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Newbie first month training questions....(more)(6 posts)

Newbie first month training questions....(more)jimboriot
Jan 13, 2004 10:06 PM
Hey everyone,
I'm new to the whole road biking thing, a friend convinced me last month to make the switch over from running and ww kayaking....so I did. Here are my questions.
I play tennis for my college, but I also have a 500 mile road trip coming up spring break. I have a total of 1.5-2 hours a day, 4-5 days a week to bike train. What would be a good first month cycle to work my way up to a decent fitness level?( I think there are 2 century days on this trip). I live just outside the GSMNP, and have pretty much unlimited roads for all types of training.

Also, what would be the best weekly fat burning exercise, and corresponding diet?(yeah I gained 10 over christmas....so WHAT! ;) )

In addition to biking, I also will be playing tennis pretty much every day starting here in 3 weeks, and I'm already working out (weights) 1.5-2 hours a day.

Thanks for reading, and any response would be helpful.

Jim
re: Newbie first month training questions....(more)gf99
Jan 14, 2004 7:10 AM
I'm guessing you're already very fit so concentrate on building you're cycling endurance. The 1.5 to 2 hour/day rides will help, but aim for a few longer weekend rides (70 miles or more) in the month or two prior to your trip.

Be careful of exhaustion/overtraining with all the other stuff you've got going on.

What the heck is GSMNP?
GSMNP=Great Smoky Mountains National Parkjimboriot
Jan 14, 2004 9:13 AM
THanks for the response.
Low intensity - Long ridesbimini
Jan 14, 2004 7:18 AM
You need to build a base first regardless of your goals and your first event is a 500 mile road trip which is not an intensity event. These types of events are rarely fast and on the first one I would not strive to hang onto the fasts crowd. Concentrate on simply finishing the course.

Just ride the bike for the 1.5 -2 hours a day. No intervals. Maybe work in a few hills every other day. As you progress focus on cadence. Also ride with your friends (unless they are hammers, then follow them or try to follow them only a couple of times a week) or go out on some causal group rides. Volume is what you are after not intensity. If you have a hard day always follow it with at least one easy day. Have fun on the bike and don't burn out before your trip.

The calories you burn putting in that type of mileage may get rid of the weight. Otherwise just cut out drinks lots of beer or other sources of high calories. Losing weight fast and intense cycling don't mix well. So avoid serious diets just watch what you eat.

A rule of thumb for a 500 mile road trip is you should put in at least 500 miles in on the 2-3 months prior to the trip. (At least that's what they tell the RAGBRAI riders out here in IOWA)
re: Newbie first month training questions....(more)lyleseven
Jan 14, 2004 7:56 AM
Bimini's advice is well stated. Where do you go to school where you have this much time to play???????
I go to Maryville College......jimboriot
Jan 14, 2004 9:16 AM
You know...one of those southern private liberal arts schools, that people pay entirely too much money to attend. :)

I managed to schedule classes for this semester so that I am done by 1:00 PM, but cycling, tennis, and working out will take me well into the night. "Pain is weakness leaving the body."

Thanks for the responses, guys.

Jim