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Just a quick snapshot my cycling progression:
I started cycling about 2 years ago (15 years of age). I had a Kmart Huffy bike as my first ever one and I started really enjoying cycling, almost 2 x 3hr sessions after school/weekends a week.
About a season ago, I started doing some triathlons as I was a bit of a runner. Came about 2nd last in my first ever race and the next few races were something like this: 8th, 5th, 2nd, 1st, 2nd.
Earlier this year, I decided to give bike racing a go. Started in D grade and found the going really tough, especially the accelerations and tactics that i wasn't used to in triathlons. Just hung onto the main group in my first criterium (about 30th out of 40th)
Bought myself a bike trainer and started doing interval training. A typical week would look like: 2x20min Interval (85-87% of my MHR)l, Couple of VO2 Sessions, <3 min intervals) and a 3 hr long ride on the weekend. Have raced about 5 times since my first ever bike race and I have steadly improved with a 5th place and a 4th place in my last ITT.
I have read online about the benefits of a Power Meter.
I was wondering what I would be best of doing at the moment:
Continue training at my level which is about 175 bpm for my 20min interval.
Try to race more frequently (i.e. once a week)
Buy a powertap and get some structed training.
I'm asking these questions because I am starting to feel a bit frustrated with my near-misses and am starting to question what I have thus, been doing. Also, is it unusual for someone to race in D grade 6 times without ever place?
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PS - HRR = HRmax - HRrest, and is a much more effective measure than HRmax technique. Train at 65-85% of HRmax for Aerobic training zone.
Equation is 65%HRR = (HRmax - HRrest)x0.65 + HRrest.
PPS - Training using intervals also is very effective and more like what you will experience in a race.
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Having said that, from my experience in my other sports, a good coach can really short-circuit the improvement process and also pick up bad habits that can hold you back. In one of my other sports, a guy who I would beat easily in racing noted one area where I was making a critical mistake that really hurt my performance in certain conditions. I'd been aware of the performance issue, but not the body position that was causing it. That convinced me of the basic worth of coaches and I'm thinking of getting an intro session from Alex or a local who coaches one of our club's Masters world track champ/record holders.
"Scuse me if I'm teaching you to suck eggs, from your tri experience it seems you really know how to get those legs moving. In fact, doesn't being a good runner harm your riding legs? Is that just a rumour or is it just that you have to get the tri out of your system (so to speak) before being able to win at crits?
One of the frustrating things for we noobs is the lack of good books on tactics. I've got one, but it assumes that you are road racing in a semi-pro team, so a lot of the info is useless at my much lower level (club B Grade, but only winning in TTs). There's also very little in mags. In my other sports I got major breakthroughs from watching even mediocre competitors race, so I'm planning to head down to the Dunc Gray Velodrome to watch the track racing and absorb more of a feel for the way the good guys do it.
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