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Question about overtrainingSGrouts
May 11, 2002 12:02 PM
I am a recreational rider (road bike) and i bike for 40 to 60 km almost every day. Every week i bike for 200-300km. I am 31 years old and i enjoy riding. I began biking one year ago and from that day i train every day as i said above (increasing the km every month) i started with 15 km.
I must say that the km i do every day are hard because i live in a very hilly island with many steep clibs and descents.
And the question:
Am i overtraining, must i do less km per week?
Any opinions will be helpful.

P.S Why cyclists shave their legs, for aerodynamics? (this is a serious question i am not kinding).
Thanks in advance.
Extra info Question about overtrainingSGrouts
May 11, 2002 12:10 PM
I must add that i train for 2-3,5 hours at 70-85% max heart rate every day.
re: Question about overtrainingshirt
May 11, 2002 12:56 PM
200-300km/week doesn't sound like too much, but you probably need at least two easy, preferably three easy days in there. If you can't get off the hills, get a triple. You may look like a pansie, but guys who shave their legs can't be concerned with that.

Which brings us to the second question. Probably the main advantage for shaving is crash recovery. I haven't crashed for many years, but in the 80s it seemed like I crashed every other race. Wounds clean easier and heal faster if there isn't a bunch of hair to muck it up. Yes, I shaved the sides of my hips and even the bottom of my forearms. The next reason is for massage; a lot of elite racers have a masseuse, and working on the legs without hair is much easier. Third, there may be a very small aerodynamic benefit, but not enough to make much of a difference. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, is the psychological and cultural impact of shaving your legs. "I am now a racer, and as I'm crazy enough to shave my legs, I'd better do the training to match this visible insanity."


ps: Shaved legs also better hold suntan lotion, heat rub, waterproof grease and other junk you rub into your legs. That stuff also comes off easier in the shower.
Leg shavingKerry
May 11, 2002 1:21 PM
Two key reasons:

Smooth legs = more comfortable massage (for the pros, who get a daily massage)

No hair means that road rash is easier to clean up.

Vanity is a distant 3rd place, but probably the reason that most cyclists do it - it makes your legs look better.
Leg shavingdistinctHead
May 11, 2002 10:25 PM
This is one of the many times I've seen people say "for the pros" on the topic of leg shaving and massage... I give self-massages every day and, quite frankly, I believe everyone should do so... it speeds up recovery, helps with flexibility (sp.?), relaxes you, and helps you get more "in tune" with your legs (yeah, i know that sounds silly, but I now know exactly which muscles like this, do that, etc...)
eric :)
I would never admit to massaging myself. (nm)shirt
May 11, 2002 11:11 PM