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Its late and I'm stuck at work. Doe Dee Doe. How 'bout a poll?(23 posts)

Its late and I'm stuck at work. Doe Dee Doe. How 'bout a poll?Kristin
Oct 12, 2002 6:25 PM
How long did you ride a road bike before you started training? Is there anyone here who hasn't done any formalized training plans yet?
re: Its late and I'm stuck at work. Doe Dee Doe. How 'bout a poll?TREKY
Oct 12, 2002 6:47 PM
About 3 years.Then I got a little more serious.My traing consists of mostly endurance training with some hill training for strength.Since I'm not a competitive racer I train mostly for fitness and century rides.

By the way I think you mentioned in a previous thread that you are in Illinois.Where are you from?I'm in Streamwood outside of Chicago.
I responded to your post belowKristin
Oct 12, 2002 6:55 PM
Do you ride with any local clubs?
No.Usually alone.TREKY
Oct 12, 2002 7:04 PM
I find it easier to go solo.That way I can keep my own pace on long rides and not have worry about being dropped.I try to train with my HRM and stay pretty strict to my HR zones.
re: Its late and I'm stuck at work. Doe Dee Doe. How 'bout a pfbg111
Oct 12, 2002 6:47 PM
I bought the road bike specifically for triathlons, and eventually road racing, so I jumped right into it.
Were you competitive in other venues first? (nm)Kristin
Oct 12, 2002 6:56 PM
Swimming yes, running and biking no.fbg111
Oct 13, 2002 5:41 AM
Masters swim team, loved biking but for some reason took a long time to take it up seriously (kicking myself now). Running is my weakest link, so I'm working hard on that now.

How about you?
Recovering Couch PotatoKristin
Oct 13, 2002 1:00 PM
I didn't excercise much for years. And I've only had the road bike for 18 months. At this point I ride when I want, and don't ride when I don't want. I "didn't want" for most of this summer, which I'm kinda bummed about--but I had lots going on too.

I bought the road bike to trade up from a stolen hybrid. I really enjoyed the hybrid, but also wanted a road bike. Sometimes I miss the hybrid, sometimes I'm glad I have the road bike. I guess I'm still looking for my secondary passion. (My primary passion is hiking and perhaps a little bouldering.)
Recovering Couch Potatofbg111
Oct 14, 2002 8:59 AM
Well, road biking should definitely help with your primary passions. I've never done any sport or activity short of weight-lifting that gave my legs more strength and endurance. Walking, running, climbing, hiking all take on a whole different feel after road biking consistently for a few months. My legs are stronger so my body feels lighter and I have much more stamina for longer distance runs or hikes. For most of the summer I was only doing 3 20-mile rides per week (but pushing as much as I could). Just two loops at the local beach, from the south end to the north end and back. Now I'm up to two 20's and one 50 mile ride. Can't wait to see the results of a few centuries. It's definitely worth getting into a consistent routine, even if it doesn't consist of a lot of mileage. Any training is better than no training, and hopefully you'll be pleased enough with the results after a few months that you'll steadily increase your rides. Then you'll be hooked like everybody else here! ;)
zero kilometersweiwentg
Oct 12, 2002 7:06 PM
I had a Bridgestone mountain bike that I rode around as a kid. wierdly enough, I put on ankle weights and mashed up a local hill in maximum gear. this could not have been good for my knees (although they don't give me many problems). currently, of course, I spin up the hills.
I get the sense you wish to figure out how much of an athletic base other people had before cycling. before getting into road biking, I ran. I managed to build it up to around 30-40 miles a week, training for a 10K race which I never did (long story, don't want to go into it). this is (I think) relatively small potatoes. then I wanted to do triathlons - I saw them as the pinnacle of endurance sports, or at least one of the higher peaks to be aspired to. things did not go according to plan: I did one ride with the university club. I got hooked. furthermore, my swimming technique is poor, at best. I get passed by old men sometimes. no offense to the elders, but it does not say much about me (~20yrs old) to get out-swum by someone around 50. more power to them, but not pleasant for me. right now, very few 50 year-olds can out-ride me :)
Actually, I was just curious how many years people rodeKristin
Oct 12, 2002 7:11 PM
recreationally before deciding to get train in an organized manner. I'm sure there are a bunches of guys who jumped in with both feet. And then there will be others who just rode for fun for a while, then probably got tired of being slow.
ah ... well, still zero for me. (nm)weiwentg
Oct 13, 2002 3:43 AM
What's an organized training plan?dzrider
Oct 14, 2002 5:04 AM
I just run or ride 6 days a week whether I feel like it or not. If I only work out when I feel like it eventually I never feel like it. On the weekends I try to get a long one - 2.5 hours or more. Once in a while I run some track intervals probably 3 or 4 times a year. No hill reps, heart monitors, and no computer on my handlebars.

Is this a plan? I don't think so, but, since it's all I have, it may be one. The down side of this is that I probably don't reach my potential. The upside is that I'm 54 and still out there doing it and enjoying it. I try to have the same attitude towards ultra cycling and running that golfers have towards their hobby.
Ever want to do something and not have a clue where to begin?Bill is in Denver
Oct 12, 2002 8:21 PM
So, at the moment, I just put on miles..and make em hurt. I'm sure it's not the right way to do it, but if it burns it has to be good for you. ;-)

Bill
'long time coming-theeatkins
Oct 13, 2002 5:07 AM
I have been riding road bikes since I was 14 years old. I'm now 50. I didn't start any serious training until I was almost 30. I decided to try triathlons. I never looked back!
15 years...biknben
Oct 13, 2002 6:21 AM
I started riding the road bike when I was in my teens. I've riden consistantly for 15 years. I always had a no pain, no gain attitude. When I could ride I went hard. My recovery days were days off. I raced mtb on and off for a number of years.

A few years ago I dropped 50 pounds and the difference in riding was incredible. I started racing more and tried a few road races. Now at age 30, I started planning workouts with hard days and recovery days. A new job allows me to commute on the bike so I use use commuting as recovery rides. I read The Training Bible this year and experimented with the ideas. I saw some significant improvements. I have set up my schedule for next year and plan to use the book's methods for the entire year. IT should be a good year.
That's what I've been waiting for..thanksBill is in Denver
Oct 13, 2002 10:19 AM
Was hoping someone in here would recommend a book for those of us who are still clueless what a recovery day is and when you might need one....oh, and what is a heart rate zone?? :-)

Bill
Formal training? I ride for fun.4bykn
Oct 13, 2002 7:56 AM
If I feel like riding hard, I ride hard. If I feel like a long ride, I ride long. Don't really have a plan, just ride 'cuz I like too. I've been on a road bike for over ten years now.

By the way, did you get my email?
Yeah, I'll respond to it soonKristin
Oct 13, 2002 12:55 PM
Did you meet any other RBR'ers on the ride?
Unfortunately no...4bykn
Oct 13, 2002 3:36 PM
I did run into a few riders with the same bike as I did, and rode and chatted with one. Interestingly, he had done some design work for some cars I had built.
About 7 years, I think.djg
Oct 13, 2002 7:57 AM
Folks got me a Gitane Junior Racer when I was 13. I took up racing with a college team at the age of 20--that was my first systematic training schedule (and it's long gone).
re: Its late and I'm stuck at work. Doe Dee Doe. How 'bout a poll?Skidoo
Oct 13, 2002 9:13 PM
It was about a year and a half before I got serious enough about riding to begin training, and even then it was only for a creampuff biking/camping tour through Wisconsin.
No training plan herevindicator
Oct 14, 2002 7:31 AM
Of course, my time as a roadie is still measured in months not years, but I'm not racing nor am I "training" yet. I just try to get out and ride when I can, with longer rides on weekends.

Cheers,

Dave