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Total Fatigue -- How to Get Back(5 posts)

Total Fatigue -- How to Get BackGripped
Nov 5, 2003 9:30 AM
Three weeks ago, I was riding great and now I can hardly ride at all. I raced 'cross every weekend from September 20 through October 19 (5 races) and maintained my regular training schedule which includes a light week once a month. On October 12, I had my best race of the year. the following week, I felt okay, maybe a little tired toward the end of the week. During the Oct. 19 race, I felt bad and had a poor finish. The next day I went out for a training ride and could hardly ride. I promptly cut my miles (only 79 that week), slashed my intensity, and took three days off. I felt so drained, I skipped racing this past Sunday.

I still don't have any legs. It's like my fitness fell off a cliff. What should I do?

1) Don't ride. I commute by bike so the minimum miles I could do would be around 65 and I could maintain a VERY casual pace with no hills.

2) Ride, but don't push it. Cut my miles back but still put in 8 or so hours of saddle time keeping my HR at a casual level (65-70%).

What does conventional wisdom say? The next race is Nov. 16. Can I get my legs back by then?
Nov 6, 2003 11:32 AM
first, I'd definately cut back on the HR level for the week. I'm guessing you're riding at Memorial Park in Wilsonville next right? I missed the last week too, from the video I saw, I'm glad I did. CAT B was riding in snow flurries, and it was sticking all over the course.

If at all possible, is there any way to take a day off from riding in the middle of the week next week? give yourself one day off may help get your legs back too.
more drasticrichpierce
Nov 6, 2003 1:23 PM
Take 3 complete days off and get 10-12 hours of sleep every night. Stretch every day.

Then toodle for an hour on day 4 and see what it feels like. If not OK, then take 3 more days off with stretching only. Then see if you you've got fresh legs.

If you're racing every weekend and you're not an A racer, you may not need to ride at all in between races. You may be better off going in with totally fresh legs.
Video? Where ...Gripped
Nov 6, 2003 1:37 PM
Where did you see the video? I saw a write-up but that's it.
Video? Where ...KonaMan
Nov 6, 2003 3:18 PM
e-mail me... it's a large file.

konamtbr at hotmail