Preparing for your BEST Endurance ride…INSIDE!

We’re gearing up for a new ENDURANCE RIDE series at the Greater Grand Rapids YMCA…FTP 90!

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Demo classes underway this week…the 8-week series officially kicks off next week.

In my ongoing preparation for this program, I wanted to share several resources with Y members and other cycling enthusiasts in the community.  These are just a few of the things I found, and shared with the group:

Naturally, we tend to focus on the physical aspects of a fitness plan…this post at http://www.bicycling.com is a great reminder of the mental training we need to reach the goal.

Train Your Brain to Achieve Your Cycling Goals

FOCUS IS A CRITICAL TOOL IN THE CYCLIST’S ARSENAL—HERE’S HOW TO HARNESS YOURS

– Check for optimal BIKE FIT, for comfort and safety…seat position, foot placement, handle bar position and hand placement.

– Review and understand how to switch between the 4 modes of training with the IC-6 LifeFitness bike monitor:  Quick Start, Power Training, Heart rate Training, Fitness Tests (specifically the 5 min FTP – Functional Threshold Power test).

– Make a plan to retest or at least validate FTP once every 2-3 months, depending on how often you ride.

– Understand the value and relative intensity of all 5 Power Zones and how they relate to RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion)…a scale from 1 – 10:

  • Zone 1 – White – RPE ~1-3
  • Zone 2 – Blue – RPE ~3-4
  • Zone 3 – Green – RPE ~5-6
  • Zone 4 – Yellow – RPE ~7-8
  • Zone 5 – Red – RPE ~9-10

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– Maintain FOCUS, AWARENESS and a state of MINDFULNESS throughout the ride…from Warm-up stage through the Cool down.

– Assess your BREATHING, BODY POSTURE and FORM.

– Find and periodically reset the balance between  PACE / RPM / CADENCE and LEVEL / RESISTANCE / GEAR.

– Take in the RHYTHM of the music and let VISUALIZATION power you through challenging moments.

– AND MOST IMPORTANTLY…have fun and ENJOY THE RIDE!

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