training for criterium and shorter road races
hi folks, i was thinking while sitting on the spinn bike today:
seems like most criteriums are short. < 1 hr. some road races are longer at like 30-50 miles, but 30 is still not too bad. hour and some change. so what if one were to train w/ these events specifically in mind? maybe it wouldn't be good to go on 70 & up mile rides? maybe one should focus on shorter, 1 hr rides, but w/ harder efforts, and many changes in effort?
do you think there's any truth to this? i'm curious because: 1) i don't have time for long rides now 2)the weather is so bad riding outside is barely an option and i'm too wimpy; so i do my rides indoors on a trainer 3) i'm planning on doing some races this year (crits) 4) riding the trainer is so boring, the only way i can keep sane is by varying the intensities and doing interval type workouts. it's just too boring to spin away for 1 hr +. if i kept this type of training up until early april, would i be at a severe dissadvantage, not having done many longer rides? i just dont see myself having 3 and 4 hour blocks to do long rides any time soon.
for whatever it's worth, i kept my fitness up all through the winter by swimming often, so it's not like i'm jumping into intervals completely out of shape.
thanks for your thoughts.