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Old 09-18-11, 10:33 PM   #1
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Off Season Training and Base Periods

First off, thanks for all the input from the last thread about attacks.

Not sure how much this has been covered before (did a search that didn't return any helpful results) so here goes...

Finishing up my second full season of training and wondering how to spend the next month and a half before I start it all up again. Planning on hitting the gym and continuing to ride hills to add some strength. Next I'll take a short break prior to my official 1st base period (getting to 1st base seemed so much more exciting when I was a teenager...). Just wondering what other racers around here like to do. A few other questions too:

1) Do you guys do other work during this transition period? FTP? Anaerobic? Etc? If so, does any work have any carry-over or benefit for next season? Or do you simply "start over" with a clean slate and build back up again?

2) How long do you guys like to do Base work for? Friel (And I think I've seen a few other people) recommend doing 3 base periods for newbies which I would definitely qualify as. Any advice?

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First off, thanks for all the input from the last thread about attacks.

Not sure how much this has been covered before
(did a search that didn't return any helpful results) so here goes...

Finishing up my second full season of training and wondering how to spend the next month and a half before I start it all up again. Planning on hitting the gym and continuing to ride hills to add some strength. Next I'll take a short break prior to my official 1st base period (getting to 1st base seemed so much more exciting when I was a teenager...). Just wondering what other racers around here like to do. A few other questions too:

1) Do you guys do other work during this transition period? FTP? Anaerobic? Etc? If so, does any work have any carry-over or benefit for next season? Or do you simply "start over" with a clean slate and build back up again?

2) How long do you guys like to do Base work for? Friel (And I think I've seen a few other people) recommend doing 3 base periods for newbies which I would definitely qualify as. Any advice?

Thanks.
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Just do lots of z2 for base and you'll be good to go.

I shoot for 3 base blocks, but it really just depends on how much time you are willing to put into it.
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I can't mentally do any training during the transitional phase. I stayed active with other sports, and lifted weights. It is difficult to do heavy lifts during the base period, so I did it before the base period.
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I'm going to do some x-training. Probably swimming.
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ice skating and snowshoeing will be my cross training of choice this winter.
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I'm going to do some x-training. Probably swimming.
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dude, the swimming pigs are awesome.

I took these photos last October:



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You've given me an idea.. I'm slated to give a lecture on hazardous marine animals in a couple of weeks, I think the swimming pigs are going to make it in there.
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man thats pretty water.
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Exumas. It's a beautiful place.
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Is that a cruise ship in the background? Why do the pigs get to do cooler things than I do??? I'm jealous.
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Mmmmm pork soup....

I've been helping out with my son's soccer team which means a fair amount of sprinting, if I feel like it.
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Love the pigs. I remember someone said "Hey, look, self brining pork!"
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Boy, those pigs sure could entertain a line up.
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This thread has become quite lolzy.
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Is that a cruise ship in the background?
Looks like a charter boat to me.

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Now that is a good question..
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pigs can swim. is this like an attraction somewhere that i can pay money to see? later.
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Yes you can go swim with them.
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doesn't seem quite as cool as swimming with dolphins.
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