Learn how to climb with this short video – covering rythym, pacing and different climbing positions.
‘Resting heart rate’ refers to your heart rate in beats per minute when you are completely at rest.Your resting heart rate is often a good determination as to how fit you are, as well as indicating if you’re either over training or unwell – showing up as unexplained increases in resting heart rate. Monitoring your heart rate throughout your cycling training program will help you keep track of your fitness
Your resting heart rate is best recorded when you naturally wake up in the morning ( not with a heart starting alarm) and before you get out of bed. Any physical activity will raise your heart rate, so you’re best to have a stop watch beside the bed for the mornings recording. Certainly take it before you jump on your fluid trainer for an early morningbike trainer session. [Read more…]
Body Mass Index(BMI) or Quetelet Index is a statistical measure of the weight of a person scaled according to height. It can be a useful measure as you begin cycling training.
As a measure, BMI became popular during the early 1980s as obesity started to become a discernible issue in prosperous Western society. BMI provided a simple numeric measure of a person’s “fatness” or “thinness”, allowing health professionals to discuss over- and under-weight problems more objectively with their patients. It is meant to be used as a simple means of classifying sedentary (physically inactive) individuals with an average body composition. For these individuals, the current value settings are as follows:
Cycling strongly is all about power to weight ratio. This ratio becomes most apparent when you hit the hills. The reasons why all the devastating climbers are built like whippets – small, lean and muscular – is that their power to weight ratio is better. The sprinters may be strong in short bursts but when it comes to grinding up a steep unrelenting climb all that weight that the muscles brings is a liability.
So obviously the easiest way to improve your power to weight ratio is to dump the weight that doesn’t have any function – ie fat. A low body fat percentage will not only improve your riding but also save your wallet. It is likely less painful to dump a kilo or two than spend an extra few thousand on the latest lightest bike.