How many of you love to bike? Now, how many of you love to go on long bike rides, I am talking more then 50 km? Well, this advice is going to be for you.
This advice works perfectly for those who are gearing up for a race. Lots of people race on the weekend. It’s good to get in some practice runs; especially, for those who are doing a 100 mile run.
Let’s get to it, shall we?
1)Do some regular training rides
Get in about 5 or 6 before the actual race. Find your maximum heart rate, which should be about 75-80%, and zone in. Do this for about an hour, no more or less. This is a good way to work on your endurance level, without burning yourself out. This way you will be more prepared when the official race comes.
2)Endure the pain
What does this mean? Do some short-term flat-out efforts. Do this for 3 minutes, then rest. If you do this a few times during each ride, i guarantee you will feel the difference. Your body will feel better for it too. There is going to be some pain early on. This is normal. The idea is to outlive the pain. If you can go passed the pain, you can survive anything.
If you are not sure what a flat-out is in biking riding, ask a professional. You never want to attempt this without knowing what you are doing first, I don;t care how good you are at cycling.
3)You need to save your energy for a run like this
This also includes wearing the right type of gear. Shimano gear is usually the better way to go. You can also ask a professional what other types of mountain bike gear are going to be good. The idea is not to wear something to big. You also do not want to wear something to small. You need to wear clothing that is comfortable; and yet, clothing that you really don’t have to put too much thought into.
Wearing the right type of clothing is all part of it. Maintaining a very high cadence is the idea.
Hills are all part of the journey. Do not let the hill stress you out, no matter how big it is. The key is to alternatebetween sitting and riding up by the saddle. The jey is to give the legs equal balance and energy.
When you get to the top, you might want to give it that extra push. This especially goes for the “dry runs”. These are the practice runs you do before the big race. Giving it that extra push will help you up and over the top mark on the hill. After you get over, you can afford to let go a bit.
As I said, practice the run a few times. This way you won’t be as stressed or as nervous when the real race happens. It will become like second nature when you have to do it all for real.
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