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Old 05-27-07, 10:50 PM
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time in training before upgrade?

I just picked up a copy of Friel's training bible and I'm working on a training plan for next year. As I go over last year's training, I'm wondering about all you out there in bikeforumland. I have two questions for everyone.

1 How many hours of riding did you do before your first race?

2 How many hours of riding did you do before upgrading to 4?

I'm wondering because last year when i started racing, i really didn't follow a training plan, i sort of just rode how i felt that day and did pretty well with very little structure and hardly any base. Kind of excited about what i can do actually training instead of just riding.

I'll start: 42 hrs ride time before first race, ~90 before the upgrade.
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I was riding about 6 months before my first race, probably up to 10 hrs a week, so 240 hours?

I upgraded to Cat 4 in 1 month... 50 hours-ish

I upgraded to Cat 3 in 2 more months... 120 more hours? (~300-400 miles/week --> too much!)

I was training about 1/3 of the time with a US National team member, who was mentoring me. Really accelerated my start in the sport...
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
I was training...with a US National team member
lucky guy
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