So I’ve got a friend who rides with me recreationally, but wants to do his first race ever in his hometown October 15 (78 days away). The race is a 52 mile road race on Saturday, followed by a crit Sunday. He knows I raced for a year or two (a couple years ago) and asked me for advice on what he could do to train.
I told him the high-level philosophy of training is:
1) build aerobic base, 2) build speed, 3) race
And I wasn’t sure how the best way to train for a race 2 months away would be, when he’s never even really ridden with a “fast” group before.
What do you think – Considering the short time frame, should I try to help him develop some sort of organized training plan, or just advise him to 1) ride lots, and 2) find a fast group and try to hang on?