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Annual Training Hours for Collegiate Cyclist(10 posts)

Annual Training Hours for Collegiate Cyclistwerdna
Nov 30, 2001 1:36 PM
I'm using Friel's book to train my first complete year. I am a freshman in college and I would like to race competitively in the Spring road races. How should I determine the my annual training hours? Friel doesn't really give any advice for choosing this number. Please help.

re: Annual Training Hours for Collegiate CyclistJon
Nov 30, 2001 2:28 PM

A couple of points. How much riding and training did you do last year? You can estimate this if you
have an idea of your mileage. Don't increase your annual hours, then, by more than 10% over and
above what you think you did last year. Second, in "The Bible" there's a table in one of the chapters
laying out average annual training hours for the various racing Categories. That can serve as
a guideline for you. Finally, your training is really going to be dictated by the available time you have
to train while maintaining your studies. Fortunately, the Preparation period is now, and involves
a reduced schedule. Unfortunately, Base 1 and 2 will follow shortly in the early Spring and may
put you in a bind during Spring semester. You have to make your schedule flexible enough
to fit in with the rest of your life. Hope this helps some.
re: Annual Training Hours for Collegiate Cyclistvelogirl
Nov 30, 2001 4:46 PM
If your talking about racing on your schools bicycling team you have 3 months. A lot of the first races are in the first week of March. The Captain of the Men's team should be able to help you in your training plans.
I plan on racing in my first year of college next year. I got in touch with the Captain of the Womens team and she has been very kind in corresponding with me in emails and on the phone about my training and racing this year.
The NCCA bicycling web site has a continuing training tips column that is really useful. It also gives the 2002 schedule. I plan to attend a few of the events to talk to and meet people and learn. The site also has links to the web sites of all the college bicycling teams and lots of other good links.
re: Annual Training Hours for Collegiate Cyclistwerdna
Nov 30, 2001 5:48 PM
Where is the the 2002 calendar? I cannot find it.

re: Annual Training Hours for Collegiate Cyclistvelogirl
Nov 30, 2001 6:41 PM
Under the Organizational Links, on the upper left, click on Conferences. Then click on the maps different conferences for their schedules. Right now some of them only have the Fall 2001 MTB schedule. The only 2002 Road schedules listed there at the moment are the Mid-West, the Northwest, the South Central and the Eastern. They will all be there in a month. The other way is under the web-sites for the individual schools. A lot of them have their 2002 Road schedules listed.
do it like most other NC2Aers do it!BigLeadOutGuy
Nov 30, 2001 5:12 PM
Train...train...train and than train some more..or at least till your gpa is barley above the eligibility limit and your exceeding all your absent limits in your classes =)
the good old days!
we all know we are in college to ride bikes.nmC-mond
Dec 1, 2001 9:49 AM
do it like most other NC2Aers do it!Woof the dog
Dec 2, 2001 5:21 PM
yeah that and carry sandbags up and down all day? No offense, dude!!!!

re: Annual Training Hours for Collegiate Cyclistweiwentg
Dec 1, 2001 8:38 PM
hey, I'm a college freshman, too! just starting out on a bike ... I think that I'll just ride and ride and ride (taking care not to let my studies go to hell) and not worry about the hours. hey, this IS supposed to be fun. :)
just out of curiosity, which conference are you in?tacoShoppe
Dec 2, 2001 1:09 AM
i'm in WCCC....

as to hours, i would aim for about 10-15 hours per week if you're not used to training... and 15-20 hours if you're already pretty strong. slow and easy does it...

Oh yeah and speaking from experience... you're going to love racing so much, your grades are going to hell :)