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Maintaining fitness over the winter(2 posts)

Maintaining fitness over the wintertigermilk
Oct 11, 2002 12:06 PM
This was the first year I did some serious training, and the results have been positive. I want to start racing in 2003 and the season in Texas starts fairly early. I figured I'd do one more build period of 3 weeks before "hibernating" for winter. I was considering doing nothing more than easy rides for a month and then building with some base periods. My only concern is that that would mean 2-3 months of rides with the HR less than 90% of LTHR and my power at less than 80% of LTP. Will my LT power suffer in those 2-3 months by doing this or am I better off including at least one tempo or interval session during the base period to maintain my current level?

thanks, james
weight training...C-40
Oct 13, 2002 7:15 AM
If you don't include weight training in your winter program, you're missing the boat. Winter's the time to do leg presses, squats, lunges, leg curls and leg extensions. Also try hanging knee raises, back extensions and an "ab wheel" to strengthen the midsection.

If you only concentrate on the aerobics, your fellow racers will leave you behind come spring.