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LIVESTRONG Training Tip #1 – Getting Started

August 3, 2009

So you’ve decided to ride in this year’s LIVESTRONG Challenge, but the decision to ride was as far into the thought process as you got. Don’t fear.  The ride is a little more than 12 weeks away.  That is more than enough time to get ready.

No matter which distance you have chosen to take on, preparation will be the key to a successful and pleasureable experience.  In order to build a foundation for the ride you should begin increasing your overall weekly training hours.  One way to prepare is to estimate how many hours you expect to be “in the saddle”.

For example if you have chosen to ride the 60 mile course and you currently average 17mph when you ride, you know you’re going to be on the road for roughly 3.5 hours.

(# of miles you are riding) / (your current avg. speed) = time in saddle

Build your long ride so that you can comfortably (medium effort) ride for 3.5 hours.  You may not be able to cover the 60 miles initially, but by event day you will have wheels to follow and a nice little “event day buzz” as added energy.

I think I can. I think I can.

A positive attitude is also key.  Don’t let yourself get discouraged if you are not where you think you should be.  Just persevere and keep pedaling, you can do it.  You might consider riding with a friend or local group that has similar goals.

What’s that clanking sound?

If you have not had your bicycle serviced in a while.  I would recommend having a mechanic look it over to ensure that your ride is safe.  It may be a good idea to schedule a pre-ride tune up as well so your bike is in tip top shape on event day.

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