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Want to get back to racingZachsDaddy
May 2, 2003 9:56 AM
I'm a 42 year old former Cat II. I haven't raced the last two season because of getting married two years ago and then last summer my wife was pregnant. Our child is now 4 months old and although I don't have huge blocks of time to train it is getting easier. I've managed to maintain some fitness over the last two years and I'm only about 5-8 pounds over my previous racing weight. My question is: what kind of training program should I put myself on. I'd love to be back to racing by July if possible. Thanks
May 5, 2003 8:19 AM
Two years ago Lance had already won two tours. Scientific training was well known and practiced by many many riders. I would estimate about 75% of Cat 2 riders had signed up a coach, 100% of them were well versed in structured training.

Why a Cat 2 would need this advice is a mystery to me, but find your copy of Friel's Cyclist Training Bible and set up a plan of base, build, peak and race. You can still be ready for July, you can be up to your old racing levels by this time next year.
Huh again?ZachsDaddy
May 6, 2003 7:00 AM
Thanks for your well thought out response and for reminding me of one of the reasons why I took a hiatus from racing. Fortunately not everyone racing their bikes have an ego as big as yours appears to be. I'm sure you'll be on the podium in that little race they have in France in July. Good Luck.
Gotta say I'm with 53T here.shirt
May 8, 2003 7:59 PM
You were very recently racing as a Cat-2, you're only a few pounds overweight, you have three months to get some racing fitness back, Masters 1,2,3s are probably the smartest on race day and during a training week...

What exactly do you want from this group? From your one-par palmares, it sounds like you should be fielding this question from others, or at the very least telling us what you're thinking of doing and asking for opinions. Know what I mean, jelly bean?


(37, recently married, new baby, time limitations, Cat-3)