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preparing for next season...Wise
Jun 1, 2002 7:21 PM
I know most of you are focused on winning races in the next few weeks, but my season is over except for mb a handful of training crits i'll race for fun, and I was hoping to hear some advice or suggestions on what I can do this summer to help prepare for next year's racing starting in March.

This was my first season racing. I upgraded to the collegiate B category before conference finals and had successful results. I am home now for the summer and took a couple weeks off the bike. Last week I started commuting to work everyday, 22 miles one way door-door, and within a couple days I got my legs back and have since been feeling very fast and very fit.

I am planning on riding a 200 mile single day event (STP) in the middle of July, and the 150 mile RAMROD at the end of July. The day after RAMROD i have plane tickets to Paris to catch the TDF finish at the Champs Elysees. I am going to be training around Europe with a buddy of mine the entire month and, unfortunately, probably wont do any riding.

Anyway, Im not really worried about being prepared for STP or RAMROD. I am getting enough of miles in that I should be ok for that stuff. What I am wondering is what the impact of going from riding 40 miles a day to 0 miles a day, literally overnight, will be on my race fitness for next year? What should I plan to do in the fall and winter months so I don't lose all the progress I have made this last year?

None of my riding this summer will be 'race training'. Just mile accumulation. I don't really care about losing my top end since I wont need to pull in any breaks at 30 mph during a recreational group ride, and I dont have much of a sprint to start. Thats something I need to work on next season.

What would you guys (and girls) do in this situation?

And no, I wont stay home to ride and give you my plane ticket...

OOPS.. training as in riding trains, not bikes (n/t)Wise
Jun 1, 2002 7:40 PM
won't affect it at alllonefrontranger
Jun 3, 2002 9:49 AM
I broke my ankle last Labor Day and had to take an enforced rest for nearly six weeks. I got back on the bike in November and started a pretty scientific cross-training / base phase that built back my endurance, and I'm now stronger than I ever was.

The only thing I might watch out for is the pig-out factor, because the food is so excellent that it's really pretty easy to do in Europe. Other than that, IME on a Eurailpass you'll be walking / hiking a lot of places trying to follow the Tour anyhow, because even if you *do* have access to a car, it's impossible to get close to the venues / courses and there's literally nowhere to park. You might even look into the option of renting "trekking" bikes for some days, and yes, I mean those crazy fendered 3-speed cruiser things all the little old ladies use for shopping over there. They make great comfortable transportation for anything 25 miles or less, and cheap rentals can be easily found anywhere in most European towns and cities.