Starting Out

by DylanChurchill   April 18, 2013  

Ive been cycling road bikes for about a year now with no real structure to my training. My Friends are trying to convince me to start racing but im nowhere near fit enough. Now here is where the main problem is Im a fully border at school and im not aloud to go out cycling even at weekends. The facilities availible include Bike maschines, a swmming pool, rowing mashines and all the various other gym equipment like treadmills theyre is also a weights room.

The Question is how to train ?

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There is a book called the "Cyclist's Training Bible" by Joe Friel

Maybe worth a look!

posted by Cycle_Jim [282 posts]
18th April 2013 - 18:07

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2 weeks out of every 5 I cannot cycle outdoors.

I have have been doing long base miles on my 3 weeks leave then doing high intensity sessions on the turbo trainer while offshore.

I have to say it works really well for me and at 41 I am now fitter (and have a smaller waist) than when in my mid 20's.

I recommend the sufferfest videos for your indoor sessions, they really take the boredom out of turbo training and i actually look forward to my indoor sessions.

hope this helps Smile

posted by stepho [102 posts]
18th April 2013 - 18:40

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Stay away from those Bike 'Maschines," they'll do you no good.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
18th April 2013 - 20:53

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Also stay away from that weight room.

Just smack a turbo in front of a Telly.

Wake up an hour early, get on it and smash around. Wakes you up and increases circulation to the brain for PRODUCTIVE LEARNING.

Get on again at Lunch, especially if you have a free period straight after and smash around again.

Smash around again after school before Prep.

20 minutes easy spin before bed.

#SORTED

I'm guessing you have a kitchen?

Eat Porridge.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
18th April 2013 - 21:00

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Raleigh wrote:

I'm guessing you have a kitchen?

Eat Porridge.

Or Ready Brek Big Grin

posted by stepho [102 posts]
19th April 2013 - 5:17

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Raleigh wrote:
Also stay away from that weight room.

Just smack a turbo in front of a Telly.

Wake up an hour early, get on it and smash around. Wakes you up and increases circulation to the brain for PRODUCTIVE LEARNING.

Get on again at Lunch, especially if you have a free period straight after and smash around again.

Smash around again after school before Prep.

20 minutes easy spin before bed.

#SORTED

I'm guessing you have a kitchen?

Eat Porridge.

Your schoolmates must think you're mental. Hell, I'm a cyclist, and I think you're mental.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3454 posts]
19th April 2013 - 7:40

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The facilities availible include Bike maschines, a swmming pool, rowing mashines and all the various other gym equipment like treadmills theyre is also a weights room.

Goddamn. All we got was a field to run round with some rugby pitches in the middle. Learnt to love biking doing my paper round on a Raleigh Grifter (for the young people, that's like a BMX but 3 times as heavy).

Ride when you can, build up your CV fitness with a mixture of running, rowing and swimming if you can't hit the road. Steady state, hills, intervals/sprints. Is all good. A bit of freeweight and bodyweight work to build up your legs and core. Talk to your PT Master (can't type that without giggling), he'll be pleased as punch to see someone taking an interest. And yeah, porridge.

posted by Argos74 [301 posts]
19th April 2013 - 8:51

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notfastenough wrote:
Raleigh wrote:
Also stay away from that weight room.

Just smack a turbo in front of a Telly.

Wake up an hour early, get on it and smash around. Wakes you up and increases circulation to the brain for PRODUCTIVE LEARNING.

Get on again at Lunch, especially if you have a free period straight after and smash around again.

Smash around again after school before Prep.

20 minutes easy spin before bed.

#SORTED

I'm guessing you have a kitchen?

Eat Porridge.

Your schoolmates must think you're mental. Hell, I'm a cyclist, and I think you're mental.

What the f*** is smashing around?!

Something useful to do on the turbo: http://gcmendurance.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/M2M-Crush-Your-Time-T...

posted by SammyG [295 posts]
19th April 2013 - 11:16

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SammyG wrote:
notfastenough wrote:
Raleigh wrote:
Also stay away from that weight room.

Just smack a turbo in front of a Telly.

Wake up an hour early, get on it and smash around. Wakes you up and increases circulation to the brain for PRODUCTIVE LEARNING.

Get on again at Lunch, especially if you have a free period straight after and smash around again.

Smash around again after school before Prep.

20 minutes easy spin before bed.

#SORTED

I'm guessing you have a kitchen?

Eat Porridge.

Your schoolmates must think you're mental. Hell, I'm a cyclist, and I think you're mental.

What the f*** is smashing around?!

Something useful to do on the turbo: http://gcmendurance.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/M2M-Crush-Your-Time-Trial-in-7-Weeks-Copy.pdf

Yeah, you need a goal and some sort of plan to get you there. You can achieve a lot with well structured training, even if you don't have a lot of time. Have a read of The Time Crunched Cyclist. You won't achieve much just pissing about.

posted by abandoneur [18 posts]
19th April 2013 - 13:17

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Smashing around = train by feel Big Grin

Seriously though, I'd not be recommending any heavy interval work if you're just starting out.

Tempo riding is fine, between 60-70% of you max Heart rate. )Or something to do with strained conversation Thinking )

Basically, porridge.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
19th April 2013 - 18:10

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