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The ride the day before a race(2 posts)

The ride the day before a raceRockyMountainRacer
May 24, 2002 9:49 AM
What do you people do for the ride the day before a race? What do you like for mileage compared to the mileage of the race? How about intensity--how much, how long, how many intervals, what type, etc...
re: The ride the day before a raceDBK
May 24, 2002 10:44 PM
You will gain nothing in terms of training the day before. Go out and do a light spin, 45-60 min. This will keep your legs loose. Stay on the flats. DO not elevate your heart rate beyond 60-70%. DOn't worry about miles, intervals, etc. You don't want to build up lactic acid. Do not do intervals! On race day, begin your warm up about 30 minutes prior. You should gradualy elevate your heart rate consistently towards 75-85% max. Use a stationary trainer if possible. If you do not do this, your body will immediately begin producing lactic acid as you surge at the start. Your heart rate must be elevated to be ready to provide the needed oxygen to your muscles. Check out some of the training guides on sites like, or join a local club w/ a USCF/NORBA certified coach or pick up a training guide from someone like Chris Carmichael for tips. Good Luck.