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Old 04-14-09, 07:28 PM
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Ok, so I would like to participate in the Yellow Springs Stage Race a month from tomorrow. Due to weather and soccer I have not been able to put hardly any miles in on the bike. Is it possible to get race ready in one month. It is going to be my first race and I would like to just be able to stay with the pack. If I get dropped half way into it, that's ok. Is this totally out of the question even if I train really hard. I am in decent shape because I've been playing soccer since November.
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Old 04-14-09, 07:35 PM
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Only if everyone else has been training for 1/2 a month.
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Old 04-14-09, 07:56 PM
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If you have a good aerobic base and can put in 10-15 hrs a week for 3 weeks and then lay low for the last week with less intensity and such you might be okay.

This all depends on how much your body can take.
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Ok, I could definitely do that. Should those 10-15 hrs a week just be harder, longer rides? Thanks for the input. I'm pumped and motivated.
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It all depends on how your body reacts to training stress.

I'd do a bunch of tempo rides, and maybe some SST style intervals worked in there. I'd stay away from really short duration intervals since your goal is to stick with the race, not race for the win.

You can see decent gains in a month, especially if you're new. All depends if your fit is set right, your aerobic base is good enough, and how your body reacts.
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Look at the May 2009 issue of Bicycling...They have an article titled "6 weeks to race ready" you could condense that and be pretty close.

weeks pretty much go like this
mon- rest
tues - specific interval training
weds.- endurance ride 1.5 -2 hrs
thrus- specific interval training
fri- active recovery
sat -enurance ride (longer than weds)
sun -group ride or race simulation

this should work
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I'd start at 6-8 hours the first week and work up from there. Just ride every other day, with rest days in between. If you are overly sore on a ride, turn around and make it another rest day. If you hit 100 miles a week, that should be plenty training load. Take 5-7 days off to recover before the race. Doesn't get much easier than that.

For what it's worth, I only train 8 hours a week and race just fine.
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Thanks for the advice. I am feeling more confident now. Next thing on my list, get a ride from the parents. I'm so pumped already though. Hopefully its a decent experience.
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I would not suggest a stage race as a first race; however, I see that it's just a crit and a road race, nothing serious. I did three races in two days for my first racing experience (albeit much shorter than the RR you'll be doing), and I survived. In fact, I did reasonably well. I'd say that, with only a month of training, you will find it very painful and may well get dropped; but that happens to people after three months of training, anyway, so you might as well go for it. Have fun!
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Old 04-14-09, 09:26 PM
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I might have a slight setback. I just looked a little bit closer and the crit is on friday. I live in Indiana and would not be able to make it up there on time. Is it possible to just do the Road Race?
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Usually, yes you could just do the RR. Is registration up yet?
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Originally Posted by Tapeworm21 View Post
Only if everyone else has been training for 1/2 a month.
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Old 04-15-09, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by tacosports.org
You can ride both days and be eligible for the two day over-all prizes, or just one event.
The road race has a pretty gnarly climb that has impacted the race every time i have been there. In the Tour of Ohio, the field usually stays together but that is because there are so many guys that it can't get stretched thin enough. If you are racing with smaller fields it is almost certain that there will be some separation. Keep in mind that the climb is right after a pretty sharp right hand turn and then a sharp left hand turn. If you are sitting towards the back, you are in a bad place. One last thing: the climb is fairly steep and on chip and seal. If you aren't pedaling smoothly, you are going to have rear wheel slippage. Good luck.
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