I've been road cycling since last summer, but I've wanted to get into racing this year. I'm 16 and in good shape, but not cycling shape. I wrestle for my school in the winter (November thru February) which, along with school, has managed to soak up just about all of my time. I want to ride desperately, but I simply don't have enough hours in a day to be riding and not be dieing during the rest of my day. I honestly have not been on the bike in nearly a month and it sucks...a lot.
I know if I'm planning on racing this season I need to build up my base, but unfortunately I won't have time to start training until the last week in February, at the very earliest. I know a lot of you other guys have been building up your base miles for quite some time. I understand base training pretty well, but is there anyway that I can sort of speed up my base training? I've seen six weeks as a figure of how long one should work on that before they get to intervals and stuff, but that really pushes me way back in the season. Are there any plans out there that call for less base miles that anyone knows of? I've heard, I don't know if it goes for all training programs or not, that cutting base mileage now would hurt me later in the season. If anyone has any knowledge of any way I can shorten my base training time without hurting myself later that would be great. Thanks