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TeamBG - Diabetes Grand Tour 2015!

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Paris - Brest - Paris in 2015 with type I diabetes ?

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Leadville 100 in 2015

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What sort of steel horse do you ride?

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New to Cycling

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Mountain Biking & Diabetes Care

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NYC Tour de Cure!!

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Need car suggestions for car-loving cyclists

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Comment by Rock on July 13, 2009 at 7:28am

The first obvious question is do you wear a heart monitor, and more important, do you know how to use it? I don't mean to be insulting or anything, but there are a lot of folks that don't. After you get the monitor, you need to look on Amazon for a couple of books on aerobic training, then distill and analyze and collate all that information. Once you get all that done, go out on your bike with your heart monitor and your test kit and make yourself into a crash test dummy. That's what I did.

Increasing vO2 Max involves interval training. Ask anyone that has done it, and they will tell you interval training sucks. Big time. I am assuming you have a good training base. Watching your monitor, sprint to within 95% of your max heart rate, hold it there for 15 seconds, then slack off to 40%. Repeat.

This will shorten your overall ride distance and time. Bear in mind that an interval on a hill might see you going 10 miles an hour in your second chain ring and still see 95% of your maximum heart rate.

An interval workout once or twice a week should start to improve your vO2 and overall conditioning within 6 weeks or so.

As to how you will feel after the workout, I might suggest a large bottle of ibuprofen.

Your other option is to do what I did with my son when he took up the bicycle. I got a length of stout bungee cord and mounted a hook on one end. When he rides by, I slap the hook around his seatpost and then wrap the other end around my handle bars. He never looks back to see that he is towing me along at 25 mph.

Have fun on the bike!

Anybody else got any training wisdom to pass along?

Comment by John Sangdahl on July 10, 2009 at 11:03am
How do you increase your vo2max? I have 2000 miles on my bike since March. I have increased a lot over that time but I feel I should be now riding faster. This is my first year riding and I am 51 years old. Over long hilly rides I am ave around 16.4 mph. I rode with a group yesterday that just killed me. We started out with an ave speed of 22 to 24 on the flats. When we hit the first big hill I was already at my lactate threshold and got dusted by the group. I did finish the 25 mile ride but only 16.2 mph ave. Are my expectations too high for a 51 year old?
Comment by Michael Wiggins on June 23, 2009 at 7:15pm
Anybudy interested in doing a unsupported Northern Tiered ride in 2010 - should take around 3 months or so. Nothing hard core 50-70 miles per day. Did Southern Tier in 2007 - lots of challenges for T1's but at the end of the trip you feel so alive.
Comment by Michael Wiggins on June 23, 2009 at 7:15pm
Anybudy interested in doing a unsupported Northern Tiered ride in 2010 - should take around 3 months or so. Nothing hard core 50-70 miles per day. Did Southern Tier in 2007 - lots of challenges for T1's but at the end of the trip you feel so alive.
Comment by Bradford on June 23, 2009 at 6:47am
Team Type 1 is well on its way to winning this year's Race Across America (RAAM)!! They have the lead by nearly 3 hrs at this point, and are somewhere in the middle of Kansas (on their way to Annapolis, MD). The TT1 RAAM team is comprised completely of people with DT1, and their partner team, Team Type 2 (also competing) is comprised solely of people with DT2. You can check them out here:
Comment by Mike Campana on June 17, 2009 at 6:06am
miketosh, I'll double check but I think it actually said Northeast Ohio. I can't remember.
Comment by Mike Campana on June 17, 2009 at 6:05am
John, I know where you were talking about on Ira. It was a white GM pick-up and I might have showed him that he was number 1! lol He practically clipped my shoulder with those goofy big ass mirrors. The guy I was riding with kicked ass up the hills, just tore them up while I was slower but steady up the hills.
Comment by miketosh on June 17, 2009 at 5:47am
Does the side say NEAST OHIO? Or is there a period after the N?
Comment by John Sangdahl on June 17, 2009 at 5:44am
Mike I was looking for you at the start. I think we were together Ira rd as it crossed Massillon rd. I think you yelled car back and the truck passed by too close. I could be wrong. I was riding with the guy that just killed the hills.
Comment by Mike Campana on June 17, 2009 at 5:10am
Here's the front and back of the Red Rider jersey's we recieved at the NE Ohio Tour de Cure.


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