yeah. I try to ride every second day, simply because i have found that if i ride the next day, most of the time i feel burnt out. During the actual ride, i do try to hammer whenever i can, and try to keep a decent pace when i am recovering... Generally i try not to dip below 30km/h on the flats, some days are tougher than others due to the wind and also temperature. Most of my kms are pretty decent hill climbs tho, and that probably explains why i feel kinda dead the next day. For the hills i generally find for me, i am faster if i stay seated and try to spin the big ring up front (53t), and my biggest or second biggest in the rear (23 or 21) rather than standing up and pushing, although this does feel easier and i can sustain it for longer, so in this too i try to vary it up from ride to ride. I stay down and spin up a hill when i'm up for improving my fitness or just plain hurting myself.cmatcan said:different rides have different goals and purposes. some rides should be hammer-sessions. you push till you puke, then you clip back in and keep pushing.
some rides are recovery rides. you spin at a high cadence and when the lactic acid comes, you slow down or shift down.
some rides, most rides, are somewhere between the two. just remember, hammering and pushing on every single ride will just burn you out and slow your progress. the pros do a lot of mellow-paced riding. (keep in mind, a mellow pace for them is sprinting for most, but you get the idea)
If you're really concerned about this and want ride well this season (which doesn't nec mean you're winning races, but riding healthy and not burned out by mi-June) then get a good training book such as Freil's or Fred Matheny's and read up.Rum_Runner1 said:When you guys ride how do you treat yourself? Do you guys have no mercy for yourself and make yourself push the tall gears up the hills, or do you wimp out? Do you go as fast as possible on the flats, or do you ride to where your comfortable?