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How should I start interval training(6 posts)

How should I start interval trainingflyinbowlofmilk
Jan 4, 2002 7:02 PM
Hi. I am the newbie who is going to try some road racing this year. When should I start interval training? What type of interval training should I do? Considering that I am newbie with no road racing experience. And what type of intervals should I try to implement? I ride on weekends and will start riding on weekdays.
Build your baseKerry Irons
Jan 5, 2002 5:29 PM
You need to have some base miles in first - recommendations run from 500 to 1000 miles. Otherwise you run the risk of injuring yourself. For the actual intervals, see the thread on intervals - about all you'll need to know is there.
Build your baseflyinbowlofmilk
Jan 6, 2002 4:56 PM
Thanks Kerry. I have been bulding base mileage since November. But since I just got the book called "smart Cycling " I was just trying to figure out somethings before I get to that time when I am suppose to start doing intervals . I am going to still ride with the LBS group ride on weekend until March . And after that I hope that I will be fast enough to stay with them when they start hammering in the spring. *Sigh* . Wish me luck. One question for you Kerry. Should I do road races without being part of a cycling club or racing team? I am a part of a local bike club(NCBC).
Road races or crits?Kerry Irons
Jan 6, 2002 5:41 PM
Most of the races you will have easy access to will be criteriums (many laps of a short course, typically in an urban setting or a large parking lot) rather than road races (one loop, a point to point, or a few laps of a several mile loop). There are very few beginner road races, but nearly every crit has a Category V (Cat 5) race. You certainly do not need to be part of a team to race either, and many would suggest that there is no such thing as team tactics in these races. It's every one for themselves and devil take the hind most.
join a teamDuane Gran
Jan 7, 2002 9:28 AM
I agree with Kerry that it doesn't make a tremendous difference in a cat5 crit, but I still think racing is better with a team. A few reasons:

* Where I race (mid-atlantic D20) there is a $5 charge for an unnattached rider. You will save money by joining a team and averting this charge.

* Once you get past the survival and "I almost puked" initial stage and you start attacking and hurting others, it is more fun to do it with teammates.

* The race tactics are a blast, even if you don't execute 100% on the plan. Realistically you can't go into every race to personally win, and it adds excitement if your task for the race is to lead out, attack or cover breaks. As you improve (or so I'm told) you tend to rate good race performance at the team level more than personally, so it can't hurt to start early.

* It is great to have some laughs with your chaps afterwards and share (and embellish) stories.
Interval trainingallervite
Jan 7, 2002 4:30 PM
When you start your intervals depends on when your first race is going to be. I would recommend that you start interval training at least 8 weeks in advance. Since you are new at this, keep it simple and short to see how your body is going to respond. New riders often do too many long intervals on their first try and end up so sore they don't ride for a week. Gradually increase the number and length of your intervals. I wouldn't do any over 10 minutes as a first timer. Have fun!