A century ride (100 miles) is a major accomplishment for a cyclist. Below is a week-by-week training plan that will help you reach that goal of riding your bike a hundred miles in one day.
- The main principle of training for a century is to increase your mileage gradually over a number of weeks. By doing it that way, you help avoid injury, burnout and over-fatigue. Plus you will also be able to detect any issues with your body or your bike that you want to discover before the big day.
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Cycling and Climbing in the Mountains
Climbing is not as simple as just pedaling harder and using lower gears. The techniques shown in this video will save a lot of energy and help you to enjoy the ride, rather than just endure it.
The journey to the top of the mountain requires technique, cadence and attention to details.
Know your Maximum Heart Rate!
What is your maximum heart rate? The easiest (although not the most accurate) way is to to subtract your age from 220. At age 30 maximum, heart rate (bpm) would be 190 bpm. You should always check with your Dr. to establish the best rate for you. Conditioning takes time and a learning process of both your potential and your limits. Wearing a heart rate monitor that connects to your computer helps you know how hard and long to push, before backing off. Competitive cycling or long distance cycling requires knowing your potential as well as your limits. When choosing a heart rate monitor, look for one that lets you set zones. Add to that, a flashing or audible signal that lets you know when when you go above or below your limits. Heart Rate Zones…
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