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Old 08-27-04, 12:07 PM   #1
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Good training schedule?

Hi all,
My name is Jamie and I'm a biking addict.

I just can't stop. I want more and more. All the time, I'm wanting more.

I think the only way I can quench my biking thirst is to work up to doing a century ride. I have a couple questions.

1) Is there a good training schedule that you know of that I could try and follow? I've been gradually adding 5-10 miles per ride per week over the past 2 weeks. Now I can do 17 miles at at time, without much of a problem. Should I ride 5 days pretty hard, then have 2 days off? I automatically push myself when I'm riding, I've always been self-inspiring that way. I feel great when I do better today than yesterday.

2) I have a mountain bike. It's old. I want to get a hybrid, I don't think I'm interested in a road bike. I like straight handlebars. Does anyone know of a good hybrid bike that's workable for 100 mile rides? I've been looking at the Marin SanRafael, and the Trek 7000 series. Or is that asking to much of a hybrid?

3) Any kind of foods I should be eating? I'm a vegetarian, so meat is out. I eat a good deal of fruit, grains, nuts and the like. Does anyone know of an training/eating schedule I could get on? I've been looking around but haven't found any kind of 14-day menu to follow. Are alcoholic drinks off the list? I don't drink that much, but I do like whiskey and a good beer. I'm starting to feel like I don't want to drink much anymore because it'll interfere with riding the next day, which is good, I guess.

Any suggestions would be great. Have a good day.
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1) you dont want to push yourself too hard. Just work with whats best for you, try some different types of training rides, and yes i think gradually adding on miles will build up fitness. Also if your getting bored, stick the bike on a car and drive somewhere different, if you have mountains or hills around, go there. I must admit i do get bored riding in the same place all the time, but i like a variety. You should consider joining a riding club or somesort is you already havn't. They travell around a lot, and group riding is really fun . With the training thing, my opinion is to go for a shorter ride each day, but then say on a weekend have saturday off, and go for your main ride sunday (look for different places to go). When training, its not how much you do, its how often you do. Hope this helps, i'm a bit the same, addicted to isn't it
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