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Old 10-09-11, 02:25 PM   #1
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Winter Training Plans

I'm a fairly new cyclist new to cold weather riding. My plans are to ride as long as possible into the winter months - but I'm in Michigan. Would doing a type of interval training be better than just riding for mileage, given the cold temps and darkness coming? For home gym equipment I have a treadmill and elliptical trainer. Possibly thinking about getting some rollers too. I would appreciate any advice on winter training. Thank you
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Rollers are great. Love mine. If you get a set, be sure to get some with a resistance feature. Makes them much more useful.

I like to do intervals in the winter that focus on pedaling skills rather than exertion, so I'll pedal at 115-120 cadence continuously for up to 45 minutes, do one-legged pedaling, pedal at a very low cadence for 20 minute intervals, stuff like that which is pretty much impossible to do on the road. I try not to do too much steady distance because of burnout, but everyone is different that way. However, one does need some steady distance. Some people would rather shoot themselves than ride rollers for an hour and others do centuries on them. I usually limit myself to 1.5 hrs. of steady riding at a time.

You could try using the elliptical Wed. and Fri., doing fast pedaling or one-legged on Tuesday, some sort of interval work on Thursday and then one steady distance period on the weekend, Monday off.

Since you're in Michigan, look into XC skiing. Great for the legs and aerobic system and it gets you outside.
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Thanks Carbonfiberboy, I found some rollers at BikeNashbar.Com, looking for a 'free shipping sale', have to double check if they have resistance. I do cross country ski - didn't last year cause I broke my ankle. Some of our winter are just cold till January, then we get some snow. I was even thinking about getting a cheap mountain bike to use during the winter.
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