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    Post your recovery workouts

    Simply riding along at an easy pace is boring. So what do you do to spruce up recoveries?

    - One leg drills
    - High cadence drills

    other ideas?
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    Knock, knock, knock. Helloooooooooooooooooooo!

    Recovery rides do not need sprucing up. They are for recovery - physical and psychological.

    There are no, I repeat NO, drills on a recovery ride.

    Got it? Good.
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    I try very hard to do recovery rides...i think i always fail

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmyquest View Post


    I try very hard to do recovery rides...i think i always fail
    prutser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    Probably true

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    Knock, knock, knock. Helloooooooooooooooooooo!

    Recovery rides do not need sprucing up. They are for recovery - physical and psychological.

    There a no, I repeat NO, drills on a recovery ride.

    Got it? Good.
    bah. humbug!
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    couch-legs up-remote-t.v.

    pretty much in that order
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    yea.. my recovery rides are either with the gf or on my own zoning out to my ipod doing <120watts
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    BF is my recovery.

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    I walk over to the bar and have a few coldies with the boys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    bah. humbug!
    seriously.

    if that's your idea of a recovery ride, then you're going to be burnt out by june.

    but hey, you're the expert, what with the +/-10 races you've got under your belt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    bah. humbug!
    While i don't typically know why botto posts as he does, nor do i race, his response is pretty much what my ID would have preferred to respond with.

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    I either take the dog for a brisk walk, spin the bike lightly on the trainer while playing video games, or take my mtn bike out on the uberlowest granny gear and spin to the coffeeshop going around 8 mph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    seriously.

    if that's your idea of a recovery ride, then you're going to be burnt out by june.

    but hey, you're the expert, what with the +/-10 races you've got under your belt.
    My post wasn't meant as an expression of disregard for your opinion; quite the contrary, I was trying to communicate frustration towards the unfortunate reality that recovery rides are doomed to be boring.

    There's hardly a response to a question I have posed in this forum that I haven't given heavy consideration to; a lot of the training I'm doing nowadays is influenced by your (and others') posts. Similarly, I'm not taking things quite so seriously anymore, heeding the warnings of those with significantly more experience.

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    I pull my kids in a trailer to the park at about a 10 mph pace.

    Find someone to ride with and some roads where you can ride side by side and shoot the ****. Just make sure you are both in it solely for a recovery ride.

    BTW - I think I saw you post something a while back about a 2 hour recovery spin on the rollers. That is way too long for a recovery ride especially indoors. 45 minutes to an hour is plenty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    My post wasn't meant as an expression of disregard for your opinion; quite the contrary, I was trying to communicate frustration towards the unfortunate reality that recovery rides are doomed to be boring.

    There's hardly a response to a question I have posed in this forum that I haven't given heavy consideration to; a lot of the training I'm doing nowadays is influenced by your (and others') posts. Similarly, I'm not taking things quite so seriously anymore, heeding the warnings of those with significantly more experience.

    /not a smartass beginner
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    30 to 60 minutes with HR below 140, watts below 200. Anything longer than an hour even with a low workload is NOT recovery.
    Please remember that all statements unless quoted, are strictly my opinion of what happened. That there are as many opinions as there are spectators attending. I just choose to publish mine on this forum. And would NEVER intend to purposely hurt or discredit any other cyclist.... With that said... HTFU!

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    ^Went on a ride with a girl. Kept thinking to myself - take it easy, take it easy, take it easy. Five minutes into it she asked if we could slow down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    ride with your wife,
    Recovery rides with your spouse or SO are great. I just let my wife dictate the pace... until she drops me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElJamoquio View Post
    ^Went on a ride with a girl. Kept thinking to myself - take it easy, take it easy, take it easy. Five minutes into it she asked if we could slow down.
    The girl is always asking me to speed up.

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    Actually, a ride with my wife is my preferred workout. Though some days, I actually want to ride the bike, too.

    +1 to Botto's replies, by the way. I use a one-speed cruiser bike for some recovery riding, as it is almost impossible to ride it fast.

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    Recovery ride I've been doing lately sucks, part of the training plan I got from Hunter Allen. 75 minutes easy spinning staying under 160 watts. I just get on the computrainer, pop in a movie and start spinning. Once it gets nicer out I will do rides with the "D" group in order to keep from doing anything too strenuous since they won't get anywhere near a hill and keep the speed down around 15 mph.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
    Recovery ride I've been doing lately sucks, part of the training plan I got from Hunter Allen. 75 minutes easy spinning staying under 160 watts.
    This makes my butt hurt just to think about.

    Less than 45 minutes/recovery ride, for me. Although these days I never do any recovery at all. I probably won't start any until late spring.

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