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Training program for coast to coast tour?

Old 01-15-07, 02:25 AM
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Training program for coast to coast tour?

I've searched the forums and tried googling for a suggested training program for a coast to coast tour my wife and I would like to do in 2008, but haven't found what I'm looking for. Could anyone direct me to something that they have used successfully for this kind of trip?
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You don't need to train at all as long as A) you don't travel any faster than you are comfortable (which will get to a very credible performance within the first half week if you were previously out of shape but healthy); B) your group will wait for you, or better still you are currently the fastest or only member; C) Don't undertake a route that starts out in really nasty climbs etc.... That may seem too simple or something, but it's the basic truth, the main issues are competititve. For me I am just as happy plowing along at 2/3rd the normal mileage for the first couple of days, vs. doing thousands of meaningless miles in the saddle be fore I leave. But others enjoy the training as much as the touring.

If you train anyway, I would recomend you do it only on a loaded bike, and at realistic speeds. Work a lot on position, technique, and handling. If You are out of shape you need to go slow to give yourself a chance to build up your knees.
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What kind of trip? Independent? Self-supported? Credit card? With a tour group?

I do two things. First of all, I put in as many miles as possible, starting a couple months before the tour. I try to do some training rides or overnights fully loaded.

Secondly, I always schedule really easy days at the beginning of my trip - maybe even a layover day on the 3rd day. I do this because I've found that I'm never sufficiently trained. I always suffer at first until I "tour my way into shape". The first three days are the worst. After that I can go and go. I try to stick to 25 to 30 mile days for the first three days, and a rest day after two or three days is a good way to catch my breath, recover from the initial getting-back-into-it pain, and get ready for the long days to come. It works for me.
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