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5/12/08 6:50 P

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ha ha, sounds a bit insane to me - I bike because I cant run - it makes me hurt to much. don't think I'll be doing any brickes. Seriously though I really admire those who can do all that - triathelons and all. I couldn't do it unless I could walk it.

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5/12/08 12:00 P

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Willow,

I was following up on what Jules said.

Bricks are a bike ride followed immediately by a run. The term brick comes from how your legs feel as you transition from the bike to running.

The more you do these, the easier the transition becomes; or so I've heard since I've only done this a few times.

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5/11/08 10:29 P

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I am new to a lot of this - what are bricks????

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5/10/08 9:09 A

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Bricks ... do one, note the feeling in your legs and you'll understand the name.

We have a half dozen or so iron girls in our bike club. Our weekday evening club rides are usually 25-30 miles (~2500 ft climbing) at a decent 16-18 mph pace. The iron girls have been "nice" enough to invite others to join them for 1 mile bricks afterwards. Lacking common sense, I have joined them three times. Each time, it is apparent to me why I have no aspirations to become a duo or tri person ... ouch!

This only increases my appreciation for those who do the swim/bike/run thing ...

Bob



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5/10/08 12:25 A

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I would think that simulating the bike then run might be a good training idea for your sprint triathlons?

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5/9/08 6:10 P

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Thank your playingoutdoors. I didn't know About.com had a section on bicycling.

Another resource is bicycling.com (Bicycling Magazine web site).

The most important training you can get is ride, ride, ride. As you become stronger you can challenge yourself more. Would you like to ride a Century (100 miles, or 100 kilometer, in one day)? Would you like to sail up steep hills like the wind? Do you want to sprint or go for distance? All of these are great adventures on a bike. How you train depends on what you want to do.

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5/9/08 5:48 P

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Take a look at cycling Coach Thread I started, for training ideas.

In general you want to add intervals to your rides: both hill and flat intervals, to increase distance and speed.

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5/9/08 3:12 P

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I am new to road biking, but what I am doing right now is short rides during the week and long rides on the weekend, my during the week rides I alternate a steady ride (I'm working a little sweat, but comfortable), a hard ride mid week (up hills or as fast as I can go) and an easy pleasure ride at the end of the week...my rides are anywhere from 20 minutes to 40 minutes and not a huge workout...my weekend "long" ride I increase the miles each week, this weekend is my mothers day ride to my mom's house...29 miles!

I tend to listen to my body and not push it too hard if I am sore from a vigorous weight lifting workout the day before, and I cross train. Good Luck! I want to do a tri next year!

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5/9/08 11:59 A

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Thanks a ton!

 
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I don't have a set training schedule per se, but what I would recommend is riding short rides through out the week, a longer one on the weekend, and then increase your miles each week. For example, your daily rides could 3-5 miles long (whatever is comfortable for you starting out). Then ride a full 10 miles on your weekend riding day. You'll be surprised how well your body adapts to the short rides and the long ride will then be a piece of cake.

Vary your daily rides to include flat speed rides offset by training days that include hills and cadence training. Varying your daily training allows for muscle recovery as well keeping you from getting into a training rut.

About.com has a training schedule for riding a century and although you're just starting out, you can get an idea of how to set up your personal training schedule. bicycling.about.com/od/trainingandfi
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Basically you increase the the overall distance in your daily and weekend rides. If you're consistant in your training, you'll most likely build your endurance a bit quicker than you expect. I know I did. The thought of a 40 mile ride was very intimidating to me, but after building up my ride distance to an average of 15-18 miles a day during the week, the 40 mile ride was a breeze!

Good luck!! Sorry I didn't have an actual training schedule for you, but snoop around the cycling pages at About.com, there is quite a bit of helpful info there.

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5/8/08 10:11 A

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Hi All! I am new here. I'm 23 and I just got a new road bike. Because of this I have decided after years of running to take up a few short sprint triathlons this summer. No bike requirements/etc. so I'm fine there, but I need help with the training please?!

Can someone help me set up a training schedule for cycling? I am in good shape and spin 3x a week, but I'd like to assume I'm starting from scratch and build up to 10 miles then up to 15. Please?! I'd be so grateful.

 
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