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Thanks, Jim. I will definitely look for that book in the nearby city, where the bookstore's really good. Thanks for the other advice, too. I don't know if there's a group in my immediate area, but I'm searching for one. :)
Fair, that's a good thing for me to keep in mind, training for what I plan on doing. Right now, it's mostly just riding for exercise, but eventually I'll do other stuff. I am just starting out. :)
JHOLLNAGEL give you some really good advice.
Go to the experts and read and read for training tips.
The other small detail is that the training for racing is very different than training for long rides and/or touring.
When I was racing, I had to do lots of hill work-outs, intervals for speed development, and long rides to develop stamina and endurance.
Now I only do the long rides to be prepared for touring, as I no longer race.
Your training needs to fit what your desired outcome is.
I got a lot of my general information from Bicycling magazine... or their website at bicycling.com
Their articles cover training, equipment, nutrition, and the mechanics of your bike and how to tune it and fix it.
“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.”
I'm in my third year of cycling and tried racing during my 2nd year. I bought and read the book "Training Bible for Cyclist" by Joe Friel several times. I also read numeruous of other cycling training books to get a different perspective. I have found that the way I trained for the last 2 years is absolutely the thing they tell you not to do in the books I read. This year I am transitioning to how they recommend you to train. I will not know how this works until the end of this year or next year for sure.
But I would recommend Friels book It may be intimidating at first but after reading it 4 times I pick something new up each time;-)
There is too much info to start but start riding, reading, asking, and join a cycling club in your area it will help you immensely
Edited by: JHOLLNAGEL at: 5/18/2010 (11:47)
Thanks, Zoe. I will check out your SP page & blog. A lot of food for thought here, & I look forward to learning more. :D
oohhh where to start? Just read my SP page and blog? Actually today someone asked me the same question (how did I get started) so I answered it there. Mostly I just started out with little rides, and added 15 minutes a week. The big jump was when I met a ride leader for a local club at a birthday party, and that got me up to at least 2x week.
Jan 3rd or so I was doing 80 minute rides. May 2nd I did 80 miles.
If you just plunk away at it you learn things like your seat height needs to go up, or it's time for bike shorts, etc. (long version is in the blog).
One thing I wanted to catch right away was your fuel comment. Pre-ride you want to eat about 300 calories (good mix of carbs and protein) during the ride eat carbs (little protein) and recovery is back to protein and carbs.
Carbs got the bad rap from couch potatoes, and if you are riding more than an hour you are going to need them. I find if I don't fuel up enough, the ride is a miserable drag. I feel flat, the tap water tastes gross, and my sample of high quality chocolate tastes crappy. When I have enough of the smart beans from Jelly Belly, it's a happy bouncy energetic ride. I also like Nugo bars.
Like normally I don't fuel an hour into a ride, but the other day were were at the top of our first big hill, and I knew a larger one was on the way and about 40 miles. Carbs keep you from boinking.
(I burned 3800 calories that day, so it's likely I was ripping through the 2,000 calories in glycogen we all carry around.)
Not to say the beginner gets into all of that right away, I just mention it because I "cracked" my first 66 mile ride. I was crispy, burnt, done and bored. No elation over the accomplishment. I think a lot of the mental fatigue had to do with the brain needing carbs.
Sorry for beating the carb issue to death. I have found it's a huge mental jump from the usual dieting routine. (The funniest moment was at this womens only 66 mile Cinderella ride. Never have I seen women walking a carb buffet, and loading their plates like teenage boys. I felt like I was on another planet.)
I totally adore my local bike club (actc.org) and encourage you to investigate around your area. Your bike shops may have ideas for groups in the area, in addition to the usual google search. My club had their newsletter in the shop.
- cycled 101 miles! (11/2010)
-completed "Couch to 5k" training program 5/4/2010
- 5/8/2010: Willow Glen 5k/ (3 miles): 34:13! Average pace was 11:20!!!
- 5/2/2010: Na
I have looked at some of the other threads with titles that seem to have some of what I'm looking for, & they do. I'm looking for some general advice for this, I guess, too. Thanks! :)
I biked a lot when I was a child, but then I've only done so on & off since the beginning of March. The weather's not been conducive to going out nearly as much as I'd like. However, I've still been keeping active.
What I'd like, though, please, is advice on training in general. I do stretch before & after & got them from a cycling site that had an article for women specifically on this. I'm sorry that I can't remember the site! I do drink water before, during & after my ride.
What kinds of foods are good to eat before a ride? How long before? If on a longer ride, I know that it's good to have something along. I assume that protein's the best thing for this?
Any ideas on how to really make a go of this? Eventually - not this year, but maybe next, & definitely after that - I want to start participating in tours &/or races, & so I'd like to know what kind of training routine's good for that. Has anyone else done this before? If so, what worked for them? I want to make this a serious yet fun thing now so that when it comes time to start competing &/or participating in events, I want to keep up & do my very best.
I live in southwestern B. C., &, thankfully, I can ride pretty well all year. I live in a particularly flat area, too, & so it's great for a beginner or someone who needs to get back into biking, as I do.
Thanks in advance for any advice, links, stories, anything that could help.