What time do you recommend carrying out a workout on the eve of a race? For example with most Sunday races starting at 10am, should I ride on Saturday at the same time (10am) or late afternoon to be more “open”? For information my eve of race I ride between 30 and 40 minutes and am 62 years old, FTP of 230 and 145 lbs.
Truuli or any of its +/- variations are great “race-opener” type workouts that are great for the day before the race
Thanks Bryce, it’s not the workout I’m after, but any science into 24 hours before.or later.
Typically my teammates and I would complete these types of workouts about 24 hours prior to the event, and then another set of openers during the warmup immediately preceding the race .
I’m interested to hear about everyone else’s routines as well.
I try my best to match start time of the race - 10a race, 9:45a openers the day before.
I’ve done much earlier - I race track which is evening and often ride the morning before, no noticeable impacts. I have done very late like 8-9pm for a race that starts at 8am and that isn’t wise. I think it was more the struggle to sleep after openers than feeling tired from the openers. Finally I have not done openers for a race and I will never do that again.
My routine is proprietary but involves less than 15 min of work and could be done in 45min but i prefer 60
No science, just my rambles.
I do openers the day before. Since I often train in the evening there’s usually less than 24 hours between doing the opener and racing.
I don’t do any openers. I actually don’t ride the day before a race.
Did my first race as a kid in the late 1980s. Ever since people are telling me to do openers and sorts. The classical pattern before a race. At some point I simply ignored this dogma and switched to the following pattern. Simply makes me feel better on race day, makes me feel “charged”. Similar to not having for a while … well, you know
3d before race: some intensity. Depending on A/B/C race different (intensity x volume) - combination.
2d: 2-3h easy endurance ride
However, all my races are at least 2.5h in duration, haven’t done a crit or so for 25 years.