Time off the bike hurts, is it just me?

Discussion in 'Cycling Training' started by WillemJM, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. WillemJM

    WillemJM New Member

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    Throughout the years this has always been the pattern.

    I can ride 100 miles tempo and feel great the next day, but for some reason if I am off the bike for two days or more, after the next ride my legs are toast? Takes almost a week to get all the sore out doing light recovery rides.

    Is it just me?
     
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  2. maxroadrash

    maxroadrash New Member

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    No, I don't believe it's just you. I hate days off the bike. The next day I invariably feel weak. Even 1/2 an hr of spinning at low intensity is FAR better than nothing IME.
     
  3. Manu3172

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    I think it is a common thing. If you don't ride for several days, your muscle tone is lower. By spinning a little bit, you keep it higher. That is why it is recommended (at least in triathlon :) ) to go for a little ride the day before a competition.
     
  4. needmoreair

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    It's a couple of things, notably a drop of blood plasma. That's also why heart rate is generally a bit higher after a day or two off. Muscle tension may lessen a bit, too, which is why almost everyone recommends taking a day off two days before an important ride and then doing an easy ride with a couple of hard efforts the day before as a "primer" which gets muscle tension up again.
     
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