Cardio Conundrum

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Re: Cardio Conundrum

Postby 300hp » May 3rd, 2013, 9:18 pm

Typically I don't have great cardio, despite logging a good (60-100 wk) amount of miles on the bike. Part of that is some genetic stuff, part meds, and part is that I don't specifically "train" on xc rides.

This season, I've been doing something I never have before, working in a good long slow distance ride or two every week. 3+ hrs at a consistant pace.

So far, so good. Building a fitness base has been working well for me, and appears to be what you're missing in your routine. Go fix up your parents bikes and have an after work dirt road ride once a week or so, and watch your improvement. It won't take too long.
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Re: Cardio Conundrum

Postby Roy » May 8th, 2013, 9:04 pm

If you don't give your body enough time to recover it will breakdown - not get stronger.
Keep a record of your resting heart rate- take your pulse first after you wake up.
If that rate starts to increase, back off your effort. Get more rest time between rides.

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Re: Cardio Conundrum

Postby utabintarbo » May 10th, 2013, 5:37 pm

Doc_d wrote:... Then the trick is to try to maintain those through the next season (which is where I *SUCK*).


You sound like a good candidate for a fat bike! :D
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Re: Cardio Conundrum

Postby iamkickstand » May 10th, 2013, 7:18 pm

why? Are fatbikes for guys who suck? :mrgreen: :P
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Re: Cardio Conundrum

Postby iamkickstand » May 10th, 2013, 7:20 pm

Doc_d wrote:1) Ride a lot
2) Ride really hard and really easy. Most people go out and ride at their "max comfortable pace" all the time. Riding around at 17 MPH all the time will make you good at riding 17 MPH. You should either be stressing your system or recovering.

Give it some time... It takes weeks of consistent work to start seeing the benefits. But over the course of a summer you can make huge improvements. Then the trick is to try to maintain those through the next season (which is where I *SUCK*).



I have 1 and 2 covered pretty well. I ride with 7 year olds, alone, with my fiance, and with some buddies, so all paces get covered pretty well.

I had hoped my crosstraining over the winter would have maintained a bit more cardio than it did. I think I am going to be buying a winter beater to ride on days warmer than 40* next winter, hoping that will help.
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Re: Cardio Conundrum

Postby iamkickstand » June 4th, 2013, 5:06 pm

Lactic Threshold Hear Rate.

You can use a test like this in many different ways for many different sports.

Yes you could do it at Kensington, on a day when its not all that busy and you can "sprint" for 20 minutes.
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