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long lay off...need help(5 posts)

long lay off...need helptommo
Apr 26, 2001 3:15 AM
anybody out ther had any experience with not being on the bike for a few months and then got back on?

any tips on how I should handle the return and not over do it?

before I stopped riding in Jan I was doing a 50km ride on every second weekday e2 and the other days 33km e1, and longrides on the weekend.

any suggestions?
re: long lay off...need helpDINOSAUR
Apr 26, 2001 7:02 AM
I was off my bike for two months last year after I was injured in a crash while riding my bike. I got back on, the first day I felt kind of winded and I cut my ride short. But just the exhiliration of being back on my back on my bike again rekindled my flame. I was putting in my previous weekly miles in three weeks. Start off slow, just take a few short rides for the first week. You will be surprised what good condition you are in, unless you really abused your body and got fat, it takes about six months to really get out of shape. Just get back on and ride, it's all downhill from there.
re: long lay off...need helpPIng Pong
Apr 26, 2001 7:20 AM
I have had a couple of such lay offs. I think the key is to allocate a good period to allow yourself to build back up to something like where you were.
First time round I just built up the training as fast as I could handle, it only took a couple of weeks to be back up to the sort of mileage I was doing earlier. The downside was that in the next couple of months that I felt a bit stale.
Next time I spent a three weeks building back, rested for a week and was able to really take off from there. This is pretty much in tune with the old cyclical system of training, allocating a training cycle to get back into shape.
I think the most important thing is to avoid any underlying fatigue that a return to training might cause. That way in a couple of months you will be flying. Good luck.
Futhermore...DINOSAUR
Apr 26, 2001 5:15 PM
Hey Rollo, is that you girl? Where have you been? Adding to my suggestion, if by chance you were off because of an injury, you might want to ease back in for the first couple of months. I came back too fast and ended up with a couple of injuries that eventually kept me off my bike again.Think baby steps. The main thing is you want to get back riding...
Futhermore...tommo
Apr 27, 2001 2:00 PM
sorry dinosaur....wrong person and sex! but thanks for your advice.

kind regards

tommo