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Rest and Recovery?(5 posts)

Rest and Recovery?SkunkWorks
Nov 3, 2001 8:23 PM
I have been told numerous times to take it easy for next race season. How long do I have to ride at a snails pace before I can go hard again? It is so tempting to go hard and I never thought it would be so hard to go slow.
re: Rest and Recovery?Akirasho
Nov 4, 2001 1:14 AM
What you've been told is essentially true... how to accomplish it is the problem.

If you're serious about a particular training regimin, I suggest you at least look at Joe Friel's "Cyclist's Training Bible". Aside from going on how you "feel", you'd need to stick to some kind of schedule (using a HRM is also a great way to guage your recovery periods). While Friel's book encompasses competitive cycling, you can adapt his methods to suit your needs (including off season training).

This is one of my problem areas... I tend to ride with the group rather than riding to my plan... sometimes they blow me up! Then, I feel like a wuss when I'm spinning along at 16 mph (LSD rides). I too have to find that balance!

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: Rest and Recovery?Jon
Nov 4, 2001 10:13 AM
There was a thread here a few weeks ago referring to a Mark Allen article on this subject. The gist
of it was that Allen learned to do his base training at whatever pace elicited a 75% max. HR. As base
training progressed he would naturally become faster at that effort level. When he stopped improving,
then he moved his training on to intervals. At the point that he stopped improving doing intervals he would
move back to base-type training. Interesting and commensensical! So you could use that as a training
guide or go to the more structured type training someone like Joe Friel describes. Either way, you'll
probably achieve the same effect, working to the natural metabolic rhythms or your body and developing
your energetic systems in a methodical manner.
Great idea!dsc
Nov 4, 2001 2:06 PM
I didn't read that Mark Allen article, but what a simple training plan! Gonna give it a try. Thanks for posting!

Nov 4, 2001 11:11 PM
Thanks, I see the light! What a great article.