Preparation for my first racing season
I'm 16 and have been cycling now and again alone for the past few years. During the summer I went out on a ride with the local cycling club. By the time I got home I had racked up over 50 miles. After a few months I started attending the slightly harder Sunday runs. I am not able to get a few short rides in during the week because it is dark by the time I get home. My dad has a turbo which I am going to set up with an old Dawes Imperial. I have improved greatly since I started cycling with the club and all the club members are encouraging me to race next year. The races start in April and they are all quite short in distance (the longest would be a 25 mile TT). I am not expecting to go out and win races - I just want to compete and have fun. The racing will add some objective to my cycling. The trouble is that I don't know what sort of training to do, how much and when. I currently go out with the touring group on saturday with an average of 15 or 16mph and a distance of around 50 miles and on Sunday its around 55 miles or more with a speed of 16-17mph. Could anyone advise me on how much training I should do and what type? Any tips or advice on creating a training plan would be of great help.