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How long for fitness to decline(5 posts)

How long for fitness to declinefilly
Sep 23, 2003 8:23 PM
How many consecutive days off the bike before you notice a decline in fitness? Also, do you ride when you're sick? I got sick (sore throat, congestion, cough--standard cold) on Friday, and I'm still fighting it today. I rode on Friday and I'm riding tomorrow, regardless of how I feel. I feel like a lazy arse by not riding.
re: How long for fitness to declinelyleseven
Sep 23, 2003 9:57 PM
Depends on your physical condition. If you miss a few days, don't expect the first day back to feel top notch. Many training books tell you to take an easy day every week anyway. I have actually felt better with a couple of days rest when I have ridden every day for a week or more. With a cold, etc. take it very easy. Don't wear yourself down further. Get well!
Back in the old daysMike P
Sep 24, 2003 3:01 AM
one of my track coaches claimed an individual in good shape and training would be set back two months by missing two weeks of training. I take three or four days off periodically, just because I seem to feel stronger by doing so. Of course, I can't offer any proof for the above, it just seems to work for me.

As for riding sick, I figure if I feel like I can sit up long enough to watch TV or something, then I feel good enough to ride. I ride easy when I am sick though. Sometimes I think riding helps me get well faster.

Sep 24, 2003 4:18 AM
I take one day off and I feel it for 2-3 days after. So I only take one day off every other week. Every third week I try to spend more time going easy then normal. When I asm sick I just go easy as long as I can breath ok.
2 1/2 weeks off sucksTWD
Sep 24, 2003 7:20 AM
I can tell you that much. I finished up my last road race of the season about three weeks ago, then was off the bike for 2 1/2 weeks with way too much other stuff going on.

I lost a lot of fitness in that time. I generally ride 6 days a week between commuting and training. Take 1 day off every week no matter what. I generally don't notice a any drop in fitness if I'm off the bike for 3 or 4 days. A week off, and I feel lousy the first ride or two back, but don't notice a real long term decline in fitness. Two weeks off and I feel it for sure.