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Old 01-29-08, 11:33 AM   #1
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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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I try very hard to do recovery rides...i think i always fail
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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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I walk over to the bar and have a few coldies with the boys.
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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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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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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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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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30 to 60 minutes with HR below 140, watts below 200. Anything longer than an hour even with a low workload is NOT recovery.
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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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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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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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Old 01-29-08, 12:45 PM   #23
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Bring a camera with you. Ride slow enough that you're able to take pictures on the move, safely and efficiently.
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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.
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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.
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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