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What's the advatage of riding 2 or more days in a row.(7 posts)

What's the advatage of riding 2 or more days in a row.Kristin
Aug 1, 2003 6:34 AM
If I go about things haphazardly, I tend to ride every other day. If I do this indefinately, I pretty much stay at the same level. My averages don't increase by much. But when I make a point to ride two days back to back, it seems like my speeds increase quickly. Why is that? Is there a magic number? Two days in a row? Three days in a row? Or is it more about effort level? Perhaps I'm pushing harder on the second day.

I know J, I've got your training plan written down by my desk. Its just my inquisitive nature, I want to know why...everything.
re: What's the advatage of riding 2 or more days in a row.Ironbutt
Aug 1, 2003 7:01 AM
If you ride every other day, or every day for that matter, you will tend to ride at the same effort level and will most likely plateau at that level. It's like falling into a habit; it's the way that you will ride. If you ride every day, you are breaking the "normal" cycle, and most likely are breaking whatever is your habitual riding style and effort level. If you ride for the sheer joy of riding, just go out for a ride whenever you can, and don't worry about your average speed. The joy of riding is not dependent on some majic number that is reported by your cyclocomputer. If you want to ride faster, you need to follow a specific training program with specific goals for each ride followed in a specific sequence: longer rides, harder rides, restful rides, however your training schedule dictates. If you want to ride for the sheer joy of riding, get rid of the cyclocomputer and just ride. Even if you don't get faster, you will still reap the majority of health benefits from cycling. Whatever you decide, just try not to get so fixated on going faster that you loose the sheer joy of riding. I did just that, and it took a crash and five months off of the bike to regain the idea of riding for the sheer fun of it. I walk like a drunken duck, but my riding is getting better, and I haven't fallen off yet. And I'm having a blast!
aarontoy has only ridden for two days and look at his stats. nmMarketing Dept
Aug 1, 2003 8:07 AM
By riding two days in a row, you beat up your legs more.MR_GRUMPY
Aug 1, 2003 8:47 AM
When that happens, they hurt a lot. This causes your legs to get stronger. Start out with, once a week, two days in a row on the weekends. From there, start riding on Tues, Wed, and Thurs. also. Take Mon. and Fridays off for recovery.
Once you can finish off a 30 mile weeknight ride in an hour and a half, you'll be ready to really pour it on.
dearest KristinJS Haiku Shop
Aug 1, 2003 8:59 AM
if you've only ridden 200 miles this year (averaging 28.57 miles per month), you may triple your mileage by riding 2 days in a row. i'm against it.

maybe spend more time riding and less time wonderin'? at least you've doubled the number of bikes in your stable.

what works for meandy02
Aug 1, 2003 9:37 AM
I can't go a day without riding or I am slower. I go easy a couple of days a week (i mean slow, HR < 125, 39x23 spinning slow) and really hard two/three days a week (one is a race) the rest is tempo. You just have to figure out what works for you.
re: What's the advatage of riding 2 or more days in a row.aliensporebomb
Aug 1, 2003 10:43 AM
I'm actually taking some time off - not by choice but by
necessity - family stuff happening this week and needing
to deal with home construction issues.

But this weekend....

Anyway, I suspect when I have my few days off I'll be a bit
more zippy once I do start riding.

Benefit of riding days in a row? If you like riding it's
more of a good thing I imagine. And yeah, your muscles
will hurt and then build 'em up.