Do i have potential??

Discussion in 'Power Training' started by LexVdW, Sep 4, 2018.

  1. LexVdW

    LexVdW New Member

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    So,
    I am a 22 year old middle distance runner who used to do some road cycling as a kid. I run 4' for my 1500m and 14'56" for my 5k. I don't do any cycling at the moment, but the passion is still there. So I went to my local lab and got myself tested. I did a cardiovascular test where the watts are increased every few minutes. I ended my test at 400w and my body weight is 65kg (6.1W/kg).

    Do I have any potential to get back into road cycling? And how would you guys do it? Doing easy long rides? Mixing it up with running?

    Any thoughts/advice is more than welcome!
     


  2. cyclintom

    cyclintom Well-Known Member

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    I thought you were insulted out of here? Again I'll suggest that you get Joe Friel's training bible.

    I'm still not clear what you means by "potential". Are you asking if you can be a pro? Or if you can be a competitive amateur racer? Since you're a runner that hasn't ridden bicycles in a long time I found the figures you were quoting to be highly unlikely. That isn't to say that you don't have the capacity or ability - but that bicycling, running, rowing and swimming are all endurance sports that require specific training and the building of specific muscle groups. The numbers you were quoting would not be bad for a very good Cat 2 or middle of the pack Cat 1 bicycle racer. From a runner that is almost impossible on an ENDURANCE test though in sprints you could certainly use your training in one leg dominated sport to another.

    I don't know where you live but in most fairly large population areas you can find racing clubs and ride with them to see both your comparative skill and your weaknesses which would suggest where your training needs to focus.

    By all means continue to ride in any case since bicycling is a sport that you can continue your entire life whereas the other endurance sports are not. Fairly recently we had a 109 year old man set an hour record on a track.

    When I began riding it was as a suggestion from someone whom I cannot remember. I was getting to be a physical wreck in my early-30's. Today I'll be turning 74 in two weeks and I've never been in better shape or health.

    Since you've been a runner you'll know the way that you don't want to get up in the morning to train but sometime have to force yourself. You have probably overcome that hurdle and that is the hardest one of them all.

    Try it, you'll like it.
     
  3. LexVdW

    LexVdW New Member

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    Everything is going really Well! And I’m from Belgium THE country of cycling!
    Waking up in the morning to go workout is a struggle?? I just love to workout 2-3 times a day.
     
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