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    How many hours a week do you train?

    How many hours do you train in the off-season?

    How many hours do you train in the in-season?
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    What's off-season?

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    What season?

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    Here are my questions rephrased:

    How many hours do you train when it is not racing season?

    How many hours do you train during the seasons that you race?

    How many races do you do a year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaeldmanthey View Post
    Here are my questions rephrased:

    How many hours do you train when it is not racing season?

    How many hours do you train during the seasons that you race?

    How many races do you do a year?
    not enough.

    not enough.

    not enough.

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    I only train about 7 hours a week with my gf. I guess thats not really training, more like cruising. heh

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaeldmanthey View Post
    Here are my questions rephrased:

    How many hours do you train when it is not racing season?

    How many hours do you train during the seasons that you race?

    How many races do you do a year?

    Race?

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    I've averaged 14 hours/week so far in January. IIRC I averaged about 18 hours/week for all of 2008. Many weeks were in the 20s, I think there was a week or two that was nearly 30

    I think I did about 20 races last year.

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    I try to get 15-20 hours in during the season
    and 10 or so a week when stuck in the basement.

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    first, i dont race. second, my job is not flexible which limits my weekday time. third, i take being in shape seriously. fourth, i hate the winter and midwest!

    my time is all over the board. in the summer it can be as few as 4 hours to 15 hours. this winter i have been getting 5 hours a week.

    i make it work with what i have to work with. did i mention i am so done with winter? later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aham23 View Post
    did i mention i am so done with winter? later.
    Ditto

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    In the winter, I try to exercise about 10 hours a week ... cycling outside, cycling inside, walking, weightlifting, rowing, etc.

    In the summer, it varies anywhere from about 10 hours to about 90 hours depending on the week and the events of the week. And that would be mostly cycling, with a bit of walking thrown in for good measure.

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    My own view is that basing training purely on number of hours is pretty pointless. It's the type of training, the intensity etc that's important. If you're race season training consists of 15 hours a week, but those hours are just easy peddling, then don't expect anything when the flag drops, but if they are part of a structured plan then you could well lose 5 of them and still achieve more.
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    Training? Cycling or other? Mon-Fri, at the gym lifting weights with a warmup on the treadmill or rower and stretching at 5am to about 6:30am or 7:00am, lunch I run 2-4 miles, then 3 evenings a week I box and do MMA mixed martial arts, the other 2 evenings I ride plus I might get a ride in during the week, 8:30pm I swim 3 evenings a week, Saturdays I fight for 3 hours, bike for an hour or two, and at the gym for an hour, Sundays I bike for 3-5 hours. You figure it out, plus when I'm bored I throw in some time with a jump rope, and everyday I do situps, either 400 situps on an inclined board or 75 situps with 100 pound weight on my chest. I'm 58 years old.

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    I haven't ever kept track of hours, but just checked my cyclometer: since July 1 when I put it on, 221 hours, so about 8 hours a week I guess. There's a difference between on and off season. but not too much. About 350 miles a month in winter, 600 a month in better weather. Probably about the same number of "hard" miles in both cases though (nothing to brag about, though at 44 years old I think its not bad!)

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    I couldn't agree more

    Quote Originally Posted by I saw Elvis View Post
    My own view is that basing training purely on number of hours is pretty pointless. It's the type of training, the intensity etc that's important. If you're race season training consists of 15 hours a week, but those hours are just easy peddling, then don't expect anything when the flag drops, but if they are part of a structured plan then you could well lose 5 of them and still achieve more.
    I couldn't agree more. In fact I am hoping to prove that exact point this year by doing quality over quantitiy riding. I trained about 12 hours a week this week and I am hoping to beat the socks off of guys that ride 30-40 hours a week.
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    Nice!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence08648 View Post
    Training? Cycling or other? Mon-Fri, at the gym lifting weights with a warmup on the treadmill or rower and stretching at 5am to about 6:30am or 7:00am, lunch I run 2-4 miles, then 3 evenings a week I box and do MMA mixed martial arts, the other 2 evenings I ride plus I might get a ride in during the week, 8:30pm I swim 3 evenings a week, Saturdays I fight for 3 hours, bike for an hour or two, and at the gym for an hour, Sundays I bike for 3-5 hours. You figure it out, plus when I'm bored I throw in some time with a jump rope, and everyday I do situps, either 400 situps on an inclined board or 75 situps with 100 pound weight on my chest. I'm 58 years old.
    Wow!!! That is some hardcore core work!
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    Define "train" - and how do you determine the difference between an activity and training.

    Quite a few guys can get good spending an hour per day "on season." But I suspect, the guys who want to get really good might be spending as much as 2 hours a day. And if you start talking "ironman" types then you'll be hitting 3 hours per day.......

    But then again i have no idea what you mean so - who knows?

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    I count all riding the bike training, much of my work is not hard, you can see my last 2 years training miles & intensities here

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    I call all of my riding, training, indoors and out. I train for hilly centuries, especially the Lance Armstrong Challenge-Philly. In my many years of riding, I have always based my riding on miles/day, not hours.

    I suppose I could calculate my hours, but it doesn't really mean anything to me ... I only log miles, route(hilly, flat, ect.) and weather conditions (temp. and wind conditions).

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    6 hours a week zone 2 in the basement.

    when outside, I let it rip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the engine View Post
    I call all of my riding, training, indoors and out. I train for hilly centuries, especially the Lance Armstrong Challenge-Philly. In my many years of riding, I have always based my riding on miles/day, not hours.

    I suppose I could calculate my hours, but it doesn't really mean anything to me ... I only log miles, route(hilly, flat, ect.) and weather conditions (temp. and wind conditions).

    Works for me
    I think you are in the majority. Most people do look at miles versus hours. I used to measure calories so I would know how much beer I could drink and not gain weight.
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    What season? I ride all year because I can not afford to stop. Of course during the summer I may ride longer distance and I may take it light during the winter but I have to ride daily otherwise I would go crazy!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence08648 View Post
    Training? Cycling or other? Mon-Fri, at the gym lifting weights with a warmup on the treadmill or rower and stretching at 5am to about 6:30am or 7:00am, lunch I run 2-4 miles, then 3 evenings a week I box and do MMA mixed martial arts, the other 2 evenings I ride plus I might get a ride in during the week, 8:30pm I swim 3 evenings a week, Saturdays I fight for 3 hours, bike for an hour or two, and at the gym for an hour, Sundays I bike for 3-5 hours. You figure it out, plus when I'm bored I throw in some time with a jump rope, and everyday I do situps, either 400 situps on an inclined board or 75 situps with 100 pound weight on my chest. I'm 58 years old.
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