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filling in the gaps btwn hard dayswtm
Apr 12, 2002 4:26 PM
Hey, just wondering if I could get a little advise

Tuesday I do hard intervals
Thursday is group ride that's fairly hard
Sunday I ride long with a buddy, we go ez, but its 4hrs or so, so for me its hard, due to the duration

Now, I don't know if it's all mental that I think I need lots of recovery, but my legs usual feel dead on the days in btwn these i never know what to do for training..should i not ride at all and just go for walks, ez runs, or toss some disc with my buddies, or should i do the 1hr ez ez rides at like 12mph averages? I guess I should want to be fresh on tues, thurs, sunday, so that I can go sufficiently hard and feel good, right?
Thanks very much,

re: filling in the gaps btwn hard daysmerckx56
Apr 13, 2002 2:53 AM
stretch really well after every ride. those in between days, ride for 60-90 minutes, SLOWLY! no efforts at all. do not run! i don't care what others say, it's not good for your legs! if you don't feel like riding, don't! it's not how hard you ride, it's how hard you rest!
yep, active recovery is better than not riding at all. -NMTig
Apr 13, 2002 5:26 PM
Active recovery is GOODRockyMountainRacer
Apr 15, 2002 8:00 AM
It's not all mental--three days of intensity per week is plenty. If you feel like riding your bike in between the intensity days, it is a very good idea to go out for a 1 to 2 hour very easy spin. Keep it in your easiest gear and just spin the pedals easy. This will loosen up your legs and increase blood flow to them, which actually helps them recover faster as long as your not tearing them up. I didn't do active recovery last year, this year I've started and like it a lot. Active recovery makes my intensity days more intense.

But you also need to be mentally refreshed for your hard days, so if you don't feel like riding on the easy day, don't ride. Go for a walk or throw the frisbee with friends, but don't go for a run. I highly disagree with the above posters statement that "running is bad for your legs" but it does tear them up a lot. A run will not qualify for a rest day, and will make you more sore than you already were. I love running in the offseason, but in the race season I only ride my bike.