Traveling & dead legs - what works for you?



alexinATL

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I have been riding / training pretty seriously for about 15 years now and am now age 48. I travel for work about 1 or 2x per month. Normally short trips of 2-4 days. 2x a year I got to China for a week. I normally ride about 9.5 hours per week and my CTL is usually 60-7x. I am good about planning my traveling week as a rest week, but I am wondering if anyone else has any experience with how to make a smooth transition back to riding. Normally I won't take more than 2 days off without at least sitting on a crappy hotel bike and getting some kind of spin in to help keep my legs used to moving. Regardless when I get back home and get on the bike my legs don't feel very good for the first day, but it seems to take 3-4 days sometimes to get back to where they feel decent. ( this usually coincides with my TSB being even to slightly negative).

Does anyone have any strategies for dealing with this type of issue? I was thinking my next China trip for 7 days of just getting on the crappy bike every 3rd day and riding about half an hour ( always short on time) with maybe 3-4 minutes around threshold and 4 30 second max efforts on some pretty short rest just to try to keep things moving. Any input is appreciated! ;)
 
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dabac

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Might want to try compression tights during/after the flight.
If you're attentive enough - and anstomically predisposed - there might be some swelling from the flight messing with you.
 

Sfuller

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If your TSB is even to slightly negative, you should not be feeling fatigue after being off the bike a few days. You should be in great form and able to kill it. I have hit some of my personal bests in such situations. So maybe the flying is doing something to your legs. But if you can take a long work around the hotel each morning, should help keep rust off the legs when traveling. Also, first day back, maybe do a longer, easier warm up than usual.
 
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Alex Simmons

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It's common for the legs to feel a bit dead after several days off, a week for sure it might need a day or three of riding to feel OK. Best thing is to keep the legs rolling over while you're away, so some regular short spins on an exercise bike are a good idea.
 

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I recommend wearing compression stockings on a regular basis, especially if you're on your feet a lot.
 

Alex Simmons

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agree on compression stockings, and a baby aspirin (81mg) daily.
I think we need to be very careful about suggesting drugs to anyone. That's a matter for discussion in person with a medical professional. We have no idea of the specific issues for an individual we don't know.
 
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