|My Trek 2010 XO-1|
In true form, I have identified my critical path:
-3 Season cycling combined with a Fluid Trainer
-Heart Zones Training to establish baselines.
-Research a 30-50 mile trail based circuit.
-A 10 Week Century Training Program.
-Finalize the route.
-Enjoy the Ride!
I am involved in the first two steps of this process. I have acquired a fluid trainer and established a comfort level. Over the past two weeks including multiple trips to Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com, I have selected the programs and books to guide me on this journey.
The first major milestone will be next week, as I attempt to establish my true MHR or Maximum Heart Rate. Common belief is that this is a magical formula of 220 -(your age). The hard truth of my reading is that this is bogus for any training program. I have come across 2 highly recommended books regarding heart zone training and Indoor cycling training; "Heart Zone Cycling" by Sally Edwards & Sally Reed and "Workouts in a Binder" by Dirk Friel and Wes Hobson.
Edwards and Reed include a series of ride criteria for various goals and assessments. Next week I will be attempting their "Larger than Life" ride which as an assessment ride takes you near your MHR. In short, after a warm up evolving into bottom of Zone 2 you step up your heart rate every 15 seconds. By the way, you can consult with a medical or sports clinic and obtain your MHR and VO2Max through carefully monitored medical workouts. I did attempt this once in less than desirable circumstances and I will probably do this again under better circumstances.
The self assessment of this effort so far, is that there is a wide variety of conflicting information about training, and heart zone training. I believe that I have selected very credible sources. The key to this entire effort will be to have fun and enjoy the ride.
Nothing compares to the simple
pleasure of a bike ride.
John F. Kennedy