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Decline in climbing stamina- Help me figure out???(5 posts)

Decline in climbing stamina- Help me figure out???aarontoy
May 28, 2003 1:36 PM
Hi everybody. I need some help on what seems to me to be a setback. On May 18th, I rode my first long ride. It was a metric century (Strawberry Fields Forever Ride- Santa Cruz, CA) and I kicked butt. There was 5000 feet of climbing and I was so strong I was able to fly up the hills (even in the big ring!!), then at the top, I'd be bored waiting for my buddies to catch up so I'd ride back down, meet up with them and ride up the hills again. The power I felt hitting the hills was INTOXICATING. I did it for the full 100k. I had enough in me left that I coulda done the actual century but that will be for next time. My problem is this: I have noticed a distict decline in my climbing ability since the long ride. I rode 15 miles the next day after the ride and my legs hit lactic threshold way sooner and I just don't seem to have the extra spark anymore. Now I DID catch a slight cold right after the ride and that paired with allergies from pollen kept me off the bike for about a week or so but I didn't figure a week off would set me back so much. After the week off to get well, I have been riding every day again, back to my routine and still don't have my legs back yet. *** *** So did I overtrain? Am I suffering from delayed muscle fatigue? Did I not allow myself enough recovery time? Another thing I was considering is that I typically ride alone and maybe it *seemed* I was flying up hills because I was able to pace myself off the other riders and compare my climbing ability to hundreds of others, but now that I'm alone and attacking the hills, I'm bonking because I have nobody to pace off of. Physically I feel great, I just feel like I don't have the UMPH right now. I've been riding seriously for the past 8 months. 4-5 times a week averaging 15-20 miles during my lunch rides on rolling hill terrain with the occasional steep grade. Any insight??? Thanks...-Aaron
You're no spring chicken anymore....rwbadley
May 28, 2003 3:21 PM
wait, that's my excuse...

I think you did a ride that pushed your limits, and now it will take time to recover. If it was a warm day, maybe you dehydrated a bit. Relax, go easy for the next few days, you'll be back stronger than ever in no time.
re: Decline in climbing stamina- Help me figure out???The Human G-Nome
May 28, 2003 4:12 PM
you overtrained. you'll be fine. mix in some rest days with some shorter and longer rides. still, when you're all by yourself on a climb, as you alluded, you might be flying up the hill (relative to your abilities) but feel like you're standing still. it also could be that you're not warming up properly. spin, spin, spin. also, that 3rd or 4th hill should feel much easier then the first on any of your training days.
It's not how you feel, it's how you measureKerry
May 28, 2003 4:13 PM
You should be measuring something (time over a fixed course, time to climb a given hill, etc.) rather than how you feel. How you feel doesn't necessarily tell you how fast you're going. Also, if you caught a cold and are suffering allergies, then feeling flat only 10 days after doing your metric century is no surprise. A typical cold takes around 2 weeks to fully run its course. You're not there yet.
Thanks to all of you who took the time to reply...aarontoy
May 29, 2003 7:08 AM
I've taken all your comments to heart and have concluded that it was probably overtraining. Having determined that, I'm astonished that these pro riders can do 80-130 (miles!) per day for like 10 days straight, one rest day then go another ten. Plus add to that riding after crashes and still winning stages or riding with illness or diarrhea, a fairly thankless sport for all but the top riders. Thanks again. Now I have hope. ;O)