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O.T.!...........HELP!!!!!!!!!(4 posts)

May 7, 2001 7:23 AM
OK, now I have sold my soul and I'm at the very frayed end of my rope. I have been seriously training for a year now and I'm trying to kick the hours up a little, but everytime I do, my preformance goes straight down hill. So, now that I'm at an all time low, I'm begging someone for some confidence building suggestions!
It seems that whenever I go for a training ride to stay within a certain zone my HR sky rockets and I can't get it to come back down to where I want it. And as soon as I hit that first hill my legs instantly go up in smoke. At that point I just finish the ride and go home to cry like a little baby on my wife's shoulder. (Whom by the has been a big help, but I'm sure she is sick of hearing my complain) So, I'm turn in my heart to all of you!
re: O.T.!...........HELP!!!!!!!!!Jay Davenport
May 7, 2001 1:39 PM
Looks like a classic case of overtraining.. Of course, you already knew that. Perhaps you should take some time off, and then try to come back slowly.. Rest is one of the most important, and overlooked,
aspects of any training program..It's all about balance...The up side is that your wife might get a chance to see a side of you that isn't crying on her shoulder...
re: O.T.!...........HELP!!!!!!!!!rollo tommassi
May 7, 2001 5:22 PM
Like Jay says, some indication of overtraining here, and some things to consider.

If, as you say, you are "kicking up the hours", the key in increasing mileage (or hours) is in lowering the intensity. Vice versa - increase intensity,lower the mileage. As it is May, and assuming that you have a good mileage base, do you really think it necessary to increase mileage? If you are really peaking and/or racing,recovery, either active or total time off, is crucial during this time.

You mention training rides, but not recovery rides. These type of rides can be up to two hours long, but can also be just 30mins on a trainer. Small chainring, no hills, lots of water. It sounds like you have a good plan for training rides and have been working very hard! Perhaps you need more "play" time on the bike, and to develop a recovery plan. Some people advocate a day entirely off the bike (nothing wrong with that!), others prefer doing what is called active recovery (bike ride, swim, or even walking - anything that is low intensity and enjoyable). Recovery is all about blood flow and flushing the system of free radicals, acids and other anerobic waste products, and this can be done by light spinning, massage and good nutrition.

Be careful in setting your target HR zone for recovery. Recovery riding should seem ridiculously low in the HR department, and when doing a recovery ride the guide is that you should be able to carry on a conversation without getting out of breath. If your resting heart rate is in the 50-60bpm range, your recovery range should be somewhere between 90-120bpm. If you can't keep your HR in that range, then you do need to take a day or two off the bike.

If you give us more details (age, current HR range settings, average weekly mileage)we can get more specific.

If you really are crying on your wifes' shoulder, then you really do need a few days off the bike. Go to a movie, see some friends, have a beer. You need to mentally recover as well as phsyically.

Plus, it's a terrible thing when someone in lycra is crying......
May 8, 2001 6:11 AM
Age: 29
Rest HR: 48
Max HR: 200
Avg. Weekly Mileage: 100
I do want to thank the folks for helping out! I think Rollo hit the nail on the head with the recovery rides. B/c my avg. mileage, mentioned above is all very hard riding (avg. 175 HR). So, I guess I need to slow down to speed up....?
Thanks Again!