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Racing both days on the weekend(7 posts)

Racing both days on the weekendRockyMountainRacer
Apr 16, 2002 9:13 AM
Ok, I'm really thinking about doing a crit on Sunday after my road race on Saturday. How many of you people have raced two days in a row? I've never done it before. I'm sure it will take at least 2 days to recover from, so I'll likely miss an intensity training day during the week. But at my level of experience (low) it's probably best to do all the races I can? Should I do it or wait till later in the season so I don't burn out? I'm just freakin' addicted to racing right now...
Try it...Wayne
Apr 16, 2002 9:27 AM
I've never really noticed any decrease in performance the second day, and I've often even felt better. Plus, if you get to do some stage races your going to have to race back to back days.
I think your absolutely right about doing as many races as possible if your new to it, you should be learning stuff every race. If it means leaving out a hard workout during the week, do it, racing is the most specific form of training anyway.
It's good to worry about overdoing it, for me the first indication I usually get is that I lose my motivation to train/race. Watch for the warning signs of overtraining, and I would argue skip the hard mid-week workouts in favor of racing if you start feeling fried.
I second thatThe General
Apr 16, 2002 10:13 AM
I get stronger on the second and thrid day of hard ridig during training and racing. I have to make sure and watch what I eat for recovery and get enough rest between events if I want to do well. I have only just started road racing but have done several MTB races back to back and the 2nd one I have almost always done better in.

As to giving up a hard day during the week. I do, racing is defiantly a harder effort then training. Use is as a recovery ride or day off.

Best of Luck,
Richard
Maybe Make a deal with yourself?James Curry
Apr 16, 2002 10:19 AM
Lets say two consecutive days of racing, means two consecutive days of recovery riding-Nothing over 130!!!

So what if you miss Tues. Night Sprints!
Maybe Make a deal with yourself?bikenraider99
Apr 16, 2002 12:16 PM
Go for it! It's good stuff! And like mentioned earlier, you'll need to start learning how to ride both days if you're going to stage race. There are some races here, in Texas, that are a road race on Saturday, followed by a time trial that same day, and then another road race on Sunday. It's worth it, to me anyway, because you'll need to do it sooner or later when you become real competitive. Good luck to you!
That's all I doshirt
Apr 16, 2002 1:15 PM
Because I'm away from my wife and kids M-Th, if I race that's a week and a half I don't see them. Bad. So when I DO race, I make it count and get two days in a row in.

I've never felt that I was missing something the second day, but I'll agree with a previous poster that you should do to easy days in a row after such a weekend.

/shirt
That's all I doRIAN
Apr 18, 2002 5:29 AM
Its a great way to improve your form if you already have a good base. Its not so good if you need to perform at max on the second day. I think the general rule of 1 day off/recovering for every day's racing holds for short stage races as well. My lifetime best form was after a 5-day stage race where I only managed 3 gentle rides the week after. When my legs stopped hurting enough to ride properly, I was flying.