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  • Bike until what temperature before indoor training?

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  • Bike outdoors no matter what

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    Winter Plans

    Just wanted to know what you expected to do with your winter...

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    Well I live in central Florida, so there really isn't a winter.

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    I live in canada, there is a winter, a wet one, i dont melt, neither does my bike.
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    Ski race!

    Oct-Dec: Increase intensity and volume. Increase overdistance run/ski to 3.5 hours.

    January: Rest up, speedwork, and tune up race. 50k Pepsi Challenge

    Feb: City of Lakes Loppet, 35k. Mora Vasaloppet, 58k. American Birkebeiner, 51k.

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    Bike until I can't anymore, then cross training for me, should be snowboard season by then. Ironically, I got into cycling as cross training for snowboarding, but the lines have gotten really blurry of late.
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    Gonna ride my roadie 'til it snows, then ride my mountain bike as much as I can til I crash and hurt myself...

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    Have NightRider 15w and Craft base layers, will travel!

    Seriously.

    Wont hit trainer until 2007 when its time to start intervals.

    I wanna pick up some rollers soon.
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    I'll train up until mid October, then have a couple of weeks of transition. November starts the cross training with rowing, running, and lifting with a couple of easy rides every week to keep the legs spinning.

    The base starts right after Christmas so I can build for early season races in March and April.

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    If I can I plan to take some time off, likely in December. I am not sure I can though. I have worked hard this summer and get "nervous" after consecutive days of inactivity.

    I will ride the road bike and even the mountain bike through October, weather permitting. Otherwise it is the gym and the treadmill in my basement. Later.

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    It gets real cold in these parts, and stationary biking is like pulling teeth for me. I will start to pushing the weights and burning my lungs on the treadmill.
    Last edited by !!Comatoa$ted; 10-06-06 at 01:46 PM.

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    Ummm ... you don't provide the option to check off more than one. And what's with including cross training with no training????

    Here's my plan:
    1) Ride outdoors all winter long, as much as possible. I live in the Canadian Prairies so the weather isn't too bad, most of the time, in the middle of winter.

    2) Ride indoors on my trainer on the days where it is too much hassle to get all dressed up to riding ... and also on days when the weather is particularly nasty (blizzards, etc.)

    3) Cross train by doing things like running, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, weightlifting, etc.

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    I'll ride outside until it gets it the mid 20's as long as it's dry and not horribly windy.

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    commute outdoors no matter what + longer rides on the trainer

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    1. Pull out the rain bike, mount the fenders, and ride as often as I can. I'll miss the bigger hills, because they're a mess when it's storming.

    2. Do a few cross country ski trips, skate on the groomed trails. Do some backcountry ski touring in the High Sierra.

    3. Organize a Winter bike trip to the desert, to get away from the soggy riding for a few days. I'm thinking of Joshua Tree, but maybe Death Valley if there's interest in that. Middle of February, maybe.
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    Machka, sorry for not putting multiple options on there...

    As for putting cross- with no-training, I was wondering how many people just hang it up for the winter and wait for the weather to improve before getting back on the bike.

    I'm giving it a shot to ride through most of the winter, maybe not really long stuff, but just keeping myself from falling apart. I kind of had a few issues keep me off the bike for a recent part of the "in-season" so I'm just making the off-season more interesting and active on the bike, since I hate going to the gym, and the trainer is as appetizing most days as a root canal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
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    1) Ride outdoors all winter long, as much as possible. I live in the Canadian Prairies so the weather isn't too bad, most of the time, in the middle of winter.
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    I love it!!!! Those semi-tropical Canadian prairies!

    I ride all winter in balmy Michigan. I miss at most 2 days per winter due to weather, and then I walk. Cars are too dangerous on winter roads, IMO.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody
    I love it!!!! Those semi-tropical Canadian prairies!


    Actually, last winter was incredibly warm here!! (compared with other winters I've experienced) And we didn't get snow until about March.

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    Spin/run/weights at the club when it's nasty outside, ride outside when it's not.

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    Ride till the road salt hit the road or my water bottles freeze during my morning rides. Then ride on the fluid trainer a couple of days a week and mix up the fitness with weight training and walking/running. Finally watch the calendar and think of Spring.

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    Ride outside until it gets too cold. But living in SoCal, that doesn't happen too often. Lack of daylight is more of an issue. Morning trainer rides help.
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    All of the above. I like riding in the cold. But I need to get running and swimming. First Tri season for me next year.

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    I just started a Spinning Class two or three times a week. I think I will stick with this, as it is a great cardio workout, and get on the road on the weekends when the weather permits. Not much different than now I guess, just colder and darker.

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    You should have allowed multiple options. I will ride in the cold, but also do some cross training like racquetball, swimming, and running. Also, the cold isn't so much a factor as the weather. I know plenty of people do it. But it is darn hard to ride in a foot of snow in the dark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    Ummm ... you don't provide the option to check off more than one. And what's with including cross training with no training????

    Here's my plan:
    1) Ride outdoors all winter long, as much as possible. I live in the Canadian Prairies so the weather isn't too bad, most of the time, in the middle of winter.

    2) Ride indoors on my trainer on the days where it is too much hassle to get all dressed up to riding ... and also on days when the weather is particularly nasty (blizzards, etc.)

    3) Cross train by doing things like running, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, weightlifting, etc.

    +1

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    Well, this week I plan on sitting and/or lying down on the couch after work each day and drinking no less than 3 beers, including but not limited to 1 shower beer per day. Catching up on Simpsons Re Runs and cleaning up the basement bike shop while enjoyng the occasional MTB night ride.

    Next week starts the Weights, trail running (great for real bad weather especially copious snow), MTB riding, Trainer Riding, etc....which seems to be very popular.

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