Training for a multi-day ride

  • atxclimber

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    Feb 19, 2007 9:56 PM GMT
    Hey, guys. Anyone else riding the MS150 from Houston to Austin in late April? I'm training for it, now (uh, procrastinated a little) and right now I'm mostly doing shorter rides with lots of up-and-down short hills to get my heart back in shape.

    Eventually, though, I need to be able to bike two consecutive 80-mile days. I don't think the course will be very hilly (Texas, east of Austin, is generally not very hilly) but gusting wind and whatnot isn't out of the question.

    How do other cyclists on here train for long rides? I'll be doing longer stuff just to get my ass and lower back to where they can withstand 4-5 hours of riding for 2 days straight.

    Any other tips anyone has? Any particularly good weekly training plans? I've got 8 weeks left, now, so my plan right now is to bike both days every weekend, working up to 60 miles each day before the ride, and do 2 or 3 rides during the week, 15-25 miles each, with hills for interval stuff.

    Sound reasonable? Just like all my sports, I'm avid about them, but not really terribly scientific about my training regimens. I just kind of do them for fun when I feel like it. So any tips from the more regimented cyclists would be most appreciated.

    Thanks!
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    Feb 19, 2007 11:08 PM GMT
    There is such a program on this site. Look on the home page, in the middle somewhere.

    Around here, ALL rides are hilly. My normal lunch-time ride has two 700-foot climbs and a bunch of shorter ones in 20 miles. Kind of like natural interval training. The other obvious loop I can do gives me 18 miles downhill or with the wind at my back followed by a steep 2000 foot climb and a 1000 foot roller-coaster drop to get home. Or vice verse. Ouch ouch ouch ouch.
  • atxclimber

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    Feb 19, 2007 11:24 PM GMT
    Aha! Should have looked for the ALC, of course. That's obviously more than I need, but the essence is the same. I'll definitely draw from that, thanks for pointing me to it.

    As an aside, man, i find the workout plans very difficult to navigate on this site. I go to Workout Plans -> Sports & Activities and I expected a list of sports, with workout plans involving each, but instead it opens a page that looks like a kind of blog. The top article is "Inside the Gay Rodeo." Hmm, not what I'd really expect.

    To me, the fitness stuff on here would be far more useful if it were organized not as a series of "articles" but as a tagged database with a general tree layout to browse, and searching by tag, listing of all tags, etc.

    Although to be honest, I joined here mostly to meet guys, and only after the fact realized it was a good training resource, and it's free, so I can't really complain. :)

    Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction. The way the ALC training program breaks down ride types and purposes is super useful.
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    Feb 19, 2007 11:30 PM GMT
    Hey ATX. Jeff from RealJock.com. In answer to your aside, you must have read our mind... As part of our redesign we're currently in the midst of, we're working on a better tagging system to find specific articles and resources on the site. It's a pretty huge project, so look for it to roll out in chunks over the next two and half to three months... :) Jeff
  • atxclimber

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    Feb 19, 2007 11:50 PM GMT
    Awesome! That's great to hear. I'm really glad I randomly stumbled upon this site. It's a great resource, and you guys are doing a wonderful job with it. Thanks for all the hard work!
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    Feb 20, 2007 2:26 AM GMT
    Sounds like you have a fairly decent plan set up... just stick to it! Quality over quantity, to avoid injury. Other than that, just spend time in the saddle!

    Physically and aerobically, you probably can handle the 80ish miles a day... just make sure you can handle sitting on your bike for the 4 or 5 hours to go that far! If your bike fit is uncomfortable, now is the time to get it right, not a few weeks before the ride, and after you have uncomfortably mulled through all the training.

    Let me know if I can help in any other way. Sounds like you are on the right path though. Good luck - and most of all, HAVE FUN! Remember why you are doing it! (that really comes in handy on those days you don't feel like getting out and training...)
  • atxclimber

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    Feb 20, 2007 2:41 AM GMT
    Yeah, I got a bike fitting and told the guy I wanted it fitted for endurance, long touring rides, not for maximum aerodynamics for racing. I'm definitely not a racer... well, not now, anyway. That'd be fun, maybe, someday.

    I think you're right about the endurance. All this hill climbing and high-cadence flat stuff will get my legs in fine shape, but last year it was never my legs that ached the day after a very long ride... it was my lower back, from supporting my body for so long.

    The more I look at the ALC training guide the happier I am with how I'm doing things, and the more details I think I'll pick from that.

    I just started getting donations today, so I'm now committed to not backing out, so it's a good thing it looks like I'll be just fine. :)