Winter Cycling

How do you keep it up?

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WildWill    pirate
27/08/2003 at 21:22
I've seen a steady improvement in my cycling over the last couple of month and dont want to stop/go backwards over the coming winter

I was thinking of Trying

Weekend Long Ride 2-5hrs
2 x 30mins recovery turbo session
1 x 90 min zone 1 turbo session (with short strength sprints)

What do you think?
What do you do?
What do you sugest?

WW
cougie    pirate
27/08/2003 at 21:52
Will - looks good to me.

Long rides on a Sunday with club normally. Really 3 hours min - 5 would be max.
Mid level 2 - if we use the Peter Keen 4 level thing. And if the ride doesn't get too mad !

I do my recovery spin at the gym on the bike there - 20 mins or so. Then I'll try and get in 2 40min Steady Zone 2 sessions.

Don't bother with intervals in the winter until the season is getting closer.


This was before I got into spinning though, so I'll be modifying this a bit.

Keep it up !
LSD
27/08/2003 at 21:58
WildWill,

I do the following over the winter for IM distance events...

Sunday Long slow ride on the road 3-3.5 hrs @ lsd HR which for me is 121-131. If the weather is really crappy i'll do a back-to-back turbo session which consists of 1hr @ 121-131 then a 2.5hr break with no food being taken, just plain water then another 1hr @ 121-131. No longer than 2.5hrs apart.

Wed Turbo session for 1hr @ 131-149
Fri same as Wed

Whilst still doing my Tue/Thu/Sat swims
and my Tue/Thur/Sun runs

Sunday is a Long bike+short transition run
LSD
27/08/2003 at 22:01
Cougie,

Sounds like you follow the Pete Read method of training?
WildWill    pirate
27/08/2003 at 22:09
Im a Joe Freil fan myself
27/08/2003 at 22:15
ww
all kinds of good advice on www.tacx.nl
got my tacx from st. johns cycles 2 year ago when I couldn't run (shin splint).
very boring & hard work, sweat loads, but stick on some load crazy music.
You can actually improve hillclimbs / sprints / endurance, which makes those early spring rides that much more.
sm
LSD
27/08/2003 at 22:16
I'm a Gordo Byrn devotee
cougie    pirate
27/08/2003 at 23:48
Yeah - Peter Read - the Blue book. How much suffering has that man caused me ? ;-)

Not heard of Gordo Byrn ? Who's he ?
LSD
28/08/2003 at 07:40
http://www.coachgordo.com
28/08/2003 at 09:39
Will,
Dunno about you, but I tend to go off road for winter 'training'.. just seems more 'fun' getting wet cold and muddy instead of just wet and cold.
I think it helps with the climbing side of things too as there always seems alot more of it in mountain biking (at least where I live!).
cougie    pirate
28/08/2003 at 09:55
Mudguards matey !! I know they seem incredibly wussy, but after close on 20 years without - it's an amazing discovery.

OOoh - ta for that vid - I'm onto the womens bike so far - they aren't very good at it are they ? Clipping wheels - not changing down for 180 degree corners ? Tut tut.
28/08/2003 at 10:01
I know,
crazy about the u bend corner, not one of them did!!
and I'm a mountain biker, mudguards? Wot dem?
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
28/08/2003 at 14:40
Agree with the off-road suggestion, we do a lot of mountain biking at weekends during the winter, it keeps your riding fitness up and is a lot of fun, (especially when you fall off Will, LOL!). Plus you can hone your climbing skills.
I can't ride outside during the weeks in winter when it's really dark and nasty after work so do a lot of sessions on my indoor trainer. Wussy maybe, but then we do get a lot of ice and snow and I'm just not up to tangling with that on two wheels, it's bad enough trying to stay upright on two feet!
28/08/2003 at 15:00
What do you find is the best turbo trainer as looking to buy one - upto £300
WildWill    pirate
28/08/2003 at 15:54
I've got a trax Swing (£125) does everything I want and seems good enough
cougie    pirate
28/08/2003 at 15:56
Cateye cyclosimulator.

Has a fan (take off to reduce noise) and magnetic resistance. And lil computer to see how long you've been riding and what wattage/calories and stuff.
28/08/2003 at 15:57
Why is all your kit so feline, cougs?
28/08/2003 at 15:57
IronWolf,
buy some big powerful night lights too... It really adds to the fun factor!!! I regularily go out in winter twice a week night riding with mates.. track you know by day just look so totally different by night!
WildWill    pirate
28/08/2003 at 16:00
MMMmmm - has any one ever told you .... you're mad!

;o)
cougie    pirate
28/08/2003 at 16:02
Oooh - didn't suss that JJ !

Nightlights would be a great idea. Lotsa fun, but not that much off road round here.

You do get a blummin good workout on the Turbo though.

Or do a spin class at the gym. (I'm on commission)
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