Originally Posted by Ronin6135
If you want to get serious about riding, I would look into a rode bike, I think most of your problems would be cured by that.
I stepped up and got a real bike (soooo much better) and then had one of those epiphanal (word?) moments.
I've never done any sort of endurance sport, just baseball, softball, racquetball, etc and lifting. Normally my riding consists of some laps at the local park after I get back from the gym (~15 miles), but while on a recent ride I decided to see what I could really do. I hit my normal 15 mile point where I usually head home and felt great so I kept going... I ended up doing 30.4 miles and really only quit because I ran out of water. My cadence and speed could use some help, but it was definitely a mental accomplishment to double up like that, especially with the temp varying between 98* - 102* the whole time.
So the next day I decided to give it another go. I wasn't watching the odometer and was concentrating purely on cadence (trying for 85-95). When I checked the odo. at my front door it read 28.4 miles. I just ran out of gas on this one and my hips started to cramp
I think I've been bitten. This is totally new to me. I've always wished I could be a runner or do some other sort of endurance sport, but I've never stuck it out. I could never get through the wall and the pain made me stop but the biking pain is a "good" one and not the horrible "I'm going to die" that I get when running and I have definitely broken down that first mental wall. It's also easier on my knee
Anyway, just thought I'd share... I've been doing a lot of reading the past few days on general training, hydration, energy gels/bars, etc but I'll probaby be bugging a few of you in the future with some noob questions. For now, this is the plan, unless anyone has a better idea.
From Ronin's progress thread:
Originally Posted by 01WhiteCobra
As far as getting faster on the bike, if I were you, I'd concentrate on building the base. You need hours on the bike which build endurance and stamina before you get to speed workouts. When I plan out a year of training I spend at least 12 weeks moving slow and building hours on the bike. If you are just starting out on the bike spend a year worried about being able to ride for 6 hours without much problem. Next year you can start inserting intervals into your schedule to get you riding HHH in under 5 hours
What are reasonable goals for a rookie to be setting? Would the 2009 HH100 (at least the 100k) be out of the question?