Question: When should I stop doing leg weight workouts to peak for a cycling event? I’m training for a weeklong, 500-mile tour through the Rockies and want to be at my best. — Mark G.
Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Two weeks before the tour, do one leg-weight session. During the week before, don’t do any leg weights.
You won’t build any significant strength during these two weeks if you continue lifting, but you can arrive at the tour with tired legs if you don’t give them a break.
When you return home, use light weights and fewer sets/reps for the first week to get back into it. You won’t notice any loss of strength, but go easy to help your legs recover from the week’s hard riding.