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Do you ride when your weak?(3 posts)

Do you ride when your weak?likesbikes
Jun 1, 2001 9:29 PM
On any given ride, you might feel stronger or weaker than on others.

So on the days that you realy feel like crap ie, can't push the pedles, feeling like you are bonking from the beginning, should you stick to your training schedule and ride it out, even though you are turning smaller gears and just not the rider that you are on a normal day. Are you doing your body any good to struggle thru a ride that you just aren't feeling your strongest?

Should you ride at a slower more casual pase and use it as a recovery ride, or should you just chalk it up and call it a day off?
and then ride on your normally scheduled day off?

any thoughts
all the time :-)Duane Gran
Jun 2, 2001 9:04 AM
I don't fancy myself a very strong rider, so I guess all the time. Just kidding.

Almost every bit of training advice out there tells to adjust your training schedule as your needs dictate. I believe Ed Burke coined the phrase, "when in doubt, leave it out." Personally it is very rare that I completely bag a workout. Usually I switch to a recovery ride. This may mean that the distance and time is shorter (sometimes longer) but I don't stress it. I have made the unwise choice to push myself on days when I know I'm fatigued and I usually regret it for days.

If you aren't doing so already, keep a training log. After doing this stuff for even a few months you can see this sort of thing in the perspective of a bad day or a bad week. It helps you to not stress over it too much. Many people have an irrational fear of losing fitness if they deviate from the training plan, or they caught up in the numbers game and don't feel satisfied unless they do X number of hours or X number of miles/km. Listen to your body and it will tell you if your are simply overreaching (good in moderation) or overtraining (bad news).
re: Do you ride when your weak?jschrotz
Jun 5, 2001 4:45 PM
If I feel really crappy during my warm-up, I'll usually continue with the warm-up intensity until the 30-45 minute mark. If things haven't opened up by then, I just ride easy for another 30-45 minutes and call it a day. If the legs feel terrible before even climbing aboard the bike, you probably shouldn't even bother. I don't believe in trying to make up for "lost time", so don't ride on your normally scheduled day off if you're not up to it the day beforehand. It's better to err on the side of caution than excess. Learn to listen to your body and take what it's telling you seriously.