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Beginners training guide

DamonCDamonC Posts: 263
edited December 2009 in Road beginners
I've been off a road bike for 7 years and in the last year had no exercise as I dislocated my left foot and snapped my tibula early this year.

I have a Scott CR1 Pro coming in Jan and want to have a plan to get back to a core fitness that would allow me to join some club rides. I am not looking to compete.

In the meantime I have bought an MTB and doing weekend rides at Llandegla to help improve my fitness.

Anyone got some good easy progressive plan that allows me to ramp up my seat time and pace in a way that isn't going to make me hate getting back out?


Suffering from the light bike fat git syndrome.


  • skyd0gskyd0g Posts: 2,540
    Spin the pedals (rather than 'grind').
    Don't fall off the MTB.
    Slowly extend the distances that you're covering.
    Try to ride more often (rather than just weekends).
    Cycling weakly
  • softladsoftlad Posts: 3,513
    for the first few weeks, measure your rides in time, rather than miles. If possible, just ride out in one direction for 30 minutes and then ride back. Then depending how you feel, start adding 5 minutes, or 10 minutes to the outward leg. Once you are happy being on the bike for 2-3 hours at a time, then you can start building on your fitness...
  • teagarteagar Posts: 2,100
    Change it up - do something different each time you ride.

    Keeps it more fun for the brain and keeps the fitness well rounded.
    Note: the above post is an opinion and not fact. It might be a lie.
  • DamonCDamonC Posts: 263
    Thanks for that all, food for thought :)
    Suffering from the light bike fat git syndrome.
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