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Offline West

Getting in shape
« on: November 23, 2007, 09:33:41 am »
I was wondering if some one has a specific training program with calisthenics that they follow to better their riding?


Offline DaveB

Getting in shape
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2007, 11:48:47 am »
There are dozens of books on bicycle training techniques and programs.  Most are intended for competitive racers but the general rules also apply to recreational and touring riders. A search on Amazon should locate several titles and your local library may have some.    

BTW, John Schubert had a very good summary article in a the July/August '07 AC magazine.


Offline bogiesan

Getting in shape
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2007, 02:26:32 pm »
calisthenics; these kinds of exercises can help you look better but they
won't help you ride better. You need cardiovascular development and leg
work. Seconding DaveB's reference to Amazon, tons of books on riding
fitness.

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"Read the manual."
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Offline West

Getting in shape
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2007, 02:29:10 pm »
Thx for the info, I found a book that just might help


Offline SherryOlson

Getting in shape
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2007, 07:14:17 pm »
I read this book before biking the Great Divide and it had a lot of helpful information--

The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling: Build the Strength, Skills, and Confidence to Ride as Far as You Want (Paperback)
by Edmund R. Burke (Author), Ed Pavelka (Author), Bicycling Magazine (Publisher)

You can get it on Amazon for $13.57. I checked it out at the library then went ahead and bought it.  

Sherry O.



Offline West

Getting in shape
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2007, 09:16:44 pm »
Yeah that's the book, I'll be checking it out when it come in at the library idk when that'll be though.


Offline raybo

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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2007, 11:28:05 am »
Here is a link from www.biketouringtips.com that has articles on training, nutrition, etc..  Here is the "good ideas" list at biketouringtips.com.

Ray

Visit the on-line bike touring archive at www.biketouringtips.com
Visit the on-line bike touring archive at www.biketouringtips.com

Offline driftlessregion

Getting in shape
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2007, 11:11:20 pm »
Most experts believe that training starts with aerobic conditioning. There are many programs and books written about it generally around using HEART RATE MONITORS. Chris Carmichael, Edmund Burke, Fred Matheny, to name just three authors. Libraries have these and/or others. Matheny's books are out of print but are available electonically at www.roadbikerider.com. (Lots of great information for free via their weekly email and much more for a fee at the "premium" site) You can also do ONLINE COACHING coaching with businesses such as Carmichael's CTS (he was Lance Armstrong's coach). Bicycling Magazine also always has training tips and in their online version.


Offline West

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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2007, 12:31:27 am »
Thanks for all the info everyone, i really like those links for biketouringtips i'm just looking into it, and that book came in today so i'm reading it while it takes to get it into the bookstore too


Offline litespeed

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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2007, 05:02:46 pm »
Here's my training program: I work around my properties when not touring - mowing, trimming trees, mixing concrete, painting, etc. I do a leisurely, flat, unloaded 60-75 miles every Sunday morning. When it comes time to tour I load up my bike and take off.


Offline West

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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2007, 06:35:00 pm »
Thx litespeed,  I've been doing appx 120-130 mi a week broke up into 20-30 mi trips without a load. as for aerobic exercise driftlessregion, I'm getting an HRM this next week and a that book "The Complete Long-Distance Cycling" as well as "Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bicycle Maintainance and Repair" perhaps Tuesday or Wendesday. again everyone thx for all the info.