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odd physical performance issue(7 posts)

odd physical performance issuecollegiateryder
Aug 13, 2003 9:23 AM
every 2 weeks i have my own time trial on the central park ring and i usually register a few seconds improvement if any and every so often my times increase ever so slightly. today however i shaved a minute off my best time knocking it down to 17 minutes over the 6.1 mile stretch. normally i would be ecstatic and not question what was going on but yesterday i was doing leg presses and high rpm endurance training on the cybex machine at the gym so when i woke up this morning i was sore as hell. i decided to ride anyway and had one of the best rides ive ever had. this has happened before as well, for example the day after i do squats my sprints are significantly more explosive.

can anyone give me an idea as to why this happened or if its just a freak occurance.

btw, i hate those freaking pedestrian crossings in the park, they never obey the walk lights and at the end of my lap a group of 100 campers crossed at the top of the hill near sheeps meadow so i had to wait it out for 20 seconds while they crossed. if i didnt have to stop my time would have been even lower. oh well, i digress...

any responses to the original question would be appreciated.
Aug 13, 2003 10:14 AM
Posted my fastest 40K TT time the day after the hillclimb championships. Loooong warm up.
my bs theory...dzrider
Aug 13, 2003 10:15 AM
I never found resistance training made me any stronger the following day as measured by how much weight I could move or how many reps I could do with the same weight. This supports the idea of not working the same body part two days in a row.

Weight training definitely conditions me mentally to push harder. For me there is no sense of urgency on a bike equal to the sense of urgency to get the weight back up on the rack when nobody's spotting me. The faster time may come from being more willing and more able to tolerate burning quads.
re: odd physical performance issuewspokes
Aug 13, 2003 10:50 AM
I can relate. It never ceased to amaze me that on day 3 of a stage race when I thought I felt the worst I would somehow get in a zone where it seemed I was a machine on autopilot with little problems or difficulties once I was off and rolling. I had some of my best races. The human body is an amazing complex mix...and it adjusts to the various stresses.

When you train, you stress the body to new levels. Then recover and rest before beginning another smaller step up to a higher level and so on. You just experienced it firsthand!
Aug 13, 2003 2:42 PM
I think sometimes, during a session that you thought you were too tired for, you hit that point where your body starts to produce a lot of endorphins to kill the pain and you start to feel a bit superhuman! This would be my explanation anyway as hard work the day before would generally hinder not help performance.
re: odd physical performance issueavitar
Aug 13, 2003 5:05 PM
17 minutes is a great time! I am 41 and my best is a few seconds under 19 minutes. I usually ride 2 laps after work. I am fairly new to real cycling, and have only logged about 1400 miles since getting into it last year, most of which has been in the park doing laps. At the end of last summer I started riding with a local bike shop in the Hamptons and really enjoy the longer rides with groups. I find the park kinda boring since it is all I usually do. I also find my times vary by as much as 1:30 on a windy day no matter how hard I pump. Last year I grabbed on the tail end of a fast group and broke the 18 minute mark but I count this as a fluke, it was my second lap and it just seemed kinda easy flying with them. BTW I ride with a Polar 510 and download it to PC Coach light to see my progress.
re: odd physical performance issuecollegiateryder
Aug 13, 2003 6:19 PM
the park can get pretty boring after a while, but its the safest strecht of road i have access to in the city. im 18 and ive been to lazy to get my drivers license.