iamkickstand wrote:c0nsumer wrote:iamkickstand wrote:agree 1 million times over on a proper warm up and loosening up a bit.
I've become a bit of a strava dork lately due to wanting to find the science behind the training. I notice that my second mile running is always a lot faster than my first, my third and fourth are on par with my second, any further than that and I start to slow down quite a bit.
If you want to get a bit more serious about building up endurance, get some manner of heart rate monitor. A Garmin Edge (500 or 510) is really good because it can act as a central data logger for your ride, recording HR, location, speed, distance, everything all in one.
Then use the HR monitor to establish your heart rate zones (do NOT go off the estimates for your age -- it's too inaccurate) by doing an LTHR test, then just spent a lot of time riding in a low zone like 2 with as little stopping as possible. You'll see tremendous improvements in your overall endurance by doing this.
It's on the to do list, but not a priority.
I am very curious to see what the change is with a new saddle, overall my cardio has felt much better now that I am "in season".
Hunter, I rode around the parking lot while waiting for you before we rode the other night, I almost always do about a 1/4 to half mile warm up now.
It's definitely a commitment money-wise. Once you get the equipment it's pretty easy, the only part that sucks is the LTHR test where you have to go all-out on pavement (with NO stops) for 20+ minutes straight. That is simply no fun at all.
I didn't do any training like that until I was trying to get ready for LJ last year. I can definitely say it helps, as my endurance is now at a place where I never thought it would be.