Mountain training

The foundations for successful riding

Mountain training

Postby Walsh95 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:53 pm

Hello all,

I'm 14 and have been into serious cycling for about half a year.
I can maintain good pace on the flats (40-45 kph) for a decent time period, maybe a half hour before I start to hurt, and my acceleration up the hills is good (maintain 25-30kph up some seriously steep short, sharp ones around home), but have no real mountains close enough for me to train regularly, and so far as I can tell, going up the short hills only seems to build strength and bulk rather than endurance, so what can I do?
Walsh95
 
Posts: 39
Joined: Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:24 am

by BNA » Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:28 am

BNA
 

Re: Mountain training

Postby foo on patrol » Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:28 am

If you have no "mountains" so to speak, do some longer intervals and ride harder on the climbs you have around you. Also ride them in a slightly higher gear than you would normally. Do standing or close to standing starts at the bottom of these climbs and drive it hard to the top. Just don't do it every day but as you have only been at it for six months, don't be expecting miracles yet, you have a long way to go and race as often as you can, because this is your best training. :wink: Enjoy the ride. :)

Foo
I don't suffer fools easily and so long as you have done your best,you should have no regrets.
Goal 6000km
Image
User avatar
foo on patrol
 
Posts: 4310
Joined: Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:12 am
Location: Sanstone Point QLD

Re: Mountain training

Postby Walsh95 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:07 pm

Will do,
Cheers mate
Walsh95
 
Posts: 39
Joined: Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:24 am

Re: Mountain training

Postby Walsh95 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:07 pm

Really hammered it this morning
Pity the traffic lights crucified my average speed.

Got home and threw up

Still felt great
Walsh95
 
Posts: 39
Joined: Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:24 am

Re: Mountain training

Postby Puffy » Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:23 am

Don't over do it!
Overtraining is easily done without rest periods. You also risk loosing motivation if you push too hard all the time.

As to building endurance; Repeats. Ride to the top of the biggest/steepest hill you have then ride to the bottom (decending is a skill you need to learn too), turn around and do it again, and again and again and again etc. Even better if you want endurance is to do a long steady moderate paced ride first, then do the repeats.

HTH
User avatar
Puffy
 
Posts: 106
Joined: Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:26 am

Re: Mountain training

Postby foo on patrol » Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:05 pm

Walsh95 wrote:Really hammered it this morning
Pity the traffic lights crucified my average speed.

Got home and threw up

Still felt great


Well, that shows you have some commitment then. 8) Just don't and I repeat don't do that everyday. :!:

Just concentrate on getting the Klms into your legs and worry about the speed side of things a little later. Speed is of no use to you, if you're not there at the end. :wink:

Foo
I don't suffer fools easily and so long as you have done your best,you should have no regrets.
Goal 6000km
Image
User avatar
foo on patrol
 
Posts: 4310
Joined: Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:12 am
Location: Sanstone Point QLD


Return to Training

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users



Popular Bike Shops
Torpedo 7 Torpedo7 AU
Ground Effect Ground Effect NZ
Chain Reaction Cycles CRC UK
Wiggle Wiggle UK
Ebay Ebay AU



InTouch with BNA
“Bicycles BNA Twitter
“Bicycles BNA Facebook
“Google+ BNA Google+
“Bicycles BNA Newsletter