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Do you train for the Ride distance or train for long distance?

Old 07-24-14, 08:16 PM
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Do you train for the Ride distance or train for long distance?

Do most of you train for the Ride distance of the Tri you will be doing? Or do you train much farther? Meaning, if you are doing a Sprint with a 12 mile ride, do you go all out for 12 miles during training or do you do longer distances at a slower pace? I am doing a Sprint soon, and I train at anywhere from 20, 30 and some 50 and 60 milers. Even did an 80 today. Wondering if I am doing myself good or just the opposite.
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I "tri" to complete not to compete. Too old and too many pains to make an all out effort, so my "training" is more a matter of getting in the distance for the piece of mind that I will be able to complete.

Two weeks ago was my 64th birthday ride of 135 miles but that was an interrupted ride. Tomorrow is a 100+ memorial ride, again interrupted. I will be riding 100 milers between now and my November Ironman, but they will all be interrupted not a continuous 112 like in the Ironman.
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Old 07-27-14, 05:29 AM
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Originally Posted by jareed58 View Post
Do most of you train for the Ride distance of the Tri you will be doing? Or do you train much farther? Meaning, if you are doing a Sprint with a 12 mile ride, do you go all out for 12 miles during training or do you do longer distances at a slower pace? I am doing a Sprint soon, and I train at anywhere from 20, 30 and some 50 and 60 milers. Even did an 80 today. Wondering if I am doing myself good or just the opposite.
I think the principle is that you have the base aerobic fitness in with the long steady distance that you have been doing, and now you need to start doing high-intensity interval training to improve your speed over the competition distance.
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I fit my Tri training into the rest of my biking season, which is going to have many events of very different length. Most weeks, I try to ride 3x per week (plus 1 night of swimming, 2 nights of chores, leaving 1 night to veg out or jog). My rides are broken into 1x short/sprint, 1x medium distance/normal pace, 1x long distance/slow.

In past seasons, I would break this routine 2-3 wks before an event in favor of bricks - a short sprint (7.5mi) on the bike followed by 1-2mile run. The transition to running is always worst, my first 1/2 mile is always slower than my last 1/2 mile on race day.
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If you're doing 50, 60 and 80 mile rides as a matter of course, pick a 12-mile section in there somewhere, with no traffic lights and preferably similar terrain to the tri you'll be riding, and ride it at race/TT pace to get an idea of what you can do. Maybe do that a couple of times or more if you're doing 80.
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