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How to get fasterSmallRing
Apr 18, 2001 9:25 AM
I have been riding with a group of people who race in hopes of getting fast enough to race this season. I wear down quickly and can't hold their pace for a very long amount of time. As soon as we even come to a rolling hill I have two choices. Grind up to keep their pace and not have anything left at the top, or slow and not be able to chase back on. Will simply putting miles in make me faster or do I need some structured training. The reason I do not have a training plan is I only have 3-4 days a week to ride and I never no which days those will be.

A little history on me. I have been riding for the last two years. I never cared to get faster, only have fun. So I only rode about 25-30 miles a week for the two prior years.

This year I am riding a minimum of 80 miles a week with a goal of a hundred if time allows. My rides now are 30 miles on Tuesday and Wednesday and 20-40 on Friday. Will riding the miles with the faster guys fix me and should that be all I concetrate on this year.
re: How to get fastersimstress
Apr 18, 2001 9:57 AM
Riding with the fast group will help your speed since you're pushing yourself. But it's discouraging to get dropped every time. When you're by yourself, try intervals on one of your 20-milers. That trains you to go faster in small bursts, then you gradually extend the time you can go faster. Hill repeats should help with your climbing. If you're not at your goal weight, shedding some pounds would also help your climbing.

Check out some books such as Joe Friel's training bible. Good luck.