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sabcarrera



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:15 pm    Post subject: Have we stopped cycling for the winter?  Reply with quote

I'm trying to get 60 km rides in between snow showers. Concentrating on keeping a basic level of fitness. This means doing 2-3 km climbs slowly.

I have noticed that more and more cyclists are getting rides in over the winter.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing as sophisticated as tyre on tarmac for me, but plenty of 60-90 minute sessions on the turbo.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The weather around here usually allows for riding year around. We've had a bit of rain though for the past few days. I don't like riding in that. I'll be out today!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

change sport.. its time to re-invent the body..ciao
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thunderthighs wrote:
change sport.. its time to re-invent the body..ciao


+1

Exercise all the muscles that don't get a workout on the bike.  Lateral movements are essential, and so is maintaining an aerobic base.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course one could live in the south of France.  Sunday it was a bit grey and cold, but no wind.  So it was a great pleasure to be out and about on the bike, even if only for 60k and not that fast.  cyclotourist speed for the four of us in the slowest group.  Down here we tend to avoid climbing long and high hills in the cold winter months, but still manage a lot of rides.   Although it can be quite cold, and it is the windiest area of France, it is dry and sunny.  I noticed early on that when it rains a little, and I mean a little, the lads just don't go out.  NOBODY has mudguards on the their bike.  We pretty much know that it will be better the next day or the next.  It is a great privilege to be able to ride all winter, in the sun, even a warming sun.  In England, even when the sun shone, it was not warming.  Here you need shades against the bright sun quite often, even when bundled up against the cold.  

We do start climbing again in the spring and even in January or February for the keen cyclosportif types.  I am not one of those.  I am in the last and slowest group, which includes guys who are 75.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Attending 3x spinning classes a week of various grades. Taking full advantage of a 50% discount through work while it lasts Very Happy

-5 outside so i need to!

Most motivated on a bike i've been for ages (end of 2007)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good man Boogie.  I've had about two months off - but started again at the weekend!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nah. not stopped. there's snow, and there's been snow for the last three weeks. to be honest, although i really like riding in snow, i'm a bit bored of snow.



although turbo trainers are flipping dull, i now would not mind one. happy new year, by the way.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy New Year Maffy.  Great picture and good on you for keeping the wheels spinning despite the weather!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well most of my mileage comes, sadly, from going to work. anyway I'm still cycling to work.

btw, given that it just started snowing in London I'll probably stop for the next few (hopefully) days
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

long time ago...ciao
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never mind stopped cycling for the winter - in the last 12 months I've cycled twice - once to work and once for pleasure. I don't cycle in the rain and I only got the one rain-free day off last year. I know Britain has a reputation for being wet, but I am locked into some kind of perverse cross between groundhog day and noah's deluge.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's cos you aren't on the right side of the pennines! Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We ride in winter when the snow's not deep.  Easy spins MWF for 30-60 min, Tuesdays & Thursdays  2-3 hours tempo, Saturday 10 one-legged intervals in the middle of 1 1/2 hour spin, Sunday 3-4 hours easy.  Base period is easy.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No rest day?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
No rest day?


MWF are rest days.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
That's cos you aren't on the right side of the pennines! Wink


I've just bought a car that will fit a bike rack on it, so this summer my heart will be saved by the vale of York Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just saw this forum & thread...

Answer: heh, of course not but with a caveat. I'm training indoors about 90% of the time. Precious little gets me out of bed and into a 0 degree day for several hours of riding. Much more comfortable to use the indoor trainer/turbo for riding.

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