Hmm, went to my girl's crossfit gym the other day just to check it out (no crossfit work was done by me.. I was allowed to do my own workout). Tested my jumping height and got to about 46.5in without much trouble. Not too bad, I think I want to go for an even 48in next time.
Training has been great lately. All of my bike efforts are getting stronger and more consistent. I've been stuck on my 250 time for a few weeks but now I can run one second off of it eight times instead of only in one all out effort. That feels like progress? And, it's still fun. That's nice. Barbell strength is coming around surprisingly well. Thought it would take a bit longer with so much time on the bike each week and the level of effort I'm trying to hit. Also, finally caved in and got a vehicle. Which is good because minus the 14 mile commute my legs stay much fresher.
I've seen a few of you guys mention you've moved away from any effort to maintain an aerobic base if you're intention is sprinting. Is this more experienced based? As in, yes everyone should spend time developing or maintaining this LSD base and then move exclusively to sprints and intervals for their sprint training. ?? Without the commute I'd have to factor some of these rides into training. I appreciate any thoughts.
Downside to the truck purchase, the bike fund had to take a hit. Womp, womp, womp.... And I've now seen two locals on full track rigs on our local mellowdrome.
So I'm getting eager to do some informal races with these guys. I enjoy racing the clock but competition is motivating for me. There were a lot of local tri guys out today. Packed. 250m repeats were entertaining.
That said, a sprint is not an endurance event, so I am sure that people can go faster than me without any aerobic work at all. But can they keep it up and win in the finals as well?
I am curious what advise the sprinter types give you.
Dammit, I got the job. This could ruin everything.
Bit of post-States depression. Feels like season is over, even though Master States in just a few weeks. Haven't ridden all week... thank goodness for the weights.
Nationals' schedule was posted yesterday, sort of a kick in the arse reminder. Trying to put together a TP team but its not going overly well, might have to be a last minute entry, if at all. Might have to be made up of US riders lol. Otherwise going to try for the Omnium, focus is IP and Kilo from a training perspective. No more road racing non-sense.
yeah, i just saw the nationals schedule, too.
I'm not sure if i'm just going to do mass start races, or if i'm also going to do the international omnium.
kind of like how much time can i take off?
The TP being in the middle of a Thursday is going to make it even harder to get people haha
I was thinking of doing the Omnium in the international event the week before nationals, but have no thoughts of doing well. UCI CL1 event right before worlds. Not to mention the track will be hosting PanAm games 8 months later... Probably going to see some heavy hitters. But its 15mins from my house, can't NOT go lol
Sadly, no International Omnium at Masters Nats... despite strong participation when they tried it 2 years ago: The Official Website - USA Cycling
thanks! but, whoops, it looks like you're talkin' about canada and i'm talkin' about the usa.
well if you want to hurt, come to this :)
Milton International Challenge - Domestic - Events - Track - Cycling Canada Cyclisme
Was planning on taking a year semi-off track and doing more MTB.
Screw that. Kilos forever.
fast cool downs.
Im trying a more sprinter training approach this year. I'm never, ever, going to be able to keep up with the pro/c1 road riders who come to the track, and find the points race and pursuit to be quite dull anyway.
To that end, do you 'sprinters' actively shy away from longer efforts? For example in the summer, do you avoid going for a 2 or 3 hour ride on the weekend? Talking more to the guys who CAN ride for 3hrs :P Im a firm believer in riding long and slow makes you good at riding long and slow, not short and fast. But how much would 1 long ride per week hurt my efforts in a quicker 200m?
I have to say I would miss those occasional long rides in the country side to the various bakeries. Driving to them is never as satisfying..
This ties in with the idea that between "fast twitch" and "slow twitch" muscle fiber types there is a middle type that can be converted either way based on training. So, as a sprinter, if you train using long endurance rides, they will convert to "slow twitch". If you don't, they will convert to "fast twitch".
There are a few studies that back this up. I've read one in particular from UP UP UP, I think, that backed this idea up.
Ok how about this situation
sun is shining, Sunday traffic is low, I HAVE to be outside on my bike. As a sprinter would it be better to:
A: rider super slow, like Z1/2, go to the gym after/before.
B: really push it, Z3/4 most of the time, lots of climbs, make it a real workout.
C: do Z2 for the most part, but schedule in 30-90s hard efforts. This is still a 2hr ride though, so its a long time between efforts.
I think C makes the most sense from a sprinter perspective, but not sure how enjoyable it would end up being.
Also, again I realize Im a little all over the place, but where does a 3-5min VO2 max climb fit in? There is a hill I love to train on that is like 18%, 4-5min slow cadence effort. Is this a useless effort for a sprinter?
No thank you. I am aware of the supposed benefits that the establishment conveys to these types of rides. I will begrudgingly concede a couple of those benefits for the road racer crowd... but don't buy any of them for anyone "shorter" (crit, omnium, sprinter). If you enjoy it, that's fine. But I wholeheartedly believe that "volume is a speed killer" (Aussies ).