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Back on the bike tomorrow...what to expect?(5 posts)

Back on the bike tomorrow...what to expect?DavidS
Oct 18, 2002 2:54 PM
I am finally getting to ride tomorrow after 5 weeks off. I wiped out bad in early September, injuring my knee. Now my knee is perfect, but what about my legs/lungs/cardio? I plan to ride about 30-45 miles and take it easy. What should I expect? I put on a little weight and could do almost no strenuous exercise to get my knee back to top shape (lots of stretching, though).

Are the hills gonna kill me? Anyone out there take this much time off before and live to tell about it?

My bike thinks I am pissed at her, even though I explained the whole thing in detail many times.

-David S
5 weeks is long enough to experience some muscle atrophy ...Humma Hah
Oct 18, 2002 3:01 PM
... probably enough to notice. Work back in to cycling sensibly, and you should be back in pretty good shape in a few weeks.

A couple of days off, by contrast, usually produces a profound performance increase.
suggestionsDougSloan
Oct 18, 2002 3:02 PM
First, your hands, crotch, and neck will likely complain. Just accept it.

Spin. Keep it in easy gears at first. Don't go to far, or at least too far at once.

Accept the fact that it will take a while to get back into shape and get comfortable on the bike again. Don't rush it. This is the perfect time of year to get back, as you can take your time.

Just take it easy.

Doug
re: time to drop some LSD...Akirasho
Oct 18, 2002 3:06 PM
Long Slow Distance rides will be of great physical and psychological benefit during recovery... you've simply lost too much base over a five week period to expect to rebound quickly... but then, you probably already knew that.

Work on rebuilding your base miles, aerobic capacity and form... if you're lucky like me, you'll have a couple of buds willing to poke along with you!

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
re: Back on the bike tomorrow...what to expect?tigermilk
Oct 18, 2002 3:09 PM
Have you done any riding on an exercise bike or trainer? I strongly suggest doing that first. The last thing you'd want to do is mess something up 20 miles from home.

I broke my hip in February in a crash. Was back on an exercise bike 3 weeks later, but in that time the broken leg had atrophied quite a bit. I lost a centimeter or two of circumference in that short time. It took quite some time to get decent strength back in the leg.

My cardio was affected by the layoff as well but not to the extent of the muscles.