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base building vs. high intensity(4 posts)

base building vs. high intensitymwood
Aug 7, 2003 9:53 AM
I haven't been riding my road bike much over the last two months and have started to get off my mtb and back on the road over the last two weeks...
Here's the thing:
I'm not sure what the best course of action is for getting back into road riding shape. I'm under the impression that, even though I've been riding the mtb 3-4 times a week, I need to base build. However, where I live, we have lots of great climbs and the flats are less attractive (traffic, not as pretty)...so, I have a tendency to go grind hills. So far, it feels fine.
Is immediately going to hills (2-3k feet vertical, 4-6%)bad for training? Can you just ride yourself into shape?
I'm not looking to go race and a long ride, for me, is in the 60-65 mile range.
You prob. have adequate base from MTBing...biknben
Aug 7, 2003 10:13 AM
If you been riding, MTB or road, your base should be fine. You may want to ease into the hills though. Don't go nuts the first few rides.
OK, try this another way...mwood
Aug 7, 2003 12:07 PM
Do you limit your fitness by riding into shape and not going through the stages which include base building, intervals etc. (for the casual rider)
Why stress about it?NatC
Aug 7, 2003 7:03 PM
Since you're not planning to race, why not just do the rides you find enjoyable rather than feel you have to train for anything? If you just ride a lot, you'll get more fit. If you ride the stuff you like a lot, you'll ride often. If you ride the stuff you don't like because you feel you have to, you may burn out (speaking from experience on this one).

If you want to race competitively, you probably need to be more scientific and methodical, but I don't see the point otherwise. Enjoy the ride, not the training for something that you're not planning to do. My opinion anyway.