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Chilly’s Training Blog
Training for Romaniacs
Training, training, training. It seems like a never ending cycle (no pun). But if you want to be good, you have to be in shape. It is hard work and there is no way around it. The real challenge is how to train the best. There are so many issues to take into consideration; time, benefits, money, physical impact.
Like many racers, I have one simple answer. It may not be perfect, but it is what suits me best. I ride my mountain bike. Here are a few reasons why;
It is time effective, I ride right from my front door and try to mix in a nice loop that combines both street and dirt
It is low impact. If I rode my motorcycle every single day, I would have an endless supply of aches and pains
I cannot run. Again, there is too much impact on my joints to run, plus I just hate doing it
I hate going to the gym, just won’t ever do it
I love riding my bike. It is the closest thing I can do that is like motorcycling. I love doing it, so it makes training enjoyable
I can vary the intensity. I typically ride in a manner that is similar to interval training, easy/hard/easy. This is an efficient way to train
It is cheap! It costs me almost nothing each day. Even the cheapest day riding motorcycles is $50-100 real cost
Mtn biking is similar in action to enduro racing. I am sure there are some good technical aspects of this that I can’t explain. But mentally I “feel” like I am doing the same thing
I guess that I am fortunate in the fact that I like to pedal, but am not so enamored with cycling that I have to have the latest and greatest of everything. I ride a nice, do everything bike; Specialized XC Pro. It is about 5 years old now and has served me very well. It is not very glamorous and every once in a while I find myself drooling of a 29″ fancy something or other. My bike may be a little heavy and slow, but hey I am here to train, not be the fastest guy up the hill.
I always try to keep the end game in mind. I am here to be a better motorcycle rider, not become a pedal geek. I ride accordingly. I really dislike road biking also, so I do most of my work in the dirt. Mountain biking can be a dangerous thing for a novice, particularly one who rides motorcycles. It is very easy to get injured while expecting the bike to perform like the dirt bike. I keep to easy trails and two track paths. I get my challenges from climbing, not from imitating a downhiller.
So there you have it, my training regimen consists almost solely on mountain bike riding. It may not be perfect, but it works for me. I know that when I get to Romania I will have an endurance edge over many riders. Over a multi-day event, great endurance is a way to compensate for shortcomings of skill and talent. Just be tougher than the next guy.