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    When does 2014 begin?

    In the 2013 accomplishments thread, a lot of people allude to starting their 2014 season imminently.

    Personally, this week I will be testing my FTP and next week I start my preparation phase of training. My first peak will be in mid/late April (for the second O-Cup race, the Calabogie RR), and the second peak will be mid-July (the OBC Grand Prix Gatineau).

    The rest of the season will be mostly filled in with local time trial and crit series.

    When does everyone elses' 2014 season start?

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    My 2014 starts tomorrow. 12-16 weeks of endurance/sub threshold, 4 weeks of threshold + top end work, then the racing starts.
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    soon!
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    Last weekend for me.

    All the riding and eating I do now will impact next year. My seasons never really stop, they just change a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
    Last weekend for me.

    All the riding and eating I do now will impact next year. My seasons never really stop, they just change a little.
    when do you rest?
    pro-meter: lol

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    rest days?

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    ****, another Canuck...
    "if you ride it the way it's meant to be ridden there's no way any wife is less of a ***** than a bicycle." - gstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    when do you rest?
    I just had nearly a month of 50% volume, am feeling pretty rested.

    I also just manage my TSB such that it never gets too out of hand, regardless of season.

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    Yesterday.
    You could fall off a cliff and die.
    You could get lost and die.
    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creatre View Post
    My 2014 starts tomorrow. 12-16 weeks of endurance/sub threshold, 4 weeks of threshold + top end work, then the racing starts.
    How do you force yourself to go 3 to 4 months below threshold?

    Also, newb question - what is the benefit of eliminating harder workouts altogether for so long? I know it is the standard way people train, but it seems like a few harder weeks every now and then wouldn't hurt the next season.

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    Recovery. More volume dictated less intensity. Don't have to can it completely.

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    also, 2014 starts when i say it starts, *****
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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronmcd View Post
    How do you force yourself to go 3 to 4 months below threshold?
    Dunno, dedication I guess. Pays off in the spring when you ride circles around everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topflightpro View Post
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    this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creatre View Post
    Dunno, dedication I guess. Pays off in the spring when you ride circles around everyone.
    My seasons go like my racing does. In for the long haul, weak start, no sprint, but end with a strong finish.

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    I never take more than a week off at the end of the year. Christ, it's the nicest riding weather right now, why would I want to do anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
    I never take more than a week off at the end of the year. Christ, it's the nicest riding weather right now, why would I want to do anything else.
    Same here.
    Attack in the feeling because it says I'll win absolutely.

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    Currently in "pre base" which has worked out to 10-12hrs/wk on the bike and 2 cross training workouts a week. Proper "base" starts 10/15.
    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkwaki View Post
    ****, another Canuck...
    He must be close to Ottawa, and that's almost not in Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronmcd View Post
    How do you force yourself to go 3 to 4 months below threshold?

    Also, newb question - what is the benefit of eliminating harder workouts altogether for so long? I know it is the standard way people train, but it seems like a few harder weeks every now and then wouldn't hurt the next season.
    For one thing, most of us are increasing the amount of time we do below threshold each week. I know some guys who start with as few as 4 hours and build from there. Right now, I'm up to 14 hours a week. By November, I'll be pushing 20 hours a week. And in December, I'll be trying to do 25 hours - work and real life often get in the way.

    Putting in 20-25 hours a week at below threshold is still a lot of riding and still a lot of total effort.

    As for reducing / eliminating the harder efforts, the below-threshold work increases my base fitness, which allows for more harder efforts and faster recovery from those hard efforts later on.

    As someone once told me, before you can go fast, you have to go slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkwaki View Post
    ****, another Canuck...
    Takes one to know one, eh?

    I'm already in base. First peak in March. "B" race weekend in February, "A" race in March. The rest of next year is too amorphous to speak of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronmcd View Post
    How do you force yourself to go 3 to 4 months below threshold?
    In 2012 while loosing the final 60 pounds of my 180 total loss I spent 10 months SUB T... My MEP moved from 118bpm to 172bpm... sure made my introduction to racing easy! Just like Creatre said ... if you ever get into the delayed gratification game, this one pays of big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topflightpro View Post
    For one thing, most of us are increasing the amount of time we do below threshold each week. I know some guys who start with as few as 4 hours and build from there. Right now, I'm up to 14 hours a week. By November, I'll be pushing 20 hours a week. And in December, I'll be trying to do 25 hours - work and real life often get in the way.

    Putting in 20-25 hours a week at below threshold is still a lot of riding and still a lot of total effort.

    As for reducing / eliminating the harder efforts, the below-threshold work increases my base fitness, which allows for more harder efforts and faster recovery from those hard efforts later on.

    As someone once told me, before you can go fast, you have to go slow.
    If we had weather and daylight I think I could swing 20 hour weeks without issue. Having 8 hours of daylight in the winter with 40* and raining every day makes that kind of difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterwaterfall View Post
    If we had weather and daylight I think I could swing 20 hour weeks without issue. Having 8 hours of daylight in the winter with 40* and raining every day makes that kind of difficult.
    Daylight and weather aren't excuses. I have spent 2-3 hours on the trainer in the garage after work. I have a TV in my garage just for this. And on the weekend, when it was really cold and raining, I have done as much as 5 hours on the trainer. It's miserable, but the goal is accomplished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterwaterfall View Post
    If we had weather and daylight I think I could swing 20 hour weeks without issue. Having 8 hours of daylight in the winter with 40* and raining every day makes that kind of difficult.
    You'll find me outside with layers on layers and headlight/tailight year round so I can still train around these issues. No trainer for me.
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