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Training tips for a new guy(8 posts)

Training tips for a new guychriscpa
Sep 24, 2002 11:45 AM
This is the first year into biking, I wound like to ride better next year. And I am looking for winter trainning tips. I live in Wiscosnin if you know what I mean.

Some info about me
2002 Mileage: about 1000 mile
Speed: about 17mph for short ride (usually 25 mile)
about 15mph for longer ride (the longest was 75mile)
5k Running: 26.5min
Height: 5'9"
Weigth: 170lbs

As you can see, I am pretty slow and fat. I am interested in doing a century early next year. What should be my focus during this Winter regarding trainning? Pumping iron, getting roller, wind trainer or running? My Goal is to finish a century less than 6 hours. Can you guys suggest some winter training tips

re I like running in the winter.dzrider
Sep 24, 2002 12:20 PM
Your time for 5k running relative to your cycling speeds (assuming they are for total elapsed time, not time on the bike) makes it sound like your aerobic fitness is as much of an issue as your cycling. Running does at least as good a job for your heart and lungs and is, for me, more fun than trainers or rollers. Run, ride indoors once or twice a week, and any time you get some decent weather ride as long as you can. The less weight you gain between T'giving and New Years the fitter you'll be in April!
rollers and race videoscollinsc
Sep 24, 2002 12:49 PM
rollers are awesome. rollers are exceedingly boring.
get something bike related to watch while rolling. time will go by faster and you wont want to shove forks in your eyes after 20 minutes
rollers and readingKerry
Sep 24, 2002 4:39 PM
I start each winter (central Michigan) with a 6 inch stack of magazines (Cycle Sport, VeloNews, Sound & Vision, Ski, Adventure Cyclist, Consumer Reports, etc.) and by the spring, I'm looking around the house for things to read. You can get a reading stand for an exercise bike and clamp it to a dowel on a stand (better not to have it on the bike). Put on some loud music, turn on the fans, read, and spin. You'll get great riding skills, good base conditioning, and be the most well-read in your ride group.
ths for the tipschriscpa
Sep 25, 2002 5:21 AM
Thanks for the tips. Looks like I am going to get a roller. Seems nobody like wind trainer. I just turned into a do-it-yourselfer. Just changed my handle bar to a 44 and put on new tape. Probably will be cheaper to have my bike shop to do it, but I got a lot of satifaction out of this little project.

wait...and screw the boredom issuehusker
Sep 25, 2002 7:54 AM
If your new to cycling, the rollers might be dangerous. Get an inexpensive trainer and spinerval workout tapes. Get a trainer that you can adjust the resistance. AND don't listen to the hype that its "boring." Screw that, just ride. The more time on the trainer the better you'll be later. Only lazy people complain of boredom. I hate that excuse.
only lazy people?collinsc
Sep 25, 2002 8:41 AM
only lazy people complain about how boring it is to be sitting in the middle of a room staring at a wall for hours?

I would think that the lazy people would be the ones that could handle it.
o.k: unmotivated people.husker
Sep 25, 2002 10:00 AM
Sorry. How about "unmotivated people" complain that it is boring. I can generally entertain myself.