JohnBarleycorn wrote:3. The lactic acid burn is one of the pleasures of cycling ! Its all about pain. Even Tour winners have to cope with that pain. It never goes away. Drinking water won't help. Just get fitter....it will still hurt, but you will be going faster.
JohnBarleycorn wrote:1. I produce plenty of mucus when training hard, especially in winter ! Cycling is all about sweat, pain, mucus and blood. Hopefully in that order. I haven't had a cold for four years, but I still get rid of plenty of mucus on a ride. Its normal.
2. Yup, sounds like your position. Hard to say what the problem is without seeing how you sit on the bike. Could also be pushing bigger gears than you can handle, or having tight hamstrings. Stretching usually helps.
3. The lactic acid burn is one of the pleasures of cycling ! Its all about pain. Even Tour winners have to cope with that pain. It never goes away. Drinking water won't help. Just get fitter....it will still hurt, but you will be going faster. Don't bother with leg presses....that won't help. I have been able to leg press massive weights, but it never helped my climbing. You need to get fitter, learn to spin on climbs, maybe at 90rpm or faster. It takes a while to learn how to climb.....two or three years, I would think.
Climbing is about CV fitness. Power to weight helps. The great climbers are light. Pantani was well under 125lbs. I was 135lbs when I was a hillclimb champion, many years ago. Now I am 165lbs, and I am not so explosive on the climbs. If you are heavy, climbing will never be a way to winning races. At 170lbs, you are on the heavier side....your strengths will lie towards being a strong man on the flat, and into the wind.
4. You need to take in fuel for any ride over one hour, in general. You are not necessarily eating for the current ride, but for tomorrows ride. Thats an important thing to remember, that I learnt from pro riders when I was in France. You usually have enough fuel for two hours of riding, but it would be unwise to ride for two hours without eating. It will compromise many systems in your body, including your immune system, which is suppressed when carb reserves get low.
I did a hard two hour ride today. Hard roads, windy weather, lots of hill. Spinning at 100rpm. Average HR 144bpm. I took a liquid feed. Drank every 15 minutes, after the first 20 minutes. So I never really lowered my reserves. So my recovery will be quicker, and I will be able to train hard again tomorrow.
Hope that all helps ?
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