I can vouch for the more training/riding the more improvement you’ll see.
My shed got broke in to in 2011 and my trusty old “Clumber park/Sherwood forest leisure riding” bike a full sus 2004 Carrera Banshee was stolen with all my tools while I was not at the house.
It took ages for the insurance to pay out but when they did I looked around and managed to pick up an almost mint condition 2007 Specialized FSR XC for less than £400 off fleabay. Since then I’ve been getting more and more into the single track riding.
Up until this year the most I’ve MTB’d locally is a 16mile route around north notts area and the red route at Sherwood pines the odd weekend. Nothing too difficult
But this year I’ve committed myself and a couple of mates to do a round of the MTB Marathon Series at Marshbrook, Shropshire in July. http://www.mtb-marathon.co.uk
47mile (75K) XC
I’ve been to a couple of rounds with a catering company I was doing a spot of weekend driving to help a friend out. I had no idea those sort of events were about and chatting to a number of the people riding they were from racers to guys/girls who enjoy just getting out at a weekend on the bike.
So from the Xmas break I’ve started some serious training, when I can’t get out on the bike through the week I’ve been doing half hour on a cross trainer and have worked up to an hour n half on a multigym. I do this 4 out of 5 nights per week and try and get out on the bike sat or sun with friends.
I have to say motivation has always been the biggest struggle for me training at home, but this event I’ve entered has really given me the motivation to train….i don’t want to make a total “tw*t” of myself on the event basically lol!
The biking has increased from 16miles to 37miles last weekend, fitness is definitely improving, I’m still shattered climbing the hills but I’m recovering quicker as well. Also noticing the average speed mapped is increasing.
When I started mapping my rides using the Map my ride app on the iphone I was averaging 7.7mph over 16miles….i’m now at week 10 of my training and averaged 9.1mph over the 37miles on harder hills and longer route.
I’m 41, 6’2 and was about 17st, although I’m not seen any weight loss so far I have seen 3” off my waistline…and I’m not as flabby as I was when I started.
I’m feeling quite good about the training and I’m hoping the progress continues through to july and beyond.
The bank balance has seen a bit of a battering though, upgrading tires and brakes so far on the bike with a few other “cheap” tweaks required before july comes.