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strengthening racing weaknessesjust starting out
Jan 27, 2002 7:58 PM
I'm fairly new to racing and am looking for some advice about strengthening weaknesses. For example, I would say that I need hill and sprint work. Should I focus on one for a period of time (a few weeks?) and then the other or a mixture of the two each week? I've heard different opinions on this and am wondering if anyone out there can share any wisdom -- specifics appreciated...
re: strengthening racing weaknessesZipper
Jan 28, 2002 8:38 AM
I would jsut focusing on hill work for a few weeks for two reasons. First, the hill work will improve your cycling ability on the flats. Second, assuming you've got a good base you should be doing a ferw bursts during the course of your workouts anyways. You can even do some of those bursts on the hills.

Work on sustained climbing efforts at or below threshold for a few weeks with some sprints (short bursts) interlaced. Then the next month work on sprints and varying lengths and terrain.
re: strengthening racing weaknessesbrider
Jan 28, 2002 11:37 AM
I'd also say work the hills first. You may lose some places in a sprint, but you'll lose significant TIME on the hills. In stage racing, it's easier to make up places when things are bunched together, while making up time is much more difficult. Work the lactate threshold on climbs. Figure out what technique works best for you (seated vs standing -- for me, it's standing). Also, work on being able to change speeds on a climb (working an uphill attack). As for sprinting, there's a lot more to that game than just speed and strength -- there's a lot of smarts and timing that comes into play that takes some experience to master. Best advice is to get with a racing club (preferable one that works well as a team) and ride with them. You'll progress on the learning curve much faster than trying to go it alone.