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Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?

If you really want to measure how much effort you're putting in, you should look into getting a power meter. It measures the actual wattage you output, and can therefore be used to calculate total ...
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How much time and what type of nutrition will make my leg muscles like professional cyclist?

To have legs like professional cyclists you need to train like one. With only 20 minutes a day you are not going to make it. You need to find time, many hours per day, most days a week. If you want to ...
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Does going faster always result in more calories burnt

All other things being equal, yes. The increase in effort more than makes up for the decrease in ride time. Consider two scenarios where one rides 20 km: first at 25 km/h, second at 30 km/h. In the ...
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Does going faster always result in more calories burnt

Speaking purely in calories and power, this is just a small elaboration on Adam's answer: the power required to maintain a certain speed against aerodynamic drag is proportionate to the cube of that ...
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How to play video games while cycling on trainer?

I can play like this for an hour or so Get a multi elevation desk (Like this one around $35 from Amazon) it allows you to lower and tilt the TV UP toward you reducing neck strain adding cheap armrest ...
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Do calorie estimates for rides include Basal Metabloic Rate?

Using my two Garmin devices, I lay down for 30 minutes watching a film. Both recorded an average heartrate of 60 bpm. The 810 gave 35 kcal, the 910xt 45 kcal So 70 - 90 kcal per hour : 1680 - 2160 ...
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What are (a) the source of and (b) the justification (e.g. experimental) for the concept of "normalized power" used in physical endurance training?

My understanding is that high-intensity efforts are disproportionately taxing, and NP is a way of reflecting that. That is, if you went for one ride where you maintained a steady 75% FTP output, and ...
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How to play video games while cycling on trainer?

Buy a recumbent exercise bike instead and you'll be much more able to play games. But if you're training for serious upright riding rather than general fitness that will not be what you want. I have ...
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New to cycling, questions about over doing it

It depends on a lot of things, like how fit you are to start with and how well the bike fits you. The same distance can be a very different amount of effort depending on the surface, incline etc. But ...
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Can cycling improve my stamina in soccer?

If you want to run fast, you need somewhat structured training. Normal bicycle commuting is certainly beneficial to ones health, but without structuring it it will be often too short fort endurance ...
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What are (a) the source of and (b) the justification (e.g. experimental) for the concept of "normalized power" used in physical endurance training?

Focusing more on the empirical part of the question, consider the link that R. Chung gave in his first comment to Adam Rice's answer. That's the introductory chapter to Andrew Coggan's book, training ...
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What is an "unreasonably short leave-pass"?

Your family or significant other will only give you a few hours leave(like Annual leave) from home to go out riding.
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Is my daily bike route enough exercise for a 60 year old?

Enough for a little expertise - yes, enough to train for a 100 mile ride, no. If you are just looking for some healthy exercise you can gradually increase distance and/or speed and back off if you ...
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Can cycling improve my stamina in soccer?

Cycling 2 km in 16 minutes is about 8 km/h which could be fast or slow depending on the gradient. No this won't do a lot for your running sprint, because climbing is about endurance, and running ...
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How beneficial is it to swap bikes?

Bike weight and performance is only one factor. Your average speed and whether or not you have inclines would also factor in, of course. You can have a light bike with skinny wheels and burn as many ...
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How to play video games while cycling on trainer?

How about aerobars without the bars? You just need the tv set on floor slightly tilted so you don't break your neck. For example Zipp Alumina Clip has several possible setups for comfortable "riding" ...
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Learning to listen to my body and stop over-exercise

Learning to listen to your body equates to developing discipline in your training. Changing the type of exercise can help you give specific muscle groups rest but you can still exercising without the ...
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Pushing it to my max on a 7% 2kft climb. I'm cardio limited, but legs never hurt. How do I push it harder?

This type of effort very much comes down to W/Kg at FTP (Functional Threshold Power). You can get lighter, or you can work to raise FTP. There is no magic formula to improve FTP, it requires (beyond ...
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How beneficial is it to swap bikes?

In the end, you generally get a better workout when you have a faster bike. This is because you usually end up riding more often/longer distances than you would otherwise. Also, riding fast is fun. ...
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Spinning vs city bike riding to keep tone

I'd say riding outside is always better than a spin class or turbo-time. I ride a hilly commute to work throughout the winter 10x 30mins each way, but do intervals too - and ride fixed gear for extra ...
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Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?

The short answer is no, there is no standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation. Of course, as others have mentioned, they are connected by the amount of effort you put in. But as ...
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How can I prepare for cycling 60 km, before getting the bike?

Edit: As discussed in the comments, I assume that OP is allowed to take a total of 2 hours of breaks, not that the ride (moving time) itself must be shorter than 2 hours. A 30km/h average speed over ...
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What are (a) the source of and (b) the justification (e.g. experimental) for the concept of "normalized power" used in physical endurance training?

I was very curious about where the 4th power came from. I thought it might be from some fundamental physics and/or physiology, but it doesn't. It's just the result of a curve fitting/regression ...
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Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?

It really depends on speed. If you go slow (and there is no headwind) then riding on the flat is almost effortless (rolling friction is a very small factor with properly-inflated road tires). What ...
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Learning to listen to my body and stop over-exercise

You don't say how old you are but from your description, my guess is the problem may be dehydration which seems to affect us older guys more than younger ones. I experience this if I am not careful. ...
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Learning to listen to my body and stop over-exercise

I have a habit of riding harder when I'm by myself. If I ride with a group or even with one other person I'm less likely to overdo it. Consider trying out a group ride. Try to pick a group where you ...
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Which exercises a cyclist should do before/after any ride?

I prefer light jogging or running before. If that's not possible then some light stretching would be good since it tends to warm up the muscles for more rigorous activity later on. Do not forget to ...
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Which exercises a cyclist should do before/after any ride?

I get enough stretching while getting my pants on before a ride. I take the first 10 minutes fairly slowly too, because its in traffic with lights. A drink of water before you go helps with pre-...
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How can I prepare for cycling 60 km, before getting the bike?

You can do so! I had a 5 year long break from cycling. Then one day I decided I'll resume cycling. On the first day of resuming cycling, I rode 2 kilometers. On the second day, I rode 15 kilometers. ...
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Learning to listen to my body and stop over-exercise

Well, I think the obvious answer is listen to your body! Try not to push your self to the limit during the workout. However, you can start checking your HR-Monitor or setting Zone-Alarms on it. Try ...
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