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Training QuestionSilentBob
May 10, 2002 12:21 PM
I know this question has been asked a thousand times so I apologize for the repeat, but how exactly does everyone fit all their training in? I'm interested in Biathlon/Duathlon (not sure which term is prefered or if there is any differenced between them).

Essentially, I'm trying to figure out how to fit, cycling, running, and the gym all into my schedule with out blowing up. Any and all help is appreciated.

About me: I'm a beginner to road biking (use to mountain bike for a few years but that was a little more than 2 years ago). Always been a good runner. Played soccer for 10 years and also ran cross-country. Just an FYI.
my schedbm
May 10, 2002 6:37 PM
also ran cross country and 2 marathons 98 and 01. came college, and became a gym addict. now, i'm back to endurance sports and love it.

still lift 4-6 week depending on race or training sched.
two to three 1.5-hour bike rides.
less running, trying to save knees
swim 3-4 times a week

and all this with a full college sched ! . . . maybe too much, but can't help but train.

a typical week:

mon - swim morning
tue - basketball with friends = warmup
legs in gym
wed - swim morning
gym afternoon
thur - cycle turbo workout or 26-mile ride
maybe gym afternoon
fri - swim morn
gym afternoon
sat - cycle morn endurance ride
gym afternoon
sun - morn swim
gym afternoon

for endurance sports there are specific lifting programs one should use. there are even phase/seasonal programs depending on when you build endurance base, peak, or race. VERY COMPLICATED. i'd suggest getting a book with basic training programs.

i'm still into heavy lifting. don't recommend it though - i'm just an addict. if interested in specifics of lifting, i used a message board called great advice for form and nutrition.

good luck
Keep in mind..empacher6seat
May 10, 2002 9:59 PM
A lot of bodybuilders also pump themselves with steroids, eat pounds of red meat per day and have necks with the same circumferences as dinner plates! =)

Sorry just joking around, no offence intended. I know there are people in all types of sports screwing up their bodies.
Keep in
May 11, 2002 11:29 PM
this is true. in fact, those that don't use the 'illegal juice' use other supps that harm the body.

i don't lift to get 'bloated' . . . i lift for strength. in fact, ever since i started tri training i've gone down in body weight but pretty much maintained strength. this is what i wanted.

i can't lift heavy for as long as i used to, so i just spread out the heavy lifting routine. some days will be heavy days - on other days i concentrate on form and speed.
re: Best of luck, but...sctri
May 10, 2002 7:43 PM
First off, excellent to hear from people who are new and interested in the sport...
First off.. you're into DUATHLON.. i think, because Biathlon is a nordic event involving xc skis and scandinavian women with rifles...
I would defintially recommend doing some "brick" work, I usually do my long brick on the weekend, saturday, where i will do some combination of long ride or hard ride, followed by a long run or a hard run.. and i tend to switch it up from week to week...
An other sugestion would be turbos, where you would do repeats of hard shorter bike efforts, followed by hard shorter run efforts, a number of times...

get comfy on your road bike, the MTB will give you a great head start, and have tonns of fun

Best of luck

re: Training Questionliu02bhs
May 11, 2002 2:31 PM
I think biathlon is just run and bike, where duathlon do a repeat of one, usually the run.
The way I schedule my training is to do one sport per day. Since I don't do gym, I usually rest a few days of the week.
re: Training Questionzk3
May 20, 2002 8:59 AM
my friends that work a lot of hours usually have a trainer (turns your bike into a stationary bike) and ride in their living room at night during the week. Also remember the sun is up before you go to work and after and during lunch, so if you're willing to reprioritize your life there's plenty of daylight time :-)