First off, i have done a lot of research on training, have read over 10 training specific books, to get many opinions in order to form a personalized training plan. I am 25, 160 lbs. Former college soccer player, and have maintained the same physical conditioning as my college years.
My question is fairly simple but has not been answered that I can find. If I am training for Cat 5 races, mainly crits, only 1 or two road races, how long should my training rides typically last. Currently I have no problems with spending 3+ hours in the saddle at a high % of MHR. Typical cat 5 race is approximately 30 min. Should I be keeping my training rides at no more than 1 hour, with 1 longer ride per week. Time really is not a problem, I have plenty of time to ride. I am just trying to figure out if I will get better results on race day if I train with short rides to simulate race times.
Thanks for the help