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k
04-02-2006, 01:31 PM
hi,
i am relatively new to the biking community. this summer i am planning on doing the seattle to pdx ride(220 miles). i am in pretty good shape. i commute by bike and hit the gym about 3 days a week. i would just like some tips on taking it to the next level so that i can be prepared by mid-july for my first big ride. any websites or books that you guys can recommend would be fantastic.

thanks,
k

BillD
04-02-2006, 02:04 PM
k,
I think you will find, The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling : Build the Strength, Skills, and Confidence to Ride as Far as You Want , published by Bicycling magazine helpful. It has a section that lays out several training schedules for long rides. It is on sale at Amazon for $12.97 or you might find a used copy at Powells. Here (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1579541992/002-2466137-3324031?v=glance&n=283155) is a link to the Amazon page.... some reviews, etc.

There was a workout program from Carmichael Training Systems posted on the Livestrong site last year but I don't see it there now. You may be able to glean some useful info from the links in this Google Search (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=cts+cycling+workouts)

Bill

k
04-02-2006, 03:08 PM
thanks bill

punkfairy
04-02-2006, 08:45 PM
They have a training schedule on the Seattle to Portland website too. I haven't EXACTLY been following it, but then it's been raining... ;-)

nm973
05-04-2006, 08:47 AM
A great training site is trainingpeaks.com it is worth every penny. I am doing STP this year in one day as well, and this is helping tremendously.
Depending on how long you sign up for depends on your price. Basically $8 to $20 per month. It is an awesome site, great training programs (the virtual coach is awesome) and it has a nutrition tracker as well. Lot's of cool toys on their site.
They also give a 7 day trial as well.