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    Defining a "rest day" after overtraining

    My legs have been dead all week. Ironically I did LESS activity this week. I'm guessing it's the culmination of what I was doing in the 6-8 weeks prior that caught up with me. I was sprinting a lot (on and off the bike). To make matters worse I'm sleeping poorly, which doesn't help with...
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    How much is too much

    I tend to cycle an hour a day, 7 days a week. Some days my legs are dead and I just coast. Other days I feel like I'm 18 (unfortunately I'm 43 in reality) and I'll mix in some sprints during that time. But lately my legs have been feeling really sluggish. I know tons of people that cycle...
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    Out Of Saddle Or In Saddle On Climbs?

    That seems logical to me. That seems logical to me.
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    Out Of Saddle Or In Saddle On Climbs?

    Don't know how old you are but it's great that you are still riding and keeping active. Godspeed to you sir!
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    Out Of Saddle Or In Saddle On Climbs?

    What's harder, cycling in the saddle or out on climbs (climbs with maybe a 6-10% slope/grade)? For me it seems my HR gets higher faster out of the saddle (as opposed to sitting, in which case I can keep my HR at a slightly lower bpm).
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    What Percent Gradient To Use Lowest Gear On?

    Yes I know lol but thanks. My weight is already low and I'm already in good shape. I wanted to know if using the lowest gear on a 21 grear bike (3, 7) is common for decent cyclists at 8-10% gradients. I was on the lowest gear on the 10% grades and I was thinking better cyclists wouldn't...
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    What Percent Gradient To Use Lowest Gear On?

    I was on a short climb that ranges in gradient between 6.5% to 10%, and I was in the lowest gear the whole time. Is 7-8% not really steep enough to be using the lowest gear? I don't have a very expensive back. I'm not sure what the gear ratios are but it does have 21 gears (3 and 7), even...
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    Does Anyone Else Like Night Bike Rides?

    I'm with you guys. I totally feel the same way.
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    What Is Your Alternative Activity For Cycling?

    I love basketball, tennis, and swimming. Basketball and tennis are MUCH more stop and go than cycling or tennis. The bursts up hills on my bike help me on the tennis and basketball court, and conversely the constant stop and go associated with basketball and tennis help my sprints and bursts...
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    What If They Go Into Final Stage In Paris With Leader Only Ahead By 1 Second?

    Would the cyclist in 2nd place, just 1 second behind the leader, not attack the leader due to etiquette?
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    Does Anyone Else Like Night Bike Rides?

    Where's that? 40 C is pretty damn hot!
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    Does Anyone Else Like Night Bike Rides?

    That's nuts! It made my chuckle because I too have encountered all types of creatures here on the outskirts of the silicon valley (foothills) which you'd otherwise have no idea lived in the area during the day.
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    Does Anyone Else Like Night Bike Rides?

    Here in the bay area, there's so much traffic during the day. I feel I am actually safer at night. Less cars, I'm more visible because of the lights, and I don't have to worry about driver's not seeing me due to being blinded by a low horizon sun.
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    Why Do Pro Cyclists Wear Earphones?

    Is it to listen to music or to hear messages being relayed to them by team managers?
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    Why Is Having A Teammate Alongside You On A Climb Important?

    Good points. It's so interesting the more I learn about competition team cycling. When I first started watching, and knew nothing about it, I only tuned in for the views. But now that I am learning a little more about the strategy and techniques of cycling, I find it to be a highly...