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2 weeks off the bike...(5 posts)

2 weeks off the bike...filly
Jan 5, 2004 7:56 AM
Been sick and in the middle of a move over the past two weeks and haven't ridden a lick. How much does 2 weeks set you back if you were riding 4-5 times a week prior to the down time?
re: 2 weeks off the bike...bill105
Jan 5, 2004 8:02 AM
i dont think its completely true, but i have always heard that 2 weeks off the bike is as if you were starting all over again. probably not that bad but when i was sick i felt it in my lungs a whole lot more than in my legs when i started back.
IMO not muchbimini
Jan 5, 2004 8:13 AM
You may be a little slower and sorer after the first couple of rides but it is doubtful that you lost much muscle mass in two weeks. You may find the rest did you some good and are ready to work to the next level.
re: 2 weeks off the bike...853
Jan 5, 2004 8:54 AM
According to Greg Lemond - For every week you take off, it takes about three weeks to get back into shape.
It seems a bit exaggerated, but if you took a week off because of illness, then the first week back would be taking it easy. The second week back would be steping it up, and the third week would be trying to get back to the level you were at. So, maybe he knew what he was talking about.
re: 2 weeks off the bike...MShaw
Jan 5, 2004 10:08 AM
I just had 3 weeks off between the flu that was going around and visiting family in VA.


Went out for a little spin (ended up at about 3 hours) Sat. The last hour SUCKED! Till then I felt great. Legs didn't hurt, lungs were fine, everything was going OK. That last hour, everything started to hurt.

Then on Sunday, I went out again. First hill: ugh. Tired legs. The rest of the 2.45 ride was a misery of dead legs trying to get over the climbs.

So, at least for me, the answer is that taking my three weeks off killed my ability to go out multiple days in a row. Aerobically, I felt Ok, but I didn't have any gas in the tank to get over the hills on Sun.

I read somewhere that Mihhail B. (I'm not even going to TRY to spell his last name!) the ballet star said that if he took a day off, it took him two to get back. For us mere mortals, I'd say it is going to take about the same amount of time to get back as you took off. Maybe a little more (and I mean a little).

Nice thing about getting sick now is that we have time to recover before the season starts. A little loss of fitness now isn't as critical as losing it right before the first real races of the season.