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Originally Posted by atallen223
That's exactly the sort of information I was looking for. Right now I don't have kids or anything but my girlfriend doesn't ride bicycles (her sport is Horseback riding, which somehow is more expensive than bike riding which I didn't think was possible) so I think you're right that communication is key. Do you have a plan on which days you ride and set aside blocks of time just for family obligations and whatnot? I am trying to start racing next season and I figure I want to spend 10 hours a week training.
I have a training plan. However, as a mature rider one of the most important aspects of my plan is that it remains flexible. That flexibility is utiliized frequently, both, to allow me to respect when my body needs an alteration to the planned training and so that family obligations don't seem to be playing second fiddle to cycling.
My training plan is anchored with a Tuesday evening trainer session in the garage that my wife and a few friends participate in. With the knowledge that folks may just show up, without rsvp, we've got to be there and ready to go. That provides a good fixed point in the week. My other fixtures are then a Thursday ride and a spirited Saturday morning group ride. Endurance weeks see a ride added on Wednesday. Sundays are frequently an easy to moderate ride with wife and friends or a social ridingin club we belong to.
The only real consistant impact on our social life is the lack of Friday evenings out.
As family opportunities/obligations come up rides can get shifted between morning or evening and even advanced or delayed by a day.
This is all doable because I'm only averaging 6-9 hours a week during power weeks and around 10 hours during endurance weeks. Up those totals just a couple hours per week and your schedule has to become a fair bit less flexible in order to ensure sufficient recovery at the right times.
Another aspect that factors heavily into your training plan is the length of your target events. If you're setting your sights on criterium racing and tt's. 6-9 hours per week may actually be plenty. You won't need endurance beyond 2 hours for those. But, if you're targeting long road races and centuries, your going to need more volume and endurance than you can get in under 9 hours per week.
Somewhere there is a great set of training "rules" from one of the ironman coaches. Largely those rules focus around not overly impacting your family. Don't talk about cycling constantly with those who aren't interested. Go about your training quietly. "Show" your appreciation for their support by all means possible. etc.
Good luck with your training and aspirations. And by the way, horses are expensive, but, they're nothing compared to ocean racing sailboats or mid-level motorsport.
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