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Spring - how do you start your cycling training outside?

post #1 of 6
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I just got inspired by the thread "are we there yet" (about indoor training during winter). I have to admit, I don't do any indoor training in winter on some mechanic bike (I just hate it) - so for me Spring is one of the most important times in year ^^ - the time when I can start to cycle again outside.

 

So here's the question for this thread: How do you start your cycling training outside?

 

The first sunny day belongs to the most important thing there is: Checking my bike for any mechanical problems. After that I start some small tours, until I feel comfortable to try some of my usual mountain bike trails. Anyone out there starting right at the top with a 100 km tour or something?

 

Nothing better then to make the first tour outside in Spring, is there biggrin.gif ?

post #2 of 6

I have been training outdoors for some time now but I try to start "spring training" with long rolling miles as opposed to ultra steep Cat 1 climbs. I can generally need to drop a couple of pounds off my weight and increase endurance. I couple this with short intense rides at about 80% of my max.

Then again I am not training to race just training to stay in form at this point. 

post #3 of 6

if i havent ridden on the road for a while i tend to take advantage of minimal fatigue combined with good weather and end up hammering myself. that soon lets me know what my current limits are whether it´s 1 minute hills, 10 minute hills, or in terms of averages over the whole ride. after that the only rule is that in spring the need to get in shape is that bit more urgent so i tend to ride faster, more purposefully.

post #4 of 6

I don't ride much in the winter. An hour many but not most days on a trainer.

 

I start outside with one "loop" of something - 10 miles is good. If that seems easy, 2 laps next time. Just increase until it gets to difficult.

 

By now I have changed loops several times. I am doing 50+ miles, 4 loops. There is a decent 1 mile climb on this loop. I can do this most days. (Normal day to day business causes me to miss or shorten some days.) I have taken a couple days off to do hills.

 

 

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Originally Posted by underdog13 View Post

I just got inspired by the thread "are we there yet" (about indoor training during winter). I have to admit, I don't do any indoor training in winter on some mechanic bike (I just hate it) - so for me Spring is one of the most important times in year ^^ - the time when I can start to cycle again outside.

 

So here's the question for this thread: How do you start your cycling training outside?

 

The first sunny day belongs to the most important thing there is: Checking my bike for any mechanical problems. After that I start some small tours, until I feel comfortable to try some of my usual mountain bike trails. Anyone out there starting right at the top with a 100 km tour or something?

 

Nothing better then to make the first tour outside in Spring, is there biggrin.gif ?


Is there anywhere in the UK that gets too bad during winter to stop riding? Where are you? John O'Groats or Scourie?
post #6 of 6

Why dont you get your bike tuning done during the cold dark days of winter?  Why waste your first few good days working on your bike?

 

Other than that just do what your doing. 

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