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Off-Season Plan for 2016

post #1 of 24
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So what is your plan for the summer of 2016? I'm hoping to get myself in better shape (especially my nagging knee issues) and do a lot more hiking. Want to get out and do some trail riding if I can too. 

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since I don't live in the mountains the plan is a lot of miles on my road bike and hopefully if things go well 2 full century rides in late summer early fall including Hotter'n Hell 100

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I've started and ramped up my offseason training this year to get in better overall condition.  Goals are to 1) lose a few pounds, 2) improve endurance, 3) increase strength.  So, I'm now going to the gym three days a week and cycling on Sat & Sun.  Will be increasing my weekend bike miles here to 50-60 mile rides and am sending one of my road bikes as well as mountain bike to CO in June for hill mountain and trail riding there.  Will include hiking while in CO, as well.  As a motivation goal, I plan to ride to top of Mt Evans (did once before back in '03) by end of August.  

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Originally Posted by drewder View Post
 


since I don't live in the mountains the plan is a lot of miles on my road bike and hopefully if things go well 2 full century rides in late summer early fall including Hotter'n Hell 100

 

 

I take it you were able to fix your frame then?

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still riding it.  I'm not convinced it's a structural crack.  I'm mostly sure it's just the thick layer of clear coat that is cracked and I've inspected it visually after every ride.  I've put a couple hundred miles on it since I noticed and nothing has changed.  I don't have many other options so I'm riding it until it's dead.

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  As a motivation goal, I plan to ride to top of Mt Evans (did once before back in '03) by end of August.  

Nice!  Not sure if you are hooked up with Team Evergreen or know people with them but they have some great training rides for both road and mtb. 

 

I enjoy the ride up Mt. Evans but absolutely hate the descent.  With a passion.  The road condition coupled with the tourist traffic is not conducive for me to have an enjoyable ride down.  Now I only do Mt. Evans when the road is closed and will not be doing it this season.

 

You might also consider riding up Pikes Peak.  I think it is a much better ride.  

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Nice!  Not sure if you are hooked up with Team Evergreen or know people with them but they have some great training rides for both road and mtb. 

 

I enjoy the ride up Mt. Evans but absolutely hate the descent.  With a passion.  The road condition coupled with the tourist traffic is not conducive for me to have an enjoyable ride down.  Now I only do Mt. Evans when the road is closed and will not be doing it this season.

 

You might also consider riding up Pikes Peak.  I think it is a much better ride.  

I'd like to try Pikes Peak, but depends on how much time I'm in CO this summer.  There are plenty of climbs riding from our door in Evergreen.  Squaw Pass, Juniper Pass and Loveland Pass for sure.  Probably Vail Pass too.

 

I know what you mean about the descent from peak of Mt Evans.  The road from top down the switchbacks to the lake is usually in very bad condition, is narrow and with steep dropoffs as well.  Not for the faint of heart!

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Why am I looking at a ski forum in mid-May? Because it's too cold and too windy to bike today!

 

Funny what people call "off-season". For me, winter is "off-season", off from cycling! 

 

In other words, this is THE season, cycling season. That's what I'll be doing most of my free time between now and Christmas.

post #9 of 24
Goals can be better measured and accomplished if set explicitly.

Examples of vertical goals:

Strava's May Everest challenge to climb (by bike) 8,848 meters cumulatively for the month.

A friend posted Facebook cumulative weekly elevation challenge a year ago. I only tracked a few weeks last year but have restarted this month.
<5,000 ft: work harder
5,000 ft: bronze
7,500 ft: silver
10,000 ft: gold
15,000 ft: platinum
With any self-powered activities such as bike, hike, skin, rock climb, etc.

Revise your own personalized version, by distance, by days, your call!

I track uphill travel, not downhill. wink.gif
post #10 of 24
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Goals can be better measured and accomplished if set explicitly.

Examples of vertical goals:

Strava's May Everest challenge to climb (by bike) 8,848 meters cumulatively for the month.

A friend posted Facebook cumulative weekly elevation challenge a year ago. I only tracked a few weeks last year but have restarted this month.
<5,000 ft: work harder
5,000 ft: bronze
7,500 ft: silver
10,000 ft: gold
15,000 ft: platinum
With any self-powered activities such as bike, hike, skin, rock climb, etc.

Revise your own personalized version, by distance, by days, your call!

I track uphill travel, not downhill. wink.gif


I've never tracked it on my bike before.  That would be interesting.  In the part of Missouri where I ride I normally get about 1200 ft of elevation gained in roughly 30-35 miles ridden, so I have to put in some miles.

post #11 of 24
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I track uphill travel, not downhill. wink.gif
 

 

It's really hard not to come downhill after an uphill travel.  wink.gif

 

As for the elevation change, that depends on the part of the country one is in. Missouri might be a bit harder than say, Colorado (or for that matter California). when I used to live in California, one can't go on any kind of ride without accumulating at least 2000'.

 

Where I am now, mid-Hudson Valley, if I try very hard, I can get a route that is about "only" 50'/mile, typically on some rail trail.

 

The more average routes are more like 60-80'/mile. So my average ride on the road would very typically accumulate about 2000-3000'. That's 5000' in just 2 rides. Heck, occasionally, one of my day ride will have 5000'! Even 'silver' will be an easy no-brainer if I ride more than twice in a month. 

 

I don't have to even "work hard" to get 'gold', since I do one such 3000' ride about once a week on average. 

 

But then, cycling is my thing. Skiing being the "off"-season for me. 

post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post
 

Why am I looking at a ski forum in mid-May? Because it's too cold and too windy to bike today!

 

Funny what people call "off-season". For me, winter is "off-season", off from cycling! 

 

In other words, this is THE season, cycling season. That's what I'll be doing most of my free time between now and Christmas.

 

Well to be fair it is a skiing forum. ;)

 

But I'm with you, I get to do far more cycling than skiing with my current life circumstance. My riding is more akin to trail riding even though it's on a "road". In fact a lot of the mountain bike trails I ride when I'm in PA are in nicer riding shape than the roads around where I live right now. 

post #13 of 24

My off season plan is to fish, kayak, walk, and chemistry, yes chemistry you know to convert wine and beer into urine.

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My off season plan is to fish, kayak, walk, and chemistry, yes chemistry you know to convert wine and beer into urine.

 

Wouldn't it be more exciting chemistry if you made some grapes into wine before converting them to urine?

post #15 of 24

I'll be:

  • Hiking the Cascades and Olympics
  • Sailing the Salish Sea
  • Dreaming of snow
post #16 of 24

I'll be trying to cajole my friends into another ski trip out west (perhaps for the Gathering) or to Europe.... or both maybe. 

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My off season plan is to fish, kayak, walk, and chemistry, yes chemistry you know to convert wine and beer into urine.

 

That's biochem. 

post #18 of 24
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My off season plan is to fish, kayak, walk, and chemistry, yes chemistry you know to convert wine and beer into urine.

That's not chemistry. It's philosophy...
post #19 of 24
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Wouldn't it be more exciting chemistry if you made some grapes into wine before converting them to urine?


Been there, Done that, Too much work to make the wine.  Anyway summer would be over by the time you had to harvest the grapes.

post #20 of 24
Yoga, biking, weights. Trying not to aggravate my lower back. So that pretty much leaves out running, basketball and soccer, which is lame. I'm starting to think I will need back surgery at some point, but I'm not too excited about that prospect. For some reason skiing doesn't seem to bother it.
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Wouldn't it be more exciting chemistry if you made some grapes into wine before converting them to urine?


Been there, Done that, Too much work to make the wine.  Anyway summer would be over by the time you had to harvest the grapes.

 

My uncle buys raw grape juice in five gallon batches from some distributor and then makes his wine over the summer with that instead of waiting for the mature grapes in the fall. The wine he gave me turned out pretty good. 

post #22 of 24

Off Season is the best time to get ready to new season .

when you get to the mountain peak thar's the time you realize it is not the peak ...

it is the way who makes it for you .

We might have taken a heli to get there well it is not the same .

It is  the way who gives it the value .

I earned it because i diserf it i made it worth that is the reason .

And best time to get new gear from last season .

 

 

And a Question 

Does any body know  how  can i  see or try those ski rollerblades that no snow ski  showed here afew years ago ?

It seems to be best way to train for new season /

 

Thanks

Nathan.

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My uncle buys raw grape juice in five gallon batches from some distributor and then makes his wine over the summer with that instead of waiting for the mature grapes in the fall. The wine he gave me turned out pretty good. 


I have also made wine like that from pre pressed juice and it does come out fine but it is easier just to pull a cork and drink.

post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by tylrwnzl View Post
 

 

My uncle buys raw grape juice in five gallon batches from some distributor and then makes his wine over the summer with that instead of waiting for the mature grapes in the fall. The wine he gave me turned out pretty good. 


I have also made wine like that from pre pressed juice and it does come out fine but it is easier just to pull a cork and drink.

 

Yeah I'm sure. Like most things it's easier to just get it from a store, but sometimes it's fun to make it yourself. 

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