focus on building your cycling skills rather than your fitness when you're on the bike. If you want to increase your fitness at the same time, go to a gym and work out on a stationary bike.

I would suggest consulting a personal trainer (or do your own research), and get set up with interval training on a stationary bike. On the days you're not doing interval training, work on building up your endurance on your bike.
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I agree; just ride the bike. Sometimes I get caught up in how I have to "train" and ride a certain a way to make the ride worthwhile. But I have since learned that unless you are focusing on a certain event you are better served by simply getting on the bike and riding for at least an hour. After you rack up the miles, you will notice you are stronger, in better shape and a much happier person :-)
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I would suggest consulting a personal trainer (or do your own research), and get set up with interval training on a stationary bike. On the days you're not doing interval training, work on building up your endurance on your bike.
I would have to strongly disagree with this advice - it is a shortcut to injury. You have no business doing intervals until you build a strong base. The definition differs. I know the importance of interval training in that it was one of the mainstays of my successful running career. I did not do bike interval one until I had a 4000 mile base, which took a few months of riding. Your bicycle skills will increase as you ride. Learn to ride with a good cadence with a target of about 90. Start pushing big gears now and doing interval training, and be prepared for knee problems, etc.

When you get your base mileage in, doing intervals a couple of times a week will make you a stronger, faster rider, and if you are interested in racing, they are mandatory.
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