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Rest(7 posts)

Jun 28, 2002 12:26 PM
Out of curiousity... how much rest can you take without having a detrimental impact on your fitness? I have my own views on this but I would like some physhiological explanations.

Nick Corcoran
re: Restfiltersweep
Jun 28, 2002 12:30 PM
I have heard that after 4 to 6 weeks, the body GRADUALLY begins to lose fitness (at least muscle tone- I don't know that much about cardio capacity)... but of course, if we are talking eating junk food NON STOP during this period, chronic inebriation, smoking, etc... it would be a different story.

I find that as much as it drives me crazy to travel for three weeks, I'm much stronger and feel more fit than the general "over-trained" state that I seem stuck in... but I need to be forced to slow down.
6 months?TJeanloz
Jun 28, 2002 1:46 PM
I stopped riding for about 6 months, and didn't have any trouble jumping in with the fast groups. I knew guys who were away for almost a year with the same effect. Beyond that, I think you begin to lose some fitness, but it is VERY gradual.
6 months?dustin73
Jun 28, 2002 10:48 PM
damn, i feel weaker after anything more than a week.
Thought you disappeared off the face of the planet!!empacher6seat
Jun 28, 2002 7:02 PM
Back in my swimming days, I would notice loss of conditioning after being away for as little as 2 weeks!
Maybe because it's such a technical sport, who knows.
So what happened?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jun 28, 2002 8:16 PM
Thanks for the reply along with everyone else. I've just been insanely busy and this forum is the first thing that goes.

So what happened with your hit and run???

Nick Corcoran
2 weeks for me.Ian
Jun 29, 2002 1:37 PM
It had been dumping rain here, so I skipped a few rides and hit the exercise bike. Then I went out of town, so I hit the exercise bike while traveling. In 15 days, I think I rode the exercise bike 5 times. Usually 30-60 minutes each, most times it was interval work, 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, working up to an output of about 550 watts. I went for my first ride in 15 days yesterday, I immediately noticed that I didn't feel as sharp. My legs felt fine, but I'm normally a steady rider, smooth cadence of 95-100 rpm, can hold a perfectly straight line, I was just a little off. Did 30 miles at 19.6 mph average. Felt good when done. Today I rode again. My handling and smooth spin were back. Felt strong at the beginning, interval work I guess, but started to fatigue much earlier than usual. At mile 30 and 40, holding the low and mid 20's was harder than usual. Finished with 45 miles and a 20.6 mph average, which is usual for a Saturday ride, but was more tired than I normally am. We will see what tomorrow brings, but I don't think it will be pretty, my legs feel really tired. So, 2 weeks and I have noticed a difference.