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Physical decompensation question:(3 posts)

Physical decompensation question:filtersweep
Oct 11, 2003 5:55 AM
Quote from Bicycling.com:

"Avoid Total Layoffs
In only 12 days you'll go halfway from your trained state to the level you'd be at if you never trained at all."

bicycle rag has never been the purveyor of "THE GOSPEL OF CYCLING" but is this true?

Is it even remotely accurate?

From my weight lifting days, the talk was more like 6 WEEKS before a noticeable decline occurred. In 12 days it might "feel" like there is a loss, but is it real?

Also, doesn't the body have a "memory" of various states of fitness, and doesn't it more readily bounce back to a level it had been before?
re: Physical decompensation question:baylor
Oct 11, 2003 7:06 AM
I would love to hear someone give medical/physiological insight but this has always struck me as total hooey.

We've all gone from hardly riding at all during a lay off (or not at all during vacation or illness) and still been able to turn out a quick 50 drawing from our general base of experience/fitness.

Halfway to "not having trained at all?" Simply not my experience.
re: Physical decompensation question:hudsonite
Oct 12, 2003 5:12 AM
I can only comment from personal experience and the experience of my riding buddies. To put things into perspective, we have all been riding for 30 years plus, so we are not teenagers! We all have families and work in offices.

When anyone of us goes on a family holiday for a couple of weeks, on the next group ride, we are suffering big time. Our conditioning has dropped and our ability to perform at the same level as a couple of weeks ago has declined dramatically. Our average speed is down, and the ease of doing 150km drops off dramatically.

If we continue to train lightly during the week, our conditioning stays strong from week to week. But skip the training and we are hurting.

So, based upon our experiences, the assertion of bicycling magazine looks to be true. But that is for a bunch of old farts. When I was younger and more active during the week, it probably was not the case. But for us older guys, we can see a reduction of our ability to perform even after 7 days.

With that said, we find that it does not take too long to get back to where we were. In other words, after a week of daily training, we will be back in shape and ready to take on a long and hilly ride. And maybe kick some butts of the younger riders.

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