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Old 01-17-10, 03:11 PM
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starting training again

Well, earlier this year I did about 500 miles of base training in november, but lost motivation in early december.. since then ive been doing some running and scattered rides. Whats the best way to go about training from here to start racing in about march/april?
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Start doing base again.
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Old 01-17-10, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by ZeCanon View Post
Start doing base again.
You might have to buy the training bible to know what he's talking about. I'm doing base right now, spin ups and endurance, I can't stay between zones 1 and 2. Its too hilly here. I guess I should get a roller.
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+1 on what ze said.

Start base again. Losing motivation in november is not a good sign. Why'd you stop?
Do you actually want to race or just ride?

There's no wrong answer to the 2nd question...
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I think the motivation question is way more important than the training question. Unless you're a pro, you do not have to train. You don't have to ride. You can wait a year, five years, 20 years, and pick it up then. I see a fair number of riders that I first met 25+ years ago. A lot of them only recently started riding again.

So if you really don't want to ride or race, don't. If you want to get involved in other ways - organization, officiating, promoting, etc., then do that.

Having said that, if you want to race this year, do base miles on your own and group rides when you can. I'm a big believer in base miles - they build your fitness foundation. I tend not to train very much but rely instead on a reasonably aggressive base/volume stuff from the winter (and from previous years of riding).

I should point out that I don't train that much from April until September because, frankly, I don't feel like it. I love to race, though, so I do whatever minimum so I can hang on in flatter, less selective races.

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