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Newbies -- Don't hibernate for the winter.(9 posts)

Newbies -- Don't hibernate for the winter.hms
Oct 8, 2001 6:00 AM
Last year (2000) was my first year on the bike since I was a teenager. When fall and cold days came, I was ready to hibernate for the winter. But, in October 2000, I bought a good road bike to replace my hybrid and I had to ride it. Although I did not ride as much in the winter as I had in the summer, I rode at least once per week from November to March except for a three week period in January. I also did at least one workout per week on a trainer. The fitness gains that I had made in the summer of 2000 stayed with me and I had a good base to begin in spring/summer 2001. I have done many things this year (e.g. two centuries, 60-70 mile solo rides on a weekly basis) that I only could dream about last year. I see a lot of posts from newbies about maximum miles, etc. that sound a lot like where I was last year (my maximum ride last year was 62 miles and I was in pain for two days afterward). If you want to push yourself further in 2002, don't hibernate for the winter.
re: Newbies -- Don't hibernate for the winter.NewRoadBiker
Oct 8, 2001 7:47 AM
Thanks hms, good advice! I'm already tryng to piece together cold weather gear in preparation for Winter riding. I'm still trying to decide if I actually need to get a trainer or not. Since I live in Tennessee (currently), it gets cold in the winter but we receive very little snow, so I think I may not have any trouble continuing to ride all Winter. ...And then there's the question of whether I get a trainer or a set of rollers...I guess I'll have to try some of each to find what I prefer. Anyway, this newbie plans to keep at it all year! :o)

winter is my favorite time to rideishmael
Oct 8, 2001 11:48 AM
about 40ish and grey as can be but without the possibility of rain..on a sunday afternoon...thats the best as i see long as ive got my gear...which does take me 10 minutes to search around the house and find
i don't have rollers yet, but trainer's worked for me so far. nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 9, 2001 5:57 AM
Oct 8, 2001 9:29 AM
Also try to vary the workout. I did some weight work last winter which really helped on my hill climbing. I didn't start on the leg workouts until January, this year, I will start the end of this month. I have attempted to maintain upper body fitness via weights all year - a back muscle pull recently put a dent in that idea.

In addition, I play racquetball weekly plus my bi-weekly roller ride in front of a Spinervals tape. Since I'm in the frozen north, riding outside from December to mid Feb is almost impossible - or at least, painful.

My point is to continue to excersize in any way you can but with the cycling season in mind.
re: It'w why God created cyclocross! nmdzrider
Oct 8, 2001 12:02 PM
Fall/Winter riding is the best alternative to watching football.Cima Coppi
Oct 8, 2001 12:59 PM
Here in Denver, Sunday afternoons in the Fall are great times to ride because all of the lazy @$$e$ are home watching the Donkeys play football. The equates to fewer cars on the road, making the riding very good. Of course, come February and March, it's typically too cold and snowy to ride outside, but the indoor riding with a good cycling tape works great. I can't wait to get a cyclocross bike, so the snow won't stop me from getting outside on those powder days.

Um, and your zip code is?filtersweep
Oct 8, 2001 2:22 PM
It's already been below freezing here. The first winter I spent in Minneapolis we had three feet of snow on Halloween that stayed with us until March. By January it is warm if it is above zero. No thanks! I'll go back to the gym!

Speaking of fitness gains, I vowed this year that I would ride "every day it wasn't raining"- and had a four month lapse in my health club attendance. This week it has been nasty, and I've returned to the gym and noticed an overall approximate 15% loss in upper body lifting strength... I've lost 5-10 lbs of muscle mass over the summer (I really didn't have anything else to lose). I am, however, noticeably more ripped (what's left) and have a much higher cardio capacity.

I'd take two hours of real riding over even 40 minutes of indoor stationary riding anyday (the two hours outdoors SEEMS shorter than 40 min. indoors), but the climate forbids it. Fortunately I love working out almost as much as I love cycling, and plan on focusing more on strength training over the winter (cardio alone won't move you up hills quickly) with maintenance cardio thrown in for good measure. I was recently outed as a cyclist at work and was drafted for the company team next year... I want it to be as painless as possible!

I do wish there was an easy way for me to balance overall muscle mass with biking. I might try more maintenance lifting for upper body next year, but I've generally found that sore arms/shoulders/back/chest don't coexist well with a long ride- and squats within a week of riding are a definite no-no.
agree 175%. and, i think you and i are long-lost twins...Js Haiku Shop
Oct 9, 2001 5:55 AM
but who's the evil twin? prolly me.

last year long ride=50 miles
last year weight=235-240 pounds
last year mileage (optimistic)=1500, 1/4 mtb, 3/4 road

this year long ride=125 miles
this year weight=190-200 pounds
this year mileage so far=3800, and climbing, 1% mtb

I spent the fall and winter in the gym and on the mountain bike (mtb 'til minor mtb injury in late december '00), counting calories and carefully selecting food. bought a trainer early '01--worth it.

when you're in the gym, watching what you eat, riding out in the cold, and on the trainer in your garage, remember: the folks you'll drop on spring club rides, long events and races are the ones that were eating and watching the tube in the off-season whilst you were keeping your end up.

"sweat more in training, bleed less in battle."