The Official Keels of RunDisney
- Feb 27, 2008
For your longer rides on the trainer, how do you fuel - do you stick with the synthetic stuff that you use for runs, or do you work some real food in there?Probably not dissimilar to starting to run. It takes time to get used to the duration and intensity. My quads were definitely what I noticed when I started cycling. Now it's more a general fatigue when I'm getting up there. More than anything is a soreness from sitting on the bike that long. My body just isn't used to it yet.
For any of my rides over two hours (trainer or outdoors), I work some real food in there - it's obviously a lot easier to do on a trainer than out on the road, but it definitely makes a difference. On the trainer, I'll put a couple options on the little table I set up next to my bike for my water bottle, cool towel, TV remote and then decide what I'm in the mood for when I'm at the point where I can snack - some of my favorites are Uncrustables, peanut butter crackers, Zapps potato chips, pretzels, Sour Brite Crawlers and peanut M&Ms.
As far as sitting on the bike for so long, you'll get used to it after time - just make sure that you're letting the bike do the work for you on downhill portions (ie. give you legs a break from the pushing of the pedals and let them spin out on their own - that will help your quads), and since you're on a trainer make sure you switch up your position often - again, for a downhill-type segment, try sitting up straight to take pressure off your lower back and quads, for climbing segments try raising out of the saddle to power the climbs - it will help mix up muscle usage quite a bit and help some of that general fatigue and overall discomfort.
What TR workout do you have scheduled for your 3.75 ride? Allegheny? I just finished the TdF plan today - glad THAT is over with.