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Racing into shape vs structured intervals(6 posts)

Racing into shape vs structured intervalsChonola
Aug 8, 2002 8:45 AM
In your opinion, which is more effective - racing into shape (ie..weekly training races/crits) or structured intervals?

I would think ideally a good mix of both - but lets say I have a limited time (1.5 months) to get back into racing shape after taking a month of pure base training(July)...what would you recommend?

Angela aka Chonola
Without a doubt. . .allervite
Aug 8, 2002 8:37 PM
Structured training. The main problem with racing into shape is that you cannot control the amount of stress you are putting yourself through. Also, unless you are already in pretty good shape, the chances of overtraining yourself are high.

Stuctured training done right gives you just the right amount of stress and recovery to gain fitness and speed as quickly as possible. However, Racing is a great way to polish off your training and bring you to peak condition, cause nothing makes you suffer like trying not to get dropped.
question (off topic)lonefrontranger
Aug 9, 2002 6:05 AM
you didn't happen to race in Cincinnati back in '98, did you?
re: Racing into shape vs structured intervalsPing_Pong
Aug 9, 2002 7:29 AM
Say you are training for a specific event, the best training would be mainly structured training with a few training races thrown in near the event. So long as you keep in mind that the training races are just that.
Racing is a great way to push your boundries...hayaku
Aug 11, 2002 4:45 PM
When you really want to extend yourself. Nothing else makes you work as hard, and for that reason you have to be very careful about over training. I feel that it is best to save races for a short period before you want to peak your fitness. At that point, the main goal of races is still training but you can still try to win. Push yourself to your limits.
I'd say fast group training is the best.Biking Viking
Aug 12, 2002 7:01 PM
Find a group of racers who train together on sprints, break-aways and climbs. Then you can decide how much you want to give.

As for going all out on my own "just because I have to", I lack the motivation to endure the pain and end up not pushing myself hard enough. I dread interval training sessions. I get sick just thinking about them. I love fast group trainings that turn out to be "semi-races", so that works better for me.