On the Bike Training

Training on the bike correctly can help you ride longer than the rest of the field.Most of my articles have been how to train off the bike.  It is true that going to the gym and hitting the weights and spinning on the stationary bike will help your riding, but nothing replaces seat time.  A good example of this was a few years ago when Sarah Whitmore got injured before Loretta Lynn’s.  Although she could not ride as much as she wanted, Sarah still managed to train off the bike.  At her peak point in training, she could run 7 miles and still be able to go to the gym.  That is incredible.  However, she was still not able to put in a solid, consistent moto that was long enough for Loretta’s.

Seat time can’t be replaced.  Sarah demonstrated that perfectly.  If you are like me and only get the chance to ride every so often, you need to make the most of it.  Long periods without riding can be good, every once in a while.  However, if it is on a consistent basis, you need to really concentrate when you’re at the track.  Riding the track is for goons.  If you want to keep your speed and your ego, you have to attack the track.  I’m not saying ride over your head, but you need to remember to not get lazy and just coast.  You need to remember flow and keep good form.  If you concentrate on that, you will have a better chance of keeping your form and good form equates to speed.

Now, if you ride a few times a week, things will be different.  It’s all about learning.  Like Bruce Lee, you can never think you know everything.  You need to go to the track with a goal.  Maybe, you had a hard time in the corners last time you rode.  If the track is not busy, pick out a string of corners you struggled with and hit those repeatedly.  Just make sure you enter and exit the track safely.  Learn from your mistakes and try to improve on those corners for a while.  Next time, when you go to another track that has similar turns, you will get comfortable a lot quicker.

But what if you are already flowing good and smooth around the track?  Bust out some long motos.  If you are racing, you know you need to push the whole race.  With that in mind, if you can ride even 2 laps longer than a normal race, you know you will be able to give 110% the whole race.  When others fade, you will still be hanging it out.  Starts are important, but in the amateurs, endurance is crucial.  Remember, you need to keep learning and trying to improve on last time (or maintain your level of riding if you can only ride occasionally).  Next time you go the track, don’t just go out and throw down some motos, learn from your mistakes.

Posted on Sep 17 2009, under Riding Techniques, Training | No Comments »

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