fizzgig wrote:I also understand that weight alone is not a very good measure of these things, but what is? Body fat percentage as measured by scales? Waist measurements? Body fat percentage as measured with calipers?
fizzgig wrote:So reading some of the ... er... motivational posts in roband's thread made me realise that I need to stop making excuses and get back into it, starting immediately.
To that end, I've stopped taking two buses home and started taking just one and walking from the interchange. It's a bit over 4km and takes me about 40 - 45 minutes, with a lovely big hill to walk up in the middle. It doesn't seem like much to me, but at least it's something. And I can't believe how sore my legs are after only two days!
Of course I then went and completely undid any good I did through walking by going to the pub on Tuesday night. But I would have gone to the pub anyway.
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sebwiers wrote:For endurance mtb racing, your VO2 max and lactic acid tolerance are gonna be huge factors. So yeah, those intervals are a must do. You don't need to do them on a stationary bike, though. Just throw them in in the middle of a normal ride.
Ride harder = ride longer & stronger.
As for goals, a low resting heart rate (which usually also means low body fat) is probably not a bad one for your purpose, but is hard to measure in a way that lets you see month-to-month progress. Maximum sustained power output is another good one, easier to measure accurately, but you need something like a power tap hub (though many stationary bikes at gyms have this feature).
For strength training, I might suggest rock climbing; the aerobic requirements and hand strength help in MTB as well. And its a lot more fun that weight lifting.
gaurwraith wrote:Is there a limit to the number of skills you can be really proficient at? Does this adaptation wear off and how? No, really, what is this? Lord Google here I go.
fizzgig wrote:I will definitely have to have a look at rock climbing once I'm back in it though. It definitely sounds better than doing weights.
sebwiers wrote:Yeah, but is maximal strength something you want to train for if you are looking to improve performance in an endurance mountain bike race setting?
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