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8/8/11 3:52 P

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Thanks for posting this! I am in the market for a bike right now. I have been trying out bikes for a while and am leaning towards either a beginner road bike or a fitness hybrid... My husband is really into cycling and I did a few charity rides a couple years ago on one of his bikes. Usually, I am into running, but I have gained 30 pounds, so I was hoping that cycling would help me to get back into shape... anyway, thanks for the tips!

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This article appeared in Bike magazine and is written by Selene Yeager. After reading the article it dawned on me that you can use these fundamentals for any sport...just change "cyclist" to whatever your pleasure and you will be on your way to serious improvement and health.

1. Have a plan.
You might get fit by winging it, but truly remarkable accomplishments, whether upgrading to Cat 3 or scoring a belt buckle in the Leadville 100, require careful execution of a training program.

2. Be prepared to scrap the plan.
Your plan should be etched in clay for molding to your needs, not in stone for beating yourself up. If your scheduled for 20 minutes of pyramid interval, but your legs feel like you just spent the last few days constructing a real pyramid, spin instead.

3. Ride at the edges.
Once a week go so hard your eyes hurt. Follow it with a ride so slow the snails yawn. The combination makes legs stronger.

4. Be true to yourself.
Cyclist are pack animals. Enjoy the camaraderie, but don't let your training goals get trashed by constant king-of-the-mountain contests, town-sign sprints or the all-hard, all-the-time mentality of the group. If you can't trust yourself to go easy when you need to, ride alone.

5. Do what sucks,
You hate climbing because it's hard for you. You should climb-because it's hard for you.

6. Think improvement.
Do more than log miles. Intervals, cadence rides and other specific workouts are designed to progressively challenge your body in different ways from week to week. Give every ride a goal.

7. Maintain the human machine.
The gym is your body shop. Visit twice a week to strengthen your core and other stabilizing muscle groups. And don't forget to stretch. By keeping you supporting muscles strong and joints flexible you can avoid an achy back, tight hip flexors and other overuse pains that can weaken even the strongest cyclist.

8. Train your brain.
Your body can do more than you think. Convince your brain through positive thinking and visualization. You'll be surprised at what you can accomplish when you say you can.

9. Eat.
Fuel your body with the food you eat on race day. You'll ride faster in practice and digest better when it counts. Experiment: There are dozens of energy concoctions for a reason. No one thing works for everyone.

10. Enjoy the ride.
You already have a job. Work hard at cycling, but never make it work!

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