Cycling Mistake #8: Too Much Long Slow Distance Riding

Whether they're mountain bikers or roadies, cyclists are often their own worst enemies when it comes to training. Repair your routine by eliminating these ten common mistakes

Jun 25, 2013
Outside Magazine

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If you spend all winter and spring in the little chainring, you can’t expect to win your local crit—or even keep up on a fast-paced training ride, says Mayhew. Base miles will help build a strong foundation of fitness, but too much time in any zone will impede your progress. It takes variety to improve.

The Fix: You need to find a middle ground between too much and too little intensity. If most of your solo training time is spent cruising, mix it up with a weekly group ride for some high intensity. And add variety into your rides by sprinting for signs or other landmarks, Mayhew says. But don’t go overboard: a cycling diet comprised only of high intensity intervals will also prevent you from reaching your peak performance. Keep the LSD, but don't let it overwhelm your training plan.

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