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Why can't I ride like Lance?(7 posts)

Why can't I ride like Lance?DougSloan
Jun 25, 2002 9:09 AM
Lance has one heck of a training regimen. No wonder...

#12-WHY CAN'T I RIDE LIKE LANCE...WHY NOT?
Want to ride like Lance? Then you ought to train like Lance, which is
well-beyond the riding dedication of even the most enthusiastic riders.
Assuming one has at least a 80% VO2 Max, 6-8 hours training daily on a
variety of courses, a measured healthy-only diet which includes monitored
caloric repletion against caloric expenses, a passion to win, a
multi-million dollar team, you to can ride like Lance. Imagine a weekly
training schedule that looks like this:
DAY #1-->4 hours over hilly terrain with 2 climbs of 20-30 minutes @
170-175 heart rate, 90 pedal cadence on the climbs, 60-65 pedal cadence on
flat terrain, FOLLOWED BY 2 hours motorpacing [behind the motorcycle] @
170-185 heart rate, keep pedal cadence fast 100+rpms.
DAY #2-->recovery ride of 2-3 hours at 115-135 heart rate.
DAY #3-->5 hour rides with 2.5 hours TEMPO @ 150-155 heart rate, 60-65
pedal cadence over rolling terrain, FOLLOWED BY 2 hours motorpacing [behind
the motorcycle] @ 170-185 heart rate, keep pedal cadence fast 100+rpms.
DAY #4-->recovery ride of 2-3 hours at 115-135 heart rate.
DAY #5-->4 hours over hilly terrain with 2 climbs of 20-30 minutes @
170-175 heart rate, 90 pedal cadence on the climbs, 60-65 pedal cadence on
flat terrain FOLLOWED BY 2 hours motorpacing [behind the motorcycle] @
170-185 heart rate, keep pedal cadence fast 100+rpms.
DAY #6-->recovery ride of 2-3 hours at 115-135 heart rate.
DAY #7-->5 hour ride with 2.5 hours TEMPO @ 150-155 heart rate, 60-65 pedal
cadence over rolling terrain, FOLLOWED BY 2 hours motor pacing* [behind the
motorcycle*] @ 170-185 heart rate, keep pedal cadence fast 100+rpms.
PRERACE--3 x DAYS recovery rides of 2-3 hours at 115-135 heart rate.
*FOOTNOTE: Why do motor pacing? According Armstrong's coach, Chris
Carmichael, "The best workout for race simulation is motor pacing. motor
pacing involves riding just behind a fast moving motorcycle over
rolling-to-hilly terrain. Because of the hills and the changes in speed,
heart rate will be bounce above lactate threshold and produce high power
spikes followed by limited amount of recovery between the spikes of power.
This training profile is similar in power and heart rate demands to what
pro-cyclists face during competition." After Armstrong has already put in
plenty of miles for the day [after 4-5 hours of paced endurance riding], he
rides behind a motorcycle for two more hours of motor pacing. motor pacing
is typically used to generate competitive fitness with modest tapering
prior to racing season. Riding like Lance Armstrong requires a great deal
of dedicated training, which few of us may have realized, much less ever
experienced [1].

From the Journal of Endurance: endurancelist@yahoogroups.com and http://www.e-caps.com/knowledge/joe.cfm?&sub=journal%20of%20endurance
answer: you need two more kids to ride like lance. nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 25, 2002 9:13 AM
Someone has to pay the bills NMLowend
Jun 25, 2002 10:17 AM
it's not that hard...mr_spin
Jun 25, 2002 10:30 AM
...as long as you stick with days 2, 4, and 6.
you can and you dont need anything newishmael
Jun 25, 2002 1:03 PM
just drop whatever youre doing and ride hard alot more. Thats all it really comes down to, the rest is just details. If you need to work nights to train in the day then so be it. If you already have a family you'll have to convince your wife to babysit and be the bread winner untill the prize money starts coming in. Its all up to you, dont make excuses.
No, you can'tSingleThreaded
Jun 26, 2002 6:22 AM
You'll never be able to do a 33.x mph TT. Somethings are just not possible with the equipment the big guy gave us.
how do you knowishmael
Jun 26, 2002 11:23 AM
you never know till youve put in the effort. If the whole state of Pennsylvania trained as much as Mr. Armstrong(I hate the name lance) I'll bet there would be some new records. Yes, some people are more endowed with bicycle performace genes but Mr. Armstrong isnt the only one.