I've been riding in temperatures of 20-30F degrees and think I'm dressing correctly. I feel cool at the start of rides and fairly warm at the end. The problem is my legs feel like lead for at least the first half hour. I wear cycling tights with long underwear underneath. What's up?
I've heard that you should cover your legs when the temperature is below 65F. I live in the mountains and we have several feet of snow, but last weekend the sun was shining, the roads were dry and the thermometer said 67. So I peeled off my leg warmers -- and now I have sore knees. What happened?
I purchased a PowerTap power meter last year and have been training inside with watts all winter. This has included 3-4 workouts per week ranging from 90 minutes to 2 hours, mostly hard intervals. My power increased for the first 6 weeks but then plateaued. Recently, it's taking much more effort to generate the same wattage that I easily produced in January. What's going on?
I'm confused about the physical effects of base training at 70-80 percent of maximum heart rate. I've heard that while in this zone our bodies are building capillaries that supply muscles with blood and nutrients for the harder efforts later in the season. Further, we should avoid any hard efforts in winter, such as climbing, that raise heart rate above this zone. Is this true?