How much is too much

Discussion in 'Cycling Training' started by JamesAA, Mar 10, 2017.

  1. JamesAA

    JamesAA New Member

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    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 every day. Is that too much? Just I schedule in rest days and if so how much and what is a "rest day"? Doing literally no activities including walking (except walking to and from your car, at your house, and other life needs)? Or should I just listen to my body, meaning if I feel ok after 30 straight days of cycling, just keep going til my body says "no more" (at which point I guess I could take a day or two off)?

    Appreciate any feedback. I tend to go until I'm broken...
     
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  2. kopride

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    I cross train so I have lots of cycling free days. But I pretty much do something everyday, cycling, resistance training or running. I've never cycled for 30 straight days. It's a rare week that I would do nothing for two straight days.

    I tend to think quality over quantity. If you can go harder after resting, then that's your answer. Personally, if I was putting in the time to ride nearly every day, I would invest in one of these periodization plans, you can try and get one of those temple programs off of training peaks or invest in some coaching. I'm a 3-4 day a week cyclist, but most of my time on the bike is planned training. I have a buddy who is 6 day a week but lots more junk miles. We both seem to end up at the same place. I'm certainly more efficient with my time. It's hard to maintain intensity without adequate recovery.

    At 50, I do need to rest more than I did at 25. As far as rest day, hard to define. I know folks who bike commute every day, so a rest day is one where they are not commuting and training.
     
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    The thing is, a lot of the people that cycle every day either have built up to that over a long period of time, or mix in easier days (or both). If you are starting to feel sluggish, I would back off. That is likely fatigue starting to accumulate. Some accumulated fatigue is required for positive training adaptions (which happens following rest), however if too much fatigue acculturates, it can be an issue and can take a long time to recover.
     
  4. Dan1988

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    Hi Guys,

    I was wondering if I could ask your thoughts on a nutrition app that a friend and I are in the early stages of developing - don't know if you would find this kind of thing useful, and would be great to hear what else we should do doing to make it more useful..

    We are both relatively keen road cyclists and it's born out of that really.

    First version is a mobile app which gives you your guideline calorie requirement, per meal, broken down by macro, based on your vitals, and your exercise regime. It synchronises instantly with your training apps to give real time updated nutritional requirements for each meal.

    It allows you to plan days and workouts to get your planner in advance. It adjust real time based on the workout done. It allows you to compare to past workouts to allow you to work out what you should replicate in your nutrition, and what you should change to drive up performance.

    It allows you to differentiate between your baseline requirement and what you need to fuel for and recover from your workouts.

    What do you think? Would be great to have your thoughts.

    Thanks a lot, Dan
     
  5. reighn

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    I don't know how much time should we just go for biking. I don't even push my self yet for a very long travel using my bike. Actually I only have one to two hours of biking times per week, and only just happened during weekends. I hope I have enough time for my bike.
     
  6. treecko142

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    You don't have to bike every day if you're feeling fatigued; you can just bike on alternate days leaving 1 day for rest so that you can perform better on your biking days. there really is no guideline - your body is your limit so if you feel really tired, listen to your body and rest.
     
  7. Corzhens

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    When I was riding around the village, it depends on my condition. Sometimes I ride for 30 minutes and quit when I feel tired. And there are times that stay on the road for more than an hour when my condition seems excellent. But one cyclist said that I should regulate my biking so my body will not be abused. What he means was even if I feel good, I should not ride for a longer time than the usual.
     
  8. Kakashi

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    What I'll give to be 18 again, you know what I miss most? The endorphin rush, haven't had one in decades. Back in my younger years I would ride using a BMX until i reach my limits and go beyond that until i get the rush of adrenalin and my energy level would double. Right now if I do it I might have a heart attack o_O
     
  9. serhiypopoff

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    A Cycling Unlimited Ukraine project is about an experience how to ride a bike 365 days/12 months/7 days week/24 hours. A first Stage was a randonne Uzhhorod-Kyiv-Uzhhorod for 1772 km. You can rich a a complete report directly at http://peloton.com.ua/forum/blog.php?u=113. "Ride a lot" - Eddy Merckx
     
  10. Henrywrites

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    This is true in the sense that taking note of how the body reacts is quite important and there is nothing we can do to improve the situation rather than taking rest and getting going the next day. If the body is weak, the best to do is to take some rest and afterwards, take continue.
     
  11. mitan143

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    How much is too much? Well, if you keep on cycling and cycling even though your body tells you that you also need to take a break from cycling. I guess it's okay to do cycling everyday as long as not too long of hours in the road roaming around for no reason. Habit of cycling everyday is not that bad as long as you can rest well at the same time. Do not bike too much if your body tells you already. I know that biking is really kind of somehow addicting but make sure that you don't abuse your body on it. And yes I also agree with resting for 1 to 2 days before you go on heavy cycling activity again.
     
  12. treecko142

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    Yeah, also it doesn't hurt to have a few days of rest and miss some of your workout rather than force yourself, resulting to injury which causes you to even miss out on more days than if you have just rested.
     
  13. Henrywrites

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    You are right for we won't decide to continue riding as a result of the joy that we get from it and thus, put ourselves under the danger of missing out for some more days as a result of injury. That is not really a good way to handle things as long as I am concerned.
     
  14. Henrywrites

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    Practicing over a period of time makes the body to master certain conditions and that is the reason some of those people now feel okay riding day in and day out without feeling any pains. However, such is not advisable for those that are starting out for it is always going to be dangerous for them and causing pains for them.
     
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