|Zombie Cyclist three months after restarting cycling|
|Zombie Cyclist at the arrivée of his first 200 km brevet|
Everyone is different, of course, and we are each different people at the different times in our lives. In my research, I read many stories of cyclists who "never train" but ride 1200 km brevets with ease. I think I might have been one of those people, even into my 40s. However, I am not now one of those people, and you might not be either. I hope some of the things I found in my experimentation will encourage you to find something as enjoyable and as effective for you as this return to cycling has been for me.
Books I have read:"The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling" by Edmund R. Burke, Ph.D. and Ed Pravelka. Although I looked at a large number of training programs, they all were fairly similar, and I ended up building mine based on those in this book.
My training schedule:
This schedule is somewhat irregular in order to accommodate life. I divide the speed of the rides into three color-coded groups. Those rides colored yellow represent my weekly long ride, the ride whose mileage I tried to increase each week. I ride this long ride "at pace", which is the fastest I can ride comfortably and indefinitely. Currently, pace is a 14 to 15 mph average speed as calculated by my bicycle computer. Those mileages colored blue were also ridden at pace. Those mileages colored green were ridden slower than pace, typically 11 or 12 mph. Those mileages colored red were ridden as fast as I could go either 1 minute intervals at 20 mph or 17 mph for an hour.