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    Jandro is there too.
    Can't tell which one without the beard.
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    how long does it take to get back to peak shape after 3 months off the bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkwaki View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
    how long does it take to get back to peak shape after 3 months off the bike?
    It doesn't really matter. Give yourself a block of JRA and enjoyable riding to get back in the groove. Then start a normal plan.

    I had a teammate take 7 months off. He's been back in the saddle for 2.5 months now, and he's probably 90% of the way there. I believe his fitness is now well ahead of where I was when he came back, but I'm still ahead of him at this point b/c of my own gains. This is a guy who I've trained with since 2006, on lunchtime rides, so we each have a pretty good view of where the other is fitness-wise.

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    Bringing this back to the top for an update on my status (it's ALL about ME!) and some interim results.

    I finished a three week block of base (320, 285 and 229 miles/week, TSS of 963, 910 and whatever the last week was) and then had a doctor-required two weeks off the bike. Doctor's appointment was Friday, got on the bike that afternoon and both days over the weekend, JRA for ~120 miles. Recovery day Monday, second block of base began yesterday.

    I could see a difference in watts produced at my usual "cruising" RPE. Whereas before that range was in the mid-upper Z2 range, now it's literally on the Z2/3 borderline. To be honest, that's not buckets full of watts, but it's definitely there. Also, in the past, going up rollers required a conscious effort, but just happens now; not a big difference in watts generated, just easier. Three hours at that level is no longer any big deal, where it took a good bit more effort in the past. I'm likin' it!

    There are a variety of reasons this might be happening. It could simply be the result of two weeks rest. It could be the result of training over a longer term. It could be me just having a couple of really good days. I don't think these explain it, though. I really do think the improvement is real, and that it's part physical and part psychological. Time will tell. But I'm looking forward to the rest of this block, and to next year too. I might still get my ass handed to me on a platter, but at least it'll be a smaller serving.
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    hearing that makes me really confident that my 3 weeks off in january will not totally derail my early season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
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    What if it's a leap year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
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    42 is the Answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.

    Pretty much the same question.

    Gary is one day better than the rest of us, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
    how long does it take to get back to peak shape after 3 months off the bike?


    I took 7 years off. After 6 weeks I'm about 90+% there. Haven't cracked 11 hours in a week yet, either. I've just maximized rides as much as possible. 93-96% of threshold for 40-50 minutes on many of my 60-75 minute rides. It's coming back quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
    how long does it take to get back to peak shape after 3 months off the bike?
    I was off the bike for 23 months. First month my form was terrible, after that my power returned close to what it was in 2011.

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    Base starts for me Monday and I have been taking it easy with 6-8hr weeks. Ramping up for a 500hr season with 10hrs next week. What sucks? Old man winter is hitting hard! I know a few of you guys are out east are starting base as well. Anyone braving the cold as I am hoping to get 10hrs outside. Speed drills and form for now
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