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Athens to Atlanta A2A Skate Training Guide

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This is a book for us to share training plans and tips for preparing for the 87-mile Athens to Atlanta roadskate. Some of this material will be similar to what is found in the Tour to Tanglewood Skate Training Guide.


kjg's picture

You read my mind!

This is exactly what I was going to post in the A2A forum.

This will be my second season of skating and first A2A. I would like to finish under 7 hours (an agressive target) and would love any advise on how to train smart. Last year I was skating 5 days a week between 13 and 36 miles a day with a 60 mile flat event and T2T. This year I am skating the 11 cities tour in Holland with my Mum on her bike in July, but would like to train smarter with intervals and sprint training as well as technique drills. Has anyone had success training this way and how many miles do/did you put in to get what times? 

eebee's picture

All of that, that you're

All of that, that you're doing sounds excellent already. If you can add some paceline skating practice in there, you'll achieve your goal even more easily. During an event like A2A, being in a paceline (or even just with one other person) that's a good match for you speedwise will greatly conserve your energy, save you bonking time, and get you across the finish line sanely. As you get fitter and faster and more steady on your skates, see if you can join some pacelines with people you think are usually a little faster than you. It brings a whole new dimension to your training that is hard to achieve on your own.

roadskater's picture

My Old Running Schedule

Well there's the marathon primer that's on Eddy's skatecentral site and I think Barry Publow's book, while hard to read, has lots of information in it on scheduling training.


For something really simple, I used to do this when running, not religiously enough, but some. Figure out your normal day, which for simplicity might be an hour of relatively easy skating at a decent pace. Every other day do one of these: hills, sprints, double distance. The seventh day, rest.


This is very simple and probably has all sorts of flaws, but it's easy to remember and not too hard to make oneself do, perhaps. So a week might be:

  • Moday: an hour moderate
  • Tuesday: hills
  • Wednesday: an hour moderate
  • Thursday: sprints
  • Friday: an hour moderate
  • Saturday: a two-hour plus skride
  • Sunday: rest 


But really, Publow's book, Speed on Skates, can at least help give you some ideas. Plus there's a ton of info on the web about running and cycling workouts. Let us know what you learn!


Oh yeah. Lance Armstrong and his trainer had a book out awhile back that I enjoyed reading as it was simple enough for me to grasp. It had a bike schedule that might be modified to your needs.


Several people are offering online and personalized training guides, too.



eebee's picture

Sounds like a good,

Sounds like a good, anti-overwhelming routine to start training, if you haven't started yet (raises hand).

What do you mean by 'moderate'? Leaving out all talk of heart-rate monitors, would you say, still able to talk, but puffing or wheezing somewhat? I guess it should be nothing too strenuous, since you're doing it around the 'hills' and 'sprints' days.

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