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proper rest(3 posts)

proper restjfd141
Sep 24, 2003 9:01 AM
Well we all know the importance of getting proper rest and sleep but sometimes it's easier said than done. Having a busy last few weeks I haven't been getting nearly enough sleep as I should be and I notice it when I get the chance to ride. I peaked in my training a few weeks ago, riding my fastest TT with a club. After that it was all down hill... I was getting maybe 6 or 7 hours of sleep a night. My last two rides I felt totally crappy...most noticeably in my legs more than aerobically. I'm trying to get more rest but have I just wasted a bunch of training or is this fatigue more temporary and will I be back at full strength as soon as I start getting proper rest? I'm sure some of you have had this problem, any insight?

John
several theories...funknuggets
Sep 24, 2003 9:30 AM
Well the common verbiage is that the best athletes train hard, but rest harder. I think what often happens, especially later in the season is that your body just gets tired. Thats why most people have an "off season" to recover and build base. Maybe that is where you need to be.

It could be many things, however, diet... sleep, overtraining. Also may be the WAY you are training on the bike. If every ride is a hammerfest, then should it truly be considered "training". Training should be structured and focused, and be specific. If you have a bad ride on tuesday, and thus go harder than you are supposed to on Wednesday... then it basically squirrels things up. Im not real sure what training program you are on, but try and do things right with diet and rest, but if legs continue to not come back, you might consider taking a week off, or at least take a week or so off of insanely intense efforts to help your body recover.

My two cents...
Chris
re: proper restBill from WPB
Sep 24, 2003 9:30 AM
Hi, John-

I am pretty new to cycling, but I was a runner for 32 yrs.
and have found many things from running also hold true about cycling.
When you say you peaked, it gives me the impression that there was significant hard training and effort to lead you to this PR. Just think, you have been training very hard and you have capped that with your maximal effort to establish your new best time. That one effort might have drained you even more.

Every time I do a PR, I take at least four days completely off the bike to give the body time to recouperate. Then, I take a full week to build up my training again .
Four days off will not hurt your conditioning and it can make miracles for your recouperation.

Rest is just as important as the training itself.