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Advice wanted from bike racing parents....(10 posts)

Advice wanted from bike racing parents....JerryRacer
Aug 12, 2002 11:35 AM
I'm going to be a first time father in January (at 42 years old). I havent raced much the last couple of years and after watching a couple of races this year I've got the bug again. So I was wondering...

1. How did you find time to train when you had infant children?

2. How competitive can one be on minimal training

3. What time of the day do you train?

4. How many hours a week do you train.

Aug 12, 2002 12:07 PM
Congrats by the way - it's the best ... nmpben
Aug 12, 2002 12:08 PM
It's not that bad...biknben
Aug 12, 2002 12:15 PM
I've got a 2.5 YO and a 6 week old. I stepped up my riding after my first was born. This year, I did it again with a more structured training plan.

I have two words of advice for you: Communication and compromise. You need to communicate your intentions with your wife. For example, if your goal is to get back into competative racing, you had better let her know. At the same time you should be ready for significant compromise. If you're gonna do all day training rides you had better not sit around watching TV on your days off. "It's a give and take!"

Answers to questions:
1. Find time? Cut out some of those needless activities and you'll find you have more time. Watch less TV.

2. Your training is a big factor in how competative you'll be. Read a training book or get a coach and make sure you're not wasting the time you have.

3. I'll ride any time I can. I commute to work on recovery days. Other than that, after work and Sat. for a couple hours. Then a big ride on sunday.

4. I'm getting between 12 and 13 hours on the bike per week. I couple more hours for some strength exercises off the bike.
re: Advice wanted from bike racing parents....grandemamou
Aug 12, 2002 12:17 PM
I recently became a new parent after a 12 year layoff. I have been racing for the past 3 yrs after taking a break for 10 yrs or so. My son was due at the end of March and I figured I'd put in monster miles in the winter and try and hang on and do a handful of races.

The reality is I can't even hang with the racing group on training rides. Fitness disappears very fast. No way I could race. I just decided to take the rest of the year easy. Next year my oldest daughter will be 15, instant baby sitter.

If your wife doesn't work and if your professional life isn't too hectic you may be able to do it. My advice, parenting is much more rewarding than racing. Enjoy the kid. There are guys in their mid 50's racing. There is always time.
There's a thread on Tri-Newbies Online...brider
Aug 12, 2002 12:32 PM
You might want to check out a thread on TNO about just this, though it's related to triathlon. This really isn't a sport-specific issue, it's about time management and communication. Check it out (loads a little slow):
I know, I started it....JerryRacer
Aug 13, 2002 3:51 AM
Thought I might get some insight over here too.
re: Advice wanted from bike racing parents....ColnagoFE
Aug 13, 2002 6:04 AM
1. Early morning/weekends or nothing. Sometimes it isnt possible at all to train.
2. Somewhat, but not anything past a Cat 4/5 in my opinion. Depends on what you mean by minimal training I guess.
3. morning
4. 9-10 hours/week on average including some weight training.
re: Advice wanted from bike racing parents....Wannabe
Aug 13, 2002 8:12 AM
I have a 2yr-old.

I ride before work 4days/week and then the 5th day do an evening training ride. This gives me one evening for me and then I am around for family time all the others.

I ride one long 4-5hr ride one day on the weekend. The other day do a 1hr recovery ride during nap time. The long ride is also timed to somehow coincide with nap time.

re: AdviceRayBan
Aug 13, 2002 10:22 AM
OK I used to do a lot of riding racing before we had kids. I now have 2 boys, and my riding/racing HAS changed.
1) Training with infant children was easy. My wife and I worked it out and I was sure to do my share when I was home.
2)The less you ride the less competitive you will be. For what it's worth, I NEVER rode the minimum #of miles per month that my team coaches used as guidlines however my natural abilities allowed me to stay competitive and land on the podium on numerous occasions. BUT there is a limit to how FEW miles you can get away with. I would suggest QUALITY over quantity.
3) I trained as soon as I got home so I would be back earlier in the evening. Weekends I would go out early to get back early. I also commuted on a fixed gear to work on a great spin(Hidden training agenda :) )
4) Sorry I forgot
Reality for me now that my boys are NOT infants is I have had numerous opporotunities to be a great rider and now I have one chance at being a great Dad so when I do ride it's still with that great passion but it's just not everyday. It's doable no doubt about it. I will jump in an occasional MTB race nowadays and time trials are me against the clock so at least I have something to pursue without the fear of being shelled by all the riders with no kids etc
Congrats on your kids!!