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Hi there everyone,

 

I recently started mountain biking...ok!!! let me be honest...this was my 1st time on a bike...I've only done a few short and medium routes thus far...

what would the ideal training program be to get fit and comfortable on my bike.

 

I ride a kona blast...

 

thanks
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Yup, gotta go with that pearl of wisdom!

 

Where do you stay in WC? Find a local bike shop that deals with real MTBs and ask them to help you hook up with some local riders
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Your body has to adapt to the physical jerks, and that takes time! In general, riding 2X/week will only help you to maintain your fitness level. When doing 3X/week you start gaining fitness. There's a corrolation between time and physical impact, eg. lets say 60 min equites to 50%impact on fitness, it doesn't mean 120 min = 100%! Optimum time to start with per session is +- 40-60 min. Also important, impact starts deminishing the day after training session, to that extend that after +-36 hours you've lost nearly everything. Bottom line, 1) start by doing 40-60 min at a comfortable pace 3x/week, spread over the whole week. Soon you will find it very easy, then you 2) start going an extra day until you can do 5days/week (now you've settled on quantity). 3)When doing 5days/week comfortably you start going a bit faster 2x/week (you start working on quality) until you can do this for each of the 5 days. 4) Next step, go 1 day further than the others.

 

Imperative, write everything down in a log book (Excel works fine!).

 

Set yourself a target, and more important, if you don't enjoy it, don't do it!
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