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"What if" training questionDougSloan
May 28, 2002 6:53 AM
Assume someone has very little time to train. What would be the effect of doing a 10 mile time trial (at least 95-98%% effort -- above LT), with warm up and down, 5x per week? Would this substantially improve aerobic fitness, or would you dig yourself into a deep hole? Thanks.

Id say => deep holemtber
May 28, 2002 7:29 AM
You would be better off trying this for no more than 3 days per week, with easy, recovery spins on the other days.
I agree with mtber, but alsobrider
May 28, 2002 9:23 AM
have a question to ask -- What are you training toward? While a 10 mile TT a few times a week will get you decent TT fitness, it's a rather one-dimensional training plan, and won't get you good results in road racing or crits. It's true that in order to take advantage of limited time you need to up the intensity, but there are other good routes to take as well -- LT intervals, real sprints, etc. Just depends on what you're really shooting for.
you will lose your endurance and top-endlonefrontranger
May 28, 2002 11:02 AM
If what you want to focus on is 10-mile TTs, then you might be able to get away with 3 days a week of this. Otherwise I'll agree with mtber; you'll only end up cooked.

Sounds like it's time for you to put the ultra thing on hold for a while and go back to crit racing ;)

Seriously, you can (and many Masters racers with family restrictions do this) train effectively for crits with only 4 days of 1 hour to 90 minutes max training per week. Joe Friel has a section in his book about life constraints as they apply to training.