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I have returned to the fold(4 posts)

I have returned to the foldrattie
Oct 2, 2001 3:08 PM
Well I have managed to get my A$$ back on the bike after 9 mths abscence and now i have a question:

Has anybody else done this?

I have found that I can no longer ride for greater than about 45mins without my legs and lungs screaming like nobodies business, I used to ride for hours on end without any problem.

Anyhow I AM BACK!!!
re: I have returned to the foldRB
Oct 2, 2001 3:34 PM
If you have ridden for years before a layoff like that you should come back pretty fast as long as you are consistent in your riding. I have had layoffs of 3-6 months and it seemed i would not get back to where i was when i stopped. But it comes back quickly. You should have muscle memory for cycling and the legs will come back along with the lungs. Just keep up the riding and you will be able to ride like you did before. Good luck.
hmm....unusual problem...mr_spin
Oct 2, 2001 3:34 PM
Welcome back! Many years ago, when I emerged from my mother's womb, coincidentally also after 9 months, I was in the same situation.

Ha ha ha. Guess what? You've got some work to do. Fitness goes fairly quick when you aren't using it.

I would highly recommend that you ease back into riding. Otherwise you risk an overuse injury, which will set you back some more. Make sure you get some base miles in before you ramp things up.
hmm....unusual problem...Lone Gunman
Oct 2, 2001 3:47 PM
I have been told by some highly reliable sources that an athlete loses a large percentage of fitness in 3 weeks of inactivity. The answer to the loss is that you must learn to go slow before you can learn to go fast, grasshopper. Long slow rides in the aerobic pace are a partial answer.