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poll: training volume(14 posts)

poll: training volumemtber
Dec 2, 2002 2:41 PM
just curious how many hrs others are putting in. please list:
1) racing CAT (road & mtn)
2) #hrs in highest volume week
3) #hrs worked at your job/wk

my coach just sent me my yearly plan and it looks like my highest volume week should be 20hr! With a 40 hr/wk job this will be tough.
thanks
re: poll: training volumeThorman
Dec 3, 2002 9:29 AM
Here's what I'm doing for the 2003 season.

1)Cat 4-road/Expert-mtb.
2)17 hours highest volume week (7 hours recovery weeks).
3)40-45 hours/week on the job.
re: poll: training volumeJimena
Dec 3, 2002 9:29 AM
1) Cat 3 rd ex mtn
2) 13.5 hours
4) 40 hours/week

Normally I train at least 7 hours per week, not counting easy recovery rides on off days. The heaviest weeks are often during vacation/off work time, when I can do longer rides and/or races. In winter it's especially hard to get a 3 hour ride in on a work day. Sometimes you might end up riding in the dark before/after work. Get some good lites and it's no problem. You will be out there alone in the dark training like a dog and thinking to yourself, this is why I beat all those other working stiffs.
re: poll: training volumeLactate Junkie
Dec 3, 2002 11:10 AM
Cat 2 Master 45, Expert

Average Week during season 7-10
Peak Week during season 17-19
Rest Week during season 4-6

Length of Season--Mar 1 to Sept 30--Roughly

Off Season--Lift, some skiing, running, hiking, spin classes--whatever I am in the mood for.

Total Bike Training hours--Approx 280h on Average
Total Bike Milage--5000 on Average

Total Trainig Hours--500 on Average

Hours Worked--50+
LJ and Shirt... How do you fit in the hours?skimoviestar
Dec 3, 2002 9:25 PM
That is great that you folks can get those training hours in with jobs that may be 50+ hours per week! I'd really like to know (for my own situation with demanding job and family responsibilities) how you get the peak hours per week in with a 50+ hour work week. Any suggestions?
LJ and Shirt... How do you fit in the hours?James OCLV
Dec 4, 2002 7:03 AM
I'm also curious about this... I'm in a similar situation with my work hours, and I'd love to be able to fit more time in! I've been experimenting and looking for ways, so any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
I take long lunches.shirt
Dec 4, 2002 9:08 AM
Family doesn't notice.
I have no boss.

Works for me. :-)
re: poll: training volumeshirt
Dec 3, 2002 11:37 AM
1) Masters 5, Senior 3
2) 16 hrs max
3) Work: 20-70 hrs/week
re: poll: training volumestr8dum1
Dec 4, 2002 10:12 AM
Cat 1
23
40+ hrs

if you want to ride, you make the time. Simple as that. How many hours do you watch tv at night? Do you go out to lunch with coworkers? how early do you get up.

Its not that hard to get in 20 hrs a week with a full time job. You just have to be flexible.
you are rightmtber
Dec 4, 2002 2:02 PM
Im just trying to see if my training hrs are in the ballpark. And, no, I watch maybe 3hr TV per week and train at lunch. Can't make do w/o my 8hrs of sleep per night, though.
off seasonishmael
Dec 5, 2002 5:51 PM
a simple question..everyone seems to feel that in the off season you should do lots of slow miles and not go fast at all..thats what the people around me seem to think at least and they all feel they have some science book to back it up..is this true?....is it better to take it easy all winter or at least just work on cardio?..I like the idea, its so easy, too easy..
off seasonJames OCLV
Dec 9, 2002 9:08 AM
There are several reasons for going "easier" in the off-season. It's not necessarily a matter of going fast or slow, rather, it's a matter of intensity.

It's important to keep intensity down in the off season for several reasons. A few of them are::

1. It gives your body time to recouperate from the previous season (both physically and mentally).
2. In-season intensity comes at a price - when you train/race at high intensity, you somewhat sacrifice your aerobic conditioning. The idea here is that part of the off-season is spent re-developing and improving (over last season) your cycling economy (aerobic condiditoning - ability to go faster at lower HR's)
3. Your body can only hold high "race fitness" for a set amount of time. The level of "race fitness" is heavily influenced by your "base condiditoning". The wider the base the higher the peak.

You don't go slow all winter - you start off easy and progressively add intensity over the months leading up to your season - this ultimately results in achieving "race fitness" just in time... Going too hard too early will not only result in you achieving "race fitness" too soon, your "peak" will not be as high.
re: poll: training volume53T
Dec 19, 2002 7:57 AM
1) Cat 5, age 40
2) 6 hours
3) 50+

Q. Does it work?
A. Want to race?
re: poll: training volumeSkidoo
Dec 19, 2002 10:15 AM
Cat: 5 Road (first season of racing in any sanctioned events!)
Age: 29
Longest Week: 16.5 hours
Workload: 40 hours/week
Courseload: 3 credit hours this semester
(I work full-time and attend Grad School in evening, ugh!)