To get more serious, when poring over the pedaling shapes discussed in this WattBike site, I naturally wonder which one matches my own pedaling style. Not the "Figure Of Eight", I hope!
The Figure Of Eight description makes me ask, what exactly does "beginner" mean? Someone who just started riding a bicycle last week? Someone who has been riding for years, but has had little or no formal coaching, even though that rider has racked up many thousands of miles?
The Cyclist's Training Bible describes a "novice" as a rider who has been riding seriously for less than three years, regardless of the rider's age (p. 227). So, what does "seriously" mean?
I'm serious enough to have planned, worked up to, and carried out four self-supported century rides. Is that what the book is getting at? Or does "serious" mean you've been training regularly under a coach, including off-bike strength/resistance work? And racing?
Although I've been trying to keep some structure in my day-to-day riding, I feel quite rudderless: Am I really doing it right? Is it too soon for this or that? Am I doing enough? Too little or too much? How soon is too soon to start preparing for a century ride that won't take place until next June?
So many questions, and I wish I could get answers.