Beginner training



I've been cycling for about 5 months now, so far this has consisted of commuting at a leisurely pace (27 mile round trip) 1-2 times a week, the odd weekend ride to escape from the missus and lots of crashes. Basically I've just been learning to ride a bike again.

I've just turned 28, until about a year and a half ago I was in reasonable shape and used to work out 3-4 times a week lifting weights at the gym. However I started a new job with longer hours and a longer commute and gradually lost my motivation.

I've found that I have a real thirst for cycling and I wanted to put a training plan together incorporating cycling and working out at the gym. Id quite like to incorporate some commuting into this. Also my gym has virtual myride+ which id like to use.

Im about 17 st and 6ft. I'm quite muscular and a bit fat!

My general goals are to get leaner, fitter and become a better cyclist. All my training previously has been based around building muscle.

I want to get a training and diet plan together and set specific short and long term goals.

I'm a little overwhelmed with all of the information online and I don't really know where to start.

Any advice would be great.




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When I started back I used the Mathetone method for 3 months,combined with not eating rubbish and consuming less calories each day than I needed.

I would say a weight loss of 4 stone would make you a better cyclist, even if you retained the same fitness level as now.

Of course this may not be what you want to hear, but you did ask.


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If you stop using muscles they will fade away. The trick is in shaping your muscles to suit your chosen sport.
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