I'm returning to cycling after a 20-year layoff. I weigh 195 pounds and quit smoking two months ago. On the flats, I can ride for hours, but in the hills my endurance stinks. I don't have an indoor trainer but I have access to an elliptical trainer. Will workouts on it improve my riding?
For the third year since my eBook Pedal Off The Pounds was published by RBR, the Des Moines Cycle Club once again conducted our own Pedal Off The Pounds (POTP) program this summer, with (again) astonishing results. Last year’s results were reported in a previous issue of RBR Newsletter under the title How to Lose 583 Pounds. We wondered how we could ever top that total; but we blew it away this year!
I'm leaving on a three-week business trip to Ohio. I'll be able to ride outdoors, but the roads are flat. I'm quite fit because I've been training for the Mt. Evans Hillclimb here in Colorado, but now I'll have to miss it. My question: How should I train during the trip? Intervals? Long rides? My next event isn't for almost three months.
Cycling can be a solo sport. Long rambles through the spring countryside, hard rides in the hills, weekend tours to scenic areas – all can be enjoyed with only your own thoughts for company. In fact, many cyclists prefer to go it alone. Then they can choose their own route and are free to ride hard or stop and smell the flowers, as their fancy prefers. But cycling is also the perfect group sport. It's a good idea to join a bike club even if you ride alone much of the time due to preference or your schedule.
In a past RBR Newsletter, we answered a roadie's lament about her lack of success keeping feet warm on cold rides. Here's that exchange, followed by other helpful suggestions received from Newsletter readers. Chances are great you'll find an effective winter-cycling solution.
We shouldn't feel excessive admiration for pro racers who log 600-mile weeks. They have plenty of time to ride and recover—that's their job. The real heroes are people like you, who find time to ride while still having a life away from the bike. Full-time work, family commitments and cycling can be efficiently interwoven into your busy day. All it takes to schedule everything into 24 hours is maximum use of time-budgeting techniques. Here's where to look for time slots that can accommodate your love for riding.
My 13-year-old daughter has been racing since age 10 and is a two-time U.S. time trial champion. This year she also competed in women's cat 4 races and has done extremely well. She goes to school full time, does homework and other school sports.
The problem is, I can't find information about training for a girl her age. And I've read that weight training for juniors is discouraged, although it seems to help her compete in longer cat 4 races. Any advice?
I am a new rider primarily interested in fitness. I got my bike in August and began to ride seriously in September, four days a week, about 30 minutes per ride. I average around 90% of max heart rate. I'm totally spent when I get back home. Should I continue to ride this hard to get the most from my training time?