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Long endurance ride for Critter(6 posts)

Long endurance ride for Crittershirt
Dec 17, 2001 1:11 PM

If one races crits almost exclusively (forget the odd long rr or hill climb done for variety), what should your long endurance ride look like during your base period?

Like a lot here, I don't have a lot of time (new baby and all), and I'm aiming at 2.5 hours being my longest ride. Friel and others say your long ride should be as long as your longest race, but in a Critter's case that doesn't seem long enough.

Last year I did a lot of 3-4 hour rides, but at the expense of (I think) some days doing faster 2 hour rides and/or intervals.

re: Long endurance ride for Critterallervite
Dec 17, 2001 3:20 PM
You have a good point Easy Chair. Normally I would argue that the better you prepare your aerobic engine, the better you can prepare your anaerobic engine and the higher you can get your threshold. However, if you are only doing hour long crits, 6-7 hour endurance rides seem a little silly. 3 to 4 hour rides I think would be plenty for your base work, and a three hour maintenance ride should suffice.
So what species of critter are you? A Hidus Than Sprintus or an Attack Us Earlyus?
Neither. I'm a Primus Snatchus <nm>shirt
Dec 17, 2001 3:36 PM
Agree with allervitebrider
Dec 18, 2001 7:45 AM
I definitely agree with allervite that a 3-4 hour endurance ride should suffice for some one doing hour-long crits. Though, for me, I found 4-5 hour rides allowed me to up the intensity of my road races, which in turn allowed me to put in more speed work. I never had a blazing sprint (come from a running/triathlon background, and TTs are more my forte). One thing to consider that Friel may not make clear -- your endurance rides should be as long as your longest race PLUS WARM UP. I always warmed up much more for crits than I did for road races.
good pt about warm upshirt
Dec 18, 2001 9:42 AM
As I get older, it takes me longer and longer to warm up. I'm not ready to go for a crit until I've ridden for an hour.

So that at least puts me out to a 2 hr ride.
Very good point about the warm upallervite
Dec 18, 2001 8:52 PM
I have heard so many people tell other that their warmup should mirror their race. Nothing could be further from the truth. The longer the race, the shorter the warm up. The more intense the race, the longer the warm up.