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Training was going awesome until......hrv
Jan 25, 2002 7:50 AM
we received 6 feet of powder in less than a week on the local mountain and I just had to go snowboarding!

Now, of course, I have no cycling legs left. After only 3 days of snow play I feel like I lost almost 2 weeks of training. Not complaining, mind you -- I wouldn't have traded it for anything but I now know if I have a race/time trial coming up I have to lay off the shredding.

Is this typical? Or does it point to my sorry-ass shape as either a boarder or cyclist?

Has anyone else noticed this?

hrv
They'll come back,TJeanloz
Jan 25, 2002 9:04 AM
You'll be surprised at how fast you snap back into form. Typically, if you take a few days off and do some other kind of exercise, your legs lose a little bit of the 'good form' feeling. You haven't really lost any muscle or training, what you have lost is a tiny bit of coordination. Your leg muscles get very tuned to firing in just the right order for a pedal stroke, and if they don't do it for a few days, they 'forget' how and run a little rough.

They will soon remember exactly how they are supposed to work, and you will feel as strong as you did before.
You're hosedshirt
Jan 25, 2002 9:51 AM
2 weeks? 2 months is more like it. You might as well throw in the towel. Season's over. Get a Playstation. 3 days in January doing something other than riding 3-5 hours a day? Are you nuts? You think we do this for fun or something?
sounds like your legs are just sore from boardingTig
Jan 25, 2002 10:29 AM
Boarding uses muscles in such a different way, it makes sense that your legs are sore from 3 days of that and feel dead. Let them recover and then hop on the bike, even a trainer, and you'll find you didn't lose much at all. I believe that only a top pro would actually lose a noticeable amount of form in the same situation, and only if they were already at the upper edge of their form.

Don't worry! Everyone should break away from riding during winter and do something else, even if just for the sake of fun. Call it crosstraining.
re: Training was going awesome until......BikingViking
Jan 25, 2002 1:16 PM
It also works in reverse. I spent the summer, courtesy of the AF, at Incirlik AB, Turkey. I ran the whole time I was there. When I came back to VA in September, I started riding with a fast group around Langley. Needless to say, I was getting dropped pretty regularly, but I was amazed at how well the running had conditioned me for cycling. Nothing like being "pushed" to discover you REALLY can ride harder/longer than you thought!

I would assume the same works in reverse (cycling to other sports).