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Old 12-06-15, 11:31 AM
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Offseason question

How to start back your training after the offseason?
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Old 12-06-15, 11:38 AM
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I'm putting my bike on a trainer so I can keep up with the progress I've made so far. I guess you should just get on the bike and ride if you're not interested in a trainer system.
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Old 12-06-15, 11:48 AM
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Depends on your level of experience and your goals. Tell us more about yourself....
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I keep riding. There are lots of strategies, depends on your specific circumstances.
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Old 12-06-15, 12:54 PM
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Offseason? You talking about racing?
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Old 12-06-15, 03:06 PM
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What offseason? I took a 2-week break, now I'm busy with indoor track cycling for the winter.
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Old 12-06-15, 03:38 PM
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There's no such thing as off season, just race days and training days. Even a rest day is part of training.
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Old 12-06-15, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by sidney Joseph View Post
How to start back your training after the offseason?
"Start back" suggests there has been a stop.

At some point during the year, I might ease up on the cycling a bit and do more of other sports ... cross-training ... then, at some point, I start cycling more again.
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Old 12-06-15, 06:32 PM
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riding on my trainer has motivated me to keep riding for real. Riding in the freezing cold in the dark with my world reduced to a cone of light just in front of me sucks, no doubt. However it sucks far far less than riding on a trainer.
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Originally Posted by Ghazmh View Post
riding on my trainer has motivated me to keep riding for real. Riding in the freezing cold in the dark with my world reduced to a cone of light just in front of me sucks, no doubt. However it sucks far far less than riding on a trainer.
Get some real lights
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Get some real lights
1500 lumens on the handlebar and anothe 650 on the helmet is rather bright, but not as bright as being in a well lit garge, which was what I was driving at
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Old 12-06-15, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Ghazmh View Post
1500 lumens on the handlebar and anothe 650 on the helmet is rather bright, but not as bright as being in a well lit garge, which was what I was driving at
that's hardly a "cone of light just in front of me".
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
that's hardly a "cone of light just in front of me".
And the drama begins.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
And the drama begins.
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Wine, women, debauchery, and model railroading.
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Wine, women, debauchery, and model railroading.
You lost me at model railroading
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Old 12-07-15, 09:07 AM
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Slow and steady. You have to rebuild your base with lots of long steady distance and then you start to mix in things like intervals and hill repeats.
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Old 12-09-15, 07:23 PM
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OK thanks for the advice.
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I like riding out on the road. I can't do aerobic riding long enough on a trainer. I get bored too easy. I have several different lights that I use depending on the need. Lights work great for early spring, where the need to build mileage collides with the 6:30pm sundown. I feel like I am able to get the endurance miles in, which is my weakest cycling skill.
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Spin class and MTB riding.

My April stats were better than my August stats at the end of the previous season.
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I just came across this article and thought it was appropriate for this thread.
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Wine, women, debauchery, and model railroading.
Cool. What gauge? I work in the rail industry and used to be in the model railroad club (HO) at my high school.
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Cross country skiing whenever I can in the winter. Nice way to spend a day out on the trail and it's good cardio exercise.
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Smart trainer (I use the BKool Pro) with BKool app (phone, computer, or tablet) or some use Zwift
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