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6 weeks off the bike...how far gone am I?(5 posts)

6 weeks off the bike...how far gone am I?filly
Feb 1, 2004 8:24 PM
Moved cross country and had some insanely nasty crud (flu-like) that lasted about 4 weeks. Bottom line, last 6 weeks not conducive to riding. So, how far shot am I? Am I basically starting from scratch? Had been riding a good 4 to 5 times per week prior to this stretch. Can I optimistically look at racing by April, or is that out of reach? I was doing so good, too! Damn!
re: 6 weeks off the bike...how far gone am I?wooden legs
Feb 1, 2004 10:24 PM
I think people over estimate the problems with time off. i took four months off because of a broken knee last summer and was far stronger after a month back then when i stopped. muscle memory is a wonderful thing, and for some people i've heard a punctuated training schedule works better, like three weeks on one off. i'm no expert though, just personal experience.
Not gone at all.BottomBracketShell
Feb 2, 2004 5:38 AM
The flu probably took more out of you than the break from riding did. Every time I've had a forced hiatus of a few weeks, I've come back stronger than I ever imagined possible. I think most of us ride too much (physiologically speaking), and are 'chronically unrecovered.' A few weeks off finally lets your body catch up.
You'll be amazed how quickly you come backRoyGBiv
Feb 2, 2004 6:04 AM
I was off the bike for three or four months last year, because of the winter weather and other distractions. Within a month of getting back into it I was doing 80 mile rides and feeling good about it. Don't discount muscle memory.
Ride and find out - it'll be a pleasant surprise.dzrider
Feb 2, 2004 8:29 AM
Take it easy. Get your cadence up first. Don't worry about speed until you finish your rides very comfortably. You really can't undo years of work in 6 weeks.