Rider Training Tips and Information:
Below are some recommendations on how to better prepare for your ride.
- Always wear a helmet!
- Make certain that your bike has been properly fitted to you. Visit Full Moon Vista for a professional fitting if needed.
- Make certain that your bike is in good condition and has been properly tuned up.
- Wear padded bike shorts and gloves – they make a HUGE difference in comfort.
- Ride with other people when you can, especially experienced riders.
- Join a local bike club.
- Set goals that are within reason and keep track of your daily cycling mileage.
- Always drink before you become thirsty and have enough fuel (food) in you before you ride.
- Hydrate & eat during your rides as needed – it’s not fun to run out of energy with miles to go.
- Start with shorter rides and steadily progress to longer as your training continues.
- Consistency is important – i.e. if you can commit to riding 4 days a week, that’s fantastic
- Time off is equally important, do not over-train and listen to your body. If you are tired, take a day off.
- If you are looking for more of a challenge as you progress, try adding intervals and hill repeats one day a week.
- Remember to have fun and enjoy the training – if it’s not fun, you will be less likely to continue.
Training plans developed by Shane O’Leary of Full Spectrum Sports are now available!
The training courses are designed to get you in shape to ride two days in a row. The shorter program will train you for two 30 mile rides. The longer program will train you for two 60 mile rides.
- The programs may be started a bit into them if you have already been riding since they begin slowly.
- Most important training tip: DO NOT SKIP RIDING MANY DAYS IN A ROW AND EXPECT TO PICK UP WHERE YOU LEFT OFF.
- Endurance and strength is built up over time and in a measured manner. Have fun!
The Training Plans: