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Winter is coming..

Old 10-25-11, 04:46 PM
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Winter is coming..

What changes to the routine are you planning to make? Devolving to the trainer? Less frequent rides? Studded tires and a Polar bottle full of HTFU?

How much fitness should one plan on losing? How easy is it to pick back up on that fitness come spring?
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hey, i like that one. that's how i'm feelin'.
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Originally Posted by ticktockpedal View Post
What changes to the routine are you planning to make? Devolving to the trainer? Less frequent rides? Studded tires and a Polar bottle full of HTFU?

How much fitness should one plan on losing? How easy is it to pick back up on that fitness come spring?
Returning to fitness is easier if you never left.

CX bike with fenders and one set of wheels with studs and one set of wheels for those ice-free days of winter.
Indoor with the trainer
Spin classes with a coach
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Old 10-25-11, 05:00 PM
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I try to keep my routine mostly the same. During the week, my workouts are under 2 hours, so if it's not pouring rain, I'll ride outside still. If it's really coming down or there is ice on the ground, I'll ride the trainer for the same amount of time.

Longer weekend rides are more difficult. For those, I'll drink a tall glass of HTFU and go out there unless there's ice on the ground. During the winter you should be doing more base/endurance miles anyway so not a ton of big climbs/descents or super hard efforts that could be a little more dangerous given the weather conditions.

You can't keep top fitness all year long, but if you put in some work during the winter, you'll be ready to go into hard training as soon as the weather starts getting a little better.

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Old 10-25-11, 05:47 PM
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The routine has already changed...

Structured training ended after the Green Mountain Stage race. It's been group rides and fun rides since then. The goal being not to got too hard and build endurance while giving the body a chance to recover from the long training/race season.

Next month some strength training will be introduced at the same time as trainer hell begins. The outdoor rides will only occur on the weekends and probably by mid to the end of December they will end because of weather, I don't do ice and snow on the bike. Not to mention I get better focused training on the trainer when it's that cold.

January will be the peak month of the winter where the trainer will see lots of use, last year did 40hrs...Ugh!

I'll taper the hours a bit in February and will get back outdoors at the beginning of March before training camp in Georgia...
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No change in anything. Actually I will probably ride more in this cooler weather.
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Old 10-25-11, 06:28 PM
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Hey, don't come in here with those wild climate change theories. Just because the solstice has passed and days are getting shorter due to the Northern hemisphere being tilted away from the Sun on the Earth's axis.....oh wait, that IS winter. Carry on.
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I am satisfied with slower speeds during winter. This is mainly because I'm riding heavier, less aero wheels with tires that grip wet surfaces better but have higher rolling resistance. I'm also wearing more and less eager to sweat profusely.
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I HTFU and ride through the winter. I lower the load of hard rides but get them in nonetheless so I don't suffer through Spring. The trainer is reserved for those days when there's snow/ice on the roads.
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Originally Posted by ticktockpedal View Post
Winter is coming..
Incorrect

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I always get confused when you Southerners talk about winter days without snow. Ah, for a few more days of visible pavement and temperatures above eyes-freezing-shut threshold...
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Old 10-25-11, 11:29 PM
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If I want winter, I go to the mountains. Tough luck for you folks in snowland.
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It arrived tonight, here. Snowing.
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It arrived tonight, here. Snowing.
Lucky! It will probably never snow where I live
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Incorrect

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This past winter Rowan and I went to Canada and spent 3 weeks cycling mainly in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island areas.

In addition to riding outside through the winter, riding the trainer, going to spinning classes, or taking up another sport ... it can be good to travel somewhere warm for several weeks to do a lot of cycling.
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My new winter trainer...



If things work out will be spending some time in Oregon and will only have to deal with a little rain.
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Southern California - no winter, just an extended fall or early spring.

So only change will be clothes worn and that will mostly be shirts and different gloves (I can't stand cold hands and fingers). It easier to ride through the "winter" but I will take most of December off...I've found that people drive more idiotic in my area in December. So I'll take a break the weeks before Christmas and start again the 26th or whatever day is the first day back for me.
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Originally Posted by ticktockpedal View Post
What changes to the routine are you planning to make?
More suffering.
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'Winter is coming'.

Don't be alarmist.
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Originally Posted by roadiejorge View Post
I HTFU and ride through the winter. I lower the load of hard rides but get them in nonetheless so I don't suffer through Spring. The trainer is reserved for those days when there's snow/ice on the roads.
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I've never ridden a bicycle in the winter. I'm sure it'll be... An experience. Probably lots of wipeouts before I get used to ice and snow.
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snowshoeing and mountain climbing - wuhoo!
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