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What happened to meThe Other Kenny
Aug 9, 2001 2:40 PM
I had an offroad crit race on Tuesday for about 30 minutes at about 80-90% of my max HR.

Yesterday, (Wednesday) I went riding on my road bike and had no legs. I could not even get my HR over 89% trying my hardest. Usually I can get to 91% with a good sprint. I know about recovery and all but usually I go 3 days on with 1 day off. This was only my second day and I felt like crap. Any suggestions, it was a little windy but I'm not sure how much that hurt. Did my 30 minute race really hurt me that much?
Recover moreKerry Irons
Aug 9, 2001 4:29 PM
It sure sounds like classic not enough recovery. Standard advice is that if you can't get your heart rate up, or if it skyrockets with light effort, you need to ride easy. That can mean just rolling easy for several miles, or turning around and riding easy back home. Riding hard three days and resting one is normally too much hard riding and not enough recovery. The recomendation is only two hard days a week, with active recovery in between. Even if you have been doing your 3/1 routine for a while with no problems, that doesn't mean it hasn't caught up with you. Back off.
ohmygod! Overtraining killed Kenny!peloton
Aug 10, 2001 8:37 AM
It's hard to say exactly what is going on with you without knowing more about your training leading up to the race. I would suspect though, that perhaps you are overtrained. Generally, if you can't get your heartrate up it is because your body hasn't recovered enough. Perhaps your body was redlining a bit before the race, and it was just the final straw. Rest up for a couple days, and keep your heartrate down for a little after that. You should start to feel better.
ohmygod! Overtraining killed Kenny!The Other Kenny
Aug 10, 2001 1:36 PM
Thanks for your advice. I've been trying to rest enough but I think that short intense race did me in for at least a day, I'll try to take a rest after a day like that and see how it works next time. The last couple of days I have felt fine.