Winter Cycling

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
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Comments

  • 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 !
  • 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
  • Cougie,

    Sounds like you follow the Pete Read method of training?
  • Im a Joe Freil fan myself
  • 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
  • I'm a Gordo Byrn devotee
  • Yeah - Peter Read - the Blue book. How much suffering has that man caused me ? ;-)

    Not heard of Gordo Byrn ? Who's he ?
  • 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!).
  • 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.
  • I know,
    crazy about the u bend corner, not one of them did!!
    and I'm a mountain biker, mudguards? Wot dem?
  • What do you find is the best turbo trainer as looking to buy one - upto £300
  • I've got a trax Swing (£125) does everything I want and seems good enough
  • 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.
  • Why is all your kit so feline, cougs?
  • 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!
  • MMMmmm - has any one ever told you .... you're mad!

    ;o)
  • 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)
  • Cheers Will!!!

    (um and yes, they do...!!)

    But there really is nothing like riding along in horizontal snow at night with half ya' face frozen from the wind....
  • gotta agree, MMmm ..you can't beat mtbing in the winter...cold, wet, muddy...fantastic!
    will have to try the night stuff one day (got given some good lights this year..not used them yet...)
  • nice muddy fields that build leg strength and not so bad when you fall off. ideal winter mountain biking conditions.
  • I need nearly £400 of bits to get my MTB back op[ and running for the winter :o(
  • major surgery there Will...!!!
  • oh and Nic,
    you'll be fine... trust me I'm a dr...

    [Twinkle...]
  • MMMmmmm - are you coming to play in Manchester for t'Northern Social ?

    (I heard a rumour...)

    Was that Bananarama ? They were good.
  • What when where...?

    and what rumour..?!!!
  • It's the day before Ludlow tri.....
  • ah...
    aren't we in lochness then anyhow Nic...?!!!
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