Re: Tips for training for a 50-mile bike ride
Originally Posted by bike_man0079
Hello to everyone out there. I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions on training(ie-strength, cardio, plyometrics) for a 50-mile bike ride in 8 hours or less. I want to start training for this pretty soon. By the way, I'm 5'5 and 135 lbs. I would really like to do plyometrics if they help with cycling. Also, does anybody know what squat thrusts are and do they aid in cycling? Any help is appreciated.
Thanks and God bless
50-miles in 8 hours is more do-able than you think, particularly at the modest target speed you have indicated (just over 6 MPH) IF
there isn't much terrain change -- that is, if you are a Flatlander.
More than anything, what you need for that ride is a camelback-type
hydration pack or bladder (100oz ... you don't have to fill it completely) + several PayDay
bars (or, equivalent) ... at least one per hour.BONK and/or dehydration will probably be your biggest obstacles. If you have to stop in the middle of your ride, find a shady place to rest.
OF COURSE, make sure your bike is properly adjusted ... and, that the tires are properly inflated. A "road" bike is better than a mountain bike.
Ride with a friend if possible ...
Remember to wear your helmet ... it keeps the sun from beating directly on your head.