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milton50milton50 Posts: 3,856
HI guys,

I currently ride 5-6 days a week and usually in the 15-20 mile range. It's usually one of three routes I do which are similar in that they have one big climbing section and then are mostly flat. In the near future I'm going to step up the distance so I do a couple of 40+ runs. But in the meantime my question is this;

My training goal is basically to beat my best time round a specific route but if I can't do that then make sure I post a time within a certain consistent range (so say 5% over my best time). Now on some days my legs will feel noticeably heavier and less powerful and it will take more effort to get into what I would call a 'decent' time range.

From a fitness point of view is it better to grin and bear it on these days or take a break and only ride when I can maximise my potential. That might be a 'how long is a piece of string' question I'm not sure.

Also, if my goals are as follows;

- Be competitive in local sportives (i.e one day win them)
- Be competitive in local TT's (i.e one day win them)
- Attempt the 2010 Etape

Is it a good strategy to constantly be aiming to beat my personal best times or should I be devoting most of my time to longer runs at a lower effort level?

Thanks

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  • MettanMettan Posts: 2,103
    Milton50 wrote:
    HI guys,

    I currently ride 5-6 days a week and usually in the 15-20 mile range. It's usually one of three routes I do which are similar in that they have one big climbing section and then are mostly flat. In the near future I'm going to step up the distance so I do a couple of 40+ runs. But in the meantime my question is this;

    My training goal is basically to beat my best time round a specific route but if I can't do that then make sure I post a time within a certain consistent range (so say 5% over my best time). Now on some days my legs will feel noticeably heavier and less powerful and it will take more effort to get into what I would call a 'decent' time range.

    From a fitness point of view is it better to grin and bear it on these days or take a break and only ride when I can maximise my potential. That might be a 'how long is a piece of string' question I'm not sure.

    Also, if my goals are as follows;

    - Be competitive in local sportives (i.e one day win them)
    - Be competitive in local TT's (i.e one day win them)
    - Attempt the 2010 Etape

    Is it a good strategy to constantly be aiming to beat my personal best times or should I be devoting most of my time to longer runs at a lower effort level?

    Thanks

    Hi - personally, I'd revert from doing 5 - 6 days a week to doing 3 or possibly 4 days a week - try and incorporate some rest days into your schedule - you'll then probably feel fresher when you go out on a training run and perform better (and enjoy it more) - regards trying to do a "PB" every time you're out, again, personally, I'd do maybe 1 or 2 Higher intensity sessions per week in combination with 1 or 2 Moderate intensity sessions - if you can manage 5 - 8 hours a week on the bike with a mixture of High and Moderate intensity runs you might then be in a good position to perform "adequately" in a Sportive or Club TT - if you want to do better than "average" then you'll need a more specific training regime (see Alex, Ruth, Toks etc), and probably more time on the bike. Sounds like you're doing alright though so far.
  • chill123chill123 Posts: 210
    if you body need to rest rest. if you are away and there is no chance of cycling then maybe try and get some cross training in:

    http://www.cycling.dingdangdo.com/train ... clists.php

    i've found rowing (in the gym) to be a big benefit to my cycling. failing that get out for a run if you can.
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