- is it better to….(what to ride content)
ride as quick as i can -yep will do
in terms of fitness, im about 70% of the fitness i realistically think i can achieve, so just wondered is the shorter harder ride going to better than the longer/easier one.
there's about 6 miles of difference between the two im consider for tonight!Posted 9 years agoenduro-aidMember
you have to think about it in terms of heart rate…..the longer but easier ride will cause you to burn fat from your body and it will work the muscles a bit but not much….making you lean
the short intense ride will push your heart rate throught the roof so you wont burn as many Kcal or as much fat but it will build muscle mass and create strength….making you strongPosted 9 years agophil.wMember
a longer ride will improve your endurance. a shorter but harder ride, i.e. hill work, will improve your muscle strength.
which will improve your fitness? define fitness first.
i would say improve your endurance then build on the strength. it makes more sense this way round.Posted 9 years agotimravenSubscriber
+1 for doing 'em both. Mix it up, push hard then slow for recovery, then push again.
I like to do at least one long moderate pace ride and a short hard ride each week, more if I have the time.
The technical stuff will get you 'faster' on techy trails but not really any fitter.Posted 9 years ago
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