Why is it that the first group ride after the winter months is the biggest suffering? Last year I got dropped faster than you could kiss a goose's rear end;-0 I swore I did exercise. This year I'm trying a totally new approach and I'm wondering just how affective this approach will be??? However, I will not let it get me down nor will I increase my intensity to the point of shear sufferage like I did last year. I am going to hold steady to the training plan and we will see how fast it will take me to keep with the 2nd tier and then we will see how long I will be able to stay with the 1st tier super testerone group who are half my age .... boy would it be embarrassing if I held and sucked the wheel for the whole 30 miles????;-)
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Fitness Minutes: (78,358) Posts: 1,819 3/5/10 10:41 P
It really depends on what you are trying to do. Burn calories or improve your riding, both will happen the more you ride. You can use the tools on sp to guesstimate you calorie burn. The easiest way to measure bike improvement is over a specific distance it doesn't really matter so much how far, but make it repeatable with low traffic so you don't have to stop and start. Time how long it takes you to ride the distance. That is your benchmark. Ride the same course each month with the same effort if you get faster you are improving.
Since I started riding again a couple of seasons ago, I notice my ability to climb hills has improved. Our neighborhood is at almost 1000 feet and in order to commute anywhere, I have to ride down to sea level, then back up to get home. At first, I always had to ride my mountain bike so I would have the 3 largest front chain rings to make it home. Now, I can ride home on my road bike with it's only 2 front chain rings.... although I'm still no speed demon on the uphills.
The local racing club frequently practices hill repeats in our neighborhood, and I sure can't keep up with them!
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I bike commute to work, so I know really well what gears I'm in for what hills. One of the improvements I've noticed is that when I started, I spent most of the time in the two smallest chain rings, at about 4-6 on the rear cassette. I also regularly got down to my easiest gear. Now, I often am using mostly the two largest chain rings, at about 5-7 on thee rear cassette, and only use the smallest chain ring when the hill is steep, and rarely "run out of gears" like I used to.
There's lots of stops, so another thing I notice is what gear I shift down to when stopping - it used to be middle three, then four, five, and now even sometimes six.
Edited by: RESIPSA99 at: 3/2/2010 (12:30)
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I was just curious what specific cycling performance improvements you were seeing and noticing on your way to achieving your goals. I know, in the abstract, what I would think I would see and notice, but since I'm not where I want to be, quite yet, I wanted to find out what you feel like, and how it feels on the bike.
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