Time crunched cyclist?

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Time crunched cyclist?

Postby Jean » Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:53 pm

Hi,

Is anyone seen this book in the flesh or used it? The marketing blurb suggests it is aimed at me in many ways, but if anyone has read it or made use of it I would love to hear their opinions.

Looking at returning to racing this year - my first since about 1995. Have to deal with the wily old sods in vets now :shock:

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Re: Time crunched cyclist?

Postby twizzle » Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:21 pm

Yes, there are three of us in Vets with it that I know of. But only two following the plans at the moment.

Good book, but I'm not doing any of the plans as I'm in the middle of competition at the moment and can't squeeze any more into my schedule without overdoing it.

Can be done with just a HR monitor, but really benefits people with a power meter. Or a calibrated trainer.
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Re: Time crunched cyclist?

Postby Jean » Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:07 am

Thanks. I suppose the book is geared mostly for roadies and I'm actually planning to give XC a go this winter, but the principles are no doubt similar. Looking to do road crits next summer though. Have to dust off my HRM, but I think I'll stay away from power meters for now.

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Re: Time crunched cyclist?

Postby twizzle » Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:25 am

Hmmm.... I wouldn't say geared to roadies at all. There's no 'skill' exercises, it's all about intervals at fairly high intensity.
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Re: Time crunched cyclist?

Postby trailgumby » Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:33 pm

Jean wrote:Thanks. I suppose the book is geared mostly for roadies and I'm actually planning to give XC a go this winter, but the principles are no doubt similar. Looking to do road crits next summer though. Have to dust off my HRM, but I think I'll stay away from power meters for now.

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Most serious mtb racers do the bulk of their training on road, with 1 to 2 off-road rides per week to keep the skills in tune. So I think there is a heap of crossover between roadie fitness training and XC. While peleton tactics probably only apply in limited situations, such as when route has a lot of fire road, the abiity to put others in the hurt box for sustained periods is very useful.
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Re: Time crunched cyclist?

Postby Jean » Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:19 pm

trailgumby wrote:
Jean wrote:Thanks. I suppose the book is geared mostly for roadies and I'm actually planning to give XC a go this winter, but the principles are no doubt similar. Looking to do road crits next summer though. Have to dust off my HRM, but I think I'll stay away from power meters for now.

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Most serious mtb racers do the bulk of their training on road, with 1 to 2 off-road rides per week to keep the skills in tune. So I think there is a heap of crossover between roadie fitness training and XC. While peleton tactics probably only apply in limited situations, such as when route has a lot of fire road, the abiity to put others in the hurt box for sustained periods is very useful.


Yeah that was what I was beginning to gather from my investigations. I'm a total newb at MTB, but I'm enjoying it and the local MTB vets/masters races seem to average a distance/time which probably better suits my available training time better than most road races would (crits excepted). No doubt I'll get my head handed to me on a platter by a bunch of old hands, but I want to enjoy my racing as much as I can.
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Re: Time crunched cyclist?

Postby twizzle » Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:32 pm

Would you like to borrow my copy for a week?
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