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another newbie question...(2 posts)

another newbie question...ghoss
Jan 24, 2002 11:56 AM
some history... I am 36, 6'1, 180lbs. and I've been road bike riding for about 2 years, last year I started to train harder when I was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease, however, I did complete my first century and approx 3000 miles for the year. Stopped riding in October, surgery in late December.

I have started to ride again, on rollers (american classic) due to weather and schedule. I am working on building base miles paying close attention to my HR. I am keeping my HR between 130 and 145, however, I cannot get my rpm up over 85 or I bust out of my HR range, no matter what gearing I choose. I've been reading the post on the message board and I see people spinning at 100 rpm and above, and keeping a low HR. Could I have lost that much fittness over that period of time or am I doing something wrong or could it be the rollers giving resistance?
Any suggestion or observations are appreciated..
just warming up???C-40
Jan 24, 2002 6:18 PM
Why keep your heart rate so low? I generally average 150-160 on two hour rides. It's rare that mine ever falls down to 135-140, unless I'm loafing.

Indoor training sessions are generally 1/4 to 1/2 as long as real road sessions. Spend a few few minutes warming up, then kick it in gear and get the heart up to higher levels if you want to develop aerobic capacity. Try an occasional, brief interval to max. heart rate (190+).

Combine indoor cycling with weight lifting to increase strength during the off season.