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Rest really is the key to getting stronger!(7 posts)

Rest really is the key to getting stronger!bnlkid
Sep 16, 2002 10:26 AM
As others have stated on this board, rest is the key to getting stronger. While I knew the theory behind it, I never truly believed how beneficial it is until I was forced to not ride Friday and Saturday. Because the summers are so short here in Minnesota, taking a day of from riding is almost a sin. I would do recovery rides at 70% thinking that I was getting stronger and avoiding burnout. It works. But I didn't truly see the benefit of complete rest until yesterday's ride. I did no physical activity Friday or Saturday, and let me tell you folks, I felt like superman Sunday. I flew up the hills that normally have me hurting. I held a consistant speed 2 miles an hour faster than normal(21 mph vs. 18-19mph). Now that I have experienced this for myself, I know how to do my training for next season when I start racing again. Can't wait.

Why do I always feel the strongest when race season is over?
...and that BARELY counts as a rest...Steve_0
Sep 16, 2002 10:33 AM
There's plenty of people (myself included) who have trained to the point of injury prior to a major running event (marathon or IM distance tri).

You figure you're a gonner beign injured just 3 or 4 weeks before the event; no way you'll ever make the distance now.

After a few weeks of not running and feeling sorry for yourself, you say 'hey, i paid the entrance fee, im gonna run anyway'.

That race will be your quickest with the easiest recovery.
It's called the Zatopek phenomenon! (nm)Jon Billheimer
Sep 16, 2002 12:09 PM
I hear youfiltersweep
Sep 16, 2002 10:48 AM
I have a difficult time staying off my bike this late in the season as well... rain and working late are about the only rest I can take without feeling "guilty."

Lack of daylight is dipping into my after work rides these days... I'm already plotting how to leave work early today ;) After daylight savings ends, it will only be on weekends...
Don't remind me!aliensporebomb
Sep 16, 2002 11:54 AM
It's already getting darker so early. I'm pretty sure I'll
be weekends only before too long. Sigh. Depressing.
yep, and some more validationlonefrontranger
Sep 16, 2002 11:59 AM

Good time of the year to go for a drive with the sweetie, eat ice cream or do any of the other naughty stuff we tend to skip during training.
Why does this seem to be the hardest...DeRanger
Sep 16, 2002 11:10 AM
...lesson to learn? I regularly run and lift to the point of exhaustion - cycling is the only one in which I allow myself a decent break between training sessions. I know I'm overtraining sometimes, but if I don't go, I feel like I'm not going to start again, or I'm going to miss out on the one workout that's going to break things open.

Fifty percent of training is physical, and the other ninety percent is mental (with props to Yogi Berra).