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Recovery ride or complete rest?(7 posts)

Recovery ride or complete rest?Chris_UK
Jul 2, 2002 3:26 AM
I ride in a hilly area normally 4-5 times a week but find it hard to do a complete 'recovery ride' because it always involves going over at least one big hill.

To further complicate matters I play football (soccer) 2-3 times a week so my legs get very little rest.

Should I just cut out a couple of rides or force myself to go easier in recovery-mode????
Are they recovery rides?Ping_Pong
Jul 2, 2002 4:14 AM
A recovery ride should be very slow. I have a similar problem with them to you due to hills. Even riding as slow as poss up the hills my HR was getting too high.

I think it is better to view such a ride as a very low quality training ride than as a recovery ride. I would try missing them out, they are surely the least important part of your training week - maybe try spinning on a trainer for a while if your legs feel sore.

The scientific evidence for 'active recovery' is mixed at best even if you are managing to do it right.
complete restRockyMountainRacer
Jul 2, 2002 6:49 AM
In an area like that where you have to go over at least one big hill, don't bother with the "recovery" ride. That is because you won't be getting much active recovery while going over big hills. Go for a nice easy walk around your hood instead. Remember, all you are trying to do for active recovery is increase the blood flow to your legs (and up your heart rate a bit too) to help remove waste and bring nourishment to those sore muscles. You should be spinning so easy that you do absolutely no stress to your leg muscles. They are already stressed and trying to heal, right? So if you can't go that easy, take a walk instead.
re: Recovery ride or complete rest?LC
Jul 2, 2002 8:20 AM
I live in big hill area too, but I have a "recovery bike". If it takes a 30x27 or even 30x30 gear to not stress your legs on the hill then just get one.
re: Same problem, i ride around the neighborhood.titansprodigal
Jul 8, 2002 3:52 AM
I just cruise the neighborhoods where its flat, for about a hr or more, just barely spinning keeping a eye on my HR-120bpm <. 35yrs old MHR 189, LT 174.
Put a triple on your training bike.STEELYeyed
Jul 2, 2002 8:55 AM
Rollers or trainer is the answerMr Good
Jul 2, 2002 9:42 PM
Your recovery day can be easy, no-stress spinning on the rollers for a while. I do that, and/or run errands around town (slowly) on my bike, just spinning easy. I'm in the same situation, and it's hard to recover while climbing steep hills!