Don't Believe the Hype
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: chicagoland area
Bikes: 1999 Steelman SR525, 2002 Lightspeed Ultimate, 1988 Trek 830, 2008 Scott Addict
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this is the perfect time of year to do this base training. i do base training for 6 full weeks, starting @ the new year and continuing into mid-february.
**remember this: you have to learn how to ride slowly in order to ride faster**
even during the height of your season, you should have enough sense to go slow once or twice a week.
work on your form and stay in your 65-70% zone. your time on the bike per session and per week can vary, but the biggest gains i made was when i did this for the first time last off season. i did leg strength work and just spun. it improved my form, and i was able to smooth out by high cadence sessions. this helps immensely.
you might think that 6 weeks is a long time to do basework, but biking 8-10 hrs a week for 6 weeks is perfect. do it, you will thank me later. really...