Originally Posted by An old Guy .
I am not one for warming up.
I used to get on my bike cold (for training) and hit it hard from the start. After a while my body got used to it.
Typical training start: Increase speed from 0 to 25mph by 1mph each second, stay above 20mph to the stop sign (1/4 mile). Stop. Increase speed from 0 to 25mph by 1mph each second, stay above 20mph to the stop sign (1/4 mile). Stop. The next efforts are 1 mile, 1 mile. But you get the idea.
20 minutes of hard warm up really affects how much you have left at the end.
Well, he's racing and his body needs to get used to it right from the get go, especially if he gets stuck behind alot of people on the first lap on a course with lots of narrow trails/single track where there's no room to pass.
Note to Old Man - this isn't a training ride where you can randomly walk into people's front yards and douse yourself with their hosepipes without asking to cool off.
I wonder if he asks nicely if his competitors will start a bit easier for him so he can just ease into it nice and slowly and every once in a while stop to put up some stop signs for him to rest at predefined intervals. Jesus...
I'm not sure what part of the warm-up you think will drain his tank - "Start easy and spend at least 5 minutes at, or above, threshold. Throw in a couple of very hard 30 second to 1 minute efforts and finish off with a fairly brisk cool down before you head off to the start." If a really hard 5 or 10 minutes is going to break the bank then I'd say that racing competitively really isn't on the cards.
I'd head to the harbour if I were you, the failboat is about to set sail.