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Too much time off?(10 posts)

Too much time off?DavidS
Oct 22, 2001 3:47 PM
I have a question for you all: How much rest is too much?

I haven't been able to ride since last Thursday, and to be honest I feel like total crap. For the last few months I have been trying very hard to get better on the bike. I have been following a schedule that works well for me, and I am happy with my progress. Then this past weekend I couldn't ride at all Fri, Sat, Sun or Mon (Out of town and now way to take the bike). Now I feel bad- fatter, slower, tired etc.

What do you think is the maximum time off you can take from riding without slipping back a notch in performance? I am not in great shape yet, but a lot better than I was, and I thought the time off might even help me. But I just feel lousy about it. (a little guilty even)

Any comments?
Don't feel guilty.Ahimsa
Oct 22, 2001 4:04 PM
Just get back on and ride. A week from now you'll be back to "normal". I ride daily at least two hours and I still flag on occasion. When this happens I feel heavy on the saddle and just can't get a rythm going. I find that if I ride right through those days I am usually better by my next trip out. There is no way to feel 110% every single time you ride if you do it often. Just remember that like life, your on-bike time will have peaks and valleys. Besides, every ride improves your skill and handling, no matter how bad it feels.

Quotable quotes: "Three things will make you a champion cyclist. Ride your bike, ride your bike, ride your bike."

Who said it? Anyone?


who said it...pbraun
Oct 22, 2001 6:38 PM
Fausto Coppi, of course
Oct 22, 2001 7:09 PM

Two rides a weekMcAndrus
Oct 22, 2001 4:05 PM
I've found over the years that to hold form I need to ride twice a week and to improve, I need to ride more often than that.

If I ride once a week or less, my form degrades.

In your case, it doesn't seem like enough time to make a difference. I've gone as long as a week and felt refreshed when I got back on the bike and had great rides.

Maybe you just miss your endorphines. I know the feeling :-(
re: Too much time off?DINOSAUR
Oct 22, 2001 4:18 PM
It all depends on what your condition was and what is your primary goal. Sometimes things pop up in life and we miss a day here and there. I don't like to miss more than two days a week.
I feel like crap also when I don't ride, more mentally than anything else. I've learned to fall back on another exercise. For me it's rowing on a Concept2 rowing ergometer.
I can stay in shape if I put in at least 45 minutes a day. I'd prefer to cycle, but the rowing machine keeps me in shape and when I get back on back on my bike I just need to work on the endurance part.
Not to do any type of riding or alternate exercise I'd say ball park figure, about three weeks. That's just basing it on my own experience.
If you can't ride, find another activity. I just like to row as I have a rowing machine, and it works muscles I don't use when I'm on my bike, mostly my upper body.
not ENOUGH time off?filtersweep
Oct 22, 2001 4:23 PM
my quads are killing me... I'm at work late (sun already down)- I went on a long ride Friday since rain was forecasted for Sat. and Sunday, then Saturday was nice so I went on an even longer ride, then Sunday was nice and the Vikes played late, so yet an even longer ride.... and now there is snow forecasted for later this week... my year end panic that the season is over has set in and I don't even want to look at my bike!

I've found those breaks, whether by choice or otherwise, enhance my appreciation and energy for my workout- the performance gains are actually made while you are NOT riding, though displayed while on the bike
re: Too much time off?Chuck D
Oct 22, 2001 5:19 PM
Went thru the same kind of thing myself in a way this spring and learned something. Spent the whole winter on cycling specific lifting and on-the-bike strength building for a "big spring", then "life" and the launch of a new business kind of got in the way. My big spring got off to a slow start and I never really was able to devote the kind of time to training that I had in the past. Here's the lesson I learned. Less time and higher quality workouts can pay off too. I manage to get in two intense 1-hour workouts on the bike during the week...either outside or on the trainer, then a longish Saturday ride and a longer group ride every Sunday. It's working (believe it or not)...average speed is up...climbing as faster. The hard workouts have been geared toward raising LT, sprinting and climbing repeats. One day of that sort of interval and one day of endurance/base with an emphasis on high cadence (95-105 rpm)every week. Your mileage may vary. Good Luck!
four or five days is usually fineDoothaBartman
Oct 22, 2001 6:59 PM
It depends on the level of intensity you've been putting forth. If you've been riding as fast as possible (or as long as possible, even though that's more a volume thing...) in group rides or with friends on the mountain bike trail four days out of five, a break of up to five days can seem refreshing and will be welcomed by your body as a much needed rest period. If, on the other hand, you've only been doing minimal base training intensity rides and you take five or more days off, it could seem like you lost your fitness when you get back to training. Of course, thats my experience, other people might have bodies that acclimate themselves better to stresses. I know when life happens and I can't get back on the bike for a week, my recovery rides (lowest intensity) set my heart rate monitor beeping continuously at times when I would usually be spinning along quite well, which would indicate a loss of my heart's ability to meet the demands I'm placing on my body. For sure, like everyone else has said, inside of a week it all comes back. It's those four and five MONTH breaks in between consistant riding that really take it out of you...
four or five days is usually fineroad rash
Oct 23, 2001 8:55 AM
If you've been training hard all year, a couple of days off will actually make you stronger. By stronger I mean, physically and mentally. I find way too many people afraid of rest. It's good for you!!! Too get back to the thread, 3-4 days is fine, you won't lose any fitness, BUT, if you're planning to do a group ride or something intense after your layoff, you should definitely ride the day before. A short ride with a couple of sprints or intensity to get your legs back will do it.