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1 week until my 1st race. How do I train this week?(12 posts)

1 week until my 1st race. How do I train this week?KG 361
Apr 27, 2003 2:54 PM
It's a short crit, 24 miles. It's on terrain similar to what I ride every day (rolling, 1 significant climb). Do I train as usual until Wed, or do I just take it easy all week? BTW-the race is Saturday.
re: 1 week until my 1st race. How do I train this week?DeadGame
Apr 27, 2003 3:25 PM
Take it easy. Do some jumps. err on the side of doing too little.
Thanks.KG 361
Apr 27, 2003 5:52 PM
I was planning on an easy ride Mon (I went moderately hard today) a fixed gear ride on Tues, and easy the rest of the week. Can't pre-ride the route (too far away), but I have done a loop of it before, so it's not completely foreign to me.
re: 1 week until my 1st race. How do I train this week?kenyonCycleist
Apr 27, 2003 3:52 PM
sometimes i will do an easy ride fri. before a RR on sat. or if the event is a crit i sometimes do a short TT on fri. to open up thee legs for the crit...its like an extended warmup. also i would preride the course to familiarize with the turns..etc.
Thanks.KG 361
Apr 27, 2003 5:54 PM
I'm 44. Got to recover! Won't be doing any TT's on friday
;-) Thanks for the advice anyway. =)
I'm 44 too. I'm experimenting with what I should do. Ibill
Apr 28, 2003 7:11 AM
wouldn't worry about changing your routine until Wednesday, from what I'm learning about myself, anyway. Even for geezers like us, two days of recovery is usually plenty, and I think that keeping up the effort (although not tons and tons of miles) is beneficial in the week before a race to a point.
Lots of people say that you should ride the day before a race to "open up the legs." I'm still not quite sure what this means, and, in my confusion, I guess I was too tempted to ride too hard the day before. I've had better results doing some mellow miles two days before and just taking off the day before.
Sounds good.KG 361
Apr 28, 2003 9:55 AM
I usually recover well, so I"ll stick with my normal routine. Thanks for the advice from a fellow "old geezer!"=)
I'm 44 too. I'm experimenting with what I should do. IkenyonCycleist
Apr 28, 2003 3:44 PM
I think the idea is that if u breach your LT threshold the day before the race..your ability to buffer lactic acid will already be jump started so that u can respond to attacks from the start of the race rather than waiting till the last 1/3 to attack...etc.
Don't train. Prepare.Spunout
Apr 28, 2003 7:54 AM
One week to go, more intervals are not going to make you faster.

Look at a race week schedule in Friel. I like the above suggestion that there is no such thing as too much rest. Do a short ride at high intensity focussing on your strengths.
I'm not questioning your advice, only your logic. You say thatbill
Apr 28, 2003 11:04 AM
intervals the week before a race are not going to make you faster. I'll buy that. Then you say do a short ride at high intensity focussing on your strengths. If you are focussing on your strengths, aren't you saying that you still can train for your race in the week before? Is this contradictory or am I missing something? I guess you may be thinking of the next week's race. Can you explain?
Not really training I guess...Spunout
Apr 29, 2003 4:25 AM
The logic is taken from Friel. You don't want to work on your limiters, it is too late. If you are a strong climber, go out and do a few climbs but don't cook yourself. I guess it is a muscle-memory/mechanical exercise to prepare your body.

As you rest and prepare, you must also reinforce your strengths for the upcoming effort(race).
No changemass_biker
Apr 28, 2003 8:24 AM
Stick to what works for you on weekends when you are not racing. For me, a race on Saturday (or Sunday) replaces the long training ride so, my week leading up to the race is more or less the same.

M - rest
Tu - hills - 1.5-2 hours
We - hard race-pace ride - 3+ hours
Th - rest or easy ride - 1 hour max
Fr - 1 hour ride with some jumps

What you do on the morning of the race itself will make the most difference (i.e. warming up etc.) as opposed to the week before. Of course, going out on a 6 hour ride the day before might leave your legs a little flat....