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Can only two weeks of training make a difference?

Old 08-29-06, 03:07 PM
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Can only two weeks of training make a difference?

As some of you may have read I entered my first race (crit) last wednesday. As expected I finished off the back.

I would like to enter one more race before the season ends and it looks like that would be on the 16th of September.

Being a total newb that has not followed any training plan is there anything I could do in this short time before the race to improve my performance in this last race of the season?
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Old 08-29-06, 03:17 PM
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performance wise probably not. you may actually decrease your performance if you train like mad up until race day.

you can always improve your technique though. work on your pedal stroke, sprint form, cornering, etc. maybe that will give you the edge you need to hang on a bit longer.
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Old 08-29-06, 04:21 PM
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I had maybe a month after I decided to do my first Crit last fall, the first two weeks I was in denial, the next two weeks before the race I would go out to a loop that resembled a crit and ride that over and over and over. I would burn it for 1 section of the loop and recover and repeat, did this during my lunch hours. I would also go to a large parking lot and just practice cornering, and cornering, and cornering, left then right. I did this up until the Thursday before the race and took it easy on Thursday and Friday. It certainly didn't hurt my fitness and it gave me confidence making the turns, I am sure if anyone was watching that I looked like a loon. I would see joggers on my loop and I would always get a head turn the third or fourth time I would pass them. I think I had had my road bike for at least three months when I did this.
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technique wise, you can do some drills that might give you more confidence...but fitness wise, no.
There isn't much you can do to gain fitness in 2 weeks, but there is a lot you can do to mess it up
by overtraining, not recovering properly, not hydrating well, etc.
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Old 08-29-06, 06:04 PM
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I am trying to be very cautious about over training so I dont think I will make that mistake.

So here is another question. Is it worth it to race one last time before the season is over. Will any really gain any more experience in a second race if the ultimate outcome is most likely going to be the same?

Most likely I am going to race it regardless what anyone has to say because I want to and I dread having to wait until next spring to do it again.
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Originally Posted by riskus
I am trying to be very cautious about over training so I dont think I will make that mistake.

So here is another question. Is it worth it to race one last time before the season is over. Will any really gain any more experience in a second race if the ultimate outcome is most likely going to be the same?

Most likely I am going to race it regardless what anyone has to say because I want to and I dread having to wait until next spring to do it again.
3 spots left in Cat 5 for the Murad Memorial RR, Riskus! Hurry!

You may find my name missing from the confirmed rider list of the 5's... Oh yeah, I'm a 4 now. Let the floggings begin.

The Turkey Day race is on the 17th and is pretty short/quick. Pick your poison, I suppose... Might be fun to do an RR to see what it's like, though.
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DrPete....

Congrats on the upgrade!
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Congrats on the upgrade!
Thanks... Now all I need is my new team kit and folks might start mistaking me for a bike racer. Until the race starts, at least...
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Pete I cant do the RR because I will be working on Saturday. I dunno maybe I will take off.
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Originally Posted by riskus
As some of you may have read I entered my first race (crit) last wednesday. As expected I finished off the back. I would like to enter one more race before the season ends and it looks like that would be on the 16th of September. Being a total newb that has not followed any training plan is there anything I could do in this short time before the race to improve my performance in this last race of the season?
It depends on several factors. Prior to my first crit I really thought I had the steady-state engine (i.e. straight line power) to stay with the pack but I knew that cornering technique and sprinting recovery would be an issue. Even knowing that, it was still pretty humiliating to get dropped as quickly as I did, especially since my wife and three kids had come to watch. In retrospect, perhaps I should have chosen a different race as my first one. That race was extremely technical with a killer hill and contained a huge field of 4/5s with several large teams represented.

Fast forward a few weeks to last night's crit. This was a much easier course so it played to my steady-state strengths, I had more time to practice the turns and follow the line of some guys who knew what they were doing during my warmup, and I was able to get up near the front at the start of the race and stay there. Plus it only contained Cat5 men and Cat4 women. I actually ended up winning the race (see my report in another post)!

I'm not saying it's typical to go from getting dropped to winning in the space of one race, but the point is that the course makes a huge difference and there are some techniques you can begin to learn in a couple of weeks that are just as important as fitness. I still have a TON to learn but entering that second race gave me a boost of confidence going into next season, knowing that I'm not delusional to think I can get better at this.

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