I'd start two weeks before, and every third day do an interval set of 1M max efforts followed by FULL recovery (6-10 minutes between efforts). You shouldn't be able to do more than 5 or six. Softpedal home. Any other ride you do should be EASY. Do the same interval workout the day before the race, but only do 3-4. Show up day-of and knock 'em dead.cat4forlife said:I've put in all the road miles, intervals, group rides, and local races. I need advice on how to taper the week before (more or less) that "A" race of the season. How do you show up with your legs alive and ready to go on race day? Thanks
There's certainly no one-size-fits-all answer. Gotta do what works for you. Personally, I'm usually (though not always) flat after a week totally off the bike. Recovered, sure, but unable to really snap like I can when everything is going right.BenWA said:I've found that after many weeks of hard, diligent training, if I take an entire week off my first ride after the time off is often the best ride of the season. The next ride after that is usually terrible. Given that, would it be unwise to not ride at all for several days before an "A" race? Is there really any known advantage to riding the day before with a couple of hard efforts?