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Baby coming - minimum needed to hold condition

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Next month we will be joined by another lil fella, bringing our brood to three. Obviously I'm going to have different priorities for the following few weeks while we sort ourselves out and remember all the stuff you forget once your babies become self-sufficient toddlers.

My FTP numbers have been growing nicely and I am loathe to let my condition go too much. I was wondering what the minimum I would need to do per week to minimise loss of conditioning for the few weeks we are getting back into the swing of things.

I hope to be able to do 2 or 3 turbo sessions a week. Maybe some SST or threshold sessions would do the trick?
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Congrats on the impending arrival Graham

Yeah - if only doing a few hours/week, then sweet spot is the go, the fewer the hours, the higher in the spot. Best of luck with it all!

Perhaps also consider a bigger than normal build up to that time as well in the knowledge that you'll drop off the training load for a few weeks.
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Originally Posted by grahamspringett
Next month we will be joined by another lil fella, bringing our brood to three. Obviously I'm going to have different priorities for the following few weeks while we sort ourselves out and remember all the stuff you forget once your babies become self-sufficient toddlers.

My FTP numbers have been growing nicely and I am loathe to let my condition go too much. I was wondering what the minimum I would need to do per week to minimise loss of conditioning for the few weeks we are getting back into the swing of things.

I hope to be able to do 2 or 3 turbo sessions a week. Maybe some SST or threshold sessions would do the trick?
maybe try this winter routine from mr coggan???

http://www.cyclingforums.com/showpos...49&postcount=6

shoots
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Originally Posted by grahamspringett
Next month we will be joined by another lil fella, bringing our brood to three.[...] I was wondering what the minimum I would need to do per week
Hmmm. I'd say the minimum might be changing a dozen nappies, handling the older kids, and maybe a nice little necklace, but your wife would be the best judge.
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What, you mean there's more to life than riding a bike?
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Hmmm. I'd say the minimum might be changing a dozen nappies, handling the older kids, and maybe a nice little necklace, but your wife would be the best judge.
I don't have any new ones on the way but I was wondering... how many watts increase with the necklace?
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I don't have any new ones on the way but I was wondering... how many watts increase with the necklace?
Are you asking watt a necklace is worth?
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Are you asking watt a necklace is worth?
Boom, tish

That is so Basil Brush.
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Originally Posted by grahamspringett
Next month we will be joined by another lil fella, bringing our brood to three. Obviously I'm going to have different priorities for the following few weeks while we sort ourselves out and remember all the stuff you forget once your babies become self-sufficient toddlers.

My FTP numbers have been growing nicely and I am loathe to let my condition go too much. I was wondering what the minimum I would need to do per week to minimise loss of conditioning for the few weeks we are getting back into the swing of things.

I hope to be able to do 2 or 3 turbo sessions a week. Maybe some SST or threshold sessions would do the trick?
You can check out my "power quest for the 2busy thread." I am in a similar boat, 4 kids, younest 20 months, busy worklife, 7 hours training per week max. I have been trying to go beyond just hanging on, and trying to see whether I can actually improve. Make sure that you have a good spot for a trainer that can track watts reasonable well, a fan, and a good distractor (TV, ipod) and you can do a lot while the baby is down for a nap for a hour or two. So far, I have been seeing real progress with 2 x 20s at near FTP. Sleep deprivation is the real ***** for the first few months so it does become a choice between catching up on ZZZs or working out. Cross training with a baby jogger is good too when the baby is about 6 mos, and a trailer is fine at about 9 mos.

Good luck

Good luck.
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Originally Posted by grahamspringett
Next month we will be joined by another lil fella, bringing our brood to three. Obviously I'm going to have different priorities for the following few weeks while we sort ourselves out and remember all the stuff you forget once your babies become self-sufficient toddlers.

My FTP numbers have been growing nicely and I am loathe to let my condition go too much. I was wondering what the minimum I would need to do per week to minimise loss of conditioning for the few weeks we are getting back into the swing of things.

I hope to be able to do 2 or 3 turbo sessions a week. Maybe some SST or threshold sessions would do the trick?
Congratulations. My third is now 3. I was able to ride more than ever after she was born - right from the start. You're gonna be fine. Here's to playing the Pixies on your iPod and watching the Wiggles while pounding out 5x5's and 2x20's. Good luck.
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