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Brand New//overwhelmed/schedule

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Hi everyone out there!

Very excited as I just started training in June in the hopes to become competitive next spring! I hired a personal Coach and am building up endurance, speed and improving my recovery. Have been on a training program since July and I am riding with 2 "fast" groups per week although I am dropping out of the second group after the 25 mile. This group goes about 23 mph on average with sprints and break-a ways. Despite the fact that I am dropping out, I am truly amazed at how much I have improved endurance wise and how much fun I am having as I watch my recovery improve as well as strength. I really enjoy the training and the Coaching.

My questions are pretty simple to the group out there. Although some of you are going to respond "Ask your Coach"! But I want to know from actual cyclists as well!! To get their perspective!

1) Is there a USCF Schedule out there that lists 2007 races? On a website?

2) 2 years! That is what my Coach is saying to me on how long it will take (typically) for my base to build up and for me to have a good endurance and recovery ready to go. Is that pretty typical?

3) My Coach is telling me to stay off the bike for 1 month during the off season. Typically in December. I can play other sports but no biking. I don't know if I can do this because I want to be ready to race (Cat5) next spring and to me, one month is an awfully long time. I am having so much fun right now training 5 days a week with a recovery day and an off day. Is this typical?
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Trust your coach.
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www.bikereg.com organized by region or state
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You don't say how old you are, but if you are in your prime, you're not going to wear out. On the other hand, you can be very fresh after laying off a month and starting the new year with resolve.
Riding through December in Chicago sounds dreadful, if not downright dangerous. If you slip on some ice or get hit by a car, it won't matter what your heart rate is.
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Originally Posted by Alpenrose
You don't say how old you are, but if you are in your prime, you're not going to wear out. On the other hand, you can be very fresh after laying off a month and starting the new year with resolve.
Riding through December in Chicago sounds dreadful, if not downright dangerous. If you slip on some ice or get hit by a car, it won't matter what your heart rate is.
Fortunately here in Chicago, we have a 20 mile bike path along the lake shore. However, I am unsure it is maintained in during the winter months like it is when warm. Being my first bike season in the saddle, myself. But if this winter is anything like last; I could see myself on the path until about Jan.

Then again, there is always the fluid/mag trainer for those days when every direction feels like the wind is blowing directly at you.
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Originally Posted by GuyNoir
Fortunately here in Chicago, we have a 20 mile bike path along the lake shore.
I hope this is supposed to be some sort of joke.
Serious cycling training at speeds above 10-15mph along Chicago's lake shore? You'd have to be completely out of your mind to try that. The only question would be how many leisure bikers and pedestrians you will hit before going down yourself, taken out by an accident, or by an angry mob...
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Originally Posted by Alpenrose
If you slip on some ice or get hit by a car, it won't matter what your heart rate is.
Unless it goes to zero. Then it matters.
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Originally Posted by Dietmar
I hope this is supposed to be some sort of joke.
Serious cycling training at speeds above 10-15mph along Chicago's lake shore? You'd have to be completely out of your mind to try that. The only question would be how many leisure bikers and pedestrians you will hit before going down yourself, taken out by an accident, or by an angry mob...
Nope. No joking here. Every morning (re: around 0500), I see serious riders, coaches and pacelines all doing what they need to do to get the speed, distance and time in the saddle for the day. It is even more serious early morning on the weekends. Sundays I start out early to beat the foot traffic to run laps on that very course (5700N to 7200S and back) several times at endurance speeds of 20mph or more. Granted once the sun comes up and people start coming out for the various runs, beach combing, Tailgaters, etc, it does put a serious damper on a set tempo. However, the point was made by the OP that would focus training time for this winter. Let's face it, there is very little beach traffic in the winter time, with exception of the runners and bikers. I.E. Us.

Even just noodling home from work, I am over 15mph. Rarely above 20mph, but then again, I had the trail in the morning for serious riding.

-GN
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I used to live in Chicago. If I were you, I would fall in love with my trainer. frenchyge had a great racing season, largely due to a well planned winter on his trainer. He should just post his winter workout program as a thread, with winter around the corner (at least for most of you).

P.S., I hate it when I remember a really great post (e.g., frenchyge's winter trainer regimen) and the search function turns up ~100 threads. Help me out, frenchy, where's that post that summarizes what you did last winter before you came out smokin' and winning your spring races? Actually, while you're at it, how about starting a thread on people's preferred winter trainer workout schedule? Maybe it's a month too soon, but it's not too soon to figure out if one has the right trainer to make the most progress over those important winter months (especially if one doesn't have a PM).
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Originally Posted by RapDaddyo
He should just post his winter workout program as a thread, with winter around the corner (at least for most of you).
I would really appreciate if someone could post a good winter trainer schedule. I am thinking of making the jump to a good trianer (maybe even a Fortius) but have little idea on how to train on the dang thing.
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Originally Posted by Powerful Pete
I would really appreciate if someone could post a good winter trainer schedule. I am thinking of making the jump to a good trianer (maybe even a Fortius) but have little idea on how to train on the dang thing.
That's why I want frenchy to post his regimen last winter, along with his results (especially increase in FTP), for three reasons: (1) his time commitment was very reasonable, (2) his results were impressive, especially given that he was starting from a relatively high level of fitness and (3) his program was power-based but (and this is key) he could have done exactly the same workouts without a power meter. Come on, frenchy, don't be shy -- let's have the recipe.
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Originally Posted by Powerful Pete
I would really appreciate if someone could post a good winter trainer schedule. I am thinking of making the jump to a good trianer (maybe even a Fortius) but have little idea on how to train on the dang thing.
That's why I want frenchy to post his regimen last winter, along with his results (especially increase in FTP), for three reasons: (1) his time commitment was very reasonable, (2) his results were impressive, especially given that he was starting from a relatively high level of fitness and (3) his program was power-based but (and this is key) he could have done exactly the same workouts without a power meter. Come on, frenchy, don't be shy -- let's have the recipe.
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Originally Posted by Powerful Pete
I would really appreciate if someone could post a good winter trainer schedule. I am thinking of making the jump to a good trianer (maybe even a Fortius) but have little idea on how to train on the dang thing.
If you buy a Fortius, then chances are that your training inspiration will come from the courses that you'll ride, the racing that you'll do against the computer.

It's a good choice of course. But you may also want to visit CyclingPeaks website to see which toys are the most compatible with their training application. That will ease up the analysis process.
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Originally Posted by RapDaddyo
Come on, frenchy, don't be shy -- let's have the recipe.
I've pretty much realized that my success this year was due to my superior genes and a freakish alignment of the heavenly bodies -- nothing to do with my training. I should have been doing thousands of "Base miles" instead.

I'll think about posting some stuff from last year's plan, but I'd hate to lead people to being too focused on microstructure vs. macrostructure. I intend to make some changes this year, and when I get some time to pull my thoughts together I'll post some stuff. I'm not quite back in that mental state just yet.
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Originally Posted by GuyNoir
Nope. No joking here. Every morning (re: around 0500), I see serious riders, coaches and pacelines all doing what they need to do to get the speed, distance and time in the saddle for the day.
Ahh, 5 in the morning! Now that I can believe.

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However, the point was made by the OP that would focus training time for this winter. Let's face it, there is very little beach traffic in the winter time, with exception of the runners and bikers. I.E. Us.
Well, yes, but if you ask me, it's even less fun to ride at 5 in the morning during a snow strom...
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