Last year,this is what my birds did on these tosses when I started training.....
1 mile...90 minutes.....5 miles...90 minutes....10 miles...90 minutes....20 miles...30 minutes..
The reason is,they were tripping for 1 1/2 hrs to 2 hrs BEFORE I started training....They wanted to fly for 1 to 2 hrs...They knew where they were...They didn`t know where they were at the 20 mile toss...They were a little scared,and worried....That`s when they started to make good time...I don`t start training untill 4 or 5 weeks before the 1st race...The birds are stronger/smarter at this point....Don`t train the birds untill they start tripping for 1 hr or more...That way,if they go the WRONG WAY,they will be strong enough to fly and correct their mistake,and make it home..If they are to weak,you will lose them....Let them grow,and get strong...You will NOT be disapointed later on....Alamo
In my neck of the woods, the first YB race is on August 25. So are you saying it's best to loft fly or just do short tosses through July and then start really training down the road on say August 1st?A human that trains for a big event,paces himself,to be in peak form the day that matters...Too much training will not get the athlete in prime condition...It`s the RIGHT amount that will....These are baby pigeons...Even at 6 months old,they are still babies...Pounding them down the road NOW,many months before you start racing,is not going to get you into the winners circle...If you want/have to train many months in advance,only train 10 to 15 miles,in all 4 directions...That will serve you better in the long run...Only do this 4 days per week...One day and every day go to another direction....Then 2 days of only loft flying,and 1 day of NO FLYING...Even athletes REST !!!....After a 2 or 3 weeks of all direction training,just train on your line of flight...Still going SHORT distance...I don`t know when your 1st race is...But stop training 2 months before the 1st race...Then 1 month before the 1st race,you can start right at 20 miles...Increase the milage by 5 miles every time you toss,unless they are not making good time....You want 45/50 mph out of them in training....Don`t go by ROAD miles,,,,You have to know the AIR miles of the tosses you are giving...Once they are making 50/60 miles in good time,you birds are ready...Don`t wear them out....As I have heard many times,"Don`t RACE the RACE during the WEEK"...You RACE the RACE on RACE DAY !!!!......Alamo