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Winter trainingJSchneb
Jun 13, 2002 5:26 AM
I know it's probably the wrong time of year to be asking this question, but I was wondering how most people structure their winter training.

My main problem is that during the off-season I become complacent w/training and end up struggling now to find some form. I live in NY so the winters are not too horrible, but it can get cold. Do most people ride indoors, MTB or just grin and bear the cold on long rides?
All of the above - nmMcAndrus
Jun 13, 2002 6:01 AM
re: Winter trainingbob_vanderhaus
Jun 13, 2002 7:33 AM
During the winter, I still do group rides on Saturday and Sunday as long as there is no snow/ice. I spend Mon-Fri on the fluid trainer for 1 to 1.5 hours a day. I vary my workouts from low RPM strength training, to intervals, and high RPM speed work depending on the day. Riding a trainer is pretty boring, but once you get used to a routine it is not so bad. You will be amazed at the results after a winter of structured workouts on the trainer.
Trainer boredomJSchneb
Jun 13, 2002 10:37 AM
I find that I can't bear to stay on my trainer for more than 45 minutes. Even this moring (it was POURING out) I tried to listen to an audio book, but 45 min is the max. I'm not sure that it's even a boredom thing; I actually find it to be physically much harder than riding on the road. I have a hard time getting my HR up at all on the trainer.
Jun 13, 2002 7:54 AM
The winter is the time to ride easy and re-connect with your reasons for cycling in the first place. Riding endless hours on the trainer for some will only lead to burnout and disinterest. Some alternatives would be cross-training at any aerobic sport you like during the months of November - January. I run, some people like to xc ski, row, etc... Most people combat the boredom of the trainer by doing intervals to keep their mind occupied. I don't agree with doing a lot of intensity / intervals through the winter, because it doesn't allow your system to recover properly from a hard season of racing. Sure you'll be flying in March and April, but you'll be nowhere in June when most of the more important races (state championships, national calendar events etc.) come up.

If you have a mountain bike, some of the best times to ride are on dry or snowy winter trails. If you have the budget and are intrigued by the possibilities, get a cyclocross bike, because you can use that as your beater / rain / commuter bike and also have a lot of fun riding it offroad. If you don't believe me, check some of the threads in the cyclocross forum.
re: Winter trainingcroll-duraace
Jun 14, 2002 6:42 AM
This is starting my 11th year racing both mtb and road, and have tried almost every off-season program....and the system that gave me my most fit summer was a winter (nov-jan.)spending three- four days in the gym..doing squats, hamstring curls, calf extensions, and leg curls....i also rode easily, making sure each ride was devoted to having fun, NOT pain....i ran a little when it was either too cold or too wet, but there is no reproducing cycling's motion...if you want to get fast for the bike, then ride the bike, after the weight training in the months of Feb.- March i logged some serious high mileage at easy -moderate tempos(try to avoid group rides)...and then finally a month from the first race of the rides, and interval work-outs....During the summer i found myself pushing larger gears, a faster TT, and better over all results....good luck