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.
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.
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.|
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???
|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.