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When is everybody going to start adding intensity?(5 posts)

When is everybody going to start adding intensity?Swat Dawg
Dec 13, 2002 9:31 AM
I know it is Dec. and the intervals and such are set to begin just yet, but when is everybody going bump up the intensity of their training. I am thinking of starting about six weeks before my first race March 1, Rutgers Criterium. Is this too early, too late? I'm kinda getting bored with the whole long slow ride thing, and would kinda like to start going hard. But alas, I hold to my program just a bit longer.
start your build phase 6-8 weeks prior to first racelonefrontranger
Dec 13, 2002 9:44 AM
I use eight weeks, but it varies.

LSD can get really boring, but the payoff for being disciplined is great. My coach recently told me something that really helps: think of your intensity being your gym days (you are lifting, right?). If you aren't lifting, then you can add strength training on the bike, like muscle tension work - high gear, low cadence, climbing a slight grade. Only do this 3 days a week max. The rest needs to be spent doing endurance (Z1-2) long rides.

I've raced a lot of years, and seen a lot of "winter stars". These are the guys who got antsy with the LSD programs and busted out a bunch of high-intensity intervals in January. They come out of the gate flying in March, and are off the back and done for in June/July when the big money races and state championships generally run.

If you don't care, or want to focus on the spring season, take a break in May and build back up for a dual season.

YMMV
what? ..... oh yeah, focussing on second helpings here. NmSpirito
Dec 13, 2002 9:53 AM
Added a piece of pie and power-gulped some fudge todaycory
Dec 13, 2002 11:13 AM
Which is to say that the off-season stay-in-condition program isn't going too well....
re: When is everybody going to start adding intensity?No_sprint
Dec 13, 2002 11:42 AM
While I try to subscribe to Friel's methods, it's impossible for me. I'm a 35 year old racing for fun, not to become a pro. That said, I do one weekly *intense* almost full bore race effort ride. I started 3 weeks ago. I, as LFR mentioned, basically prepare for a dual season. Spring and July/Aug. area. I took almost the entire month of May off last year.