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Newbie Training Advice??(3 posts)

Newbie Training Advice??Mack
Apr 24, 2002 6:57 PM
I'm a frustrated ex-runner - yeah, it was the knees - who did a lot of training and racing (5K's, 10K's, Marathons). So I have a good understanding of basic training principles - aerobic, anaerobic, threshold, etc - but am looking for some advice as I've become quickly addicted to cycling.

I've only been riding for 6 weeks and have simply been trying to slowly increase mileage without killing myself (I'm up to about 20 miles a day, 5-6 days a week). Specifically, what's the best approach for a beginner who's interested in max fitness and probably racing (at some point)?

If I were advising a new runner, I'd tell them to keep it low intensity and slowly build volume for the first few months before taking on any real anaerobic or high-intensity work. Should I take a similar approach on the bike, or should I be doing some pounding from the very beginning. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
re: Newbie Training Advice??mwood
Apr 24, 2002 8:53 PM
Everything I've heard or read seems to echo your initial thoughts, that is, build a base and then start building specifically from that base. That is why you'll often hear cyclists talking about "base miles" being needed before beginning to work on specific areas. The common rule of thumb is to build about a 1000 mile "base" and then start a schedule which includes specific rides and exercises for whatever your objective.
I also was a runner until my knee started to protest loudly and I would caution to be careful with the amount of stress, particularly climbing steeps in big gears, you place on your knees. (go at least one gear lower than you think you can handle) Lots of guys and gals have gotten blown off their bikes by knee problems.
re: Newbie Training Advice??No_sprint
Apr 25, 2002 4:43 AM
Yep, base building. Stay under your AT for a good solid couple of months. Ride with groups, hone your skills. Become confident in your riding for your own safety as well as that of others. Have fun.