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Training advice(4 posts)

Training adviceCheezhead
Nov 15, 2002 11:15 PM
Hey all. I'm just getting back on the bike after a couple of months off because I got hit by a car. I don't have a new roadbike yet (still waiting for settlement money), so I put slicks on my mountain bike and riding that on a trainer. Thing is, I let myself get so out of shape, that I can only go about 40 minutes of steady-state pedaling before dying and it's really frustrating.

My question is, should I focus on a more precise training regimen to get me in shape immediately, or should I first get in a bunch of "steady-state" miles to regain my base fitness before moving on to something more intense? I'm going to start hitting the gym next week too, and I want to be able to just pedal for hours at a time like I used to be able to do, so I feel that I need to train my ass off now to get back to that point, but I'm not sure if that's the best method. Any opinions on how the best way to get back into shape would be greatly appreciated!

Say Cheez
Ya, hay derJuanmoretime
Nov 16, 2002 4:51 AM
You have all winter to build your base. Take it slow and easy. If your a racer, it only takes six weeks of high intensity training to get into good race shape provided you have a solid base built. Besides your in Wisconsin and if where you are at the snow hasn't started, it will soon. Go easy on the beer and jerky.
re: Training adviceLC
Nov 16, 2002 7:37 AM
40 minutes on a trainer feels like about 2 hours...maybe even 3 hours on the road to me. It is a little harder because you never stop pedaling, but mostly mentally harder cause it is boring. A Mtn bike also has more resistance than a road bike, even on the trainer with slicks, and is not the same position as the road bike. I would try to get out on the road first to see where you really stand, cause I don't think your as bad off as you think you are.

If the weather is bad then try to keep at it on the trainer for 30-40 min x 5 days a week.
Build your base until 2 months before your 1st race (nm)Kerry
Nov 17, 2002 4:06 PM