BILL60: Welcome to the world of bike racing! Be prepared to get your a$$ handed to you in your first few races - it happens to everyone and is a cycling rite of passage.
Training smart is the key and you'll see changes from what you're doing already. If the coach is worth his/her salt, you should be doing less miles, but more hard ones. And some totally easy ones too. And some time off the bike!
Trust the process, focus and you'll get there.
EDITED to add: +1 on the training bible. I have the Triathlon one but the cycling one's not that much different. Full of good stuff in there.
Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 9/28/2009 (11:30)
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Good for you! How wonderful to have such a goal to work toward. I also recommend the Training Bible, and also caution not to over stress your knee. While cycling is not as hard on them as running, it does put pressure on them, especially if your bike is not fit well. Keep us posted.
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i would also suggest getting Joe Friel's books as well. He has a Training Bible for Cyclist, I think books about competitive racing, hill climbing.
I have his Training Bible for Cyclist .... i have read through it and now will be applying the priciples. I will be embarking on my third year of cycling starting in April 2010. According to him I'm still a rookie in the cycling world.
It's been 4 years since I accepted my doctor's advice (due to knee problems) to stop running and take up biking. For those 4 years I have biked in excess of 40,000 miles without real goals, but now I'm changing all of that. I'm going to concentrate on quality biking so as to begin competing next year, when I reach the almighty 65th b'day. It's time to stop messing around and start to reach for the sky. I hope to compete in the Senior Games next year and kick some serious buttinsky. To do that I will have to: 1st fine tune the engine by loosing 30+ pounds between now and the end of July 2010; 2nd hire a coach to guide me to my lofty goals; and 3rd will be to get real focused. It's going to be a tough road, but whoever said something worthwhile had to be easy. HOOAAA!!
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