Evening all, over this last while I've been making a concerted effort to improve my fitness/strength on the bike. Despite the winter evenings I've managed to get out about three times a week, varying from about two hours to just shy of four.
The problems I've been having are as follows - firstly, when I start riding I feel pretty nauseous, I feel as if it takes me up to an hour, to "get into the zone" where I feel like I can ride hard without blowing up. Once I'm past this nauseous faze though, I do feel like I can go and go.
Secondly, my legs feel, for want of a better word, sluggish, all the time. I know I've got plenty of power there but I feel as if I need to hold back again for fear of blowing up....my thighs just feel tender. I feel that if I could get my legs to feel right I could really blast the climbs.
For context the type of riding I do is long steep climbs, tech descents, minimal faffing about. The pace is usually moderate to high, some of the guys are elite xc and dh racers.
Sorry if that's all very general, I'm not into heart rate monitoring or any of that, I wonder if anyone can give me any tips or can relate and impart some knowledge how to overcome these problems.