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    Endurance, Speed, and riding training..

    So after watching my brother do the Leadville Qualifier - Tahoe 100k Northstar I have decided that I want to do this race (or possibly the Steamboat Stinger) next year. However, since I am new to biking I know not the first thing about training for these types of rides.

    I know that I need to work on staying in gears longer, pushing myself a little harder through climbs, and what not but I guess I dont know what a good starting point is. Unfortunately, with where I live there is not much flat mtb trail that I can do, everything requires at least a Cat3 (according to MapMyRide) climb. I have picked a 6 mile-ish loop that I do on a normal basis and watch my time when I do that ride, try to push myself harder when climbing or in the rolling sections. One thing that I noticed is that I don't feel very comfortable getting out of the saddle (feel like I am always in the wrong gear and over spin) so I sit 99% of the time.

    Thoughts? Suggestions?
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    Ride hard....commute.....then ride hard again.

    take at least one day of a week....

    9 months later you should be ready to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Ride hard....commute.....then ride hard again.

    take at least one day of a week....

    9 months later you should be ready to go.
    Reminds me of one of the guys quotes on here...
    "Ride real fast that way... if something gets in your way.. TURN!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    Reminds me of one of the guys quotes on here...
    "Ride real fast that way... if something gets in your way.. TURN!"
    Worked for me for the TransRockies

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    To start off with, ride often (at least 4-6 times per week) and try to ride with someone faster. Also look if you have any excess weight you can loose, and work on your diet so the excess comes off.

    Once you find you are no longer improving - which should take a year or two, than you will need to go to a structured plan. You can start a structured plan now, but you are more likely get burnt out.

    Good luck and have fun.

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    mooddude...good stuff. I think you are speaking truth. A ton of people could stop "training" and ride the bike til they plataeu....hours and hours and hours.
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    Ask your brother....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mooddude View Post
    To start off with, ride often (at least 4-6 times per week) and try to ride with someone faster. Also look if you have any excess weight you can loose, and work on your diet so the excess comes off.

    Once you find you are no longer improving - which should take a year or two, than you will need to go to a structured plan. You can start a structured plan now, but you are more likely get burnt out.

    Good luck and have fun.
    Thanks mooddude... Funny used to play WoW with a guy that went by the same name.
    I usually try to ride as much as possible during the week but the new job has gotten in the way. I need to start commuting to work on the bike as well. Lunch Crew rides are definitely out for the time being and riding with someone faster (ie. the Lunch Crew or my bro) is hard to come by at this point in time. I think part of my problem is that I am doing a lot of riding alone.

    I am fairly athletic so excess weight comes off pretty easily and I have pretty much plateau'd at my current 195. I have been lighter before but that required 5 days a week fo working out at least 1hr a day plus multi-mile runs on the weekends. Lowest I have gotten is 185. Wife and I dont really eat like crap because 1) we cant stomach it, and 2) we cant really afford it. Weekends are always filled with some sort of activity, recently has been lots of paddleboarding with one race thrown in the mix so far and another next weekend (only 5 milers).
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