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    Ongoing long-distance training

    I'm planning to do my first ever 200 km brevet in a few weeks, and have been training for it based on helpful tips I've read here and elsewhere. I'm not too worried about the first one; I'm pretty confident that I'll be able to finish without too much difficulty. What I'm more curious about is how long-distance riders train between long distance rides. For example, how long can you go between 200 km rides without doing a 60%-75% distance training ride in between? Or, if you've already done a 200 km brevet, what kind of training do you do before a 300 km (or greater) brevet?

    The reason I ask is that, while I have enough time to train these days, come gardening season (end of May in my city), my wife and I will be competing for hobby time while the other looks after our toddler. I'd like to do more than one long distance ride this year, but I'm wondering how quickly your endurance regresses in the absence of ongoing training. Certainly it will be an option for me to go booting around the MUTs pulling the kid in a trailer, but I'm not about to take her on a 4-hour/80 km rip on a highway.

    I should mention that I also cycle commute to work, about 15 km each way (up to 150 km/week if I ride every day). That'll help keep my legs and lungs limbered up, but it seems to me that commuting is a much different animal than a long distance ride.

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    For example, how long can you go between 200 km rides without doing a 60%-75% distance training ride in between? Or, if you've already done a 200 km brevet, what kind of training do you do before a 300 km (or greater) brevet?
    There's no way to answer very accurately without knowing all about your general health history, age, diet and host of other factors. Generally the longer you experience aerobic fitness - the longer it takes to recede. I should qualify this with my own experience suggests that three or more days of complete inactivity will definitely begin a detaining.


    I'd like to do more than one long distance ride this year, but I'm wondering how quickly your endurance regresses in the absence of ongoing training.
    If you actually have an "active" life style and exercise anywhere near an hour per day or more, then completing longer rides becomes a question of correctly pacing yourself and maintaining "smart" diet and tactical choices during the ride. Total inactivity is the enemy, not time away from cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by groovestew View Post
    For example, how long can you go between 200 km rides without doing a 60%-75% distance training ride in between? Or, if you've already done a 200 km brevet, what kind of training do you do before a 300 km (or greater) brevet?
    I started an R-12 series back in November, and for a few of those months the only long rides I did were my once a month 200k. Nothing in between was more than 40 miles.
    For rides longer than 200k, my training is the previous distance in the series. 200k, a 300k a week later, a 400k a couple weeks after that. (I've only done up to a 400k so far.) This year I'll be doing a full SR series in the fall, so the schedule is similar: Week 1 = 200k, Week 2 = 300k, Week 4 = 400k, Week 6 = 600k.
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