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3 weeks off, how to train for Racing..?RojoRacer
Feb 8, 2002 12:01 AM
Dear Advisors,

had a "little old lady" run me over about 4 weeks ago. Bike was wrecked... Took me 3 weeks to get a hold of a new bike, and now am getting back into training for racing.

Before the incident, I had completed about 1 month's training (Base training). During the 3 weeks off, I had a week off to heal bruising, and then did some spinning classes, but that was about all.

I am aiming at competing in May (road races), and was wondering if you guys had any training advice. I am resuming base training, but:

- is it in my best interest to try to cram in lots of miles in these early come-back weeks? is this risking injury?

- should I reduce/increase the number of weeks that I had planned to continue base training? I plan to do 7 weeks and then add some hill workouts and intervals.

- should I start doing some intervals sooner? maybe some crits?

- should I buy Friel's book asap, and get a clue ?

- any info I missed out on?

I beg for your advice!! allervite, Jon, anyone!

Feb 8, 2002 10:26 AM
It really sounds like you know what you need to do, I think that any advice would depend on what you current fitness level is. My advice would be to proceed with the base training as planned, and evaluate where you are in about 3 or 4 weeks. Then possibly add some interval and hill workouts maybe once a week.

Good Luck
re: 3 weeks off, how to train for Racing..?brider
Feb 8, 2002 12:35 PM
You really can't "make up" for lost training. Dont try to go over your planned mileage for your base training. You can try to pick up where you left off, but carefully monitor the signs of overtraining. I also wouldn't start the intervals any sooner than you had originally planned, though hills aren't such a bad idea. I'd just stick to your original plan as much as possible as if you didn't have the break, but extend the base phase into the interval phase for a couple weeks. Again, carefully monitor the signs of overtraining.
thanks for your inputRojoRacer
Feb 10, 2002 10:02 PM
Thanks a heap guys for your advice.. I'll stick to my plan, and see how it goes - keeping an eye on overtraining...

..BTW I did go out and buy a copy of Friel's book, just to get a bit more of a systematic approach to my training as a whole.