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How and where do I start to training for racesM T
Jan 9, 2003 10:49 AM
Please help with some basics. I started riding almost a year ago. I started from scratch and rode my 1st Century last fall. I'm having a ball. I'm not going to ever be a fulltime racer.(I have a wife,2 small kids and a Business to run). However, I do have time to log my miles and really want to improve this year. My goal is to reach my peak fitness/performance level. I have a group I ride with (when there's daylight) and there was alway one guy they spoke of as the "strongest rider". I WANT TO BE THAT GUY THIS YEAR!!!
But I don't know where to start to train.Am I training effectively or am I grinding myself up. I've purchased a heart rate monitor but I don't understand it yet. What do you mean when you say train at "LT or TT, Zone 2 not Zone 1 Base Training vs LSD training". When I establish my Target heart rate,what do I do with it? How many day do I train in it, above it, At it?For how long? and what about warm up and recovery? On recovery days (how many recovery days should there be per training days)what heart rate is considered a recovery rate and how long do I do it. How far is far? How fast is fast? Why is the sky blue?
What about my trainer during the winter and "establishing a Base". What does that mean, What do I do on my trainer ( I assume I'm not using it effectively either) for how long and how many days a week.At what Cadence, What heart rate?
Last but not Least, Diet??? Proteins Carb,Etc. I'm Lost!!! I read the label on evey food now. But I don't know what I'm looking for. Do I need 5g's of protien/Carbs or 50g's or 500g's. Is that per meal, per day,per lbs of body weight? I'm not a nutritionist nor do I want to become one. Is ther a webpage MEALS MADE EASY " this much of these foods and don't eat these and forget the labels!!!..."?
Please understand I'm serious and overlook most of my sacasm. But I really do want to reach my fullest potental. But I don't have time to go back to college and get an "MBA in Biking" and ride too. I'd Rather just ride. Anyway, I could spend the extra time brushing up on my Spelling. Thank you in advance for any advice. Todd