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    Dealing with a Gap in the Training Plan

    I have an interesting training issue to deal with. I plan on riding my first century on Oct. 11. As luck would have it the timeframe from Sept. 25 to roughly Oct. 3 is going to allow pretty much No Riding of any kind (bike, trainer, nothing). Just one of those things. I'm trying to decide how to deal with this. My choices as I see them are:

    1) Just look for a later Century somewhere. But the choices in the southeast (NC, SC, Tn, Va. Ga) get pretty limited after mid-Oct.

    2) Just deal with it. Load up some serious work the days before the 'forced rest', hit it heavy again Oct. 4 through 7, mostly rest and ride Oct. 11

    3) Just 'follow the plan' with a hole in it.

    Thoughts on this - thanks.

    dave

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    That is a non issue, almost. If anything plan on a big three week training block prior to the break. During that break, do whatever mild cardio you can get in: walking. etc. It should be a rest week though. But really, Oct. 11 is a long time away and you could go without doing anything that week and be fine.

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    Sep 25 to Oct 3 is just over a week. It's not much

    Build up so that you can ride a distance around 80 miles prior to Sep 25.

    During the time away from the bicycle, do what other exercise as you can ... walk, jog, swim, lift weights ... but don't hurt yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Sep 25 to Oct 3 is just over a week. It's not much

    Build up so that you can ride a distance around 80 miles prior to Sep 25.

    During the time away from the bicycle, do what other exercise as you can ... walk, jog, swim, lift weights ... but don't hurt yourself.
    This.

    Then get a couple of good rides in over the weekend when you get back, maybe a short, hard ride in Tuesday, and taper until the weekend. Don't try to make up for the "lost" week the week before your ride, or you'll be worn out for the big day.

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    Thanks for the comments.

    I have found an area Century a few weeks later that I'll think will do fine and avoid this issue.

    dave

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