Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sport Specific Training

I've been thinking a lot about how to improve my mountain bike racing performances.  The obvious answer is to spend more time on my bike, the problem is that it isn't really practical for me due to time constraints.  

I've always considered myself a runner and running has really helped my overall fitness.  I run at least 5 miles almost every day and it's become part of my routine.  It doesn't take much time for me to head out the door, run my regular route, come home and shower; but to go for a bike ride is a 2+ hour commitment so I really only do it a few times a week. 

The reason I'm concerned is the hardest part of racing for me are the hills.  If I push hard going uphill it doesn't take long for my legs to run out of juice.  I don't get winded, but my legs start to burn and feel weak.  I'm trying to figure out how to fix that and I don't think any amount of running will make a difference.

I'm thinking about trying an indoor trainer.  I would be able to set the resistance and that might help.  Maybe I just need to approach the time I am able to ride differently; like go for more rides at Busiek where the hills are longer.  I don't know.

I love mountain biking and I've been having a lot of fun at the races.  I just wish I could ride more.....

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